There are lots of ways to get involved with Maple Grove United Church from weekly events to ongoing activities. These include fitness classes, adult education, local community and international outreach projects, knitting and crocheting, to name just a few.
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Booked for Lunch will be back in September with...... The Spoon Stealer by Leslie Crewe
Born into a basket of clean sheets―ruining a perfectly good load of laundry―Emmeline never quite fit in on her family’s rural Nova Scotian farm. After suffering multiple losses in the First World War, her family became so heavy with grief, toxicity, and mental illness that Emmeline felt their weight smothering her. And so, she fled across the Atlantic and built her life in England. Now she is retired and living in a small coastal town with her best friend, Vera, an excellent conversationalist. Vera is also a small white dog, and so Emmeline is making an effort to talk to more humans. When she joins a memoir-writing course at the library, her classmates don’t know what to make of her. Funny, loud, and with a riveting memoir, she charms the lot. As her past unfolds for her audience, friendships form, a bonus in a rather lonely life. She even shares with them her third-biggest secret: she has liberated hundreds of spoons over her lifetime―from the local library, Cary Grant, Winston Churchill. She is a compulsive spoon stealer.
When Emmeline unexpectedly inherits the farm she grew up on, she knows she needs to leave her new friends and go see the farm and what remains of her family one last time. She arrives like a tornado in their lives, an off-kilter Mary Poppins bossing everyone around and getting quite a lot wrong. But with her generosity and hard-earned wisdom, she gets an awful lot right too. A pinball ricocheting between people, offending and inspiring in equal measure, Emmeline, in her final years, believes that a spoonful―perhaps several spoonfuls―of kindness can set to rights the family so broken by loss and secrecy.
Please contact the church office if you wish to join us.
Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body. It combines meditation with the practice of mindfulness which can be defined as a mental state that involves being fully focused on breathing to “anchor” the mind so you can acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment or decision, and then delete them by refocusing on your anchor.
Maple Grove United Church is offering 3 times/week classes in mindfulness meditation free of charge. Please contact Arnaud Painvin MD FRCSC via the site oakvillezenmeditation.com.
Prayer Shawl Knitters
The Maple Grove Prayer Shawl group meets on the fourth Thursday every other month, to gather for a social time and to bless the newest shawls. New knitters and crocheters are always welcome. Patterns, inspiration and help are always available, and work can be done at home.
Shawls, lap rugs, quilts are available free of charge for anyone needing a MGUC “hug”.
For more information, please contact the church office at email@example.com or (905) 845-5721.