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   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

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.

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. 

Another link is the Mental Health Awareness Week Seminar page in The United Church’s website. The link is below. 

There is a 7-blog series dedicated for Mental Health Week. Please visit our Round The Table page to read the blogs.

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.
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Worship Services July – October 2021

Our Worship Services
July through October 2021
From Barb Duffin, Service Coordinator

We are so blessed as a congregation.
We continue to stick together to love and support each other.
I know God is with us; we are not alone.

As I have mentioned to a few people, I have watched our church community through the transition from Rev Morar, through our transition with Rev Harry, to our blessing of Rev Kerry, through the pandemic and now again as we restart our search process for our next leader. Through it all we have truly remained a caring and loving unit – WE are the church – WE are the ones to follow God’s lead to our next destination. God has a plan for us. I give you all a huge hug and say, together WE will travel this path and enjoy each other as we do.

As you may know Rev Kerry has invited us all to an in-person coffee time in the parking lot at MGUC at 11am starting Sunday July 18, weather permitting, and following all required COVID measures. We will be continuing this tradition throughout the summer and into the fall. 

We are also working on a way to view the service together in-person at the church soon, following all COVID safety directives. Stay tuned for more information.


As the Service Coordinator for MGUC, I am 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 and Al and, of course, Deborah and Eran for their wonderful and rich music contributions.

The services for the remainder of the summer and into the fall will be pre-recorded and provided to you each Sunday morning on YouTube with the link on the church website. 

The following is the schedule up to the beginning of October.Please enjoy the worship experiences

Service DateService LeaderAdditional Information
Aug 1 Gill LeFevre 
Aug 8Joan Vinall-CoxMGUC
Aug 15Ross GilmourMGUC
Aug 22Liz BryantMGUC
Aug 29Cathy Dodge SmithMGUC
Sept 5Al WheableMGUC
Sept. 12Sheila Murray 
Sept 19Karen Inkster 
Sept 26Gill LeFevre 

Butterfly Garden (Formerly Pollinator Garden)

Katy Joaquim:

This project is about hope for me. It is about taking a tiny baby step to help the environment.  There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that we are not headed in the right direction on biodiversity and environmental health and it can be very depressing.  As small as this garden is, it is a move to show that native plants, plants that support bugs can be beautiful, and even if they are not beautiful they are critical to survival. I am alarmed and I need a constructive place to use the energy generated by fear for the future; this garden hopefully will play a leadership role in re-educating myself and the community about the importance of supporting pollinators. 
Thank you for the opportunity to help create this garden.

I would like to thank the following volunteer gardeners for their support, Hugh Wanless , Jennifer Bensen, Mary Lloyd, Carol Gilchrist, Adam Clyde, Bobbi Jo Walker, and Jim Lilly.  We are also guided by the following experts Aki Tanaka, Sheelagh Rowland-Brown and Judy Lang. Shout out to JC Berube for his patience!

61st Annual Maple Grove United Church Fertilizer Sale!

bags of fertilizer

Just a reminder that for every order placed with Green Horizons for a Big Yellow Bag of soil or mulch before June 30th using our Promo Code, Maple Grove United Church will receive a donation from Green Horizons.

Here is a link to our website Order Soil or Mulch Now or call Green Horizons at 905-849-1915 to place an order. Please use the Maple Grove Promo Code:



Thank you for your support.  See you in 2022!

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