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News from the Grove

Although we have not been congregated at the church for service and other events, behind the scenes there has been busy bees keeping up with our outreach and looking after the needs of the church as they emerge.

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Brian Simpson and Gord Penley are working on the year end. We will try to have information of our offerings in the next few weeks.

The Caring Team
Aki Tanaka put together bouquets of flowers through March and April to cheer up our church family members in residence and living by themselves,

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Daycare Open with Restrictions

The daycare is now opened. There are restrictions to space availability for the church visitors and the daycare. Please read carefully:

  • We have installed sanitation stations throughout the church please use them.
  • Please sanitize before and after you have signed in.
  • Please stop at the membership desk as you will be required to sign in by printing the date of your visit, your name and contact information.
  • We are asking you to bring a mask if you are entering the church.

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Rev. Kerry Stover – Our New Minister

On behalf of the Maple Grove Search Committee, I am excited to announce that Reverend Kerry Stover, M.Div has been called to be the next spiritual leader of our community of faith.  Kerry comes to us with a wealth of experience both in ministry and in the private sector.  A lifelong member of the United Church, Reverend Kerry is a graduate of the respected Masters of Divinity (“M.Div”) program at Emmanuel College,  University of Toronto. Most recently he has been responsible for the “Fresh Start” program at Kingsway-Lambton United Church in Etobicoke.

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Midweek Meditation 15

Some of my colleagues have been bemoaning the fact that “news” from our United Church General Council office has been all about protocols and pragmatics during this time of pandemic lockdown (and now limited re-openings). What they are not hearing and missing is some theology for such times and circumstances.

The Anglican bishops of Canada did issue a pastoral epistle focused on the blessing of sabbath time which this current situation affords us. The Presbyterian church leadership, I believe, focused on how we sustain caring community,

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UPDATE ON A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

An Invitation to Talk
In March 2017 United Church Moderator Jordan Cantwell wrote:
“We need to name and examine our fears, prejudices, and assumptions. The privilege that many of us are born with may desensitize us to the injustice, exclusion, and hate that some in our community experience on a daily basis.” Only in that way can we build, as “That All May Be One” envisioned, a church and society “where all are welcome, where all feel welcome, and where diversity is as natural as breathing.”

MGUC joins in the uprising of voices in the Christian community and across the world against the systemic racism that hurts so many of our fellow human beings.

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Black Lives Matter

The request of the Outreach Committee to make window signs supporting Black Lives Matter is a call for us as Christians to bear witness to institutionalized racism against black people. It is not just a slogan, it is a baby step that we hope will encourage us to examine our own hearts and initiate conversations in homes around our neighbourhoods. 

We agree that all lives matter but the item on our agenda right now is black lives and we know that black lives have been and are devalued and disrespected on a scale that white lives are not.

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Free Programs for Children

BridgeWay Family Centres
Karen works for BridgeWay Family Centres, and there are now numerous free programs online (usually free in centres and parks in the summer) as well as Mother Goose program songs and rhymes uploaded, circle time for 0-6 yr olds uploaded, and activity ideas for children at home.

Families can join over 100 ZOOM programs per week. All free. We know how difficult it can be to be at home with children, without all of the usual supports. 

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Sir John Colborne Recreation Centre for Seniors

To our Seniors Services friends: We miss you!

We’re feeling lonely now that our centres are closed,so we’re reaching out to make sure you are healthy and safe. If you’re feeling lonely too and would like to be placed on our “Phone a Friend” call list, please let us know. We will connect you with a staff member or volunteer that will check in with you regularly to chat and see how you’re doing. 

Please call the Sir John Colborne Recreation Centre for Seniors at 

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