parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events


Donations can be dropped off anytime through the week in the shopping cart in the Gladstone Hallway.  Financial donations may be made through the offering.  Mark your donation “Parkdale Food Centre”. We need milk bags, pasta & sauce, canned beans, cereal, biscuits, rice, jams, and peanut butter. Thank you to all who have been donating to our grocery cart-it is much appreciated.   Dian


MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the December edition of the Messenger at the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for submission for the January issue is December 16. 




Please note the Advent Donation Bottles in the sanctuary!  From now until “White Gift Sunday”, January 6, 2019, the Christian Enrichment Committee will collect donations to support Bethany Hope Centre.  To obtain a receipt, please donate through envelope givings.  Simply mark “Bethany Hope Centre” on the envelope. Volunteer help is welcome to count donations. Call the office 613-728-8656 to arrange a time.



On White Gift Sunday, January 6, 2019, we again celebrate the visit of the Wise Ones.  Our gifts bring hope and tangible assistance to single mothers and children at the Bethany Hope Centre.  Baby toys from newborn to age 2 appropriate are needed. Financial donations are welcome.



Thank you for the many donations of cards and time devoted to making prayer clothes. The care packages are filled with goodies, love and prayers. They have been sent by Fedex and should arrive in the coming days.


ETHIOPIAN REFUGEE FAMILY UPDATE: Elsa and her 3 children would like to thank you for the lovely reception you gave them last Sunday, December 2nd. Elsa has expressed their gratitude and pleasure to be with us. She said she has left her family behind and now she is overwhelmed by the kindness and welcome shown by her new family here at Parkdale.

They are settling in very well.  We are still in the process of getting the children into school and Elsa and her daughter in adult school.  At the moment we are concentrating on school and attending medical and other appointments.  Parkdale's members and friends continue to be very kind in their donations for which we are very grateful.  (Contacts are: Rev. Anthony Bailey or through the church office at 613-728-8656)


PARKDALE WOMEN’S RETREAT Our Secret Garden A fun and relaxing time apart to grow, explore and celebrate our spiritual green thumbs together. January 11-13, 2019. Galilee Centre. Cost $250. REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN NOW at the Retreat Table in Memorial Hall.  Please contact Rev. Alcris if you need financial assistance.


PRAYING FOR ONE ANOTHER: CANCER PRAYER GROUP meeting on Fridays at 2 pm in Rev. Alcris’ Office.  An ongoing weekly prayer group of those who are currently impacted by cancer. Please come as you are able, no RSVP needed. To arrange transportation or to join by teleconference please contact Rev. Alcris To support those impacted by cancer in our congregation please take a moment on Fridays at 2:00 pm to lift them in prayer.


SUPPORTING AND CARING: Next time you prepare your favourite recipe, why not cook and freeze an extra batch to bring to the church for the Caring Kitchens Ministry? You also could donate a frozen meal or consider being on an “as-required” basis list to be contacted occasionally to provide a dish or to deliver a meal as a driver, if needed. This is a practical way to love and support each other as faith community when we go through special circumstances in life. Note: When you know of someone who might need an extra touch of care or support through the Caring Kitchens, please let us know through the sheet or you may contact Diana Mason or Alcris   


SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES:  THE CUP OF LIFE group will meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am until December 18. If you have already done this program, you are welcome again to explore deeper or different emphases. For more information, call the church or email


PARKDALERS FELLOWSHIP AND FUN: DINNER FOR EIGHT is coming back in the New Year. January 25, 26, 27.For more info please contact Rev. Alcris.


SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER: WALKING TOGETHER THROUGH OUR LOSS – a grief support group with two more sessions on December 9th (at 3 pm this afternoon), and December 16th.This small group is designed for walking together through the pain of grief. All are welcome. For some it could be to take the time of acknowledging pain; for others a time to reflect in the loss from a faith perspective and to receive God’s promised consolation. If you are interested, please speak with Rev. Alcris

WRITE FOR RIGHTS ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9: The Mission, Outreach and Justice Committee has organized an Amnesty International “Write for Rights” event from 12:30 to 3:30 for today December 9 in the Ladies’ Parlour. All are welcome to join in writing letters to individuals whose human rights have been violated and to world leaders about these human rights abuses. We will have a special children’s corner so even less experienced writers can participate.

This event is part of a worldwide Amnesty International campaign to support and protect those whose human rights are at risk around the world. A donation of a toonie per letter will help cover the cost of postage.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Gail at or at 613 421-6629.

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY - Friday, December 21 from 7pm-11ish -Ages 17/grade 12 - 25ish
Contact Camille or Zaya for more information.     

WORSHIPLUDE (February 1-3, 2018 at Rideau Park United church) Participate in this contemporary worship experience with several hundred other youth and young adults.   As activities are announced Parkdale will be arranging for senior youth (grades 7+), Young Adults in Faith (ages 17-24) and IGNITE! to participate.  Stay tuned…


ONTARIO YOUTH PARLIAMENT (February 15th-19th 2019 at Rideau Park United church) for youth and young adults ages 14-21. 


BILLETS NEEDED – signup sheets in Gladstone and Memorial Hallways:  Ontario Youth Parliament is looking for people to billet at least two delegates or adults over 3 nights. This would involve providing bed and breakfast over this same time period.   Preferably, billets could drive their delegates to the host church in the morning at around 8 AM each morning and pick them up at around 10 PM each night. For more information, please go to or email

Parkdale contacts: Camille Beaufort or Ellen Andrews



Our seventeenth season of IFTC began on November 10, 2018!  If you are interested in volunteering on Saturdays please drop us a line at the IFTC email address below to indicate your shift interests and availability.  We welcome new and returning volunteers for various shifts from now until March 30, 2018.   We value the involvement of volunteers in all various shifts, however are particularly short of volunteers for the following Saturday shifts: Clean Up Anchors, Shift Coordinators and lift operators. We also need help during the week from volunteers to help sort general donations at the Central Food Bank and choose and pack Parkdale’s needs and deliver to Parkdale and to do grocery shopping for the chefs.  New volunteers are asked to fill out a rose-colored Volunteer Form for NEW volunteers located at each of the four Sanctuary doors and to submit it to PUC office or email to  High School Students may count hours towards their volunteer requirement.

This Ministry is important to our church and community and all volunteers are welcome!  If you have any questions, please send CiCi and Mark an email at:

Looking forward to hear from you, CiCi and Mark…  




The following items are needed to assemble Christmas Gift Bags for our In From the Cold guests: individual toothbrushes, 100ml Toothpaste, cans of Red Salmon, packages of pocket sized Kleenex, bars of wrapped soap.  Deposit boxes will be available outside the Chapel Door.  Thank you for your consideration of this request.





Sun. December 9             Advent 2: Christmas pageant                       


Sun. December 16            Advent 3:  Special Christmas music 


Wed. December 19        7 pm:  Reflective service in the Chapel           


Sun. December 23           Advent 4 -10:30 am Worship Service


Mon. December 24                   5 pm: Family Christmas Eve service

10 pm: Candlelight Communion Service


Sunday December 30      Service of Lessons and Carols


Please see the bulletins, or contact the church for more information.