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!
April 18 - 3rd of Easter - Rev. Ruth McDonald
April 25 - 4th of Easter - Camping Sunday
Easter Lilies - Gracing the sanctuary Easter Sunday morning, the Easter Lilies are symbolic of the resurrection and are a tribute to the memory or in honour of the following…… My Husband, Ross & Daughter, Cathy…..by Marie Archer
Our Family & Friends……….......…by Eleanor Armstrong
Our Parents…………………….....by Carol & Steve Bartlett
The McCarthy-Belecque Family..by Joan & Bob Belecque
Joyce Richardson, Ettie & Charlie DeGeer,
Percy, Maxine & Wilfred DeGeer.......by Joan & John Carruthers
Loved Ones………………….…...by Lyle & Phillis Edwards
Doug Garraway............by Lynn Garraway & his children
Our Loving Parents……...….…by Sandra & Bryan Harvie
Our Parents……….by Greg Henn & Carol Alexson- Henn
My Husband, Bill Holman..by Marlene Lawrence Holman
Elmer Hubbert……....….…..….by Lyla Hubbert & Family
Loving Husband & Father…...…...….by Kathy & Jody Lee
Our Loved Ones..................................by Miriam Oben
Husband, Bob Ralph & Brother, Alex Milne ...............by Margaret Ralph
My Husband, Rob………............................by June Rose
Our Family…………..........by Diane Swan and Helen Parr
Cyril and Edythe Cook………............…by Brenda Young
A printable copy of this list can be found here
Staff Away -Andrea Wheaton is currently away for Study Leave and a week of vacation and returns on Tues., April 20. For emergency pastoral care during that time, please be in touch with Rev. Ruth McDonald or Rev. Patricia Gale-MacDonald or Rev. Colin MacDonald.
Sunday Worship - We continue to livestream from the sanctuary with just a few people present. Click on our YouTube channel link Our channel does not change and is always on the BAUC website. If you have Celebrations & Thanksgiving that you wish named on Sunday, email them to the church office by 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Weekly Announcements are due to the office by Wednesday afternoon. If you know of someone in our congregation who is not able to receive announcement by email, give them a friendly call to share any updates with them.
With Gratitude - Lyla Hubbert sends her deepest gratitude for all of the cards, phone calls and kindness she has receive as her family mourns the death of her grandson Jesse.
Broadview Magazine Subscriptions- This is the last week to sign up for the group subscription rate. If you are not a subscriber and would like to be or have questions, please contact Lois by April 15th.
MacGregor Meats - Our delivery date is booked for this Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 a.m. in the church parking lot. Those with orders, mark this in your calendars and pass it on!!! We will have a drive through pickup and stay as safe as possible!!!
Breakfast program - In response to the ongoing needs of Barrie’s unsheltered neighbours a Breakfast-To-Go program to help feed those experiencing homelessness was initiated. Breakfast is each morning in the Salvation Army parking lot from 8:00-9:30 am. The program has been running for two weeks now and is serving on average 30 people per day. If you would like to support this program’s efforts donations may be made via e-transferred to the Burton Avenue United Church through firstname.lastname@example.org. Donors should specify the funds are for the breakfast program. Needs change on a weekly basis depending on what donations are received but here is a list of current needs. Fresh fruit (Bananas, clementines, apples, pears), individually wrapped cookies and baked goods, granola bars, Baby bell cheese and individual wrapped cheese slices, Boost/Ensure drinks, Juice Boxes, Water, Cream and Milk, Sugar, Yogurt, Instant oatmeal, Bowls.The program is in need of volunteers for several morning shifts. If you are interested in volunteering your time to serve breakfast with a smile contact Christine Nayler. If you have any warm winter jackets or boots you would like to donate they would also be welcomed. If you would like to donate any of these items email Christine.
Survey Says! - We want to hear from you! Congregational Life wants to understand what is important to the life of the congregation at Burton Ave. United Church. Please share this survey with anyone in your household and call those without internet access and help them fill it out over the phone! It should only take 5-10 minutes. Thanks in advance! Click here
Transition Team Update -
Book Club - Our Book Club meetings continue to be held on Zoom at 7 p.m.
April 27 - Members will be reading a novel of their choice by the author John Grisham. His latest book, A Time of Mercy can be borrowed from either Islay or Joyce.
May 25 - Peace By Chocolate by John Tattrie
All are welcome to join us; contact Islay Scott to add your name to the Zoom invitation list.
Church Photo Directory - Are you forgetting what everyone in the Burton Ave church family looks like? We will send out an updated photo directory by the end of April. If you want us to change your household photo to a new updated closeup, please send a jpg photo to the church office by April 18. Also, if you have had a change in address or phone number, please send that too.
Broadview Magazine Subscriptions- This is the last week to sign up for the group subscription rate. If you are not a subscriber and would like to be or have questions, please contact Lois by April 15th
Online Trivia Night II on May 1st at 7p.m. - Indulge your competitive spirit at our fun online trivia night. Families can compete using their technology in a Zoom Meeting activity hosted by the Life Long Learning Committee. Questions will draw on your knowledge of Bible facts, church families and BAUC trivia. If you are interested please contact Sheena Fletcher-Hoving.
You will be asked to send in a fun fact about your family to be included in the trivia. We are hoping to use Kahoot as the game tool so please let Sheena know whether you have access to a second device to use as a game controller (smart phone, tablet).
Coffee Chats - Do you miss gathering after church each Sunday for coffee? Do you miss birthday cake or cookies awaiting you after Rainbow Club? Well, have we got some exciting news for you! Coffee Chats will be running on Zoom twice a month starting May 9th, 2021! Join us Sundays at 11am for a time to gather. Drop-in as you wish, stay for a few minutes or the full hour! We would love to see your smiling faces again. Sorry, it is bring your own coffee/cookies though!
If you are interested in volunteering to host the zoom event for this please reach out to Maggie Haynes or the church office! All you have to do is follow some sign-in instructions and stay on with everyone!
Meet Burtie Church! Burtie uses they/them as their pronouns. Burtie is interested in learning about Burton Ave United Church and especially how we are living into being an Affirming Church. If you would like to have Burtie come visit your home to help answer and ask questions, please be in touch with Andrea Wheaton. Burtie fits in a envelope and comes with a journal for questions, answers, drawings and photos of time spent with you! Then they travel to the next family so more about us can be added to the journal!
From Open Hands United
*Hurricane Eta Update* (Appeal for Funds) Click Here for all infomation.
Masks for Sale - I am making and selling fabric face masks. I have 2 sizes available (child and adult) and several colours and fabric designs. These masks have a wire insert for fitting around the nose and a pocket area where you can add a filter if you wish. They are available for pick-up or delivery (in Barrie). They are $10 each with 100% of sales going to Burton Avenue United Church. To order, please email Cate F.D. through the office or directly if you have her contact info. Thank you to all the people who who have ordered masks. Your support has been amazing! Thanks, Cate.
Weekly or Monthly Offering - An email was sent with details from the Treasurer about how you can continue with donations if you wish to do so. The information is also on our website. If you need help finding this information, please contact the church office.
Pastoral Care - many of us have been keeping in touch through phone calls, emails and even snail mail. What a blessing it has been that we can still connect to one another in those ways. This has been a good time for so many of us to get to know others in our church that we did not yet know! Remember that Pastoral Care is a ministry that all of us share and need to participate in, however we can. Whether you are making contact or receiving contact, we are caring for one another. Whether you are on the prayer list or you are praying for those on the list, we are caring for one another. Whether you are listening to someone's concerns or you are voicing your worries, we are caring for one another. As we continue to be apart, we will need to continue to stay in touch and care for one another in all the ways that we can.
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - is in need of juice, jam and toilet paper.
Youth Haven residents have been moved to a motel for their health and safety and that of their staff. The shelter will remain open for EMERGENCY services only. Due to current COVID19 measures they are only accepting financial donations at this time. Financial donations can be made online at youthhaven.ca
The Busby Centre is in need of the following items. Men’s boots sizes 10 -11 ½, Men’s track pants medium and large preferred, small accepted as well, coffee whiter and sugar, pasta sauce. Items may be dropped off at the centre from 10-2 Monday to Friday.
Baked Goods for Busby Centre - Those interested in contributing baked goods or store bought snack items for the Busby Outreach Team, please contact Andrew Telford for specifics. The Busby Centre would like to coordinate donations with other organizations and the existing sandwich program. This is in addition to the Breakfast Program as there is a great need in our community! Appreciate any help you can offer.
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.
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During our time out of the building due to Covid-19, these announcments may not apply
Nametags – If you would like a nametag or you need a new one please sign up in the foyer or let the office know. Children & Youth can have nametags too. If parents prefer just first names on the children’s tags let us know. And remember to wear your nametag. It helps us get to know one another.
Resource Corner - 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 the Outreach Committee have posted information about Mental Health Awareness – take any flyers or information that you need.
Car Pool 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.
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”.
Notice to Church Members and Guests Our services and events may be photographed or videotaped for the purpose of informing our members or the public. If you have a concern about your image being used in these situations, please let us know.