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!
From Your Worship & Music Committee
Livestream Worship. Click HERE for our YouTube channel link and look for the live video stream that begins at 9:50 a.m. with announcements and the service starts at 10:00 a.m. If you miss the livestream you can watch the recording after it uploads.
Worship Schedule (in-person & livestream)
August 7 - 9th After Pentecost - "Windows"
Pulpit Supply: Brenda Young
NO Rainbow Club
August 14 - 10th After Pentecost
Pulpit Supply: The Rev. Dr. Todd McDonald
NO Rainbow Club
August 21 - 11th After Pentecost
Pulpit Supply: The Rev. Dr. Todd McDonald
Special Music: Cathy Manzato
NO Rainbow Club
Transition Team update on Masking - At the Executive Board meeting on June 8, the procedures for wearing masks were reviewed. Following the province lifting the mandatory mask requirement in most indoor settings, masking in the church building will no longer be required. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit continues to recommend masking in indoor settings. Burton Ave United supports all persons whether they choose to wear a mask or not. Please continue to self screen prior to coming to the building, and continue to be aware of each other's personal space.
Powerpoint Team Members Needed!! - The powerpoint team is looking to grow in the Fall of 2022. Responsibilities include preparing and presenting the powerpoint during Sunday service once or twice per month. Training and templates are available. If you are interested, please contact either Jody Lee or the office (email@example.com/705-726-0401).
Advent Musical - Do you love to SING? Do you love to DANCE? Do you love to ACT? Do you love to BAAAAA????? If you're a young person (between the ages of 4 and 16) and enjoy even one of these things, you sound like the perfect candidate to join our Advent musical, "Straight Outta Bethlehem". We've got big roles with lots of speaking lines, little roles with few speaking lines and silent roles with no speaking lines...and just a bit of group singing!! There are music tracks and scripts to help you learn your words and notes so you can practice at home too (just in case it's hard for you to make it to every rehearsal!)
More details will be coming out soon, but if this sounds like fun and something you'd like to join, please contact Katie Pergau (firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-717-8682) and let her know to add your name to the list!
High school volunteer hours can be offered to any youth who help with tech, costumes, props, sets and/or other backstage roles.
From Your Church Office
Office Hours - Until Sept 6th, office hours have changed to Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-12:30 pm only.
Phone - 705-726-0401
Office Emails - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcements - please note that weekly announcements are due to the office no later than Wednesday at the end of the day and must be sent to either of the office emails (see above). This applies to all announcements (printed & verbal or video during service). Announcements will posted for 2 weeks only unless otherwise requested.
Church Photo Directory Fall update - We will send out an updated photo directory by the end of September. If you want us to change your household photo to a new updated pic, please send a .jpg photo to the church office by September 16. Also, if you have had a change in home address, email address or phone number, please let us know that too.
From Your Church Board
The Visioning Committee is interested in capturing your vision…figuratively and literally! As you embark on the summer season, the Visioning Committee asks you to forward a few photos that resonate with you that you would be comfortable having put into a collage this fall. Perhaps it will be photos from a summer adventure or photos of something or someone near and dear. It could be photos from your own backyard, a sunset, a grand adventure, your favourite people, places or things.
The committee is looking forward to creating a collage of these photos that can be on display in BAUC that represents this moment in time as we continue to reconnect. A rainbow seems appropriate. We look forward to building our vision together.
Please forward any digital or hard copy photos to the church office by Sun, Sept. 11th.
From Your Life Long Learning Committee
Rainbow Club - welcomes children and youth, ages 4 years & up, each week to participate in activities and games and engage in conversation. At this time, we have 4 adults providing leadership in Rainbow Club. We would like to recruit another 2-4 people for September to allow for a rotation every 4 weeks. There is no experience needed, just a love for children and youth. A curriculum will be provided and volunteers will be put into teams. Anyone that is interested, please reach out to Nicole Masuda or Sally Telford.
From Your Local & World Outreach Committee
From the Barrie Food Bank - The vision of the Barrie Food Bank is to have a Community Where No One is Hungry. However, given the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and the local affordable housing crisis, food bank requests are up 50% from what they were last year.
Please consider making contributions to the BAUC Little Free Food Pantry or to the Food Bank (https://www.barriefoodbank.org/) at 42 Anne Street South or though one of their drop off locations at local grocery stores.
Burton Avenue U. C. Breakfast-to-go program - Volunteers are needed to help out with the Breakfast-to-go program that Burton Avenue sponsors every Monday morning. Many of our current volunteers will be away at times during the summer so help is needed. Preparation begins at 7:00 am at BAUC and then breakfast is served outside at Collier St. United Church. from 8:00 - 9:00 am. We return to Burton Avenue to stock up for the following Monday. Please email the church office email@example.com attention: Breakfast-to-Go program. Your support in any way will be gratefully received.
From Your Stewardship Committee
Your Givings to June 30 - Last week or earlier this week you will have received, either through email or postal mail, a letter from the office with your givings to date as well as a letter from our Chair of Stewardship, Greg Taylor. If you did not receive this information, please contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-726-0401).
ON THE WEB
Please email email@example.com 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.
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 THE 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.
In follow up to the Getting To Tomorrow dialogues, our friends at the Gilbert Centre are looking for ways to keep the dialogue going, bridge gaps, and build connection between people who use drugs and the community. They have asked me to reach out to my friends in the faith community to help do this. In preparation for the upcoming cold Canadian winter and the Christmas holidays they have asked if we have some knitters that would be interested in knitting wool socks, and mittens for their clients. Receiving hand knitted items by members of their community will do more than keep hands and feet warm, it will help those that receive them feel cared for by their neighbours. If you are able to knit something contact Christine Nayler or Sarah Tilley from the Gilbert Centre for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BURTON AVENUE UNITED SPRING FLING 2022!
I know the idea of another Burton Avenue United Church SPRING FLING may seem like a LONG way off from now but in order to set up this BIG fundraiser for our Church, we need to put together a Spring Fling Committee fairly soon in order to set the wheels of planning in motion. This event is especially needed with a larger than usual deficit in our operating funds due to the Pandemic. Please consider stepping up and being part of this committee. We need your help in order to make this possible. If interested, either let Alan McGee or Greg Taylor know ASAP.
OPEN HANDS UNITED MISSION
The 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.
LITTLE FOOD PANTRY
Thank you to all who have been dropping by the church to add items directly to the pantry. Just a reminder that during the cold weather, appropriate food items are things that will not be adversely affected by freezing temperatures, such as canned goods with water. For a list of suggested contributions during the winter, please refer to the posters on the door and the side of the pantry or click here for the winter list.
During our time out of the building due to Covid-19, these announcements may not apply
CANCELLATION OF SUNDAY WORSHIP FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER OR OTHER EMERGENCY:
Should you need information about possible Sunday Worship cancellation, please check the church website www.burtonavenueunited.com, the Burton Avenue Facebook page or the recorded church telephone message. Should there be a power outage such that tech devices cannot be used, members of the congregation should use their good judgement considering the weather conditions or nature of the emergency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Didn't receive what you wanted in your stocking this Christmas season? Contact Katie (705-717-8682 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to get a copy of "Ministry of Music - Covid Comfort" to bring some musical comfort to you and/or your loved ones. It's available as a CD or playlist download link and it's just $20! All proceeds support our church. Payments can be sent to email@example.com
(*Note "Music CD" in comments) MOST PREFERRED OR by cheque (made out to Burton Avenue United Church) *Note "Music CD in comments". If paying by cash, please submit the exact amount of $20 per order. Cheques or cash can be dropped off at BAUC in sealed envelopes in the mail slot beside the doors (parking lot side of the church).
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.