Maple Grove United Church

New Community Garden at Maple Grove

A New Community Garden at Maple Grove

Let the earth produce seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it. The land produced vegetation; plants bearing seeds according to their kind and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.”          (Genesis 1:11 New International Version) 

Now that the Pollinator Garden has been planted and the plants are becoming established, Council has given the go-ahead to look at another kind of garden – a “community” garden.  But not like the traditional community gardens in town open to individuals to plant and harvest. Rather a community garden for the community, growing food for charity. 

Already you can see phase 1 of this new MGUC “Community” Garden, thanks to the help of a wonderful community neighbour with a passion to create gardens for charity.   

A long row of ‘greens’ will be planted along the parking lot wooden fence parallel to Devon.  These greens (spinach, chard and kale), chosen because they have a short growing time and can take cooler weather, will be harvested and given to Fareshare Foodbank, Kerr Street Ministries and Salvation Army Lighthouse or be available for anyone in the community. They should be ready for harvest in early fall. 

Sandra Kerr is pulling together a small committee to plan this new “Community” garden so that we can truly serve our neighbours and continue to ‘green’ Maple Grove.

If you would be interested in learning more about our Maple Grove Community Garden, OR would be willing to help with the planning, OR be willing to help out right NOW by giving only 30 min of your time once a week to help this new Phase 1 garden grow – please contact the church office or send Sandra Kerr an email at shkerr@sympatico.ca   We guarantee support and a short schedule for outside help immediately and we have big dreams to put together for a fuller plan. 

Won’t you help us to help the environment and help those in need?  

New Lead Minister for Maple Grove U. C.

Announcement from –
Ross Gilmour
chair, Maple Grove United Church Council
rossgilmour.mguc@gmail.com

I am very pleased on behalf of your Church Council to announce that Reverend Jessica McCrae has accepted a call as Lead Minister for Maple Grove, starting in early November 2021.

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Rev. McCrae has served in congregational ministry in the United Church for over 20 years, including 10 years as Minister at Humbercrest United in Toronto and 5 years at the St. Andrew’s and Westminster & Littlewood congregations in London, ON. Prior to her ordination in 2001, Rev. McCrae worked as on-call multi-faith chaplain for 5 years at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Through extensive discussion with Rev. McCrae, we discerned that her history and approach to ministry align closely with the core values of Maple Grove.  Rev. McCrae has progressive perspectives on theology, worship and music and is excited to be part of the evolution of the United Church of the future. Jessica has a strong history of leadership in outreach and social justice, both high priorities of ours. Reverend McCrae is a compassionate individual with an insightful and engaging personal style. A resident of Clarkson, Jessica is very familiar with our local community. 

Please join me in extending a warm Maple Grove welcome to Rev. Jessica McCrae as Lead Minister of Maple Grove.  We look forward to celebrating her call both in worship with a Covenanting Service and as permitted, a gathering of the congregation, in mid-November.

Summer Worship Schedule into Fall

Our Worship Services July through October

We are so blessed as a congregation to have several guest Ministers and lay leaders for our services from August 1st and into the fall. Our services each week will be pre-recorded and provided to you each Sunday morning on YouTube.  Alternatively, we are inviting you to view the worship service on Sunday morning in the Sanctuary. We will also be hosting a coffee time in the parking lot after the service.

If you would like to view the service together, the sanctuary will be open Sunday morning at 9:40 am to watch the pre-recorded worship service together, starting at 10 am with from the congregation in attendance.

If you plan to attend in the sanctuary, there are a few restrictions to observe:
face masks are required (even if you are double vaccinated), use hand sanitizer when you arrive at the church, sign-in on the contact tracing form, and observe physical distancing in the pews (follow the signs). Singing, unfortunately, is not allowed. These restrictions will hopefully keep us safe.

If you are feeling ill or are auto-immune compromised, please stay safe and make the best decision for your own health and the health of your loved ones.

We hope to see you Sunday, before 10 am in the sanctuary or at 11 am in the parking lot for “Coffee” time.

Summer Worship Schedule into the Fall
As the Service Coordinator for MGUC, Barb Duffin is so pleased to have both lay leaders and Ordained Ministers from other Oakville churches volunteering to lead our worship services. Many thanks to Joan Vinall-Cox and John Duffin for their technical support with assistance from JC, Al and of course, Deborah and Eran for their wonderful and rich music contributions. 
The following is the schedule up to the beginning of October. Please enjoy the worship experiences:
Aug 1    Gill LeFevre    https://www.waltonmemorial.com/members/gill-le-fevre/
Aug 8      Joan Vinall-Cox           MGUC
Aug 15    Ross Gilmour              MGUC
Aug 22    TBA                              MGUC
Aug 29     Cathy Dodge-Smith   MGUC
Sept 5      Al Wheable                 MGUC
Sept 12    Sheila Murray   https://www.stjohnsunited.ca/newhere/
Sept 19    Karen Inkst https://www.waltonmemorial.com/members/rev-karen-inkster/
Sept 26   Gill LeFevr   https://www.waltonmemorial.com/members/gill-le-fevre/
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Pre-Recorded Worship Service – Sunday, August 1st

Coffee Time in the Parking Lot Cancelled August 1

An invitation & Parking Lot Coffee Time, Sunday 11:00 am

The sanctuary will be open Sunday morning August 1 at 9:45 am to watch the pre-recorded worship service at 10 am. The August 1 worship service is pre-recorded
and you may still watch in the safety of your own homes rather than in the sanctuary.

If you plan to attend in the sanctuary, there are a few restrictions to observe:
face masks are required (even if you are double vaccinated),
use hand sanitizer when you arrive at the church,
sign-in on the contact tracing form,
and observe physical distancing in the pews.
Singing, unfortunately, is not allowed.
At the end of the service we need to exit to the parking lot.
These restrictions will hopefully keep us safe.


If you are feeling ill or are auto-immune compromised please stay safe and make the best decision for your own health or the health of your loved ones.

We hope to see you Sunday, if possible before 10 am in the sanctuary. No 11 am “Coffee” time. Rain cancellation

Pre-Recorded Worship Service, July 25

An invitation

Rev. Kerry’s last Sunday worship service
with MGUC is July 25th.
The sanctuary will be open Sunday morning at 9:40 am
to watch the pre-recorded worship service
at 10 am with Rev. Kerry.
The July 25th worship service is pre-recorded and
you may still watch in the safety of your own homes rather than in the sanctuary.

If you plan to attend in the sanctuary,t
here are a few restrictions to observe:
face masks are required (even if you are double vaccinated),
use hand sanitizer when you arrive at the church,
sign-in on the contact tracing form,
and observe physical distancing in the pews.
Singing, unfortunately, is not allowed.
At the end of the service
we need to exit to the parking lot.
These restrictions will hopefully keep us safe.


If you are feeling ill or are auto-immune compromised
please stay safe and make the best decision for your own health
or the health of your loved ones.


Any questions please contact Rev. Kerry at
revkerrymguc@gmail.com
We hope to see you Sunday, if possible before 10 am in the sanctuary
or at 11 am in the parking lot for “Coffee” time.

Blessings on your week!

The United Church Marked Mental Health Sunday

The United Church marked Mental Health Sunday on May 2nd for the first time. During the first week of May there where live sessions with chaplains and ministers on the church’s Facebook Page. Check out the blog post “Breaking the Silence about Mental Health” by Amy Crawford, Identity and Mission Team. More details are available on Sharepoint. Let’s look after ours and others mental health! Resources are available from Morneau Shepell, Canada Life, Canadian Mental Health and more.  

Amy has set up the network’s Facebook page. Please LIKE the page and, if possible, introduce the page to others in your network who would be interested in the work of this network. Here is the link and we encourage all to utilize it for the purpose it’s been set up.https://www.facebook.com/United-Church-of-Canada-Mental-Health-Network-102391831971927 

Another link is the Mental Health Awareness Week Seminar page in The United Church’s website. The link is below.https://united-church.ca/events/mental-health-awareness-week-webinars 

There is a 7-blog series dedicated for Mental Health Week. Please visit our Round The Table page to read the blogs.https://united-church.ca/blogs/round-table

Amy’s blog, Breaking the Silence about Mental Health  explains how the Mental Health Sunday in the United Church came about. You can read it via the link below.https://united-church.ca/blogs/round-table/breaking-silence-about-mental-health
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