Nov. 30 to Dec. 22, 2018

Christmas Tree Sale

Christmas Tree Sale
Nov. 30 to Dec. 22, 2018

The 433rd Toronto Scout Group will once again be selling Christmas trees from the IUC lot. The lot will be open November 30 to December 22, Tuesday to Friday 6 to 9 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm. Profits from the tree sales support all Scouting programs, which include both boys and girls. Drop by the tree lot to select your tree and the Scout group will put it on hold for you to pick up at your convenience.
Should you know of any IUC member who is homebound or may have difficulty transporting the tree, the Scouts group will gladly make arrangements to have it delivered to their home. Contact Scouter Bryan Hocking ( or 416-626-6567) and he will make the necessary arrangements.

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
Swamini  Shivapriyananda
Chinmaya Heritage Center, Brampton

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Michelle Voss Roberts
Principal, Emmanuel  College, University of Toronto joins our two lecturers to discuss Christian engagement with Eastern Traditions

25 Burnhamthorpe Road
Burnhamthorpe and Dundas Street West (Toronto)
7:30 - 9:30 pm

For more information please contact:
Barbara Sheffield at
or Carol Wilson at



Christmas Parking with Love

Welcoming Our Visitors this Advent

A First Step to a Warm Welcome this Advent
Accessible Parking for Our Guests 

During this beautiful and busy Advent and Christmas season, we will have many visitors to Islington United Church. As good hosts, please try to ensure that there is adequate parking for our guests. If you live nearby, consider walking to worship. If you drive, please remember that there is additional parking a short distance from the church. Let’s be good neighbours.

Please DO NOT PARK in lots belonging to Rexall/Pharma Plus drug store or the apartment building beside the CIBC.

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

200th Anniversary Craft Show

A Huge Success

With These Hands
200th Anniversary Craft Show
A Huge Success Thanks to You


This past Saturday saw the best Islington Craft Show ever! There are so many people to thank and with that comes the danger of forgetting someone and hurt feelings. My apologies in advance if this happens.

Firstly, a huge thank you to Barbara Hruska for being the co-chair these pastyears. She kept track of all the monies, made sure all the t's were crossed and with gentle prodding saw that all the timelines were met. Barbara also organized the bake sale.

Craft items, created and donated by the talented hands of Islington members were sold: quilts by Laura Johnston and Pat Leaman; knitting from Jo Cook, Mary Bradley and Bronwen Gates; dish cloths by Maya Landell; and art from Ashley and Brianna Cook. Islington bakers donated a variety of baked goods that added greatly to this year’s event.

Kitchen crew: Isla Grady, Bev Walton, Joan Beaver, Judy Powell, Val Greenfield, and Ashley and Brianna Cook — thank you. The soup, tea biscuits and muffins warmed our tummies on a wet and dreary day. Jo Cook, you were missed. Be well soon.

A huge thanks to Paul Mates and the facility crew, and to Leslee Armstrong—never dropping a ball, despite her own deadlines.

433rd Scout Troop — what a blessing in their red shirts. Both adults and youth were invaluable to the crafters with setting up and tearing down of booths.

The craft show raised $2,870 for our church. And all the people said, “Amen.”

To say it’s been a hoot would be an understatement. Thanks to everyone who came through the doors — not just for showing up, but for showing up with heart. There’s a difference as the chair of any event will tell you.

They came, they shopped, they socialized. And Islington United Church is the
better for it. Have a blessed season, everyone. - Carrie Chenier


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:
  • $25 helps provide basic school supplies for students in Kenya (page 10)
$25 supports the Clothing Room at Toronto’s Christian Resource Centre to prepare people for job interviews (page 12)
$50 buys five grocery cards for people of Oxford House First Nation, 950 km north of Winnipeg, where a package of bologna costs $11 (page 13)
$100 provides a day at a United Church camp for a child in financial need (page 16)

Pick up a Gifts with Vision catalogue from the literature table outside the Reception Room or shop online at

In November...

Support Islington’s Food Programs

Support Islington’s Food Programs

In November please donate canned vegetables 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


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