News & Events

Please note that, until further notice, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person worship services at Parkdale United Church are suspended, as are all in-person meetings and activities that take place at the church. We will advise as soon as there is a change. Note that there are several on-line and conference call activities shown in the paragraphs below. 

It is my distinct pleasure to advise you that the City of Ottawa has just announced the winners of the Order of Ottawa 2020 award, and among them are our own Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey and Barry Hobin, the much-respected Ottawa architect.
Details regarding the award can be found in the press release from the City of Ottawa at:

Congratulations to Anthony and to Barry on this much-deserved recognition! We at Parkdale are extremely proud and blessed to count you among our own.
Garth McLeod

Chair, Council

Confidential Phone Counselling – by Dr. Bailey. Contact information:; 613 728-8656 x 222

Continuing in Prayer and Support:

In these times, as in all times, we are trusting God to grant us wisdom, mercy and faith. As a community of faith and followers of Jesus we are reminded of the numerous times the Bible counsels us not to ‘be afraid’. Normally, this exhortation is accompanied by God’s promise to be with us. God being with us inspires and empowers us to be ‘with’ each other. We do this by praying for one another and reaching out by phone, facetime, Facebook, email, WhatsApp… you name it.  Let’s just stay connected. We send love and wish everyone comfort and good health, and look forward to hearing from you. May God bless us all.


Still not too late to join. See the details below to join.  We will continue this time of reflection on how Biblical texts, wisdom, and faith can help us explore the Pandemic experience. Both in the Bible and throughout human history, times of devastating loss, widespread grief and disasters have challenged the human family to make sense of these events. This will be an opportunity to explore some biblical texts, historical events, our present Pandemic moment and how our understanding of God and the teachings of Jesus can be essential resources of blessing, comfort and engagement.

These sessions are held on Tuesdays (noon to 1:00 pm.) via Zoom. If you are interested, please register by sending an email to Don Mockett at You will receive the Zoom link and passcode as well as the resource sheet.    Anthony

PRAYER REQUESTS INBOX Please send your prayer requests to

IMAGES & STORIES – Presents Huda Kandalaft Kanawati – Parkdale’s Congregational Designated Minister for Youth and Families who came aboard on July 2nd.  Don’t miss Huda telling her life’s journey from Syria to Parkdale.  Join our ZOOM presentation from 7:00 – 8:00 PM the last Friday of this month – October 30th.  Please register your attendance with Don Mockett in the office at or by phoning 613-728-8656.  Don will send you instructions and the LINK to join the ZOOM presentation.

Children, Youth, Young adults

Contact: Huda at

Zoom links will be emailed to all families. Contact Huda if you would like to join any of the meetings. Parents are invited to print out the children Worship Bulletin every Sunday for their kids. It is emailed out from the office along with the worship bulletin. You will find activities that we hope to help as conversation starters about the Bible story.

Sunday school every Sunday – this Sunday Oct.18 @ 10am.  The story for this week is about paying taxes.

Senior Youth group- every other Sunday- This Sunday Oct. 18 @ 8 pm. Tough Questions is our study theme for this fall. The question this week is: Is it Ok to be angry at God?

Junior Youth group- every other Wednesday- This Wednesday Oct. 21 @ 8 pm. Our theme this time is who am I?

IGNITE group-every other Monday. We will meet this Monday Oct. 19 @7 pm. Time for fellowship for young adults. We are studying The Apostles Creed. This week we will continue to explore: Who is Jesus? His suffering and crucifixion. All young adults are welcome to join our online meetings. Please send an email to to join.

Colours and Giggles:

It’s like a talent show in an e-newspaper, to help us all feel together even while we’re apart.

Want to be published in the first issue of the Colours and Giggles? Send in your short stories, poems, jokes, articles, book or story reviews, fun facts from the bible, Maps, advice columns, comics, word games, paintings, and drawings!

Colours and Giggles is open to all kids and youth. Two more days to go, Submit by Oct. 20 to

Kids’ Club

  Let’s meet friends. The last Saturday of every month. Next meeting is Oct.31 @ 3:00- 4:00 PM. Time for stories, simple crafts, singing and games together – for kids ages 2-7 and their families. This time our theme will be Halloween so please come dressed up for the occasion. Send an email to book your seats for these adventures. We will email you a zoom link to log in. See you soon!

Parenting Children:

Parents are invited to a relaxed time of connecting, socialising (from a distance), chatting and yes talking about our children! We will have organised discussions. Each time we will focus on a theme such as:  Building Strong Foundations, meeting our children’s needs. Setting boundaries, teaching healthy relationships and much more. Please email if interested in the idea and let us know which day and time suits you best. We will plan the gatherings once we hear back from you.


If you know of people who cannot watch the services online, please let them know that they can call 343 882 1920 and enter 343 882 4663# on Sundays at 10:30am to listen to the service. (The line is open at 10:30am. If you need more info, contact Alcris.)

PRAYER BUDDY. If you would like to join someone for prayer on a regular basis, we would be delighted to find a prayer buddy for you. Together you two will decide how and when to pray.

PARKDALE BUDDIES. In this time of social isolation it is so important to have someone to check with on a regular basis. If you would like to have a buddy, let us know.

EARS ARE OPEN. It is normal that this new reality starts to impact our mental/emotional health. If you are feeling troubled, need to talk with someone, or in need of prayers, we are here for you. Please send Alcris an email or call the office for us to call you right back. We can meet on Skype, Zoom, and phone or have an email chat. You are not alone, we are all together in this!

SMALL GROUPS ON ZOOM Please send an email to Rev. Alcris or to the office,  for Zoom links:

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Session 6 on Wednesday October 21st at 7:00 pm (6 sessions). We will be looking at Chapters 9&10. If you are interested to join, please sign up with Don in the office. The zoom link will be sent to your email. Alcris and Anthony are pleased to have Judy Hamley join in the leadership of this series.

Caring for the Caregivers, next session Friday October 23rd at 6:30pm.  We all care for others. This is not only for people who are caring for elderly relatives or chronically ill loved ones, but also those who are caring for others directly or indirectly, with or without special needs (we welcome those in caregiver vocations and/or professions as well).  This is a space for offering mutual support, nurturing faith/spirituality and connecting with people who are going through a similar journey in the context of our Christian community.

Writing Group on Thursday November 5th at 4:00pm. This is an interest group for informal -not professional- writing aimed to those who want to explore spiritual journaling, poetry, autobiography, short stories, prayers, etc. We will meet every three weeks. Email Alcris for information


I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1). More thanksgivings from last week…

 Heavenly Father on this Thanksgiving, we bow our hearts to you and pray we give thanks for all you’ve done. (Christine Farrell)

God, for this we are grateful!

 As family we thank you for the blessing of our time for morning prayers. Maxim and Tianna are thankful for friend’s family and food; for computers, mom, God and everyone they have around them.

God, with them, we say thanks!

And they pray:

– help us to be better every day

– Poor and the rich to be nice to each other

– Hope everyone every doesn’t get coronavirus

– Take away the bad and the coronavirus

– Help everyone with COVID and also the flu, croup and every cold in the world. Help them (Camille Beaufort, Tiana (6) and Maxim (10)

Lord, for them we are thankful! Listen to this prayer and in your mercy answer!

 We give thanks for all creation, for family and friends and for all those near and far, known and unknown. We pray that You will guide us in all that we do and that Your strength and comfort will sustain us in all things. We give thanks for all our infinite blessings. (Emily and Allan Menzies)

God, we give thanks with the Menzies!

We continue to give thanks for the beauty of nature, for its sounds and movement; for the benevolent weather, for our countless blessings.

And as a congregation we continue to pray together for the world, for the community, our congregation, and ourselves as families and individuals.

-For the US, our neighbour, in this time of turmoil and important political decisions .We pray for your guidance God, for a spirit of unity and peace.

-For the healing of the nations. We pray for all corners of the world where COVID19 has arrived. We pray for medical staff, for all who are sick, for all who are mourning, for those living in anxiety. We pray for access to medical resources and essentials for everyone.

– For the development and testing of vaccines in several countries. We pray that they be effective and safe. We pray for scientists working on this, lead them God.

-We pray for countries undergoing internal political crisis. For their governments to listen to the cries of their people, for those persecuted and tortured for their opinions, for the high levels of fear, uncertainty and frustration that might be reigning in many hearts.

-We pray for Canada, for each Province, facing different challenges in this pandemic. We need your lead, your protection, your strength.

-We continue to pray for frontline workers who in the medical and essential fields give their best each day. We pray for them and their families to be kept safe.

-We pray for our congregation: those who are looking for a job, selling their house, going through life transitions, moving to new places or already settling in.

-We pray for the ones who are recuperating from surgery or waiting for medical test results.

-We pray for all those around us that are sick, who are impacted by cancer, for caregivers, for those living with mental health conditions, for everyone in their own circumstances Lord. Amen.

“O Lord, never allow us to think we can stand by ourselves, and not need you. ” John Donne


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