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Ministers

Ancaster, ON

Ryerson United Church, in its 210th year, is seeking a full-time minister to lead us on our continuing journey. We are a welcoming and inclusive church located in the village core of beautiful Ancaster. The successful candidate will have strong worship and pastoral care skills, but will also be able to lead us in new directions for expanded community engagement and growth. Our JNAC is available at www.ryersonancaster.ca. Applications will be received until March 30, 2018, at search2017ryersonancaster@gmail.com.


Bedford, NS

Bedford United Church is evolving through an exciting period of renewal and growth. Our much-loved Lead Minister of 25 years is retiring. For unrelated reasons, we are also searching for a half-time Minister for Congregational Care and a half-time Minister for Families. For the right person, the two half-time roles could be combined to create a full-time position. Each of these roles offers a unique opportunity to form and contribute to a dynamic and collaborative team (which also includes a part-time Minister for Music who is currently in place). This team will support and guide an affirming congregation that has been at the forefront of the United Church, offering progressive worship, supportive community and local and international outreach for many years. For more information and the JNAC report, visit our website at www.bedfordunited.com. Applications will be accepted by email at bucsearch@bedfordunited.com until the closing date of February 24, 2018. For further information, please contact Maurice Tugwell, Search Committee Corresponding Secretary, at 902-266-9752.


Calgary, AB

Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church is seeking a Community Care Leader/Pastor – Part-time (0.5). We are a small community of diverse Mennonites and other individuals who seek to be part of an inclusive faith community in contemporary society. The Community Care Leader/Pastor provides leadership by connecting with individual members, groups and committees; by facilitating inter-generational community life and by providing pastoral support and spiritual guidance. For full job description, including qualifications, visit www.cimchurch.org.


Chatham ON

The historic church of St. Andrew's United Church is looking for a full-time minister to lead our thriving congregation. We are looking for someone to assume a strong leadership role to “spark the fire within”. Our worship should feed the soul and teach us how to live with intention, positivity and gratitude. Our professionally led music ministry is second to none and along with many other church programs, supports a deep commitment to outreach. Qualified applicants should apply to the following website: www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies. For more information on St. Andrew's United Church, please visit our website, www.standrewschatham.org.


Chatham-Kent, ON

Guilds Pastoral Charge seeks a full-time minister to serve a two-point charge each with an innate, instinctive sense of community. For anyone that has attended or served in a rural church, you know the experience of small intimate connections found in these awesome congregations. We are looking for the right person to aid and encourage our smaller churches – not so they can become a “big” church, but so we can make a BIG difference. Nestled in southwestern Ontario, about an hour away from each of the two metropolitan cities of Windsor and London and only a short drive to the shores of Lake Erie and Rondeau Provincial Park. Looking for a strong, engaging, spiritual leader who is ready to take on a key strategic role in exploring and possibly implementing a clustering arrangement with other churches in the area. Review our profile and apply through www.londonconference.ca, (see Vacancies, Kent Presbytery).


Halifax, NS

St. John’s United is an active and innovative congregation that is not afraid of change. We were one of the first churches in Halifax to become an Affirming Congregation. Nine years ago, we also became a “church without walls”, divesting ourselves of a building too big and expensive to maintain, while reinvesting in our mission and people as we seek to live Christ’s message of love, compassion, justice and peace in harmony with the natural world. Now in our 225th year, we continue to rent beautiful space and worship at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and explore other opportunities to partner with community organizations and faith communities. We are seeking a full-time principal Minister and part-time Faith Formation Minister, and welcome team applications for both positions. For full information and our JNAC Report please visit our website at www.stjohnsunited.com. To inquire further or apply, please contact Louisa Horne, our Search Committee Corresponding Secretary, at 2018stjohns@gmail.com, or 902-221-3555, before the closing date of March 5, 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!


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 a suitable candidate is found. Please contact Peter Oleskevich, Search Committee Chair, at 902-542-8022, or peter.oleskevich@gmail.com.


Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Located in the heart of Historic "Old Town", Grace United Church is seeking a full-time minister for our current vacancy. Soon to celebrate our 195th Anniversary, we seek to remain current and engaged. We have a strong association with other churches in our community and are active in outreach both at home and abroad. Important to our congregation is our vibrant music program and skilled accompanist and choir members. The applicants must work well with others, incorporate current issues in sermons, foster friendly fellowship and encourage outreach in a congregation where pastoral care is essential. The candidates should be comfortable and competent with information technology and a multitasker. Please access our JNAC Report on our website at www.graceunitedchurch.com. Please email applications to lesliewoodward@fairviewfittings.com. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found.


Pelham/Dunnville, ON

Bethany United Church and Fenwick United Church in the Niagara Peninsula are looking to move forward together, effective this summer, through shared ministry. Both congregations have agricultural roots and are located about twenty minutes apart by car. Our churches have been served well in the recent past by retired half-time ministers. We are seeking a full-time minister to lead worship and encourage music in each congregation, visit members of the congregations with the assistance of pastoral care committees, and support children and youth activities. We seek to be inclusive faith communities within the broad spectrum of United Church Theology. For more information, please visit our respective websites at www.fenwickunited.com and www.bethanyunited-church.com. Applications are to be emailed to both fenwick.united.church@gmail.com and bethanyucoffice@gmail.com.


Selkirk, ON

Faith Centennial United Church is a rural, traditional, Christ-centred congregation. We are “family-sized”, welcoming and mission focused. The village of Selkirk is situated along the north shore of Lake Erie, in Erie Presbytery of Hamilton Conference. We have an immediate opportunity for a three-quarter time ordained minister to lead an eager group of lay leaders and followers into a new phase of spiritual growth and Christian service. Manse available. To view our JNAC report visit www.fcuc.ca. Please send resumés to johnnyretail@sympatico.ca.


Southampton-Mount Hope, ON

We live our mission of Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Hands. We are looking to welcome a full-time minister who will work with us on our two-point pastoral charge. Southampton is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron, with Mount Hope in a nearby rural setting. To view our JNAC Report, visit www.smhuc.ca. Applications will be accepted until March 30, 2018. Send resumés to Sue Duliban at sduliban@hamconf.org.


Straffordville, ON

Come join Bayham United Church as we embark on an exciting journey of continued growth and deepening faith, in the small town of Straffordville. We are looking for an energetic, light-hearted, and outgoing candidate to be a partner in our vision. Let us care for you while you care for us, and we can build a lasting relationship. We hope to find a worship leader who will bring the scriptures to life, and provide a message that we can relate to our everyday lives. In other words, a story-teller as much as a preacher. We know that with the help of an outstanding candidate we can become the beacon of light for the United Church in East Elgin. If you are interested, please refer to London Conference Vacancy website at www.londonconference.ca.


Toronto, ON

Eglinton St. George’s is seeking a “Next Generation & Growth Minister” to work in concert with our congregation, Lead Minister and capable staff to champion our mission to expand connections beyond our existing community with a focus on engaging and attracting young adults and families. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, positive and creative ordained Minister with excellent interpersonal and social media skills. They should also have meaningful experience in developing and implementing Family and Youth ministry programming. If this position calls to you please refer to www.esgunited.org under the “News & Events” tab for more details.


Toronto, ON

Humber Valley United Church seeks an Intentional Interim Minister to work with our congregation to develop an innovative plan for growing HVUC by identifying new ways to provide modern and relevant spiritual growth to those in our community that we are not currently reaching, while sustaining and advancing the traditional programs that are important to our largely older current membership. The IIM will have great people and communication skills, and preach sermons both inspiring and relevant to the everyday lives of members. HVUC is situated in a beautiful treed area of west Toronto near the Humber River. Kindly submit applications to hvuc@rogers.com.


Vancouver, BC

Dunbar Ryerson United Church is seeking two full-time ordered ministers – a Coordinating Minister and a Congregational Life and Development Minister. We are a recently amalgamated congregation made up of two vibrant former congregations. The congregation is thoughtful, well-educated and multigenerational. Dunbar Ryerson is secure in financial assets. Theologically, we take our commitment statement seriously and are open to new challenges to serve God’s world. Our capable, much-loved ministers who led us into amalgamation are either retiring or have been called to leave us. We are grateful that our ministers of pastoral care and children, youth and families will continue with us and provide continuity through this time of change. The full Ministry Profile Report can be found on the BC Conference website, the Dunbar Ryerson website, www.drmt.ca, and as of the beginning of February on the National Church website. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Inquiries and applications can be submitted electronically and confidentially to applications.druc@gmail.com.



Ministry of Music


Other Positions Available

Naramata Centre

Naramata Centre is seeking 3 key positions. Program ManagerOffice Administrator and Site Operations Manager. Please click on the position title and you will be directed to Charity Village where you will find more information.


Oberammergau 2020

An exciting opportunity awaits you. If you are a born leader that loves to travel, are highly organized and can stay calm in a changing environment, Craig Travel would love to hear from you. We are currently seeking applicants for Group Escort positions for our 2020 Oberammergau departures with the possibility of becoming a regular group escort. If you are a pied piper that can encourage people to travel with you, please send your request for an Oberammergau Escort Application Package to rob@craigtravel.com as soon as possible.


Toronto, ON

Lawrence Park Community Church (LPCC) will launch a weekly music, lecture, and catered-meal program in September 2019 that will focus on a generous spirituality for Toronto, and on community building at LPCC. We are searching for a person (full-time) to plan, promote and administer this project with a dedicated team. Candidate will also help LPCC plan current events. Candidates must be respectful of the spiritual aims of the church. A competitive salary will be commensurate with education and experience. LPCC is a LGBTQ-affirming congregation and equal opportunity employer. For full job description, visit www.lawrenceparkchurch.ca, then follow links to the Job Postings page.



Church Related

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.


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.


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

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Spiritual Health

The Prayer Bench

Nurturing a growing spiritual life. Visit the Prayer Bench for seasonal Small Group Studies and personal Email Retreats. Other resources are available for self-directed continuing education or Sabbath days. Join Janice MacLean at  www.prayerbench.ca, a Chignecto Presbytery Recognized Ministry.


Winter Silent Retreats at Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre

Mar. 6-8, and April 10-12, 2018 (Tues. noon - Thurs. 1pm). Come for 'me' time in this sacred space. Decompress, rest and re-focus in an atmosphere of beauty, peace and solitude. Accommodation, meals and spiritual direction are offered. Call 905-476-4013, or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca to register, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca for more details.



Announcements

Must Read!

For lovers and despisers of Paul, here is the book for you! St. Paul for the Perplexed (Revised Edition) is now available at Amazon, both in hard copy and Kindle. The author, Charles P. Anderson, is a retired Religious Studies Professor and longtime member of the United Church of Canada. Using Paul’s seven authentic letters and a critical reading of Acts, the author creates an image of Paul as mystic, storyteller, community developer, spiritual guide/counsellor, and activist for breaking down ethnic, gender, and class divisions, all motivated by his mission to spread the love ethic through the imitation of Christ.



Events

Kai the Barbarian

The George Leslie Mackay Story – Join us for the World Premiere of a play about Mackay, a hero in Taiwan, from Oxford County, Ontario. Show dates: March 21–31, 2018, in Embro, Ontario. For tickets, please call 519-475-4201 or visit www.facebook.com/EZorra. Theatre is wheelchair accessible.



Church Supplies

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.


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.



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.



Travel

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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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