As noted below, summer services begin at 10 am. Join us as you head to whatever exciting summer activities you have planned, from a walk in the park to travelling the globe! These services tend to be less formal, (often) a bit shorter, and followed up with a cool drink. Join us, and bring a friend!
Summer services begin June 18th (10 am) at Central. Worship at Central continues until July 23, switching to Weston Presbyterian Church, 11 Cross Street on July 30. For pastoral care from July 30 to September 3, please call 416-241-1571. Regular services resume at Central on September 10. Have a great summer!
Sometimes, life is a picnic!
We call it traditional worship with a twist. The service unfolds with the usual scripture-sermon-prayer format, but the added dimension of congregational participation and lots of interaction. We honour the children with their own place in the service, and prepare them for Church School. We have both Junior and Senior Choirs, an occasional Jazz ensemble and regular solo performances.
We follow the Revised Common Lectionary, which is available here.
Use the above link to follow the lectionary readings week-by-week.
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It takes money to put faith into action. The annual budget of The United Church of Canada totals over $29 million. Over $26 million of this comes from voluntary donations by individuals and congregations. The remainder is made up of investment income, retail sales, and other income. Read more about Mission & Service, emergency response, and the Healing Fund.
When asked why you volunteer, it is not always as simple as “because I like to help people.” I first started volunteering as a young teenager. With a group of friends I used to stuff envelopes for the Cancer Society. It was once a month, and we had fun singing and chatting while we stuffed, glad to be out on our own.
Another teen volunteer job was for three weeks of school vacation caring for a young child in an orphanage, and keeping notes on his behaviour. He had been adopted, suffered some trauma and become non-verbal. So no longer wanted he was given back to the orphanage—returned like damaged goods. He was now a couple of years older than the population of babies and toddlers, so he needed different care.
Having fun doing things I enjoyed was the motivation to volunteer, although there was a strong sense both at my high school, and in the Girl Guide movement with which I was involved that “Lending a hand” was the accepted thing to do in life.
When I look deeper into my motivation or someone praised me for being selfless, I’d often feel guilty because I always found volunteering to be to my benefit as much as anything else. It brought me into a new group of activities or people where I gained from the association.
For example, when I used to cook each week for the Tuesday meals at the drop-in I enjoyed the challenge and the praise for the outcome—a tasty meal! My family had left home and I was only cooking for myself by that time, so learning to cook for 80 people each week, to manage volunteer kitchen help from the drop-in population, and getting a meal out on time was a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed.
When I retired, I missed the companionship in the workplace and the demands on my brain. So, I volunteered at West Park Healthcare Centre in a variety of positions. There was rehabilitation, throwing balls to stroke patients; client surveys, polling everyone on their experience of the hospital; recreation, organizing weekly campfires and going on trips. I even developed an English as Second Language series of lessons on tuberculous care for the TB patients and their families.
If you are feeling no longer needed, unchallenged, depressed or lonely, you might find that volunteering benefits you just as much as it does those you help. The WAES food bank, Meals on Wheels, the WKNC Tuesday night community meal, the after-church coffee service and monthly lunches all need volunteer helpers. Maybe volunteering it will be just what you needed.
Come and share a meal with your neighbours! Weekend Community Kitchens at MDNC (1269 Weston Road): Every Saturday for dinner (5 to 7 pm) and Sunday for brunch (10.30 am to 12.30 pm) community gets together to cook and share a meal. And don't forget the Market on Friday afternoon until 6!
Volunteers Needed! Humber Community Seniors' Services is looking for volunteers to help with the Meals on Wheels program. Volunteers are needed to deliver hot nutritious meals to seniors and adults with disabilities in the Weston-Mount Dennis Community. Email email@example.com or call 416-249-7946.
WAES needs your help! The food bank is now giving out eggs, but is low on cartons. If you have a spare empty carton, bring to the church and Edna will see that it gets to where it belongs. Also, they are currently short on canned vegetables and laundry soap.
The Bible by Various Authors
Summer is the ideal time to find a comfy chair and read your Bible. We have numerous copies, in a variety of translations. Where to begin? I suggest you start with the letters of St. Paul, or perhaps Isaiah, the great prophet. Reading Mark is a great place to begin if you want to start with the Gospels, since Mark is the first and the most concise of the four. Or the Psalms: there is so much in the Psalms related to nature and the natural world, perfect for summer!
Canada's National Parks are free in 2017, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Find a park!
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