Service at Islington

A church the size of Islington requires many helping hands to offer compelling worship services, genuine hospitality, maintain and enhance our facilities and responsibly manage our resources. That is why we are so grateful that so many within our Church have come forward to support our many programs, activities and facilities. Take a few moments to review the many ways that your can help Islington United Church continue to be a vibrant Christian community.
 

Mission Action Plan

Our Belonging System

Mission Action Plan
Islington’s Belonging System

Every year approximately 200 individuals visit Islington United for the first-time for Sunday Morning service. Research has shown that the first seven minutes of the guests’ first visit to a church has a large impact on whether they will return to attend Sunday service in the future and ultimately become an engaged member of the congregation. 

Islington’s Belonging System is intended to build on our excellent tradition of welcoming guests to Sunday Morning service. It is intended to provide special training to help us make first-time guests feel welcomed and to build pathways for them to get involved in the life of our Church.      
The Belonging System is part of the Mission Action Plan program commissioned by Church Council to help Islington continue to grow. It is based on best practices from many churches who have evolved their welcoming strategies to make guests feel more at home.

Islington’s Sunday Morning Belonging System is an integrated network of six teams:
Parking Attendants, (Guest) Greeters/Greeters, Ushers, Section Elders, Welcome Station Attendants and Church Ambassadors - with training and tools to make first-time guests feel welcome, to help them to make connections, and to encourage them to attend in the future.


The Belonging System needs volunteers. Please prayerfully consider how you may play a role in this important program to help Islington to continue to grow.


Sunday Morning Belonging System Teams:

Greeters
The Belonging System distinguishes between two types of Greeter’s: (Door) Greeters who welcome everyone as they arrive for service and stay at the door at all times and Guest Greeters who welcome everyone as they arrive for service but will leave the door, as required, to serve as a guide for first-time guests (e.g., guide them to the sanctuary, nursery/toddler room). Guest Greeters also serve as a contact point for first-time guests after the service.

For more about the role of Greeters in Islington's Belonging System please see the following (Note: This document is a PDF file. If you do not have a PDF Reader you may obtain it for free by clicking here). The training session for Greeters will be Sunday May 29 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm and you can sign up for this training session by clicking here.




Ushers
In addition to their current roles and many responsibilities, the Belonging System refines the role of the Ushers to serve as an extension and backup of Guest Greeters and participate in welcoming guests to Sunday Morning service. As such, Ushers will receive training on how to welcome guests.

For more about the role of Ushers in Islington's Belonging System please see the following (Note: This document is a PDF file. If you do not have a PDF Reader you may obtain it for free by clicking here). The training session for Ushers will be Sunday May 29 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm and you can sign up for this training session by clicking here.







Section Elders
The Belonging System introduces the role of the Section Elder with eight Section Elders per service. Section Elders will be responsible for all individuals sitting in approximately 3 to 4 pews on one side of the Sanctuary during service. Section Elders will take note of guests, introduce themselves, welcome guests to Islington and encourage them to ask questions if needed. Section Elders will also take note of changes in the attendance pattern of regular attendees as this may indicate a problem (e.g., health) or other needs.

For more about the role of Section Elders in Islington's Belonging System please see the following (Note: This document is a PDF file. If you do not have a PDF Reader you may obtain it for free by clicking here). The training session for Section Elders will be Wednesday, June 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and you can sign up for this training session by clicking here.




Parking Attendants
The Belonging System introduces the new role of the Parking Attendant with three Parking Attendants at each Sunday Morning service, one in the North West parking lot and two in the main parking lot. The number of Parking Attendants may be increased for special services (Christmas, Easter). Parking Attendants will be the first point of contact with Sunday Moring guests, help guide them to specially designated “Visitor Parking” and provide direction as to where to park (and where not to park) if the Church parking lot is full.

For more about the role of Parking Attendants in Islington's Belonging System please see the following (Note: This document is a PDF file. If you do not have a PDF Reader you may obtain it for free by clicking here). The training session for Parking Attendants  will be Sunday May 29 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm and you can sign up for this training session by clicking here.



Church Ambassadors
The Belonging System introduces the new role of Church Ambassador to welcome visitors and help them to become involved in our Church. Church Ambassadors seek to make a longer-term connection with those new to our Church after their first visit and serve “as a friend at Islington” to help guests feel they are welcomed in our Church. Church Ambassadors may approach those who are new to our Church at the end of service, seek them out when they attend future services and proactively invite guests to special Church events.

For more about the role of Church Ambassadors in Islington's Belonging System please see the following (Note: This document is a PDF file. If you do not have a PDF Reader you may obtain it for free by clicking here). The training session for Ambassadors will be Wednesday, June 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and you can sign up for this training session by clicking here.



Welcome Table Attendants
Welcome Table Attendants form an important part of the Belonging System and will continue to serve as a place where guests can ask questions about our many programs and activities and receive a Welcoming Gift on their first visit.

For more about the role of Welcoming Table Attendants in Islington's Belonging System please see the following (Note: This document is a PDF file. If you do not have a PDF Reader you may obtain it for free by clicking here). The training session for Welcome Table Attendants will be Wednesday, June 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and you can sign up for this training session by clicking here.


Hospitality Ministry

One of the first things people notice about Islington is how open and friendly it feels. This feeling is very much due to the dedicated work of Islington’s Hospitality Ministry for at Islington we believe that Christian hospitality is a crucial aspect of Church Life. From Sunday morning Coffee Hour and pot-luck lunches to more elegant, multi-course banquets – our Hospitality Ministry’s is there. We welcome anyone who would like to help with meal planning, food buying and preparation and food serving. For more information please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Church Elders

Islington United’s Church Elders are a group of dedicated men and women who connect with all members of the Church to ensure that they are informed of Church events and activities and that the Church is informed about any special needs of its members. The Church Elders provide a vital link that brings our faith family closer together. They also extend a warm welcome and helping hand to Church visitors through our Welcoming Team. To find out more about this important ministry please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Islington's Green Team

Islington United’s Green Team is a dynamic group of individuals with a mission to reduce our environmental footprint in economically and socially responsible ways.

If you are keen to:
•  Investigate leading edge green-technology and sustainable practices
•  Learn about exciting food, energy, water and waste reduction programs
•  Share environmental information with Church members and the community
•  Participate in action plans to reduce our carbon footprint


…then our Green Team is definitely for you. To learn more about Islington United’s Green Team and our environmental initiatives please visit the Green Team page under the What’s Happening tab or contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Church Office Volunteers

There are many administrative activities required to manage a church the size of Islington United and we are grateful for the dedication of our Church Office Volunteers. If you are interested in using your people skills and other talents to contribute to the smooth operation of the Church Office, including greeting and assisting members and visitors; helping with routine administrative tasks and inquiries; and offering care to callers in need - than consider joining of the Church Office Volunteer Team. For more information about becoming a Church Office Volunteer please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Facilities Committee

Islington United is proud of its Church home which features a neo-Gothic design crafted by stone masons in the late 1940's. It is the responsibility of the Facilities Committee to maintain, repair, and when necessary, modernize our beautiful Church. The Facilities Committee oversees the planning, maintenance and repair of our Church home to ensure that it is a welcoming, comfortable and safe environment for Islington’s ministries, congregation and visitors. If you are interested in learning more about this important committee please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Library Committee

Islington United’s John Barley Library is a resource centre that contains books, periodicals, CD’s and DVD’s for children, teens and adults looking for resource material, support and inspiration. The library is a welcoming area for all ages to read, research and browse our growing collection. It is also an excellent resource for aids to teach children about the life of Jesus, the Bible and our Christian beliefs. The Library Committee is responsible for selecting, cataloging and presenting our collection and encouraging its use by our congregation. The Library Committee meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. from September to June. For more information about the John Barley Library please visit the Church Library page under the What's Happening tab. To learn more about the Library Committee please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or email us at office@islingtonunited.org.  You may also contact the Church Office should you wish to donate material to the Church Library.
 

Rummage Sale Team

Islington United’s "More than a Rummage Sale" is a major community outreach project, an environmental reusing initiative and a Church fund-raising activity held in October each year. Proceeds from the Rummage Sales support Mission and Service and Islington’s many outreach projects. The Rummage Sale Team meets to organize and promote the sale; collect, sort and display donations; and serve as retail clerks during the two days of the sale in October. The Rummage Sale Team needs volunteers of all ages to support this worthwhile program. To find out more about our Rummage Sale Team please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Loaves and Fishes Team

The Loaves and Fishes Team plays a vital role within our Church exploring and developing stewardship themes and encouraging members to give of their time, talents and treasures to support the life of our Church. The Loaves and Fishes Team is also responsible for fiscal planning and budgets, financial reports and several annual fundraising initiatives within the Church. For more about Islington’s Loaves and Fishes Team please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Ministry & Personnel (M&P)

Islington’s Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee serves as the “human resources department” of Islington United Church and provides support for all paid Church staff. The committee is also responsible for overseeing the relationship between staff and the congregation, assisting with Church staff need assessments and supporting staff search committees. For more information concerning M&P please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Spiritual Engagement Team

Islington‘s Spiritual Engagement Team develops and implements a wide range of initiatives to attract new members to the Church, engage Church visitors to consider membership and enhance existing Church programs to better meet the emergent spiritual needs of our members. For more information concerning the Spiritual Engagement team please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Website Working Group

Islington United’s Website Working Group is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of the Church website and strives to make the website a central meeting place for members and Church visitors. The website contains up-to-date information concerning Church news and promotes upcoming activities and events to Church members and the surrounding community. The website also provides audio and video files of Sunday morning sermons, announcements, choir performance and special Church events (e.g., baptisms). The website serves as a portal for Islington’s social media and a place where anyone can easily contact our Church. Web designers and social media coordinators are welcome to help shape and maintain our site. For more information please contact the Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Presbytery Representative

Islington United is a member of Toronto Conference South West Presbytery, a United Church group with clergy and lay representatives from the members of this conference. As a Presbytery representative, on behalf of Islington United Church, you will play an important role to help shape multi-congregational initiatives, provide feedback concerning the activities of Islington United to Presbytery and convey news concerning the activities of Presbytery members to Church Council and members of our Church. For more information about becoming a South West Presbytery representative please contact our Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 

Islington's Board of Trustees

Islington United Church's Board of Trustees are elected members of the congregation who faithfully administer all property owned by the Church congregation for the benefit of the congregation and the United Church of Canada. The Board's activity are guided by the tenants of the United Church of Canada's Trusts of Model Deed. For more information about Islington’s Board of Trustees please contact Rev. Maya Landell at 416-239-1131 Ext. 23 or email Maya at maya@islingtonunited.org.
 

Islington's Church Council

The chairs of various Church committees meet a various times throughout the year to serve and provide overall governance of the Church. Church Council members are elected by the congregation to oversee the spiritual and temporal life and work of Islington. Executive Council, composed of the Chair and Assistant Chair of Council, the senior Ministerial Team and selected key committee chairs meets monthly throughout the year. Church Council, consisting of a wider range of committee chairs, meets four times a year. For more information concerning Islington United's Church Council please contact the Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext. 21 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.