Islington Sings Broadway

Friday, Sept. 21 @ 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Islington Sings Broadway
Friday,  September 21
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the Chapel


Join Jim Corbett, Jason Locke and special guest, Peter Barnes, as we sing the songs of Broadway. Refreshments will follow. Please feel free to bring a friend or two! All are Welcome!

Fall Seniors' Celebration

Wednesday, Oct. 3 @ 11:30 am

Fall Seniors’ Celebration
Wednesday, Oct. 3 @ 11:30 am

Senior’s FallCelebration Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 at 11:30 am Worship in the sanctuary followed by lunch in the Stewart East Hall. For more info and to RSVP contact: Leslee at 416.239.1131 x230.

Stephen Ministry

Consider Serving as a Stephen Minister

Act Now to Be Part of the
Next Stephen Minister Training Class!
Apply by October 19th
Consider enrolling in Islington United’s next class of Stephen Ministers. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to grow in faith, develop stronger relational skills, and bring Christ's love into the lives of hurting people.

To be part of this class, you will need to pick up a copy of the Stephen Minister Application from the church office. Fill it out and return it to the office or Dale Kucharczyk by
October 19th. We can then schedule a time to meet so that you can learn more about the training and we can learn more about you. There is some flexibility with the training dates and times depending on the needs of those interested.

For more information, please contact Dale Kucharczyk at or one of the other Stephen Leaders: Isla Grady, Dorothea Vickers and David Lang.

God has plans for you to grow!

Livingwater in Action

Making a Difference

Giving Thanks for…
Wells in Zambia

In June, Islington United made its final donation of $10,000 to United Church Mission & Service for the drilling of wells in Zambia from the LivingWater campaign. Here’s how the money will be used by our Mission & Service partner, People’s Action Forum (PAF):  
One new borehole (well) will be drilled at the Kamulaseni school in Chipata in Eastern Province. The school was recently rehabilitated with the help of PAF and the Roger Federer Foundation. But students still have to walk 35 km for clean water. The new LivingWater well will not only provide clean, safe drinking water for students and the community, it will mean that learners can be in the classroom, not fetching water! Two thousand people will benefit from this well.

Several other projects will profit from the rest of our LivingWater donation. Repair and replacement work on three existing wells in other parts of rural Eastern Province will ensure clean, safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene, better nutrition through the growing of vegetables, and much-needed income from the sale of surplus crops. All of this will benefit another 2,500 people.

We give thanks for the gifts to LivingWater and for our Mission & Service partner in Zambia. Our gifts to Mission & Service make a difference in people’s lives. Please give prayerfully and generously to Mission & Service this Thanksgiving.
You can make a secure online donation here:
Select 13. Thanksgiving Offering from the drop-down menu or use one of the Thanksgiving Mission & Service envelopes available in the sanctuary.

Running For Refugees

October 21, 2018

Run and Walk For Refugees 2018
10th Consecutive Year
Sunday, October 21


Run and Walk for Refugees - For the 10th consecutive year, on Sunday October 21, 2018, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will include Islington United Church as an Official Charity featuring our fabulous Running and Walking for Refugees team as proud participants!!

We will have big running shoes to fill this year after our terrific 2017 team entry set all time IUC records for both the number of runners and walkers (18) and funds raised (over $18,500!) Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information on how to join us or to donate to our cause please contact Captain Dennis at or 416.231.4349.

Practice Walk – From June to September, every 3rd Saturday of the month we will have a practice walk! We meet in front of Grenadier Cafe in High Park, and do a 5k walk. After the walk, everyone is welcome to come have breakfast at the restaurant!


The Giving Garden

Hedlping Hands to Harvest

The Giving Garden
Harvest Time
Can You Help?

We’re entering the busiest harvest time for the Giving Garden. Can you help the Green Team?  

We harvest every Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 10:30. No experience necessary! Contact Steve Tower if you can help at

Being the Church - Workshop

September 23 @ 7:00 pm

Being the Church
How to Live into Affirm
September 23 @ 7:00 pm


Our first learning workshop for the fall will be September 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendar now as the busy fall season will soon begin. We welcome all to join us for a lively and interactive learning workshop with Pam Rocker. Pam is an Affirm animator, writer, speaker, activist and is the past chair of Affirm United. She is also on the Board of the United Church Observer. While we all enjoy delicious homemade pie, Pam will teach us the meaning of PIE—an  acronym for Public, Intentional and  Explicit.  
To learn more about Pam Rocker connect to the link: 

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by contavcting the office at 416-239-1131 ext 221 or by email at

Monday Meditation

Mondays at 7:00 pm

Mediation with James
Monday @ 7 pm in the Chapel

We are pleased to be resuming our weekly meditations and wish to extend the invitation to anyone who is curious. Come join us for quiet breath-centred meditation, guided by gentle reminders. Let yourself relax and release what you no longer need, all the while anchoring yourself more deeply in your heart. Feel free to come and check it out.  No experience is required.

All are welcome!

In September...

Support Islington’s Food Programs

Support Islington’s Food Programs

In September please donate beans in sauce 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 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


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