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Acton, ON

It’s worth the drive to Acton! Trinity United Church is seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister. Nestled in the middle of the Green Belt, Acton provides unique, small-town living within an hour commute of Toronto. Established 170 years ago, Trinity is a small, family-centric church that is tightly woven into the local community. Our profile is available at vacancy listings for Toronto Conference, www.torontoconference.ca.

Brighton, ON

Trinity-St. Andrew’s is seeking a full-time Minister (Ordained or Diaconal) to fill a vacancy in our solo ministry, as a result of a retirement. We are seeking an experienced, energetic minister who is excited to join us in growing our congregation. TSA is an Affirming congregation that lives a progressive theology. You will be joining an active congregation with teams that work well independently and know when to reach out for support. As Brighton's downtown community church, we work with our community and other churches through our outreach programs to help fill identified needs, always seeking to be united and uniting. You will walk with us as we explore ways to grow our children, youth and young family ministries while continuing to support our current population’s needs. You may review our profile by visiting www.trinitystandrews.ca and clicking “Careers”.  Applications should be submitted to opportunities@bayofquinteconference.ca.

Calgary, AB

Southwood Church is a southwest Calgary, Spirit-led, biblically-based, transformational community of faith, following Jesus on His mission to change the world.  We are seeking a full-time, ordained minister who will provide spiritual leadership and guidance, and work collaboratively with council, staff and teams as we strive to fulfill our mission. The ideal candidate will be energetic and nurturing, with a desire to minister to a diverse congregation. Interested candidates can view our MPR at www.southwoodchurch.ca. Applications, with resumé and cover letter, should be emailed to search@southwoodchurch.ca.

Carberry, MB

Carberry United Church seeks a full-time diaconal or ordained minister to journey with us in Christ-centred worship and to encourage us in faith development and outreach. We have an active congregation (choir, Sunday School, youth group, drama group, prayer group) as well as committees to carry on the work of the church. Situated in rural southwestern Manitoba, we are on the TransCanada Highway and only 50 km from Brandon; 160 km from Winnipeg – but most amenities can be found in our small town. To learn more about this exciting position, contact vacancies@confmnwo.mb.ca.

Clifford, ON

As the son of God is shining on the new United Church of Canada, so too he is shining on Clifford Pastoral Charge as we manoeuvre in the new way of calling a full-time Ordained, Diaconal or Recognized DLM. We seek a caring, community-minded, dynamic leader who will help us live out ‘God’s purpose that all people might experience His full love’. We are a two-point charge who work well together under one board. Alsfeldt has a smaller, younger congregation while the larger Knox has a predominantly older congregation. Clifford is located at the hub of the four counties - Wellington, Grey, Bruce and Huron; one hour from Kitchener, Owen Sound and the shores of beautiful Lake Huron. Our JNAC Report can be found at www.cliffordpastoralchargeuc.ca. Your resumé forwarded to clifforduc@wightman.ca is appreciated by January 18, 2019.

Clinton, ON

Clinton United Church requires a new full-time ordained minister to replace our recently retired clergy. Our congregation of 200+ families has an active choir, Sunday school and youth program. A manse is available in town. United Church salary scale is offered. For additional information, please review the vacancy listings for London Conference (www.londonconference.ca), or contact the church directly at 519-482-9553.

Fort Frances, ON

Knox United Church is an inclusive and caring faith community. Fort Frances is a Canada/USA border town on scenic Rainy Lake. It is the gateway to Sunset Country, an outdoor destination for individual and family activities throughout every season. The small-town atmosphere offers affordable living close to 3 major cities — Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and Minneapolis. We are searching for a full-time minister (ordained, diaconal or designated lay recognized), one who will lead and inspire our congregation to praise God through caring for one another, as well as offering hope and help to those in need within our church family, the community within which we live, and the world beyond. We look forward to working with a minister who will give us direction, encouragement and creative ideas to help us rejuvenate our ministry with families and all age groups. Now that we have become an accessible, affirming congregation, we also look forward to working with a minister who will help us fulfill our mission of being an inclusive congregation committed to growth and responsible outreach. Applications accepted at elleneand@tbaytel.net.

Lakefield/Youngs Point, ON

Lakefield-Young’s Point Pastoral Charge, situated in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, seeks a full-time Ordained Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care to lead our two-point charge. Lakefield United serves as a community and ecumenical hub in the historic village of Lakefield. Young’s Point is a smaller, family church, ten minutes north on the Trent Severn waterway. The two are complimentary and have been jointly served for more than a century. Music is an integral part of both worship services. We seek a collaborative, compassionate, imaginative individual to inspire our worship and our work as we grow together as a vibrant and viable community of faith. More information and our Transformation Project and JNAC reports click here. Please submit your resumé and your Skills, Gifts and Passions Profile document to lypjsc@gmail.com. Resumés will be accepted until the position is filled. Our congregations are open, kind and keen to greet the future with our new Minister.

Markdale, ON

Wanted: Experienced Foot Washer. Annesley United Church is seeking a full-time ordained minister. The individual should have a strong Christian faith, collaborative spirit, and the ability to share the gospel to stimulate thought into action. Markdale is a small town in Grey county, approximately 1.5 hours from Pearson airport, close to Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley. The town of over 1,000 is currently experiencing growth, with three subdivisions approved and a new hospital, elementary school and supermarket planned. It is also the home of Chapman's Ice Cream. Annesley’s building, which is available to the community, is the largest accessible venue in town. Please visit the Toronto Conference website at www.vacancyavailability.ca/el-tc-vacancies.php to view and respond to our documents. Interested candidates should email Mark Worthington at annesleyunited@gmail.com.

Milton, ON

Ebenezer United Church is a beautiful country church established in rural Milton in 1833. Ebenezer is an hour from both Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. There is proximity to many amenities including great schools, medical facilities and recreational centers. We are a small, caring congregation, seeking a half-time minister to help us continue to grow and support our work in community outreach, youth ministry and pastoral care. We are strong in our faith and our willingness to work together. We are seeking an Ordained or Diaconal Minister and are open to those having experience and also those who are early in their ministry journey. Further information about Ebenezer Church is available at www.ebenezeruc.ca. Applications, with resumé and cover letter should be emailed to ebenezeruc2274@gmail.com.

Mississauga, ON

Westminster United Church is a diverse and caring faith community. We are seeking a full-time ordered minister who will provide spiritual leadership and guidance, and who will work collaboratively with the leadership council as we strive to fulfill our mission. Our new leader will help our congregation grow through inspirational worship, pastoral care and community outreach. The ideal candidate will be energetic and nurturing, with an interest in ministering to a diverse congregation. Interested candidates can view our JNAC at www.westminsterunitedchurch.ca. Applications, with a resumé and cover letter, should be emailed to carmelita.rabanillo@rogers.com.

Onaping Falls, ON

Onaping Falls is a vibrant two-point pastoral charge located in the beautiful northwest corner of Greater Sudbury. We are seeking a full-time minister who is happy to work with actively involved and creative worship committees to provide spiritual leadership and outreach for our congregations. For JNAC or other questions, please contact our Search Committee at cunninghamcloss@hotmail.com.

Perth, ON

Bathurst Pastoral Charge is seeking a half-time faith leader (ordained minister, designated lay minister, diaconal minister or student) to share their faith, friendship and sermons in a traditional style of worship within our two-point charge. The successful candidate must be able to lead the congregations in weekly corporate worship which preaches the Gospel of Jesus, incorporates inspiring hymns and songs and engages people in heartfelt prayer. Our charge is located approximately one hour from both Kingston and Ottawa, with a manse available. Both churches are located in rural communities. The Calvin church is located 15 minutes from the heritage town of Perth, while the Althorpe church is located 10 minutes from the village of Westport on Rideau Lake. Our congregations are multi-generational and have great pride in our faith roots. Interested candidates are asked to forward their resumé to David Timpson at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca until November 30, 2018.

Rideau Ferry/Perth, ON

Bethel United Church is seeking a full-time minister (Ordained or Diaconal) due to current Minister retirement. We are seeking a pastor with deep roots in the United Church and its issues, respect of the traditions of The United Church of Canada, who is open to growth and the introduction of new practices. Meaningful, relevant and spiritual messages to a welcoming congregation will be appreciated, working collaboratively with established committees (Property, Trustees, United Church Women, Stewardship) and a part-time secretary, volunteer treasurer, enthusiastic lay leaders, two music directors and a 12-14 person choir. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2019, or until position is filled. Send applications to Rev. David Timpson at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca.

River John, NS

Come and be part of our dynamic churches and communities of River John and West Branch. We work ecumenically and joyfully to promote the word of God to all. Our two-point charge is a 50% position and there are many volunteers who are excited to promote the ministry of our communities. Find your peace in our manse, overlooking the river with a fabulous view of our famous sunsets. Be with us as we move forward in our exciting ministry! Deadline: February 1st, 2019. Contact: Joan MacLeod, 902-351-2759, or joanandmarie@ns.sympatico.ca.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Harmony St. Marks in Richards Landing and Grace United in Hilton Beach make up a two-point charge located on beautiful St. Joseph Island. The members of these two congregations are seeking an individual who has a strong background in preaching and is willing to make pastoral care a priority. Both congregations are made up of adults and the elderly. The position would be full-time, with members of the congregation helping with worship, community outreach and pastoral care. A manse is located in Richards Landing. Please submit applications to Janet Prodan at janetprodan@gmail.com.

Sicamous, BC

Sicamous United Church Pastoral Charge in BC’s beautiful Okanagan, situated between Shuswap and Mara Lakes, is searching for a half-time ministry personnel, to serve a small, open and caring congregation. It has a thriving thrift shop outreach ministry attached to the church. For more information call Bernice at 250-836-2300 and visit our website, www.sicamousunited.ca. Submit resume’s to k_nickerson@hotmail.com.

Ste. Croix, NS

Ste. Croix-Ellershouse Pastoral Charge seeks half-time minister.  Rural, two-point charge–only bi-weekly services on second point. Located at the threshold of Annapolis Valley, between Halifax (AST) and Wolfville (ADC). Please see our job description and JNAC on Maritime Conference vacancy list: marconf.ca/vacancies. Closing date Dec. 31, 2018.

Toronto, ON

Lawrence Park Community Church (United, Unlimited, Unorthodox), a United Church of Canada congregation, will soon declare a vacancy for a new team minister to begin in January 2019. This position will include preaching, pastoral work and team building with a focus on youth program leadership. The new team minister will play a key role in helping us launch a new evening service which will explore the role of Christianity in the Modern world, with, debates, guest speakers, meals and secular but spiritual music. This bridging of traditional and innovative approaches will require a recruit with flexibility and vision as well as the traditional strong preaching skills. For more information, visit our website: www.lawrenceparkchurch.ca. We invite applications for this position, please email to judi@lawrenceparkchurch.ca.

Truro, NS

Brunswick Street/North River Pastoral Charge is offering a half-time Minister position (Ordained, Diaconal or Designated lay minister) the opportunity to oversee both an urban and rural congregation. You will find Brunswick Street United to be the larger of the two congregations, located in the east end of Truro. North River United Church is a small but mighty congregation, nestled in a rural community just minutes away from Truro. Both congregations share a strong sense of community and a willingness to work together to accomplish what needs to be done. We are looking for a new leader to help our congregation grow through inspirational worship and pastoral care. Please contact Faye Smith at truropresbytery@seasidehighspeed.com.

Yellowknife, NWT

Do you feel the winds of God? Is it time for an adventure in a great church family in the Northwest Territories? Yellowknife United Church is a welcoming and affirming congregation and we are seeking a full-time ordained or diaconal minister to lead us in our congregational ministry. We are looking for a minister with excellent worship and preaching skills, an interest in creative outreach, pastoral care, and Christian education for all ages. Our church is located in Northern United Place, built in the 70’s as congregational outreach to the community providing subsidized housing and commercial rental space. Yellowknife, (pop.18,000) the capital of the NWT, is an exciting and challenging small city. An abundance of services such as recreation, health care and education are available here and are comparable to most cities much larger. We are a financially-stable church; offering a manse and an attractive remuneration package. This position can be available as soon as November 2018. Do you feel those winds? For our JNAC package and more information please contact ykucministersearch@gmail.com.

Ministry of Music

Peterborough, ON

Mark Street United Church is seeking an Organist/Choir Director who will become an integral part of the renewed growth of our congregation and choir. The successful candidate will bring leadership and enthusiasm to the position and will be experienced in playing a 2-manual pipe organ, piano and carillon. This is a part-time salaried position (8-10 hours per week). Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience, and is expected to be above RCCO guidelines, up to $23,000 annually. Please visit our website www.markstreetunited.ca  for a complete job description. Interested candidates are requested to forward a resumé via e-mail to the church office at markstreetchurch@bellnet.ca, or by mail to 90 Hunter St. E. Peterborough, Ontario, K9H 1G5.

St. Catharines, ON

Elm Street United Church seeks a creative music director and organist for an enthusiastic volunteer SATB choir of approximately 20 members. The organ is a world-class 3-manual Allen Renaissance, the piano a new Roland LX7 digital. The successful candidate will provide a versatile, spiritually uplifting and enlivening music program. Once part of our ministry team, the music director will be expected to plan and work with our pastor and pianist. Position is available immediately. Please contact us at heathermargaretjohnson@gmail.com.

Other Positions Available


Church Related

A must have resource for Lectionary Year C!

Written by David Sparks, Responsive Prayers Year C, offers a year’s worth of responsive prayers that can be adapted to a variety of circumstances. Using these will nurture the growth and engagement of everyone in the community. Purchase this powerful congregational resource at www.woodlakebooks.com!

Church Website Service

Church Website Service - Churchweb Canada can help you update and run your church website. Our new sites are secure, fast and optimized for tablet and phone. Our support is unlimited and dependable. 844-541-4212, help@churchwebcanada.ca, or www.churchwebcanada.ca.

Retired Clergy?

All Seasons Weddings, an event planning company, needs experienced licensed clergy, or wedding commissioners (JP) to perform wedding ceremonies in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. This is a great part-time project for friendly, internet savvy, LGBTQ-friendly individuals. Interested? Email Casey at casey@allseasonsweddings.com, or call 1-800-545-3681

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



Spiritual Health

Jungian analysis and spiritual direction

Daniel A. Hansen, Registered Psychotherapist, ThD, MDiv, GrDip, BMus, Advanced Candidate in Training with the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts, and United Church minister for over 20 years. Private and accessible consulting room in Renfrew, ON. Contact 613-635-2127, or uccdan@sympatico.ca.

Winter Silent Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Feb. 5-7, Mar. 5-7, 2018 (Tues. 11am - Thurs. 1pm). Spend time in this sacred space. Relax, rest and re-focus in an atmosphere of beauty, peace and solitude. Take time to receive the gifts of silence waiting for you. Accommodation, home-cooked meals and spiritual direction are offered as part of these days. Call 905-476-4013, or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca to register, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca for more details.



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ReDesigning Your Life: A Practical Spirituality for the Second Half of Life

Looking for the ideal Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member? Need to make a fresh start in the New Year? Read the book that everyone is talking about! ReDesigning Your Life: A Practical Spirituality for the Second Half of Life. Book available through Fanfare Books, Stratford, Ont; Five Oaks, Paris, Ont and Huron-Perth, Hamilton and Middlesex Resource Centres, or visit www.boomerality.com/buy-the-book.




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.



Indigenous actor and singer Tom Jackson has named his annual Christmas charity concert after the song. (Photo: Craig Koshyk)

6 must-hear recordings of the Huron Carol

by Will Pearson

From a beloved version by Tom Jackson to one translated into Mi’kmaw, Jesous Ahatonnia has been adapted in many creative ways over the years.

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The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. (Photo: Lindsay Palmer)

Why we pay our interns a fair wage

by Jocelyn Bell

But $15 an hour is only a small step in the right direction.

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Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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December 2018

The complex history of the Huron Carol

by Will Pearson

A product of 17th-century Jesuit missionaries, the popular hymn was written to introduce the Wendat people to Christianity. The Observer explores its troubled origins and continued use today.


November 2018

Christians should stop using God to sanctify adoption

by Jackie Gillard

This adoptive mom writes that she's frustrated by the common evangelical Christian message that adoption is always the best outcome for a child.


November 2018

Christmas music was meaningless to me, so I started listening to this instead

by Paul Fraumeni

Tunes about snow and chestnuts and silent nights didn't bring the power of the holiday home to this writer, so he found a new soundtrack.

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