parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events

MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the March edition of the Messenger at the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for submission for the April issue is March 17.


TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY - We are continuing to study and reflect on the human qualities and characteristics of the often revered apostles. We will also reflect on and discuss how God used them in the furthering of the Christian mission and what this may mean for our lives, faith and Christian witness. Officially, they were thirteen apostles and all male, but we will also be reflecting on some of the women and children and communities who help to shape their life, faith and ministry. For more information contact Dr. Bailey (613 728-8656;


A CURE FOR CANCER PRAYER CHAIN ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 27: We are gathering prayer requests for our upcoming prayer chain. If you have a burning prayer in your heart for healing, medical research, funding, caregivers or anything cancer related; and /or you if would like to add your name to the prayer list or if there is any person in your life impacted by cancer that you would like to include in our prayers, please send them to me at


PRAYING FOR ONE ANOTHER: Cancer Prayer Group meets on Fridays at 2 pm in Rev. Alcris’ Office.  An ongoing weekly prayer group of those who are currently impacted by cancer. Updates and specific prayer requests for family or friends are always welcome. Please contact Rev. Alcris You could also pray at 2:00 pm from where you are lifting up those who have been diagnosed, receiving treatment, having surgery, in remission, medical research and funding; doctors, nurses, radiologists, caregivers, network support of families and friends.


CARING KITCHENS: Caring and Supporting One another through difficult times. Our freezer is almost empty! 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 contact Diana Mason or Alcris


OUR CAMINO Week 3: Parkdale's Very Own Devotional Resource for Lent 2019. Easter is near, but before that we must walk through Lent. Our Lenten devotional resource is ready for you to pick up every Sunday; you will also receive it by email on Mondays. If your email address is not in our congregational list, please let us know. Thank you to all who are contributing this year. There are some dates available, so please sign-up on the open dates. Sign-up sheet is on the board or contact Alcris at


ALL IN FROM THE COLD VOLUNTEERS:  Please mark Thursday, April 4th, 5:30p.m. in Tape Hall on your calendar for our Pot Luck Supper.  This event gives us an opportunity to meet together and to honour our generous donors.  Please bring a salad, main course or dessert.


LENT SMALL GROUPS STUDY on Matthew 25 in preparation for our 88th Anniversary. Third and fourth sessions will be on the first two Wednesdays of April.

If you want to participate at home as a family group, you can request the material from me on Sunday.

If you have a group, and want to host it at home or in a different schedule, please contact Rev. Alcris




SPANISH CAFÉ is coming soon! (after Easter)     There will be different tables according to levels: from zero (nada), basic (un poquito), intermediate (más o menos) to conversations (yo hablo español). Please register with Alcris


FAITH FORMATION FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS-For additional information regarding these programs, please contact Camille Beaufort (


Upcoming activities and events



March 31 Potluck lunch, games and fellowship until 2:30pm.  Please bring something to share for lunch and your favourite board game.   (Junior Choir members are invited to join us for lunch, attend practice and then return to the group).


BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH PLAY (Now every other Sunday) March 24 from 1:00pm-2:30pm Basketball and sports afternoon - Potluck lunch, basketball and fellowship. 

Ages 13+ (adults most welcome)



IGNITE!  (ages 25ish+)

Bible study of Galatians takes place every other Monday at 7pm. Next meeting is Monday, March 25th.

For more information, please contact Lauren Barbour


NEW! KIDS CLUB (JK through 8yrs; parents welcome to stay)

March 31 after service (meet in the orange room) – Potluck lunch, crafts games and fellowship until 2:30pm.   An opportunity for children to foster their friendships with one another and invite their friends to service, then stay and play.  Please bring something to share for lunch.


SECOND BLESSINGS COFFEE SHOP – everyone is invited for treats and refreshments!
Next coffee shop: March 31st.


IMAGES & STORIES - Last Friday of March

Mark your calendar: Friday, March 29 @ 7:00 PM. Don't miss our last presentation of this Images & Stories' season when Dan Monafu takes us to the country of his birth - Romania. He came to Canada in 2002 and has now lived an almost equal number of years in both countries. You will hear of Romania's history and see the famed natural beauty of this Eastern European country  "largely-unknown to a broad Western audience" according to many travel magazines. (Contact: MO&J – Faye Beaufort



Calling all walkers and runners! On Saturday, June 01, Parkdale United Church will again walk or run 6 km to raise funds for World Vision's Water Initiatives. Every day, nearly 1,000 children under 5 die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene practices. Why 6K? This is the average distance people in developing countries walk every day for water that is often unsafe to drink. $50 provides safe water for one person through World Vision. Last year, Team Parkdale raised $9,600, providing clean water for 192 people! Let’s do it again! To join the team, look for Kate Thompson in the side hall, or email her at Hope you'll be part of our awesome team! 



During the weeks of Lent we will be accepting contributions, including loose change and bills in the jars at all four doors to the Sanctuary. Money raised will support North Street United Church’s ministry with children and at-risk families in Kingston, Jamaica. Individuals wishing to obtain a receipt can do so by using a blue envelope.



Anyone wishing to place an Easter lily in the sanctuary for Easter Sunday morning, in memory of a loved one, is asked to call the church office with your request. The flowers will be delivered to home-bound persons following the Easter service. Suggested donation is $15.00.



For any of you who have recently requested a box of weekly offering envelopes, they can be picked up from the table just outside the sanctuary door nearest to the grand piano.  If you need a box let us know at the office or via a note on the offering plate or via email to




Palm Sunday Service:

Sunday, April 14th, 10:30am

Maundy Thursday – 7:00pm Service:  Communion

Thursday, April 18th, In the Chapel -Foot washing (optional)

Ecumenical Good Friday Service:

(With St. Stephens Presbyterian)

Friday, April 19th, Parkdale United Church, 10:30am

Resurrection Service (Easter):

Sunday, April 21st, 10:30am


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