Interfaith Lecture Series

Jan. 9 to Jan 23, 2019

Interfaith Lecture Series
Eastern Traditions
Understanding Pathways to Spirituality

 
Building interfaith relationships increases our understanding and respect for all faiths. Join us at this lecture series to learn more about pathways to spirituality.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
HINDUISM
Swamini  Shivapriyananda
Chinmaya Heritage Center, Brampton

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

BUDDHISM
Rev. Dr. Bhante Saranapala, "Urban Buddhist Monk"
West End Buddhist Temple, Mississauga

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SPEAKING TOGETHER - A PANEL DISCUSSION
Michelle Voss Roberts
Principal, Emmanuel  College, University of Toronto joins our two lecturers to discuss Christian engagement with Eastern Traditions
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ISLINGTON UNITED CHURCH
25 Burnhamthorpe Road
Burnhamthorpe and Dundas Street West (Toronto)
7:30 - 9:30 pm

For more information please contact:
Barbara Sheffield at
b.sheffield@rogers.com
or Carol Wilson at cwilson@yorku.ca

TO REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE


 

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 27 after Second Service

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 27 @ 12:30 pm

Join Church Council and staff for a congregational meeting on Sunday, January 27 after the second service for a look ahead at some of the exciting programs that will emerge in 2019.

Hear about Resonance — our new worship program for (but not limited to) youth and young adults. The project team has been visioning, discerning and planning and are ready to unveil some of what’s on the horizon. We give thanks for the three-year grant of $180,000 to help us make the Resonance
dream a reality. Come to learn more.

We’ll also share more about Neighbourhoods — the new project to help usconnect with and support one another. There will be an update on staffing and information about the use and care of our beautiful building in and from which we carry out God’s mission.

So, come to learn what’s planned for the upcoming year, ask questions and share your ideas – Sunday, January 27 at 12:30 pm in the Sanctuary.


Winter Bible Study

Tuesday Morning 2 @ 10:30 am

 

Come and Join Us for
Winter Bible Study

Join Rev. Young Rhee in the KRT room on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am for discovery, exploration, community and fellowship.

Every Tuesday @ 10:30 am
in the KRT Room


All are welcome!

 

North Bramelea Field Trip

January 23 @ 9:00 am

Field Trip to North Bramalea United Church:
January 23, 2019

There have been some interesting developments at North Bramalea United Church (NBUC) in Brampton. As we think about and plan for Islington’s future, come and learn why and how NBUC created The Journey, an outreach program for the Ardglen community. See NBUC’s online ministry to the people of Brampton and area and tour their worship and ministry space. Plan to join us on Wednesday, January 23 at 9:00 am. We’ll carpool from Islington.

Contact Carole Bennett to register at carolebennett@sympatico.ca.

Can’t attend this one? Watch for more field trips in the weeks ahead. And, if you’d like to read the report about the November field trip to Lansing United in Willowdale, contact Carole at carolebennett@sympatico.ca.


Islington's Neighbourhoods

A New Way of Connecting at Islington

Who Is in Your Neighbourhood?
A New Way of Connecting at Islington

Neighbourhoods. What thoughts come to mind when you say that word? Belonging? Connected? Caring for common space and for one another? Mr. Rogers?
 
The Oxford Dictionary defines a neighbourhood as “a district or community within a town or city.” Our congregation is like the “city or town” and we are geographically all in neighbourhoods. Some near – some farther away. “Good neighbourhoods” are positive words that describe something we all yearn for. A good neighbourhood doesn’t just happen. It takes intentional acts of caring. A good neighbourhood has fun together, knows who their
neighbours are, watches out for newcomers, pays attention when someone is ill, and celebrates milestone events.
 
Islington United is a collection of neighbourhoods—a loving church that brings us all together to grow our faith and care for one another. But, as a whole, we are very big and, especially for newcomers, it can take a while before you feel connected and feel you truly belong.
 
Our Elders and Belonging Team have been seeking new ways to help connect with a busy and changing congregation. One-on-one home visits work for some and will continue, but for many, travel, busy schedules, and Elders who have retired, has meant that not everyone feels connected. A suggestion made a while back was to look at our church as a collection of smaller neighbourhoods based on where we live and travel to Islington United from. Many of us live close by and some of us have moved further away but continue to see Islington as our church home.
 
As a collection of 12 neighbourhoods, we believe that it will be easier to welcome newcomers warmly and help them find their way and make their spiritual home at Islington United. It will also be easier to look after one another. It is in caring for one another that we are continuing to do the work that Jesus began in his neighbourhood.
 
We want to be sure that everyone is included in this great new adventure in caring. We will be putting up maps in the Stewart East Hall over the Advent period and encourage you to find your neighbourhood by postal code. We are planning some fun events to bring us together.


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!
 

Out of the Cold Dinner

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Out of the Cold Dinner
Thanks to Our Volunteers

 
Thanks to volunteers from Islington United Church for serving at the Out of the Cold program at All Saints Kingsway Church on Friday, November 23. Your help was greatly appreciated.




 

Seeking Overnight Volunteers
for the Out of the Cold Program

Fridays - 10:00 pm to 2:30 am & 2:30 to 7:00 am

The Out of the Cold program at All Saints Kingsway Church (Bloor St. and Prince Edward Drive) runs every Friday night until early April.

Volunteers are needed to stay at the church to ensure guests have a safe and secure environment overnight. There are two shifts: the early one is from 10 pm to 2:30 am and the late one is from 2:30 am to 7 am. Volunteers are needed for both shifts. There are usually four volunteers on the early shift and three volunteers on the late shift.

New volunteers are always scheduled with experienced volunteers and overnight volunteers are scheduled well in advance. Team Leads will ensure volunteers are completely prepared for their shifts.

If you are able to help or want to know more, contact nina.arsenault@sympatico.ca.


In January...

Support Islington’s Food Programs

Support Islington’s Food Programs


In January please donate canned fish and meat 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's Craft Group

Every Tuesday @ 10 am to Noon

You Are Invited to Our Craft Group
Every Tuesday from 10 am to Noon
The Meeting Place

 

Join our small group for crafting every Tuesday from 10 am – noon. Bring your projects as we gather together in The Meeting Place for crafting and chatter.

Everyone is welcome!
 

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.

 


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