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!
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Lenten Challenge Week 3 - Lent is a time when we remember the ministry of Jesus and the days leading up to his arrest and death on the cross. In some churches, people give up things for the season of Lent in order to remember the sacrifices that Jesus made by living his life for God and for others. Each week of Lent, you are invited to participate in a challenge so that together we remember Jesus’ ministry. The first week you were invited to do acts of generosity. Last week we invited everyone to express gratitude. This week your challenge is to pray for an enemy. Every day, spend some time praying for someone who has hurt or offend you. It might be someone with whom you are having a difficult relationship or someone you just don’t see eye to eye with. Written by Rev. Sue Browning - Gathering Lent/Easter 2019 pg. 66
Sunday March 24
Join us for Sunday morning service at 10:00am!
Visitors or new-comers we are so glad you are here! Please make yourself known to one of us and sign our guest book in the foyer or at the front door. There is a gender-neutral and accessible washroom on the main level through the doors at the front of the sanctuary. Other washrooms are in the lower level.
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 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.
Spring Fling - Flower Power - Sat., Apr. 13 Tickets available from Devon Williams following church on today & Mar. 31 or by phone at 705-220-2633. Don’t miss out on this fun event! Appetizers and refreshments 5:30, dinner 6:30 p.m. This is a licenced event. Tickets are $80 per person with a $50 tax receipt. See Brenda Young re: donations for the auction or leave them at the church office with your name attached.
Monday March 25
Pastoral Care Team – meets on Mon., Mar. 25 at 9:00 am in the Lounge.
Tuesday March 26
Book Club - Our next meeting will be Tues., Mar. 26 at 7:30pm when we will be discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama. Lois Delaforce will be hosting at her home on 23 Debra Cres. Our April selection is Love Anthony by Lisa Genova. All are welcome.
Saturday March 30
SafeTalk – A reminder for those who signed up, that our Suicide Alertness Training workshop takes place on Sat., Mar. 30 from 9 – 12 noon.
Sunday March 31
Open Hands United is excited to provide a second opportunity to purchase handmade Nicaraguan crafts Sun., Mar. 31, downstairs in the auditorium after church. All proceeds will go to support indigenous artists in Nicaragua.
Youth Confirmation Class We are beginning on Sun., Mar. 31 in the Lounge from 4-7 pm with supper provided. If you are in grades 7+ it is not too late to be part of this group that will help you to decide if you want to be a full member of the church. Speak to Andrea Wheaton or Kim Stoll for more info.
Youth Inc. meets next on Sun., Mar. 31 at 7 pm for grades 6+. We have an outing that night so if you have not already done so, you will need to pick up a permission form today in the foyer. Newcomers are welcome.
News and upcoming events
Vacation Bible Camp - Save the dates for another fabulous camp here at Burton Ave from July 22-26. We will be looking for teen and adult helpers as we once again welcome Camp Awesome staff from Shining Waters Regional Council.
Youth, take note!
Gibimishkaadimin is an Anishinaabemowin word meaning “travelling together by boat.” This summer, from August 20–28, the United Church will be taking Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth ages 14 to 19 on a wilderness canoe trip in northern Ontario as part of a five-year pilot project of reconciliation. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. For more information, visit Gibimishkaadimin at www.gibimishkaadimin.wix.com/home or talk to one of the members of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. More info to follow soon.
Youth at Shining Waters Regional Council Register as soon as possible if you are in grade 8+ and want to attend this first meeting (May 23-26) of the newly established Shining Waters which stretches from the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto up to the shores of Georgian Bay in the Muskoka area. We will be gathering together this year to engage ourselves in our commitment to building the best possible United Church, and we need the youth of Shining Waters to be a part and have your voices heard. This year the Youth Program will begin on Thursday night with activities and time for conversation. The youth program will also host amazing guest speakers like: Natalie Harris (Barrie City Councillor, Brainstorm Podcast, Author and Mental Health Advocate). There is a cost of $60 per person to participate. Youth will also need to be nominated by your church. For more info speak to Andrea Wheaton or go to the following link.
Rev. Patricia Gale-MacDonald has retired after 35 1/2 years of ordained ministry. We are so grateful for the 18+ years of her ministry with and among us. A retirement celebration will take place on Sun., May 5!
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - in need of canned goods, pasta and sauce, coffee, tea, etc…
Busby Street Centre needs us to make/deliver sandwiches to them on Wednesdays between 9:00 and 2:00! Signup sheet is in the foyer. They are now at their permanent location at 88 Mulcaster.
They are also in need of volunteers for dishwashing from 7-9 am and from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Youth Haven - canned goods, peanut butter, dry foods such as cereals, milk, cheese, yogurt, meats and lunch items. They are always happy to receive pre-made dinner donations to feed 20 youth (pre-made bulk dinners such as lasagnas, spaghetti dinners, chili, turkey suppers, casseroles, baked goodies).
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
Please feel free to invite your friends and family to like the page and join us at our events.
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
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.
Affirm Team In continuing to live into our commitment as an Affirming Ministry we will be forming a new team and invite you to participate along with some returning members. Speak to Angela Kerr for more information.
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.
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”.