Worship: August 2, 2020 – OUTDOOR COMMUNION

                               OUTDOOR COMMUNION                                SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd Dear friends, Our outdoor worship services continue at Strathroy United Church. This Sunday we celebrate holy communion. Bring your own bread and juice (similar to communion on Zoom) this Sunday morning. All are welcome. Throughout July we’ve experimented with outdoor worship, and the response has been positive. Pre-service screening is quick and simple (see our Facebook page for instructions), and the lawn is…Keep Reading

FOOD DRIVE

Food Drive Dear friends, If you have non-perishable food items to donate, we encourage you to take them directly to the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  To reach the Salvation Army directly, call 519-245-5398. The Salvation Army Food Bank is currently in need of: Pudding (boxes or cups) Instant potatoes Sidekicks Boxed macaroni & cheese Egg…Keep Reading

Community Event Links: July 20, 2020

Community Event Links: July 20, 2020

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Outdoor Service – Stage 3

Outdoor Worship Service Dear friends, YOU ARE INVITED! The Province now allows outdoor gatherings of 100 people with physical distancing and other precautions. Our lawn can accommodate approximately 65 people for an outdoor worship service. You are invited to an outdoor service this Sunday at 9:00am on our Front Street lawn. IMPORTANT. There is no pre-registration required, but people will be seated on Sunday morning while spaces are available. People…Keep Reading

2020 Vacation Bible School Cancelled

2020 Vacation Bible School Cancelled

      Vacation Bible School Cancelled Dear Parents and Children of Strathroy United Church, Due to the current conditions, the Community Life Team has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Vacation Bible School program for this summer. We look forward to seeing everyone next year and wish everyone an amazing summer. Yours faithfully, Tina Zimmermann Chair of Community Life Team

Update on Building Closure: June 17, 2020

Update on Building Closure: June 17, 2020

Update on Building Closure Dear Strathroy United Church Congregation, The Council met Wednesday, June 17, 2020.  After a fulsome discussion, a presentation of reopening requirements, and a consideration of what other local United Churches are doing, it was determined that the Strathroy United Church building will remain closed until further notice.  Although the provincial government has given permission for churches to reopen their buildings, it is up to each church…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: June 3, 2020

Pastoral Letter: June 3, 2020

2020-06-03 Dear friends, Please join our online Communion gathering this Sunday, June 7th. The Zoom gathering begins at 9:30am and Communion liturgy begins at 10:00am. Similar to our May online gathering, you provide your own bread and juice (or cracker and milk if available). You can connect using your computer or telephone, and the connection information is below. Please join your congregation as we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion….Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 29, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 29, 2020

2020-05-28 Dear friends, As I write this pastoral letter, Minneapolis burns for a third night. Riots and looting continue in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, an African American man, by a police officer. Tonight the third precinct police station in Minneapolis was overtaken by rioters and set ablaze. I’ve seen anger and frustration expressed by white people, for example in our neighbouring Michigan, with the inconveniences imposed…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 15, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 15, 2020

2020-05-14 Dear friends, As politicians and businesses plan the first phase of reopening workplaces and the economy, we know it is too soon to reopen churches for programs and worship. The United Church does not support the petition being pushed by some Ontario pastors asking the Premier to accelerate the reopening of church buildings. I will go on the record here to oppose the initiative, which I see as irresponsible…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 7, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 7, 2020

2020-05-07 Dear friends, The sanctuary was closed eight weeks ago, and we’ve adapted well. Last Sunday about 45 people celebrated Communion online. The experience was profound. The Congregational Life Team plans for monthly online Communion during the pandemic. Our next Communion is June 7. This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Please email me a digital photo of your late mother, and I will create a memorial image for this Sunday’s worship service. This…Keep Reading

Pandemic Response Initiatives Update: May 7, 2020

Pandemic Response Initiatives Update: May 7, 2020

Sewing Initiative Non-medical masks are still being produced by our energetic team of seamstresses!  If you or anyone in your family would like one, contact Brenda Bourdeau at 519.282.9441 or brendabourdeau@icloud.com Food Drive Our non-perishable food item drive continues.  If you have items to donate, contact Cathy Adkin at 519.245.0391 or cdadkin360@gmail.com Remember that the Salvation Army Food Bank is in frequent need of: Single puddings and fruit cups Jello (either boxes…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: May 1, 2020

Pastoral Letter: May 1, 2020

Dear friends, We are ready for Communion. This Sunday morning we’ll celebrate the sacrament of Communion from our homes. I invite you to join our Zoom conference call (see below for computer and telephone options) on Sunday. The United Church permits online Communion only if we do it live. We need to be on Zoom together, at the same time, when we break bread. Here’s how online communion works. You provide the bread and grape juice….Keep Reading