Christmas is Coming

Christmas Countdown is On! from Rev. Jessica

 Advent will be soon upon us which means Christmas will be too. I’m starting to plan for our Christmas Eve services and need your help. In addition to our in person Christmas Eve service we will be offering a pre recorded Christmas Eve Family Story Night so that families with young children (and the young at heart!) can gather at home and listen to the Christmas story told by some of our church family (in costume!) and some favourite Christmas music from our chancel choir. 

I am looking for volunteers to do a short reading and dress up as one of the following characters: Mary, Joseph, shepherd, innkeeper and someone to be the voice of the donkey (and use the hand puppet I have). If you’d like to help let me know. It will be a fun way to tell the Christmas story for our young Maple Grovers!

 Also if you have things that you think would make great costumes or props please let me know! Rev.


StoryWalk – “He’ll Always Be My Dad”

In November, look for Chrissy’s story, ‘He’ll Always Be My Dad’ at the StoryWalk in Tannery Park. The author, Chrissy Lilly, is one of our Lighthouse parents and a member of Maple Grove United Church.

Over the past two years she has been fundraising to ensure that every new family that joins Lighthouse, who has lost a parent, receives a free copy of her book.

Thank you to Chrissy and her daughters for sharing their story, and to the Oakville Public Library for featuring Chrissy’s book in the StoryWalk.

‘He’ll Always Be My Dad’ is a story of two young sisters whose father died, and their journey towards coming to terms with the unfairness of it all. 

 Through their grief they ask questions to try to understand and remember that no matter what, he will always be their Dad.

‘He’ll Always Be My Dad’ can also be ordered on Amazon at

Maple Grove United Church Reopening

As of November 14, 2021, Maple Grove United Church will resume holding “in-person” worship services in our sanctuary. Services will continue to be recorded and posted. To ensure, insofar as possible, the safety of our staff, members, adherents, guests, tenants, short-term renters, and all others who enter our building, the Maple Grove United Church Council was unanimous in deciding that MGUC implement the policy outlined below. 
MAPLE GROVE UNITED CHURCH COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICYEffective November 14, 2021, proof of full vaccination (two doses, with a minimum period of 14 days from the date of receiving the second dose) is required for everyone entering the church building including:·     
those attending in-person worship services, including weddings, funerals, and any other special services in the church.·     
attendees at rental events/meetings/concerts.·     
Staff (anyone paid by the church)·     contractors·     Lay leaders, volunteers, adult music groups, attendees at church meetings and events.
Exemptions from this requirement are children who are not currently eligible for vaccination, any individual producing proof of a medical exemption and anyone receiving pastoral care from a minister.  
Individuals producing proof of a medical exemption must produce a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to entering. Exceptions may be made for crisis counselling situations.

Apart from young children, it is mandatory to wear a mask while in the building and to observe social distancing protocols.Tenants and other users are responsible for ensuring that MGUC’s policies are implemented and adhered to.  
Unanimously Approved by MGUC Council October 20, 2021
PRE-REGISTER FOR PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIREMENT We are very pleased to be resuming in-person services on November 14, 2021!
Anyone entering our church building must provide proof of double Covid vaccination. To minimize the delays this will cause on Sunday mornings, we will be holding 3 sessions in advance for those who would like to provide us with their vaccination status in advance and have it on record at the church. Then on Sunday, those individuals will only have to put a check mark beside their name to record their attendance in case we are required to provide this for the purpose of contact tracing.

The sessions will be held at the church on the following dates and times: 
Sunday November 07th 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Monday November 08th 6:45 pm – 8:15pm
Wednesday November 10th 7:00 pm -8:15 pm 

You may show either copy of your second vaccine certificate or your electronic QR code and provide a contact phone number. Let’s make returning to in-person church as seamless as possible!”


(Help needed, especially since Church Spring Cleaning was cancelled in 2020.)

Please volunteer on October 28 at 10:30 am at the church
Let’s have the church sparklingto welcome our new minister,
Rev.  Jessica McCrae (Arriving on November 4)

There are many areas of the church to be cleaned:

  • Sanctuary
  • Children’s chapel
  • Either side of altar storage rooms
  • Lobby
  • Upstairs staff kitchen
  • CE office
  • Upper hall cupboards (excluding prayer shawl cupboards)
  • Upstairs kitchen
  • Upstairs office waiting area

Volunteers will meet at the church on October 28 at 10:30 am.

  • COVID protocols will be followed.
  • Masks, shields and gloves will be supplied if needed.
  • Cleaning supplies will be supplied.

Please bring your own refreshment in your own mug or water bottle.
To volunteer
Please contact the church office to sign up.
Phone: (905) 845-5721 

Thank you, Donna Vetter

Understanding and Improving Our World

Maple Grove United Church from time to time works with other faith groups in our community to spread the word on good ideas underway elsewhere. Here is a great virtual Speaker Series that you can sign up for free being organized by Glen Abbey United Church. The first topic provides insight into Halton’s Indigenous people’s history and is being held just before the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation holiday on September 30th. Details on this and subsequent events as well as how to register are included below. 



“Understanding and Improving Our World”

September 28, 2021 7:30-8:30 pm

Speakers:  Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil from Grandmother’s Voice

Topic:  Halton Indigenous People’s History

Overview:  Jody and Sherry will provide background on Oakville’s Indigenous People’s history. They will provide information on the origin and current work of Grandmother’s Voice. They will also discuss practical directions to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

For more about the Speaker Series at Glen Abbey United Church Click here

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