Pastoral Letter: September 14, 2020

Cancelled indoor service. Now outdoor @ 10am on Sunday, September 20th. Indoor cancelled but outdoor still at 10am Posted by Strathroy United Church on Saturday, September 19, 2020 Pastoral Letter September 14 2020 Return to Sanctuary Dear friends, This Sunday marks 196 days — 27 Sundays — since we last gathered in the sanctuary for worship. This Sunday, September 20th, we return to the sanctuary for worship. I am excited,…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: September 4, 2020

Pastoral Letter September is Coming Dear friends, September is upon us, and we’re getting busy! This Sunday is Baptism, and we hope you can attend this outdoor service. Don’t forget our pen pal program. We need you to volunteer as a pen pal for one of our congregation’s children. See below this letter for the original invitation. Wednesday Bible study resumes September 9th @ 10:30am. All are welcome. See the…Keep Reading

Pastoral Letter: August 27, 2020

Pastoral Letter: August 27, 2020

Pastoral Letter September is Coming Dear friends, September is upon us, and we’re getting busy! This Sunday is Confirmation and Communion. Please bring your own bread and juice for communion as we celebrate the conformation of Olivia Barker and Cole Blackmore. Don’t forget our pen pal program. We need you to volunteer as a pen pal for one of our congregation’s children. See below this letter for the original invitation….Keep Reading

Strathroy United Pen Pals

Letter of Invitation Strathroy United Pen Pals We need pen pals to keep our kids connected to Strathroy United Church. Our children need your help! The pandemic has kept everyone from Sunday worship, including our children and youth. When children return to school in September, many children may avoid Sunday worship and other community activities to reduce exposure. Letter writing is a simple way to keep our congregation’s children connected. Did you…Keep Reading

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

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: 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