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Ancaster, ON

Marshall Memorial United Church (MMUC) is seeking a full-time ordained minister to fulfill the ministerial responsibilities of worship leadership, pastoral care, Christian education and outreach, commencing July 1, 2018. Located in the heart of Ancaster, Ontario, MMUC is a warm and welcoming congregation of committed and faithful members. The young and old alike enjoy the option of weekly contemporary and traditional worship services. We have renovated facilities and advanced technological resources. We are focused on understanding the needs of our external and internal community in order to “Walk in God’s Way and Serve in God’s World”. The successful candidate will support our journey as a faith community that respects and responds to the needs of all ages. This individual will be a skilled and engaging preacher, a visionary and strategic thinker, have strong interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to work well with others of all ages and backgrounds in cooperative ministry while having excellent administrative, organizational and technological skills. For more information and the JNAC report visit our website www.mmuc.org. Applications will be accepted at searchmarshallmemorial@gmail.com until the closing date of January 12, 2018. Contact: Search Committee Chair, 905-648-5979.

Chatham, ON

St. Andrew's United Church is looking for a full-time ordained minister who is enthusiastic, energetic, has a sense of humor and a love of music. The position will require strong leadership to "spark the fire within". Our worship should feed the soul and teach us how to live with intention, positivity and gratitude. Qualified applicants should apply to the following website: www.londonconference.ca/content/vacancies. For more information on St. Andrew's Church, please visit our www.standrewschatham.org.

Deep River, ON

Our well-loved minister at Deep River Community Church retires in June 2019, and we are seeking a successor with his characteristics and maybe more. He has attuned us to progressive Christian theology while respecting our theological diversity. While we expect his or her leadership, our Church Council shares responsibility and encourages involvement of the congregation and wider community. We enjoy music; a great choir; generous missions-giving; and an evolving faith perspective. Deep River is the home of Canada’s main centre for nuclear research, giving us a large proportion of scientifically educated inhabitants, even a recent Nobel Prize winner among our past members. Employees from the nearby Petawawa armed forces base are also among us. Altogether Deep River is a special small town with an unusual range of cultural and sporting activities, located on the Ottawa River and on the edge of Algonquin Park. Our new minister will be warm, welcoming, empathetic, have a sense of humour, and a love of people in all their diversity—in as much as is humanly possible. He or she should be capable of presenting challenging ideas and engage in involvement with all ages and stages. Fuller details are provided on our website, www.drcommunitychurch.ca. We are affiliated with The United Church and the Presbyterian church.

Hamilton, Bermuda

Wesley Methodist Church is seeking a spiritual leader who is excited to be part of a congregation that is in transition. We are in need of a minister who not only can feed us with the news of God’s love and care and challenge us spiritually, but we need someone who will help us tackle our challenges straight on. Despite the challenges of keeping us all happy, we would like someone who will smile and likes to laugh. We would like Jesus amongst us but understand that we will be getting a human who, like us, needs the Lord in her/his life.  If you see change as a challenge and can inspire those searching for revitalisation through listening, engaging, observing and learning, and sharing — we need you at Wesley. For our JNAC Report and to submit inquiries, please email Adrian Hartnett-Beasley at ahartnettbeasley@gmail.com, or visit www.facebook.com/WMC.Bermuda. Closing date is December 15, 2017.

Keswick-Ravenshoe, ON

Want a challenge??? Well, we’re it – a two point charge with two diverse congregations – one rural – one urban. Located just one hour north of Toronto, the Keswick-Ravenshoe Pastoral Charge is seeking an ordained minister for a full time position. We are located within close proximity to Hwy 404 and beautiful Lake Simcoe. The successful candidate will be a strong, dynamic, spiritual leader who will inspire us in daily life and guide us in our spiritual journey and our recent visioning. Each church has a well qualified and vibrant music director. Don’t wait another minute! Send your profile to the Keswick-Ravenshoe position opening link on the Toronto Conference website: www.torontoconference.ca.

Kingston ON

We seek an Intentional Interim Minster who wishes to serve two historic congregations in downtown Kingston. Chalmers United Church and Sydenham Street United Church have chosen to move forward in an innovative model of shared worship, while maintaining the presence and ministry of each congregation in their heritage buildings. We seek a minister who has a progressive, creative and scholarly theological framework; a keen interest in and commitment to pastoral care for all ages; excellent communication skills; a passion for social justice both locally and globally, and the training and ability to support our congregations through a time of transition. One of the churches is an Affirming congregation, the other is examining the process to become officially Affirming. Kingston, located at the east end of Lake Ontario, is a progressive city with a rich educational, cultural, and historic presence. The vacancy is effective January 1, 2018. The Combined JNAC Report, as well as the Chalmers/Sydenham Street Visioning document and other relevant information regarding the life and work of the congregations may be found on either website: www.sydenhamstreet.ca (see About SSUC), or www.chalmersunitedchurch.org. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2018, and should be submitted to the Combined Joint Search Committee c/o jointsearch@gmail.com.

Marmora/Cordova Mines, ON

An exciting opportunity awaits you in Eastern Ontario with Marmora Pastoral Charge. The rural two-point charge of Marmora and Cordova Mines is seeking a part-time minister (24 hours per week) to meet the needs of the congregations and communities. Applicants from any stream of ministry will be joyfully considered. Our ministry’s focus is on worship and pastoral care. There is Sunday worship at each church. Visit www.marmorachurches.com/wordpress to read the JNAC report. Applications accepted by David Timpson at personnel@bayofquinteconference.ca.

Mississauga, ON

Eden United Church, a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and active congregation in Meadowvale, seeks a full-time ordered minister to lead our community in living out our mission to “Gather, Grow, Go.” Eden is finishing a period of transition and three years of intentional interim ministry. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with council and help our congregation grow through worship, faith development, pastoral care and community outreach. For a detailed job description and the full JNAC report, please visit our website at www.edenunitedchurch.com. Interested candidates are asked to forward a statement of faith and CV, including three professional references, to our joint search committee at edenjointsearch@gmail.com. Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is found.

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

Morgan’s Point United Church and Forks Road East United Church are seeking a full-time United Church Minister to provide spiritual care and leadership to our congregations. This is a two-point charge in the south Niagara Region. We are seeking a strong leader who can inspire and connect with people of all ages and stages in their spiritual journeys. More information can be found in the Joint Needs Assessment Committee report on Forks Road East United Church and Morgan’s Point United Church’s web sites (www.morganspointunited.com; www.forksroadeast.com). If interested, please contact the Secretary of the Search Committee at wainfleetminister@gmail.com, or physical address at 12150 Gallinger Street, Wainfleet, ON, L0S 1V0, including a cover letter and resumé. Applications will be accepted on or before November 24, 2017.

Red, Deer, AB

“And although your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.” - Job 8:7 As an accredited member of ministry of the UCC, there are many opportunities for you in congregational ministry. At Gaetz Memorial United Church, we offer an attractive suite of amenities to support and grow your calling. Long-established, yet dynamic and forward-looking, diverse in age groups, demographics, politics, and social acceptance. We are in the final stages of becoming an Affirming Church. Blessed with a comprehensive array of committees, working groups, a visionary Official Board, and a variety of musical groups, our membership and attendance is still growing. Opportunity is here. We are seeking two full-time Ministers. Please review our JNAC report at gaetzmemorialunitedchurch.ca for details. Direct inquiries to our Search Committee’s correspondence secretary, K. Reid, at gaetzsearch2017@gmail.com.

Saskatoon, SK

St. Martin’s United Church, an affirming congregation, is seeking a full-time minister in a multiple staff model. Each minister has specific accountabilities and are all expected to work together to plan activities to meet the spiritual needs of the congregation. The Minister III position will have primary duties of preaching and worship leadership, pastoral care, faith development, participation in Presbytery, Conference and the wider community, and in shared administration. The position is suitable for an ordered minister (ordained or diaconal) or a United Church of Canada Designated Lay Minister. The person will have the following skills and competencies: Strong preaching and worship leadership; an ability to relate sermons to scriptures and congregants’ lives; demonstrated strength in program design and leadership; strong competencies in pastoral and spiritual care; an ability to relate to people of all ages, and be supportive of children and youth programing; a commitment to ongoing education; strong organizational skills; effective communication and interpersonal skills; strong team player skills; good computer literacy; a sense of humour; an ability to manage time effectively; and professional and personal maturity. The JNAC and other information may be found at www.stmartinsuc.com/search.html. Application deadline: February 9, 2018. Please send inquiries and resumés to the confidential email: search@stmartinsuc.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.

Toronto, ON

Toronto Chinese United Church is looking for ONE English-speaking Minister and ONE Cantonese-speaking Minister. Details are posted on the website of Toronto Conference, United Church of Canada at www.vacancyavailability.ca/el-tc-vacancies.php, Reference #987271947 and 672288821. Please submit your application online by November 17, 2017.

Walkerton, ON

We are seeking a trained and approved Interim Minister for a two-year period starting January 2018. St. Paul’s United Church is a well-established congregation with a strong core of dedicated and talented members. We have a vibrant music program with skilled accompanists and choir members. Volunteers support Kid’s Church, Future Directions Committee, Women Alive meetings, Book Club meetings, Soup Sundays, pot luck meals and a variety of other activities for our multi aged congregation. We are a congregation willing to embrace change as shown by the enthusiastic response to exploring becoming an Affirming Congregation. Our “We Care Team” ensures that all members who are ill or unable to attend church on a regular basis are remembered, visited and included. Like most congregations, we are struggling with the realities of today’s church. A dedicated and strong, forward-thinking church council works as a united group to move our Church Family forward. We look forward to working with an Interim Minister who will support and guide our path forward. Contact pthor@wightman.ca.

Ministry of Music

St. Thomas, ON

Knox Presbyterian Church, a large, active and growing congregation, is seeking applications for the position of Organist and Music Director. Responsibilities include rehearsing and conducting a SATB Senior Choir of 25-30 voices, providing musical accompaniment on our 4 manual Casavant organ (4209 pipes in 73 ranks) and our new 7’6” Yamaha grand piano, as well as accompanying a Junior Choir and Hand Chime Choir. Salary commensurate with credentials and experience according to the RCCO Guidelines at the rate of 15 hours per week. Electronic applications accepted until January 5, 2018. Submission of performance DVDs or electronic equivalent is encouraged. Complete job description available on the Knox website at www.knoxstthomas.ca. Please direct inquiries and/or applications in confidence to Donna Ellis (Co-chair of the Search Committee) at donnaellis782@gmail.com.

Toronto, ON

Kingsway-Lambton United Church is looking for a classically trained Director of Music to lead our blended worship service. The Director of Music Ministry is responsible for overseeing and, most often, participating in the overall musical life of our friendly and vibrant church. The incumbent will collaborate with the ministers and the congregation in facilitating the spiritual growth of the church family through worship in its many aspects and will provide a guiding vision for the music ministry at Kingsway-Lambton. The responsibilities of the Director of Music Ministry will also include leading and accompanying the Chancel Choir on piano and organ and developing the musical gifts of the congregation. A copy of the job description for this position is available on our website at www.kingswaylambton.ca. This position is available beginning between May 1, 2018 and August 1, 2018. The work week is 15 hours and the salary is commensurate with RCCO Guidelines. Please send your resume and cover letter to Horace Knight at knight.associates@rogers.com by November 15, 2017.

Other Positions Available

Program Leader - Child, Youth and Families

Georgetown, ON – Norval United Church (www.norvalunited.ca) is a dynamic, active congregation of people living out their faith in God each and every day. Our mission is to be a caring, forgiving Christian community, welcoming people of all ages to join us on life’s journey in finding God, growing spiritually, sharing our faith and reaching out to serve others. Our congregation is at an exciting stage of growth and expansion. At this time we are seeking to hire a Program Leader - Child, Youth & Families, to provide full-time program leadership to our congregation. The Program Leader will be of Christian faith, and will bring energy and strategic leadership to the development of long-term, sustainable programs that positively impact children, youth and families. Interested candidates should contact the Search Committee Chair, brucecunnington@live.ca, for more information about the application process. Applications will be reviewed starting October 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Church Related

Church Website Service

Churchweb Canada can help you with your website. We build, renew, rescue and run mobile-friendly sites for churches, faith communities, pastoral charges and presbyteries. We provide the lowest prices, as well as dependable support and security, with unlimited coaching. New domains available: .church, .community, .faith, .lgbt. For information, text 905-541-4212; phone 1-844-541-4212; email help@churchwebcanada.ca, or visit www.churchwebcanada.ca.

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

Want to have your best fundraising event ever?

We provide Great Songs! Great Memories! Great Entertainment! We've performed at many United Churches (sometimes repeat engagements) and have excellent references—just call us! We are the Voices of Showtime and we perform some of the best songs of the '40s '50s and '60s. Great singers! Great performers! Call us: Dave Clark 416-917-1037, or Alan Ely 705-426-7254,  or visit us at www.thevoicesofshowtime.com.



Spiritual Health

Loretto Maryholme Retreat Centre

Three Day Silent Retreat – November 7-9. Experience the gifts of silence waiting for you in this sacred space. Accommodation, meals, and spiritual direction are offered. "Wrapped in Wonder" Guided Retreat – Friday Dec. 1 - Sunday Dec. 3rd. Take time to relax, and unwrap the gifts of Advent as the season of Christmas draws near. Call  905-476-4013, or visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca to register.

Loyola House Retreats & Ignatian Training

A welcoming space for directed and guided retreats; the Full Spiritual Exercises Experience (40-Day); and training programs in Spiritual Direction & Retreat Ministry. Loyola House is at Ignatius Jesuit Centre, located one km north of Guelph on 600 acres of beautiful farmland, with walking trails through rolling hills, woods and wetlands—all of it playing an integral part in the retreats and programs. A perfect venue for hosting retreats, conferences and meetings, and just 45 minutes from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Find out more by visiting www.loyolahouse.com, or email registration@ignatiusguelph.ca. Tel: 519-824-1250, ext 266.





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.




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.



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