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 any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the April issue is March 18.



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.



Starting at 6 am on Saturday March31st to 6 am Sunday April 1st lasting 24 hours, Parkdale’s Easter Vigil provides a time for prayer, reflection and meditation, a break from our busy schedules and some uninterrupted time in quiet conversation with God. Sign up today.


TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets at 9:30 am. This week March 20th will be our last session and we will be reflecting on Love.



Parkdale Pastoral Care will host an education session on the preparation of Advance Care Plans on April 19th at 7:00 pm in the Ladies Parlour. This program is part of Compassionate Ottawa program.  Monica Patten and Norman Tape will be the facilitators.

An Advance Care Plan is a document which outlines your wishes for care at the end of life. It describes what is important to you, your values and the kind of medical care you want at the end of life. It identifies a substitute decision maker, the person you want to make decisions in case you are unable.

Call the church office or email  to save a spot for this presentation, group size is limited to 24.


OUR CAMINO, Reflecting On Our Common Journey Through Lent 2018.

On Monday 19th we will start our sixth week. Remember to take with you the devotional readings for the week from the 19th to the 25th of March. They were written by our very own people! Let us continue together this journey day by day and pray for the writer of the day. We will send a copy via email each Monday as well for those who could not make it to church or just prefer an electronic version so we print fewer copies. If you are not in our email list please let us know to include you


LENT POSTERS CONTINUES TODAY!  Anyone wishing to participate in the Parkdale Art Project for Lent, may gather round the table in the coffee hallway.  Markers for colouring in of these beautiful 2' X 3' posters based on the Psalms will be available.  Also on the table will be small-sized individual posters for colouring, especially for our youngest artists.  Families with kids have been emailed copies of these posters along with a child-friendly devotional for each Sunday of Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.  If you did not receive this mailing and would like to, please contact Melodee (


JESUS CALLS a small group study on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (Ladies - and gentlemen- Parlour). All genders, ages, life stages are welcome! The next session is on Wednesday 21st  and we will be reviewing session 4 and 5- “Jesus Calls us Into Family” (pages 55-67). You can still buy the book Jesus Calls by Dr. Justo Gonzalez, from the office ($10.00) and join us. For info you can contact  (Please note, there is no class on the 28th during Holy Week).



Please reserve Thursday evening, April 5th for our IN FROM THE COLD POT LUCK SUPPER.  This is an opportunity to invite our generous donors and together give thanks for our meaningful Ministry.  Please plan to bring a Salad, Main Course or Dessert.


FAMILY CAMP:  Please keep the dates of June 22-24 in mind as this is the week of Parkdale's family camping event at Gracefield.  Registration forms will be available soon.  


THE VAULT CHILDREN'S MINISTRY EVENT:  Sunday school teachers, parents, and interested adults are invited to attend this interesting and informative gathering to be held at The Met church on May 5.  It is always great to learn together.  There are workshops geared to all age groups and interests.  If you register by April 16, the cost is $35 and includes lunch.  Here is a link to the registration page:  As well as registering, it would be good to know you are attending so please contact Melodee (


PUPPET PLAY:  On April 15th, during the worship service, Melodee would like 3-6 kids (aged 9-12) to work with her to put together a short puppet skit.  If you are interested in helping out, please let her know (  We would work on this on April 8 at 9:30 am.  


POTLUCK AND GAMES NIGHT:  The Parkdale family is invited to participate in a board game and potluck dinner this Sunday evening, March 18 starting at 4:30 pm.  There will be gaming areas for different age groups, adults, teens, and kids, but first we will enjoy a meal together, clean up together, then let the games begin!  Bring the game you want to play and hopefully you will find like-minded people willing to try it out. 


IMAGES AND STORIES - Pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan.  Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Ladies Parlour. 

A pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan and the ancient city of Petra was led by Rev. Anthony Bailey and Rev. Don Gibson from March 9th to 22nd, 2017.  Join us as Parkdale members share their reflections on this meaningful adventure. 



Calling all walkers and runners! On Saturday, May 26, Parkdale United Church will join hundreds across the country to 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. So why 6K? This is the average distance people in developing countries walk every day for water that is often unsafe to drink. Each participant's registration of $50 will provide clean water to one person through World Vision. And in addition to getting active with a community of great people and being part of a worthy cause, every participant also gets a cool shirt and a finisher's medal!

Need more info? Look for Kate Thompson and her booth of World Vision goodies in the weeks leading up to May 26 ; or visit the World Vision website ( and search for/sign up with "Parkdale United - Ottawa." Interested in participating, but not a walker or a runner? No problem! We have training plans that will get you safely to 6k by the end of May for both walking and running if you'd like to start. Hope you'll be part of our awesome team!



Donations of good, clean clothing, kitchenware and household items, books, LPs, CDs, toys and games, sports equipment, and other miscellaneous items can be dropped off at the church up to and including Thursday, April 26.  This will give volunteers time to sort and arrange items. No old style TVs or obsolete electronics please.  

Mark items clearly 'Rummage Sale' and leave them at the door into the Memorial Hall.  If you need help getting your items to the church, please call the church office 613-728-8656.  Volunteers are needed to help with setting up, selling, and cleaning up.  If you are able to help with this, even for a few hours, please contact Val Hum or the church office.  Thank you for your support of and help with this event!


SAVE THE DATE - May 5, 2018 - 9 to 1pm

Come and help us celebrate Parkdale's 87th anniversary!  Morning activities will provide an opportunity for prayer, fellowship, and participation in an invigorating discussion of Parkdale's future, and will end with a pot luck lunch!  Come one, come all!  






Palm Sunday Service:

Sunday, March 25th, 10:30am

Maundy Thursday – 7:00pm Service:  Communion

Thursday, March 29th, In the Chapel -Foot washing (optional)

Ecumenical Good Friday Service:

Friday, March 30th, St. Stephen’s Presbyterian, 10:30am

Resurrection Service (Easter):

Sunday, April 1st, 10:30am


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