Josephine Conforzi

Dear IUC Family and Friends,

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of IUC member Josephine Conforzi, on Thursday, December 7, 2017
A service celebrating her life will be held at Islington United Church on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11 am.  Visitation will take place at 10 am, and a reception will follow the service.
Please keep Peter and Marilyn Conforzi and their family in your thoughts and prayers.


Thelma Logie

Dear IUC Family and Friends,

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time member Thelma Logie on December 3, 2017 in her 92nd year.  The memorial service will take place at Bracebridge United Church on Tuesday, December 19 at 11 am.

Messages of condolence can be left at
Please keep the Logie family in your thoughts and prayers.


Interfaith Relations

By Barbara Sheffield

Knitting Together Interfaith Communities
By Barbara Sheffield

Muslims in our communities and in our country that we, as Christians, stand with them in solidarity against expressions of religious intol­erance and acts of religious terrorism? The congregation at Islington United Church is demonstrating its commit­ment to interfaith solidarity in creative and compassionate ways.

The congregation recently invited its Muslim neigh­ours into the church for an interfaith service. The ser­vice included the blessing of 54 prayer shawls and the dedication of a memorial bench in the church garden­, an act of honouring the families who lost loved ones in the horrific act of terror committed on January 29, 2017 at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec.

Mary Bradley, one of the many knitters who partici­pated in the prayer shawl project, said, "Knitting is a form of prayer. When we knit we are making a differ­ence in this turbulent world. We hope our prayers bring comfort and peace to the mosque families."

Ahmed El-Refai, director of religious affairs at the Quebec City mosque, attended the interfaith blessing service with his wife Hanna. He thanked the church for its prayers, remembrance of the victims, and faithful concern for all the families affected. He described the outpouring of love and support from Muslims and non­ Muslims across Canada as overwhelming.

Meanwhile, Huda Bukhari, Director of the Arab Com­ munity Centre of Toronto, expressed profound gratitude to Islington United Church for providing an opportunity to work in solidarity towards interfaith dialogue and celebration. She said, "This collaboration will go a long way to break the barriers between newcomers, refugees and the wider community."

For more information, please contact Barbara Sheffield, chair of Islington’s Interfaith Circle, @

Out of the Cold Program

Thank You

Out Of The Cold Program 2017
Thanks for Your Help

Once again, we opened the winter season for The Out Of The Cold Program on Friday, November 24th by providing a hearty meal consisting of a salad, meat or vegetarian stew, mashed potatoes, cake and ice cream for the guests at All Saints Anglican Church. We were, as usual, warmly received by Mirella Fidenza and her volunteer team at All Saints. They told us that they appreciate having us open the season for them because we do such a good job and are very efficient and capable workers. We were asked to provide food for 120 and ended up feeding 96 people with enough left over to provide for late arrivals and to be donated to another location near Islington and Lakeshore which provides lunches for their guests. Nothing was wasted.

Thank you very much to all of you who so generously donated your time as cooks and kitchen workers on Friday evening. We have been providing this service since the inception of The Out Of The Cold Program in approximately 1994-1996 and, unfortunately, it seems like we will have to continue for a few more years. The demand seems to continue to increase.

Our next date will be on Friday, March 30th, 2018 so, please, mark your calendars.

Scout Christmas Tree Sales

The 433rd Scout Group are selling Christmas Trees

433rd Scout Group Christmas Tree Sales

The 433rd are once again selling Christmas trees. All of the profits go directly towards supporting all our Scouting programs right here in the Islington community. The tree lot will be open on weekends until Saturday, December 23 (unless they sell out). The lot is open Fridays 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sundays 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Prices range from $35 to $65. Please see the notice boards outside the office or by the elevator (ground floor) for more details.

IUC Governance Review

Your Opinions are Welcomed

Islington United Church
Governance Review

The Council for Islington United Church is initiating a full and comprehensive review of church governance. It is our hope that a few needed changes will support and empower both our new ministerial team and Council by streamlining the decision-making process and therefore enabling us to do more of God’s work in our community.

This is an optimum time to conduct this review. We have our new ministry leader getting up to speed quickly, and it is over 25 years since such a focused governance review was completed. Any recommended changes in governance will be presented to the congregation in the spring of 2018 for discussion, with formal approval for any changes being required at our 2018 Annual General Meeting.

If you would like to participate in this review or have any thoughts or concerns to contribute, please contact Wendy Sexsmith at 416-232-1682 or


In November...

Support Islington’s Food Programs

Support Islington’s Food Programs

In November please donate juice for our Mabelle Food Program and Emergency Food Pantry, to 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!

Healing Pathway Training

Phase One Training Course - Register Now

Healing Pathway
Phase One Training Program at Islington United
Register Now: Course - May 4 & 5, 2018


Healing Pathway Phase One Training Program will be hosted by Islington United Church as all-day sessions on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. You may obtain the brochure and registration form for this course by clicking here.

The Healing Pathway Training Program enables people to develop the gifts and skills of healing within the Christian tradition, and fosters the development of healing ministries in their local congregation and for self-care. Practitioners are trained to be a heart-centred, loving presence, and to use techniques in an intentional manner to facilitate and support the healing process of an individual, for physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being. Healing sessions do not always involve physical contact between the practitioner and the receiver; the practitioner may simply work in the bio-energy field around the body. Healing Pathway training has four phases. Each phase is a prerequisite to the next.

Every year there are a number of training workshops throughout Ontario that offer practitioners of Healing Pathway an opportunity to be in community with others and to hone their Healing Pathway practice. Visit the Upcoming Courses Page to find workshops near you by clicking here.

If you are interested in learning more about Healing Pathway please watch the Introduction to Healing Pathway video by clicking here.

The Healing Pathway Program is
 an energy-based approach to healing,
sanctioned by the United Church of Canada.

Gifts with Vision

For Your Christmas Giving

Gifts with Vision
For Your Christmas Giving

The United Church’s Gifts with Vision catalogue turns gift giving into an opportunity to do something extra for our Mission & Service partners. With Gifts with Vision, you give a gift to friends or family to support specific partner activities. With these gifts, we help create healthy places to live, promote justice, provide social services, and enliven worship.

Choose Your Gifts & Stocking Stuffers
Pick up your copy of the Gifts with Vision catalogue on literature tables around the church or browse online: There are lots to choose from in many price ranges to inspire everyone on your Christmas list. Here are some examples:
  • $10 to purchase a grocery gift card for Oxford First Nation, 950 km north of Winnipeg (where 4 L of milk costs $11)
$20 to support reconciliation programs for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth at Lumsden Beach United Church Camp
$25 to sponsor a farmer’s participation in a three-month training program in organic agriculture in Ecuador
$100 to provide a day at camp for children and youth for whom finances are a barrier
  $200 to provide tuition, bursaries, and teacher supplies for schools in Kenya
$350 to purchase a solar kit for a rural household in the Philippines to power home lighting and a radio

Travel Opportunity

With Mark and Pattie Aitchison

Travel Opportunity
with Mark and Pattie Aitchison

Upper Mekong River including Thailand and Laos
November 1 - 21, 2018
Dear IUC Friends; Pattie and I are just back from a wonderful tour of China. We always enjoy travelling with friends from IUC. I’m very excited to share a new brochure recently released by Craig Travel for a tour of the Upper Mekong River including Thailand and Laos. This tour is planned for November 1st – 21st, 2018. So although it is a year away it is time to get looking at calendars.

Brochures are in the rack outside the chapel. You can also look at the brochure on line by clicking

Doesn’t that look exciting? Let me know if you have any questions. Mark Aitchison – 416.805.6287.


Calling All Photographers

We Want Your Pictures

We want your pictures!

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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