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Ministers

Bethel/Cooks Mills Charge, ON

“Two small rural churches with big hearts”, who cooperate well. Twenty minutes from the U.S. border, ten colleges/universities within one hour drive. Stable, hospitable congregations, affordable housing. Currently looking for a church partner to take our .625 ministry position up to full time. We are experienced as a learning site, with a supervisor nearby. Welcome applications from OM, DM, DLM, active, retired, candidates, admissions. Applications to be received by July 1, 2017, to Janet Henderson, 2199 Babion Rd., Port Colborne, ON, L3K 5V5.


Camlachie, ON

A wonderful opportunity exists for a full-time ordered minister in the hamlet of Camlachie. We are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron near Sarnia, Ontario. Our congregation is reflective of our mission statement “A Christian community welcoming and serving all people”. For complete information, please go to www.londonconference.ca.


Frankford, ON

Frankford United Church is seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to lead and assist us in seeking more ways to offer the "Love of God" to our congregation and to the many families in our village who are not currently experiencing this fellowship. To view the Revised JNAC (March 12, 2017) and job description, and obtain more details on our mission visit www.opportunities@bayofquinteconference.ca. To apply, please contact the Bay of Quinte Conference Personnel Minister at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca, or opportunities@bayofquinteconference.ca.


Lindsay, ON

Cambridge Street United Church is looking for a full-time Ordained Minister. We are a dynamic church serving 500 members, with dedicated elders who faithfully serve our very active congregation. This position is supported by a Director of Music and a Congregational Designated Ministry Lay Person, as well as full-time administrative and custodial staff. Our congregation recognizes the importance of music in worship, and includes 3 Choirs, a Hand Bell Ensemble and a Worship Band. The U.C.W is a strong, integral part of our church and the Sunday school is well attended. Our congregation has a strong history of outreach work, both locally and internationally. Our impressive church facility includes a full gymnasium and inviting meeting rooms that are available to the community at large. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate inspirational, relevant preaching, and be able to relate to all age groups. Our congregation is looking for a Minister who will establish pastoral visitation as a major priority. In addition, the Minister will be welcoming to all and be actively involved in our community. The Minister will support our personal faith, the faith journey of others and encourage new people into the life and work of the church. Our JNAC report is available at www.theunitedchurch.com. On request, a complete package is available to interested candidates. Inquiries and resumés are invited until July 31, 2017. Please contact Cambridge Street United Church, Attention Search Committee, 61 Cambridge St. N., Lindsay, ON, K9V 4C9; 705-324-3547, or email csuc@nexicom.net.


Mississauga, ON

Cawthra Park United Church is seeking a half-time minister who is warm, enthusiastic, creative and energetic. We are a small, welcoming congregation in Port Credit. We are completing a successful lengthy ministerial relationship and are looking for continued spiritual and congregational growth. Please visit www.cawthraparkuc.org for our JNAC report and job description. The position becomes available to start anytime between May through to September 2017. Please send your cover letter and resumé to office@cawthraparkuc.org.


New Minas, NS

Orchard Valley United Church, located in the middle of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, surrounded by orchards, vineyards and farm country, is searching for an energetic, dynamic, compassionate, experienced and inspirational ordained full-time minister. Our congregation is reflective of our mission statement: “Inspired by the grace of God, we are a welcoming faith family called to love ourselves, others and the world. We seek to deepen our spiritual understanding and reach out through worship and socially just action.” We appreciate a leader who shares a sense of humour, will work with our talented music director and will guide us into our next phase of spiritual growth and mission work. Preaching, pastoral care, Christian development and outreach are priorities for our congregation. Our JNAC report is available at www.orchardvalleyunited.ca. Inquiries and resumes are invited until August 31, 2017, and will be reviewed immediately upon receipt. Please contact Peter Oleskevich, Search Committee Chair, at 902-542-8022, or peter.oleskevich@gmail.com.


Niagara Falls, ON

“Reaching up to God; Reaching out to people.”  In the heart of Niagara Falls, St. Andrew’s, a faith community ranging from young families to seniors, is passionately committed to living lives that reflect the love of Jesus Christ. To fill the vacancy left through recent retirement, we are seeking a full-time minister to join our multi-staff team as we anticipate our best years ahead. Interested applicants can find our JNAC and our Core Values and Essential Beliefs at www.sainta.ca. Please submit applications to ehuynh@gmail.com.


Petrolia, ON

St. Paul’s United church is seeking a creative full-time Ordained, Diaconal or Designated Lay Minister, to fill the vacancy left by our retiring minister. Petrolia is conveniently located between Sarnia and London, offering a relaxed small-town environment with many amenities. We are seeking an enthusiastic leader who possesses a sense of humour, compassion and empathy, and can share the gospel. For additional information please visit www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies.


Reston-Pipestone, MB

Two small country churches with lots of big, friendly hearts, in the wide open peaceful prairies, are seeking a half-time minister. We offer two weeks on/two weeks off with a stately three-storey brick manse in which to live. Both congregations are active, financially sound and full of ideas for the future! Located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, the main industries of Reston-Pipestone Pastoral Charge are agriculture and oil. You might be invited to ride on a combine, or watch a calf being born! Contact Joann Sauvé at jrsauve@mymts.net.


St. Thomas, ON

First United Church, a faith community in a growing city approaching 40,000, located only 20 minutes south of London, seeks a full-time ordained minister. The vacancy comes as our dynamic spiritual leader of the last 17 years retires. Our congregation ranges from young families to seniors who are committed to living lives that reflect the unconditional love of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour who died for our sins. We’re looking for an inspirational preacher who encourages us to live out our faith in today’s reality – to be His disciples in the 21st century. Learn more about us at www.firstunitedchurch.weebly.com, or contact our Search Committee Chairperson, Ray Bosveld, at rbosveld14@gmail.com. Application can be made through www.londonconference.ca. Position start date: fall 2017 or spring 2018. Application deadline: October 31, 2017.


Toronto, ON

Join Us on Our Journey. Eglinton St. George's is seeking a Lead Minister who will work collaboratively with the congregation, staff, and a yet-to-be appointed second Minister to promote membership growth, congregational engagement and deepen spirituality. The ideal candidate will be energetic, fun, flexible, patient and resilient. The successful applicant must be ordained and have demonstrated effective leadership, interpersonal, preaching and communication skills. Please refer to www.esgunited.org under the News & Events tab for more details.


Toronto, ON

Timothy Eaton Memorial Church is abuzz with momentum! We seek a dynamic Minister of Congregational Life and Membership Development to grow our community. This team ministry position governs child & adult ministries across an array of endeavours including a vibrant music program, Sunday school, Bible study groups, adult education and some preaching obligations. The successful candidate will be an evident draw for new members. We will be delighted to hear from you if you feel the call to spark spiritual development at TEMC. Review our profile and apply at www.torontoconference.ca.


Windsor, NS

Golf, curling, skiing and close to nature, Windsor has all the year-round recreational activities you could want in a safe, welcoming community. Our United Church is an exciting, vibrant congregation with an active, engaged laity. It is financially sound, with a professionally-led music program. We are looking for a full-time ordained minister to continue our work in the community, starting July 1, 2017. Contact (note new email address) windsorunitedsearch@bellaliant.com, www.windsorunitedchurch.ca, or www.facebook.com/windsorunitedchurch. Applications will be accepted until an acceptable candidate is found.



Ministry of Music

Bobcaygeon, ON

Trinity United Church invites applications for a Choir Director/Accompanist to join our vibrant church in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes region, beginning September 2017. The Choir Director/Accompanist will lead an enthusiastic choir and provide musical leadership for regular church services and special events. The sanctuary has a well-maintained Rogers 525/535 Electric Church Organ and a K.Kawai Grand Piano. This part-time position will require 10 to 13 hours per week. A complete job description is available at www.trinityprovidence.com, or contact Connie at 705-738-2863. Applications can be mailed to Trinity United Church, 44 William Street, Bobcaygeon, ON, K0M 1A0, or emailed to trinityprovidence@gmail.com.


Guelph, ON

Dublin Street United Church, located in the musically vibrant city of Guelph, seeks a dynamic Director of Music Ministry. Our inclusive, multigenerational, energetic congregation welcomes candidates who possess strong leadership and communication skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively with the ministers and music-makers of our congregation. We cherish our choirs of singers and ringers, our beautiful keyboard instruments, our tradition of music-making and our diversity of tastes and skills. We welcome applicants from a variety of musical backgrounds - singers, conductors, players, educators - to come and visit us at www.dublin.on.ca, where they will find a detailed job description and can read about the life and work of our congregation.



Other Positions Available

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Church Related

A Marriage Preparation Video Resource

More Than Friends is an innovative, inclusive, flexible, and affordable web-based marriage preparation video resource, adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith. Convenient. Engaging. Addresses ‘hard to discuss’ issues.  Supported by United Church of Canada grants. Visit www.morethanfriends.live for more information.


Church Websites

Churchweb Canada will build, run or refresh a church website for you. Free consultation. No church too small. Options to suit any budget. Coaching available. Prompt, dependable support. New domains available: .church, .community, .faith, .lgbt. Voice or text: 1-844-541-4212; email: wayneirwin@churchwebcanada.ca, or website: www.churchwebcanada.ca.


Does your church need choir gowns?

Holland United Church located in Holland, Man., has clean, well-maintained choir gowns available for you! There are 14 white (adult-size) choir gowns with blue collars, and nine white (youth-size) gowns with blue collars. They are available for sale or possible donation. The gowns are in excellent condition and have been stored in a cedar closet when not in use. If you are interested or require more information, please contact Jane at janejeffrey3@gmail.com.


Medical Assistance in Dying

Are you willing to help examine how the new law (Bill C14) allowing for Medical Assistance in Dying will affect our attitude towards death, funerals, pastoral care and ethics? Can you participate in a 10-minute survey and/or accept to be interviewed and/or share personal experience with this new kind of-end-of life decision? Christopher Levan is undertaking a research project and would welcome your help. Contact Chris at chris.levan4@gmail.com.


The Ministers’ Professional Association

Already in place and at work - at no cost to the United Church. Unifor Unifaith Community Chapter is for United Church Clergy, Faith Workers & Family. So much to discuss. So much wisdom to share. Let’s talk! Please contact Robin Wardlaw: President@Unifaith.ca; 416-840-3211 or www.unifaith.ca



Celebrations

Okotoks, AB

One hundred years ago, Okotoks United Church became one of the first union churches in the west. On June 24 & 25, 2017, we will be celebrating our centennial anniversary. We warmly welcome you to join us for this special occasion. More details can be found at www.okunited.ca


South Sauble Community Church is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary

South Sauble Community Church is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Come join us on Saturday, August 5, for a potluck supper, with entertainment to follow, and on Sunday, August 6, for a special worship service at 10:30 a.m., with fellowship afterwards. Contact Dolores Trask at 519-497-7934, or by email at Dolores_trask@yahoo.ca.



Spiritual Health

Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Three Day Silent Retreats - Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre on Lake Simcoe, just north of Keswick, Ontario, invites you to experience the gifts of silence in this sacred space. Accommodation, meals, and spiritual direction are offered. June 6-8, October 10-12 and November 7-9.

Five Day Silent Retreats - July 9-14 and September 11-15.

Befriending Silence in Everyday Life - July 3-7. Discover Contemplative Practice to enhance your spiritual health and well-being in this guided retreat. Call 905-476-4013, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca to register.




Announcements

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Church Supplies

Crownex Ltd. Robe Makers & Tailors,

Custom-tailored clergy apparel, choir gowns and vestments. Highest quality, low prices. Tel: 416-503-1288, email: info@crownex.com, website: www.crownex.com. Address: 1270 The Queensway, Toronto, ON, M8Z 1S3.


Church Folding Tables & Chairs

Are you looking for folding tables and chairs for your next church function? Are your current tables and chairs old, beat up and too heavy to handle? Look no further. National Event Supply is a leading Canadian supplier of quality folding tables and chairs. We have stress-tested our plastic folding tables and routinely ship our products from coast to coast. Give us a call at 905-795-1667, toll free 1-800-827-8953, or send an email to info@NationalEventSupply.com. Check out our full product lineup online at www.NationalEventSupply.com.



Connecting

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Services

Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble...

is a national organization for those of differing sexual orientation or gender identity in The United Church of Canada, as well as their families and friends, offering educational resources, advocacy and support. We encourage UCC ministries including congregations, courts and associated organizations to engage in the Affirming Ministries program endorsed by General Council. For more information contact Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble, PO Box 57057, Ottawa, ON, K1R 1A1. Email: affirmunited@affirmunited.ca. Website: www.affirmunited.ca.


Do you need extra funding for a special project or program?

With more than ten years of successful grant submissions I can help. I'm an experienced grant writer with success rates well above the national average. I look forward to hearing from you. Email jcolwell@golden.net, or call 519-830-1159.



Travel

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

The meaning of a masterpiece

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Video

ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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Justice

May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

Justice

May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

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