Summer Sunday Worship Time

Begins Sunday, June 25 @ 10:30 am


Please Join Us for

 

Summer Sunday Worship

One Service at 10:30 am
in the Stewart East Hall

June 25 to August 27, 2017

 
We return to the Sanctuary, September 3

 

Our 200th Birthday Celebrations

Planning Session - Sept. 10 @ 2:30pm

200th Birthday Celebrations
Something big is happening!

Islington United turns 200 in 2018!!! Our 200th birthday year will provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of our church. The success of this birthday year will depend on the ideas, creativity and talents of many people.

Will you be part of this team?

It will be lots of fun and a great way to get to know some Islington members. We invite you to come to an organizational meeting on Sunday, September 10 @ 2:30 pm. At the meeting we will generate some exciting ideas and organize smaller committees to carry out the work.

No experience necessary! Contact Isla Grady isla@sympatico.ca or Val Greenfield val.greenfield@bell.net for details. See you there!


Islington Photo Directory Update

Aug. 23 & 24; Oct. 10-14; Oct. 24-28, 2017

We are Updating Our
Church Photo Directory
and We Need Your Help!

Islington is updating our Church Photo Directory and we would like you and your family to participate. There are several times and dates to choose from including:
 
Wednesday, Aug. 23 & Thursday, Aug. 24 from 2 pm to 9 pm
Tuesday, October 10 to Friday, October 13 from 2 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, October 14 from 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, October 24 to Friday, October 27 from 2 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, October 28 from 10 am to 5 pm

 

There are still spaces available for the first bookings for this week on August 23-24, from 2:00-9:00 pm (just in time before our Youth head off to university and college). For more information see the display during coffee hour.

Please help us with this important initiative by clicking
here to register a convenient time for your photo shoot. If you have any questions concerning our Church Photo Directory Update please contact the office at 416-239-1311 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.

 
Thank for Your Assistance with this Important Initiative!
 

Infaith BBQ

Sunday, September 10 - 4pm – 7pm

Interfaith BBQ
Sunday, September 10 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Come and meet your Muslim neighbours at the Bosnian Cultural Centre in Etobicoke and the Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga, along with members of Bloordale United and other churches at a community BBQ on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Picnic site #7, Etobicoke Centennial Park. A contribution of $5 per is all that is required. Some 200 people are expected to attend. There is a fixed structure canopy in case of rain. The event is being planned by Bloordale United Church and the Sayeda mosque. This is the second interfaith event hosted by Bloordale and the mosque.

For more information, contact Barbara Sheffield, b.sheffield@roger.com or Carol Wilson cwilson@yorku.ca, co-chairs of Islington’s Interfaith Circle.


Eculinks - Resources for Refugee

By Barbara Sheffield

ECULINKS Offers Resources
for Refugee Sponsors

By Barbara Sheffield

MANY CONGREGATIONS ARE committed to the grueling but rewarding work of refugee sponsorship. As those involved in the frontlines of such work know, it is infinitely complex, with sponsors often navigating the intricacies of government bureaucracy with little prior knowledge or guidance. Ecumenical Links Etobicoke (ECULINKS) is here to change that. It offers information sharing and training for refugee sponsors, among other things.

ECULINKS was launched 10 years ago by Thom Norris of Royal York Road United Church in Toronto. The goal was to bring together like-minded people from churches in central Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto, to share information and collaborate on outreach and justice issues. Representatives from a number of United, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Presbyterian churches have been talking and collaborating ever since.

The organization’s recent initiative was launched in partnership with Islington United Church’s 38-year-old refugee ministry. Through a survey of 65 Etobicoke churches, ECULINKS was able to gather information about refugee sponsors for Syrian newcomers. It discovered that there was strong interest in information sharing and training for refugee sponsors. The positive response led to a further partnership with the Arab Community Centre of Toronto.

During the last year, ECULINKS has offered four free workshops at Islington United Church. Each workshop has attracted close to 100 participants. To date, the workshops have focused on understanding Syrian culture, identifying health issues, creating an employment strategy, and preparing for “month 13”. “The two workshops I attended were exceptional,” said Carol Warnica, who drove from Barrie to Etobicoke in a snowstorm for one of them. “The speakers brought us personal experience and the roundtable discussions led to best practices that can be shared with others. My only regret is that I missed the first two.”

A future workshop on family dynamics and integrating Syrian women into Canadian culture is scheduled for September 30, 2017. According to Peter Lindsay, workshop co-chair, “word has spread through United Church Toronto Conference, Anglican Church Toronto Diocese, Catholic Church Toronto Diocese, among others, about these workshops, with attendees coming from as far away as Barrie, Niagara Falls and Prince Edward County.

Attendees would like to have more opportunities like this in the coming months.” A database of some 200 people has been established as the Etobicoke Network of Refugee Sponsors; individuals are now sharing information and problem-solving through the network. “We aim to provide a ‘train the trainer’ experience to offer sponsors developed best practices in key areas of sponsorship and to leverage the vast social networks of our network members,” says Mahmoud Allouch, a member of the workshop organizing committee who is from Syria. Without such knowledge, the job of refugee sponsorship would assuredly be much more difficult at a time when the need is greater than ever.

Barbara Sheffield is a member of ECULINKS Etobicoke and Islington United Church. She is co-chair of the workshop organizing committee.


Carole's Kenya Pilgrimage

An Interview

Carole Bennett's Kenya Pilgrimage
An Interview

WHEN ISLINGTON UNITED CHURCH'S CAROLE BENNETT volunteered for a recent Mission & Service (M&S) exposure trip to Kenya, she came away transformed. She spoke to us about her experience, and welcomes the opportunity to visit congregations across Toronto Conference.



How has being a lifelong member of Islington United shaped your faith journey?

Islington United Church is like an extension of my family. I have such a strong sense of belonging because I've been invited to be a part of the life and work of the church virtually my whole life: from Sunday school in my youth to social justice and right relations as a senior today. As my faith has evolved, there's always been a place for me in my congregation to learn and respond.

 

What fuels your commitment to volunteer service in The United Church of Canada?

I want to work to live out the Gospel message of the United Church. I'm proud of what our church says and does, the way we continue to answer God's call to love and justice.

 

What inspired your M&S trip to Kenya? What did you learn?

I've been a M&S enthusiast for more than 20 years. When this opportunity emerged to see how our M&S gifts are used "on the ground" by some of our overseas partners, I applied for one of the 14 openings for volunteers. I wanted to go and see for myself so I could tell others about the remarkable work that M&S fosters.

 

I was amazed by the depth and scope of the work of our United Church partners in Kenya. The Christian churches work so closely together and address a count­less array of human problems.

 
We witnessed the work of the National Council of Churches of Kenya in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. We learned about the work of the Pembizo Christian Council with LGBTQ people who are at extreme risk in many African countries. We observed the impact that conservation agricultural techniques are having on crop yields and the food security of families near Meru. We met with St. Paul's University students who are studying Christian-Muslim relations with the prospect of working in communities to foster peaceful co-existence. And there was so much more!
 

What would you say is the value of M&S trips such as yours?

A pilgrimage like this provides the opportunity to go and see what our M&S partners are doing with the support we offer. We see how the Gospel message is lived out in other places. And for me, it reinforced the merit of the approach we take: working with partners to help enable them to find the solutions that work in their situation.

 

How do you want to continue to serve the church in the future?

In the short term, I'd love to share what I experienced with congregations across Toronto Conference. And I'll continue to work on social justice in my community. In the long term? Who knows what opportunities God will offer? I trust I'll respond to where God calls me.

In August...

Support Islington’s Food Programs

"Hunger doesn't take a summer holiday."

With people on vacation or away on weekends donations are down at the Toronto Food Bank, as well as the boxes in our church.


During the month of July, please donate Canned Fruit for our Mabelle Food Program and Emergency Food Pantry. This will help supplement the food provided by the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Place your donations in the Food Bank Box in the Narthex or outside the church office.

 

Thank you for your generous and ongoing support to this program!
 

Rummage Sale Drop-off

Now Accepting Donations

Rummage Sale Donations


We are starting to collect items for the annual rummage sale, October 20 & 21, 2017. We will accept drop offs through the summer on Sunday mornings between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. Donations can be left on the table by the elevator on the ground floor.

At other times, please contact the church office or the facilities staff prior to dropping off your items on the Scout Hall Stage. Please clearly mark all donations RUMMAGE SALE.

Due to fire regulations, donations cannot be left in the stairwell by the parking lot door. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any furniture items at this point. Thank you for your co-operation and your donations!


Travel Opportunity

With Mark and Pattie Aitchison


Travel Opportunity
with Mark and Pattie Aitchison
China and Yangtze River Cruise

October 11 - 27, 2017

 

October 11 – 27, 2017: China and Yangtze River Cruise through the Three Gorges, including visits to some of the most fascinating cities in China: the architecture of Beijing, the commerce of Shanghai, the antiquities of Xi’an and the beautiful landscapes of Guilin. The magnificent scenery of the Three Gorges is absolutely breathtaking.

For more details see the colour brochures outside Grace’s office, or call Mark at 416.805.6287. This voyage fills quickly and we expect that the demand for China will continue to grow. If China is in your plans we urge you to book early and avoid disappointment.

 

Calling All Photographers

We Want Your Pictures

We want your pictures!


The Church is active on Facebook and Twitter. In order to post fresh content we need your pictures! 

Please bring your camera to Church events and snap away! Send us your pictures to post on the website, Facebook and Twitter by emailing them to
office@islingtonunited.org.