Summer Sunday Worship

Summer Sunday Service @ 10:30 am


Please Join Us for

 

Summer Sunday Worship
 

One Service at 10:30 am
in the Stewart East Hall
until Sunday, Sept 2nd 20
18

 
And join us following our 10:30 am worship service for warm greetings, cold punch, and cookies. We return to two services in the Sanctuary on Sept. 9.

 

 

Summer Worship Schedule

July 22nd - Rev. Maya explores the theme of General Council 43: Risking Faith, Daring Hope
July 29th - Rev. Maya preaching Sensible Shoes by Sharon Darlough Brown
Aug. 5th -  The GO Project explore the theme of loaves and fishes
Aug. 12th - Alana Martin explores the theme of pilgrimage
Aug. 19th - James Aitchison explores the theme of pilgrimage
Aug. 26th - Rev. Roger explores reflections on retirement
Sept. 2nd - Rev. Maya explores the pilgrimage theme - if you can’t go somewhere, it can happen right at home
Sept. 9th - Back to two services in the Sanctuary with Baseball Sunday

 

The Hospitality Committee invites you to be a part of our summer Hospitality Team serving warm greetings, cold punch, and cookies following our 10:30 am worship service. All supplies are provided. A schedule and sign-up sheet is in the Stewart East Hall. Please see Lynda Sharpe or contact her at kgsharpe@sympatico.ca  or 416.620.9509.
 

Summer Bible Study

Starts Tuesday, July 10 @ 10:30 am

 

Come and Join Us for
Summer Bible Study

Join us as we look at the book of Psalms in a 5-week informal bible study. How do you connect with the Psalms that express every human emotion? An overview will be given with discussion and learning on following Tuesdays.

Begins Tuesday, July 10 @ 10:30 am
in the Reception Room

Summer Bible Study will run for six weeks every Tuesday. Come and join us. For more information, contact Dorothea Vickers, 416.231.1797 ordorothea.vickers@gmail.com

All are welcome!

 

The Go Project 2018

Here at Islington during July and August

The GO Project is an exciting youth
ministry mission program, happening right here at
Islington United Church this July & August!!


The GO Project is happening this summer in Toronto! During July 29th-August 9th, a group of youth from across Canada will gather together here at Islington United. The young people, aged 13 to 19, and their leaders will live together in intentional community at Islington, cooking, praying, volunteering and discerning together how and where God is calling them. We will be partnering again this year with local organizations such as The Giving Garden, Mabelle Food Bank, Scott Mission, The Furniture Bank and many groups that are making a difference in the community.

Last year’s Toronto’s GO Project at Islington United was a huge success, mainly because of the great and varied support that we received from the community. We are excited to be back again this year! To ensure the program’s success, we rely on the support of the congregation.
There are two ways you can help out!
 
Volunteer Driver

    • There are many sites we will be visiting - the more drivers we have, the easier it will be to transport us from site to site
  •  
  • Donated baked goods
    • For participants to enjoy as snacks! Please drop off at the church (labeled “GO PROJECT” and with ingredients) any time between July 29th -August 8th  ALL food donations must be 100% nut free
 

To help in any way with the GO Project or to find out more, please contact the:


Toronto coordinator Amy McClelland:
amymcclelland10@gmail.com
905.431.9660

 

In July...

Support Islington’s Food Programs

Support Islington’s Food Programs


In July please donate cereal 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!
 

Islington in the News

Remembing Residential Schools

Islington United Church
Remembers Victims of Residential Schools
Etobicoke Guardian - Thursday, June 21, 2018

 

Since the release of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, Canadian settler descendants and newcomers have been challenged to change Canada's relationship with our Indigenous peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action touch many aspects of Canadian life, pointing the way to a transformed relationship whether it involves church, school, business or community.

Islington United Church has embarked on a journey to learn more about Canada's dark history and explore ways to embrace the reconciliation that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) advocates.

We have had opportunities to learn about and reflect on the real experiences of children taken from their families and thrust into the strange, often abusive, world of residential schools: Children like John who reported "when I left the ... school, I could no longer speak Algonquin, and my parents could not speak ... the language that I had been taught in the school. It was almost impossible to communicate with them about the abuse I experienced at the school. I tried to talk with my parents, but, no, it didn't work ..."

In response, a Heart Garden was established in a quiet part of the church's grounds to remember and honour the children, their families, and the communities affected by the tragedy of residential schools.

The
KAIROS Blanket Exercise is another way that children, youth, and adults of the congregation have learned about Canada's history from the Indigenous perspective. Blankets are spread on the floor depicting the land mass of northern Turtle Island (Canada). The participants represent the First Peoples of the land, moving freely about the entire territory. As facilitators describe events of the past 500 years, participants gradually drop out signifying the impact of disease, death, and confiscation of land. Participants consistently comment on the profound impact the exercise has on their understanding of the Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationship.

Islington United is also pursuing ways to support Indigenous people in their call for policy change to restore the balance between our nations, due to the huge gaps in services offered. Every Valentine's Day, the congregation mails dozens of "Have a Heart Day" postcards to the prime minister of Canada calling for Indigenous children to have the same chance "to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and proud of their culture."
Carole Bennett is a co-lead of the Right Relations Circle at Islington United Church


Rummage Sale News

Now Accepting Items for Our 2018 Rummage Sale

Now Accepting Items


We are starting to collect items for the annual rummage sale, October 19 & 20, 2018. We will accept drop offs through the summer on Sunday mornings after the service at 11:30 am.  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.
 

Here are some new or gently used items for collection:
clothing, footwear, china, jewelry, antiques, small furniture, silver ware, furs, purses, belts, scarves, costume jewelry, dishes, cookware, pictures, decorations Christmas and seasonal decorations, lamps, small appliances sports equipment, towels, beddin
g, curtains, tablecloths, placemats etc. toys, games, puzzles.

We are not collecting: older television sets, computers, suitcases or stuffed animals


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!

Thank you for your help with this important program.


Islington in the News

Islington Supports Refugees

Islington United Church
Supports Those Starting a New Life in Canada
Etobicoke Guardian - Thursday May 24, 2018

 
Caring, sharing and love are the hallmarks of Islington United Church's refugee-support ministry, which has served newcomers to Canada for almost 40 years. As sponsors, the church makes a one-year commitment to be responsible in every way for a family's needs as they settle in a new homeland and face the challenges of Canadian living and culture. Since it began this work in 1979, Islington has sponsored 97 people, representing 32 groups from 13 countries, to come here to safety and a new life.

The procedure could be compared to an adoption process, making applications, planning, waiting, final preparations and welcoming with joy upon arrival. The work is supported by the entire congregation and a very busy ministry committee of some 20 people, who meet regularly, raise funds and acquire household goods and personal items so that everything can be ready for new arrivals.

Once a family arrives, our keen and motivated committee moves into high gear, helping to get children into school, parents into ESL courses, finding doctors and dentists for the family, working with the family to create an employment strategy, and making sure they get to know the community and all its services. And we celebrate achievements with them, working toward Month 13, when they will be financially independent and ready to move into Canadian life to start their new story.

Wonderful friendships are made as we go through daily living experiences.

Newcomers say that they are amazed with such a wonderful welcome and grateful to people who want to help them, but especially for the love shown. They appreciate the friendships, the family support, invitations to homes for dinner, tours of the city and special outings, and even the support by committee members to new mothers through labour. Children even created relationships with church members who acted as "grandparents."

All are proud to become Canadian citizens within three to five years; many own their own homes and now have children attending university. They have found employment as administrators, service industry workers, as well as skilled tradespeople and as teachers and engineers.

Since the arrival of Syrian refugees in 2015, the ministry committee has established the Etobicoke Network of Refugee Sponsors, to offer training to first-time refugee sponsors in best practices, through a variety of workshops and information sharing.
Visit our refugee photo gallery at the church on any Sunday morning after worship - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.

Laurie-Beth Page was the first chair of the Refugee Support Ministry committee at Islington United Church in 1979; she continues this work as a committee member today.
 

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.