Burton Avenue United Church is a dynamic Christ-centred community of faith. For over 145 years, we have served the community of Allandale and the surrounding Barrie area, through meaningful worship, spiritual nurture and outreach into the community and wider world. We are inclusive, open, welcoming, willing to push the boundaries and take risks in order to be the hands and voice and heart of Christ. If you are looking for a church home where you will be welcomed, nurtured and challenged, Welcome to Burton Avenue United Church!
What's Happening this week!
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Sunday, June 23
Join us for Sunday Service at 10:00am!
Second Sunday after Pentecost - Indigenous Day of Prayer
Children and Youth are invited to Rainbow Club after our Children’s Story. Caregivers with toddlers & babies can make use of the Lounge beside the sanctuary if you need to, or go to the lower level Nursery where care is provided. An usher can help you find your way.
Refreshments are served downstairs after worship during a time of conversation and visiting.
Newsletter - If you receive a paper copy, the latest edition is in the mailslots in the foyer. If you are not on our list to receive the newsletter, sign up in the foyer or contact the office. Extra copies are in the foyer.
News and upcoming events
The Guatemala Youth mission is collecting small toys, stuffed animals, toy cars, action figures, etc for preschool children. The toys can be new or gently-used. Donations can be left in the office until June 27.
June is Pride month! - Click HERE to view some of the upcoming events coming this summer!
The Congregational Life Committee is looking for people to serve refreshments in the lounge after worship, starting June 30. Cold drinks and cookies are provided. If you would like to take a turn serving, the sign-up sheet is downstairs.
More Ushers Needed – At least one more usher per Sunday is needed to fill in the summer schedule. If you can help out, please let the church office know.
The choir is taking a well-deserved summer break! This means that we’re looking for special music throughout the summer months. It can be solos, duets, groups, instrumental…if you have a good rap or poetry that you’ve been dying to share, or however the spirit moves you! These are the dates that we need your help: Jun 30, Jul 7/21/28, Aug 4, Sept 1. Please speak with Katie if you’re interested.
Milk Bags - Please bring your empty 3L milk bags (the bags that holds the three 1 liter bags) and leave in the basket in the lobby above the coat racks. Lyle Edwards will take them to Westminister Presbyterian church to be made into mats for those in need.
Congregational Pool Party - Please come to the BAUC Pool Party being held at the home of Katie and Harvey Garraway. July 21 from 2 – 5 PM. Bring Salad or Desert. BBQ dinner served approx 4:30. Sign up in the foyer so we know how many to expect. Address is 1274 Line 1 South in Oro Medonte. (Google Map the address for directions)
Book Club - Our next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 24 at 7:30 pm. Discussion will be recommendations on a book of each member’s choosing. Sally Telford will be hosting at her home. All are welcome.
Resource Corner - Check out the corner of resources just outside the Lounge. Both the Affirm Team and the Truth & Reconciliation Committee have compiled books and other resources that you can borrow or keep. On the bulletin board right outside the sanctuary & in the lower level the Outreach Committee have posted information about Mental Health Awareness – take any flyers or information that you need.
Photo Directory – we are hoping to print/email an updated photo directory by the end of June. If you do not wish to have your photo, name, phone number, address and or email address included, please contact the church office. As well, if you have a more up to date headshot photo that you would like us to use please email it to the office.
The Kitchen Club will be starting in the next few weeks. It is a ‘community kitchen’ in that participants get together to prep and cook meals and take them home to the freezer. Participants engage in planning meals, preparation, and cooking. They can learn about healthy eating and get some healthy meals into their sometimes single lives. Research tells us that community kitchens can have positive impacts on social support networks, education, and personal health practices. The Kitchen Club Steering Committee will be looking for a Project Coordinator who will manage all aspects of this program. It will be a part-time (approximately 5 hours per week) one year contract. For more information about the position please contact a member of the steering committee: Alan McGee, Miriam Oben and Cathy Manzato or call Peggy Gemmell at 705 719 1438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday School Volunteers Thank you to the Rainbow Club teachers for all they have done this past year as they look forward to a much deserved summer break. To keep our Sunday School running all summer we need volunteers. You only need to volunteer for one Sunday (more if you like) and the lessons are pre-planned and easy to follow. Please consider doing this. See Catherine Fletcher 705-792-6052 or email@example.com. Police check required. Thanks!
Powerpoint -Are you interested in running the powerpoint on Sundays for July & August? It can be prepared for you, so you just have to set up the laptop and run it. Speak to Brad Hampshire or Andrea Wheaton for more information.
Sparrow Lake Camp - As we get ready to head into summer, the Life Long Learning Committee is busy planning our fall camp weekend. Camp weekend is Fri., Sept. 13 – Sun., Sept. 15. The cost is $55 per adult and $45 per child (under 5 are free) or pay what you can over or under those amounts. In order to help with the additional activity costs, we are going to have a fundraiser. $20 for a paddle (waterfront activities) & $10 for a bulls eye (archery). Sign up and fundraising begins today. We look forward to another fun fall weekend!
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - is in need of juice, jam and toilet paper. Busby Street Centre - is in need of coffee, tea, sugar, peanut butter, sunscreen, bug spray and deodorant. Youth Haven - Youth Haven’s pantry is looking for the following items: Kraft Dinner, Pasta Sauce, Mr. Noodles, Tuna, Chef Boyardee, Cereal, Coffee, Oatmeal - instant breakfast packages, Pancake mix and Maple syrup, school/work snacks, Soup (minus tomato soup)**we have lots of beans so don’t need any of those right now.** This food is used in the shelter and to provide food packages to youth living on their own. Donations can be dropped off at 22 Wellington St. East. Thank you
The Open Hands Mission Team is supporting a number of projects in Nicaragua including the building of a school. Donations in support of the Nicaragua Mission should be made payable to "Open Hands United Mission.
ON THE WEB
Website Update – our website has been redesigned. Note that the address has changed from .ca to .com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for corrections, changes, or additions to the website.
Burton Avenue United Church Facebook Page
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Name tags If you do not yet have a BAUC name tag (or have misplaced yours 😊) please add your name to the list in the foyer, or speak to Lois Delaforce
The local Kairos group is sponsoring a new family from Syria. We have been asked to assist with ensuring they receive a warm welcome to Barrie by helping acquire items for their new home. The Outreach Committee are looking for a kitchen table and chairs, a microwave cart, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishes, bedding, linens & furniture. These items can be new or gently used. If you can help out with kitchenware, speak with Christine Nayler. If you have large furniture items, speak with Ruth McDonald.
Treasurer Position After more than twelve years of service to our congregation Alan McGee has decided to resign the position of Treasurer effective Dec. 31, 2019. We are grateful for Alan’s hard-work and dedication to this role. The Ministry & Personnel Committee have drafted an updated version of the Responsibilities & Duties of the Treasurer. If you are interested in learning more about this role please speak to a member of the Stewardship Committee. (Devon Williams, Sandy Davidson or Alan McGee) or Chair of the Board (Cathy Manzato).
2019 Church Offering Envelopes - in the mail-slots in the foyer. If you wish to have envelopes, please call Stacey at the church office. If you regularly use visitor envelopes, please consider asking for an envelope number as it makes it easier for our office to record your donations for tax receipt purposes.
Rides to Church – Are you able to occasionally offer rides to church for those needing them? We are wanting to collect a list of those able to offer rides. If you wish more information or are able to offer rides, please speak to Andrea Wheaton.
Bibles - for those who wish to use a Bible during worship, there are several copies available at the front of the sanctuary near the entrance. Please return them to this location after the service.
Our Daily Bread – This daily devotional is available outside the sanctuary doors. Pick one up and spend a few moments each day reading a scripture passage and a reflection.
Your Givings Are Safe With Us – If you plan to be away from church over the summer, please consider the use of preauthorized remittance (PAR) or leaving your church envelopes with post-dated cheques in a larger envelope available from the church office, Alan McGee or Devon Williams. They will be securely stored and put on the offering plate on the appropriate Sunday.
Pre-Authorized remittance program (PAR) - It is a convenient way to replace having to remember to bring envelopes to church or playing catch-up at the end of the summer while you were away. Forms are available in the foyer or call the office.
Parking Lot - Did you know that on Sundays there is parking on the other side of the school next door to us? There is also the lot behind the school which can be accessed from Cumberland St. or there is now a road from our lot to it. Please leave the parking spaces closest to the church for those who have difficulty walking a further distance.
People with hearing aids!! The sanctuary is equipped with a loop system which works with your hearing aids. You must have a “T coil” installed and activated. Set your hearing aid to “T coil”.