Maple Grove United Church

Pyjama Drive

Success!!! The Pyjama Drive is over! No more donations are needed. Thanks!

CHRISTMAS IS COMING – COVID WILL NOT BE THE GRINCH THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS!

Your Outreach Committee would like to thank all those who contributed to our annual Pyjama Drive for Kerr Street Mission. As you know, this year we asked you to contribute money as shopping is not comfortable for many of us. Your compassion and generosity allowed us to raise $2820. We estimate that in past years we received about $1500 in pyjamas so this is a significant increase. This is most welcome because this year the need is greater than ever. Since March use of the food bank at KSM has gone up 58% and they hope to help 1500 people enjoy a better Christmas this holiday season. Funds are used to buy toys, pyjamas, food and gift cards for the clientele registered for their Christmas Wonders and Beyond program. Many churches, groups and individuals support KSM. We are blessed to be able to do our part to ensure every one of KSM’s clients enjoys a special meal and has a gift under the tree Christmas morning.


children's pyjamas

This year Christmas will be different. Yet in other ways Christmas will be the same. Children will still wake up Christmas morning and rush to see their tree and find their presents underneath it. In the past Maple Grove United Church has generously donated all the children’s pyjamas Kerr Street Mission has asked us to provide. Your Outreach Committee knows that this year many of us will not feel comfortable personally shopping for the pyjamas. So we are asking you to do something you have not done before. Instead of shopping please donate $30 to provide one pair of pyjamas, socks and some food items for one child. If you are able please donate $60 or $90 to provide gifts for two or three children. The Outreach Committee will online order the gifts for the boys and girls in all the necessary sizes and take them to KSM.

Please drop your cheques (noted for the pyjama drive) off in the church lockbox on the brick wall beside the back door of the church or mail them to the church at 346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville, L6J 4V5. Another option is to go to the bottom of a Maple Grove United Church website page. Click on the “Please donate here” button and choose #9 “Designated for a special purpose – please describe” from the options. Then type in “pyjamas”. This year you will be able to receive a tax receipt for your donations.

We would appreciate receiving the donations by November 15th to allow time to order and receive the pyjamas.Maple Grove is just one of the many churches involved in making Christmas more wonderful for children who otherwise would not have a particularly bounteous Christmas. This year Christmas will be different but at least one thing will be the same. We are confident every child on the list will receive a cozy new pair of pyjamas from our congregation. 

How to Donate Using CanadaHelps

Poinsettia plant

Poinsettia Sale 2020

In these unsettling days of physical distancing and social isolation we look forward to brighter days throughout the Advent season. To that end there is no better year to offer the beautiful poinsettia plants to you, your friends and family, while at the same time supporting the ongoing needs of the church. This year we realize there may be special circumstances by which not everyone might be able to pick up their plants in person. If that applies to you, please indicate in the space provided on the order form if you require delivery. We are striving to make these beautiful plants accessible to everyone!”

Download an order sheet below, and bring it and your cheque to the church in an envelope and place it in the lockbox to the right of the west doors.

Download the order form here –

2021 Stewardship – Week of October 25

Seconds for Stewardship

Our 2021 Stewardship campaign with the theme of “Loving Our Neighbours” is now underway!  It is the time of the year when we raise awareness of the time, talent and treasure needs of our Church.  We believe that we are called as individuals, families, congregations and as a denomination to follow in the way of Jesus to bring about a world of justice and peace.

We invite you to join us in this campaign by giving an intentional and meaningful gift to this ministry by printing off and completing the Commitment Pledge Sheet found in the Stewardship section of the website, depositing it in the secure lockbox in the back of the Church, or scanning it and emailing to Paula Warden, Envelope Secretary, at the address provided.

Did you not get the information sent out by email?  If not, please contact Bobbi-Jo at the church office to obtain a hard copy of the Stewardship packages.

Listen for your own call and respond with generosity!  The Church needs you!

Thank you from The Stewardship Committee

Let’s Haunt Hunger


Hello Everyone!

OakvilleReady and the Town of Oakville are hosting ‘Let’s Haunt Hunger’ a Halloween-themed, safe, contactless food drive to collect non-perishable items for Kerr Street Missions. Join us for a great way for our community and kids to help others while having fun at the same time! 

The event is on October 31 from 9 am to 1 pm at two locations.
The drive-thru event will be located in the back parking lot of Longo’s at 469 Cornwall Road and the walk-thru food drive in Towne Square on Lakeshore Road in Oakville.

Wear a costume and/or dress your car up and to be entered in the costume contest with the chance to win some great prizes! Come up and give back to the community as we ‘haunt’ hunger!


If you want to get more involved, we are asking for volunteers to come out and help with the event. Please spread the word in your community!

  • We will need volunteers to help with:
  • Collection of the food items
  • Weighing the food item
  • Getting and keeping the crowd excited & the event up-beat
  • Helping with the flow of traffic
  • Gathering metrics by recording the number of cars, cans collected, etc.
  • All volunteers are asked to dress up in fun family-friendly costumes. 
  • There will be COVID screenings at the event and social distance will be maintained at each location.

If you are interested or have any questions, please email info@haltonenvironment.ca to get the details on how to get involved.

Let’s Haunt Hunger in support of Kerr Street Mission.

Seconds for Stewardship – This year’s theme “Loving Our Neighbours”

Week of Oct 18, 2020

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,   (James 1: 17)

The Stewardship Campaign is once again upon us!  Over the coming weeks we will talk about how Stewardship is an integral part of living our faith.  We will share more stories about why we give; how our generosity makes a difference here at Maple Grove; how we have an impact on the community around us; and how, through the Mission & Service of the United Church, we respond to this call nationally and globally.

“Loving Our Neighbours” is once again the theme of this year’s Stewardship campaign.  We invite you to join us in this campaign and giving an intentional and meaningful gift to this ministry.

Listen for your own call and respond with generosity!

Blessings and Thank you from The Stewardship Committee

Sad News – Donna Martin

Donna Martin

Donna Mae Molloy (May 24, 1937 – October 4, 2020) was born in Brantford, ON and excelled in academics at Brantford Collegiate Institute and McMaster University before beginning a career as a medical technologist. She married Russell Martin in Brantford in 1962.  Together, Russell and Donna supported each other in their respective careers as they moved from London to Waterloo, Menlo Park (Calif), West Hill, Ottawa, Oakville, and Scarborough.  Later, with her children in University, Donna returned to work in senior roles at Abitibi Price.  She was the beloved mother of Michael (Jodie), Brian (Kathryn), Christy (originally from Eagle Lake First Nation) and Allan (Kirsten), and adored grandmother of Hannah and Jerrid, Daxton and Clover, and Zia, Scarlett and Leo. She will be sadly missed by her many friends at Maple Grove United Church Oakville and Knox United Church Agincourt. Donations in her name would be appreciated for the Canadian Cancer Society or the “Out of the Cold” program at Knox United Church Agincourt. Many thanks to the kind staff at Scarborough General Hospital for their wonderful care. At her request, her body be cremated. A celebration of her life is planned for later in May of 2021 on the occasion of her birthday.

Yezedi Woman Update

Finally in each other’s arms….as it should be. After 6 years apart!

This photo is of them in Iraq. Mom will be there for 6 weeks or so helping to finalize identity papers to allow her daughter, Ronia, to eventually come and join her in Canada but we expect that to take about 6 months and some more funds.

Donations can be left in the church lock box on the wall to the right hand side of the door at the back of the church. Please mark “Ronia” on the cheque.


Your Outreach Committee

Worship – September 27

You can say something or thank Bruce Tanaka, Dr. Deborah Henry and Eran Rosen, plus trumpeter, Ron McKee also accompanying during the hymns. Al Wheable, and J.C. Berubé provided the video and audio support.

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