Reflections from the Grove

From Rev. Jessica –
Throughout my ministry I have offered a weekly emailing to my congregation and friends with brief theological reflection and a prayer. It is an offering to help you through the week ahead and has also been a great way for my congregation to get to know me a bit better. I look forward to starting this up again soon at MGUC. 

If you are interested in receiving it, please send me an email. 
Rev. Jessica

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.


Sandra Kerr’s Obituary

Link to Sandra’s funeral video, with apologies for the quality –

Surrounded by family on November 6th, 2021, Alexandra “Sandra” Helen Kerr peacefully passed away as a result of complications from abdominal surgery. Sandra was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by her husband William whom she was married to for over 55 years. Sandra was a compassionate, humble and outgoing mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and colleague to many she knew. Sandra and her husband Bill share 4 children Gordon (Diana), Natalie (Todd), Robert (Kate) and Pamela and grandchildren Katie, Matthew, Amanda, Kylie, Aidan, Sydney and Marlowe.

Born in Montreal, she was predeceased by her parents Walter and Eugenia Koohtow, and sisters Natalie “Sue” and Alice, survived by Geraldine Koohtow and her sister-in-laws Karen Kerr and Eleanor Mitchell. Sandra was a community activist and long time council member of Maple Grove United Church and was a member and President of the Ontario Advisory Council on Women’s Issues. She spent 23 years developing the Seniors Programming and LIFE Institute at Ryerson University. Always outgoing and a community organizer, Sandra had a large circle of friends and a close knit group from Lorne Park school who will fondly remember her. From her dear friend Bruce McLeod “So many were and are so richly blessed to have her close beside them on our hazardous earth-journey, down so many years, yet not enough. She is still close, but in another way” 

A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends at Maple Grove United Church (346 Maple Grove Dr, Oakville, ON L6J 4V5) on Saturday November 13th at 1pm. All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and the vaccination status and ID will be checked prior to the entry to the event.

Thank you to all the ICU Staff at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

If so desired, a donation can be made to the Sandra Kerr Award in Community Engagement at Ryerson University:

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

Welcome Rev. Jessica McCrae

Rev. Jessica McCrae

Maple Grove United Church is delighted to welcome Rev. Jessica McCrae as our new lead minister. She will be preaching this Sunday, November 14, in the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m., accompanied by prerecorded sections of the service. She says:

I am so looking forward to beginning our journey together and starting to meet some of you in person at our first worship together Nov. 14.  We are working on getting everything sorted for live streaming, but until we do our live worship will be a “hybrid” of recorded pieces and “live” pieces (i.e. I will preach the sermon live) and provide an opportunity for us to gain strength together as we listen for God’s call in our lives today and reconnect with church friends and family.  I hope that you are able to join us, but if you are not we will continue to have the service recorded and posted online.

Parking Lot & Safety

To prevent our parking lot from being used as a drive through to the school, they have now locked the gate between the school and the church. We have also erected signs to alert drivers that the parking lot is for people participating in church activities.

These measures will provide a safer environment for the day care children playing on church property.

Peter Williams
Outdoor Maintenance Manager

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