News & Events

Please note that, until further notice, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person worship services and all other meetings and activities that take place at the church are suspended. 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. 

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

Taking a Pause

Please be reminded that Dr. Bailey is completing a week of vacation on Tuesday.

He will be back in the office this Wednesday morning, April 14th.

At the AGM February 28 the following resolution was supported, without any dissenting votes or abstentions:

After approaching council on November 13 and receiving their unanimous endorsement, we (Paul Crabtree, Ed Ellis, Rob Hilkes, Barry Hobin, Jamie Matthews, Hugh Nelson) recommend that Parkdale United Church begin a biblically grounded journey of discernment, sharing, learning, and prayer with the goal of embracing our Christian LGBTQ+ family members as fully equal members of our church community. We recommend that this journey comprise 10-12 small groups, each led by a facilitator from the congregation, that would meet six times on a monthly basis beginning in May, and that at the conclusion of this small group process, the congregation would meet together to determine what additional steps are necessary and appropriate for Parkdale United Church to achieve and to celebrate the stated goal.

The above-described journey is beginning! All associated with Parkdale are welcome and encouraged to join a small group beginning in May (virtually for now). Ten people have graciously agreed to act as facilitators for the groups: Paul Crabtree, Ed Ellis, Pamela Gemmel, Rob Hilkes, Liz Harrison, Barry Hobin, Zaya Kuyena, Wendy McHenry, Elise Mennie, and Hugh Nelson. If you would like to participate, please send an email to Jo-Anne at the church office ( including your name, telephone number, and email contact information.

We plan to incorporate a commissioning into an upcoming Sunday service to ask God’s blessing on this journey.


World Vision – Virtual Global 6k for Clean Water

Calling all walkers and runners! On Saturday, May 29, Parkdale United Church will again walk or run 6 km to raise funds for World Vision’s Water Initiatives. This year’s event will all be done virtually on the comfort of your own treadmill or community sidewalk. Why 6K? Six kilometers is the average distance people in the developing world walk for water – water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. $50 provides safe water for one person through World Vision.

In 2021, through the global 6K fundraising efforts, World Vision Canada will again fund clean water projects in the countries that need it most. 

Two years ago, Team Parkdale raised $12,046 … that’s clean water for over 240 people!

Let’s do it again this year! Registration is free and when you raise $50 you will receive your t-shirt, medal and bib sponsoring a child in the mail.

To register, simply follow the directions below:

     1) Visit

     2) Select “register” on top right-hand corner of page

     3) Select “Join a team” and type Parkdale United Church

     4) Once complete, share personal page with your friends and family!

Registration is open up until the event on May 29

There will be one Global Virtual event on May 29, The link will be sent to you closer to the date. We hope you will be part of our awesome team! Together we can make a difference! For more information, you may contact the Team Captain, Roxanne Akhtar at:



In order to continue to keep our Memorial Garden, and all other beds around the church, looking beautiful from May to October, could you help?

The beds have been divided up into small sections and numbered.

If one or two people could sign up, and be responsible for a section for the summer, it would take a very little time each week to keep everything in tip-top shape.  If one person is away, the other could take over.

Let’s keep our garden and grounds beautiful.

An information package, with numbered garden plan and suggestions for volunteers, will be available from the office.  If you would like to volunteer, contact Jo-Anne and she will email you the package.  An online signup sheet will be generated and the link sent out to the congregation.  Thank you.  We are looking forward to seeing the garden in all its splendor.

Sunday school online every Sunday – Today April 11 @ 9:00 AM. 

Sunday School Lesson will be: “Jesus Among us”. We will have a breakout room for preschoolers to Grade 2 with special programme. The link to join is emailed every week. Please contact Huda if you would like to register your children.

Please check the worship bulletin for children where you can find    material and activities about today’s lesson.

Senior Youth group online- Every other Sunday- next meeting is today April 11@ 8:00 PM

Easter Escape Room and a discussion about the Mentorship Programme.

Junior Youth group online- Every other Wednesday-next meeting is April 14 @ 7:30 PM

We will continue our Easter Escape Room and have a discussion about the Mentorship Programme.

IGNITE group every other Thursday –Next meeting is April 22

with our new study TED FAITH TALKS.  All young adults are welcome.

 Parkdale Christian Yoga Tuesdays- April 13 at 7:00-7:30 PM

Christian Yoga is an online program for all ages. It is a time for you to connect with your body, mind, and spirit within yourself and with God. The movements and stretches can be modified to accommodate your body and there will be time for meditation. Dress code is whatever feels comfortable for you. A yoga mat or blanket to place on the floor would be helpful. The link to join is emailed to the congregation on Tuesday mornings.


Your PRAYER REQUESTS are always welcome. Please send them to Rev. Alcris at

  • THE PRAYER GROUP meets on Wednesday April 14th at 10 am.
  • CANCER PRAYER GROUP meets on Fridays at 3:30 pm.

 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES AVAILABLE ON THE PHONE FOR THOSE WITH NO  INTERNET – think of someone who would like to join the service this way and invite them…SPREAD THE WORD… Every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. Dial, this number 343 882 1920 and then enter 343 882 6443 plus #. They can listen to the service, no need to speak. (If you need more info, contact Alcris)


EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF COVID-19. Let us continue caring for one another. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).  

PRAYER SHAWLS. If you have someone who is ill or suffering the impact of COVID, and you would like to give a shawl from the congregation, please speak with Rev. 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. You two will decide how and when to pray. Let Rev. Alcris know.

MEALS. There are always opportunities to cook a fresh meal for someone else going through a difficult time. If you would like to be in our list of Care Kitchens cooks, please email us.

CARING KITCHENS. If you know of someone from the congregation that would be encouraged or supported with a meal, please let us know.

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 Alcris 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!

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