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.
Confidential Phone Counselling – by Dr. Bailey. Contact information:
firstname.lastname@example.org; 613 728-8656 x 222
Rev. Alcris is away on vacation from Aug. 3-16. Dr. Bailey will be away on vacation Aug 17- 31.
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.
PRAYER REQUESTS INBOX Please feel free to send your prayer requests to email@example.com.
Children, youth, young adults and IGNITE
Contact: Huda at firstname.lastname@example.org or Camille at email@example.com
Minecraft Club (All ages)
Attention Minecraft fans! Please let me know if you are interested in joining others to build and play Minecraft. We will have times during the week when we can gather and play. (Let me know if you have Java edition and/or bedrock)
Recording Halle, Halle!
Please help us prepare this special video of the children and youth singing “Halle, Halle”. Please see your email for the audio clip of the music and the dropbox link. If you could video record your kids singing, while listening to the soundtrack through earbuds or headphones. Then we will meld the videos together, creating a “Brady Bunch” video. Deadline: Monday please!
Summer Gatherings: Links are sent out weekly, via email. If you would like to join us for weekly children’s services, youth groups, and resources, please provide us with the best email address to send our invitations.
– Sunday school (Sundays @ 10am)
– Junior Youth – every other Wednesday @ 8pm (next: August 19)
– Senior Youth Group: every other Sunday @ 8pm (next: August 16, 30)
– IGNITE – Next gathering is Monday, August 10 @ 7pm
Changes to our schedule
Following the guidelines of the United Church of Canada and the decision of our Council there will be no services at the church until at least the beginning of September. We are streaming the Sunday morning services over the internet. These can be accessed on the church web site www.parkdaleunitedchurch.ca.
We are sending out a worship bulletin by email that you may use at home on Sunday mornings.
As we continue with our ministries, and indeed as requests for help are increasing, we depend on donations from our congregation. We hope that you will continue to provide your offerings, even though we are not in church. We can suggest three ways of doing that:
- A donation through Canada Helps, indicating that the donation is to go to Parkdale United Church – Ottawa
-Go to our website: Parkdaleunitedchurch.ca.
-on the home page is a button/link that says “Donate Now through CanadaHelps.org”
-click on this button and it will take you directly to the form to donate to our church
- Sending a cheque in the mail (429 Parkdale Ave., Ottawa, K1Y 1H3)
- Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR)Givings can also be made directly through your bank account or credit card using Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). Givings are deducted automatically from your bank account or charged to your credit card once a month. Using PAR ensures steady, predictable revenue to support the church PAR forms and information can be printed from the church website (parkdaleunitedchurch.ca)
We thank all of you who have donated already via any of these methods and welcome your continuing support. Your numerous responses via CanadaHelps and PAR, and mailed in envelopes in the past week have been very encouraging.
IN THIS TIME OF GLOBAL PANDEMIC LET US BE JOYFUL IN HOPE, PATIENT IN AFFLICTION, FAITHFUL IN PRAYER (Romans 12:1). Here are some prayer suggestions for this week:
“… the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning’s too deep for words.” (Romans 8: 6)
- For our ministers, Rev. Anthony and Rev. Alcris and for Huda, beginning her ministry with us.
- For our Council members, church staff, Daycare staff and children, for our worship team every week, and all others who are volunteering and serving our congregation and community in many different ways in this in-between-times.
- We pray for wisdom for the governments of the world. May they make wise decisions on behalf of their people and the global community. For our Federal and Provincial leaders, for our city and all who are returning to work. We ask for wisdom and compassion for all of us as we embrace stage 3 in Ottawa.
- We continue to pray for frontline workers doing essential work in service areas and volunteers helping others to go through this difficult time.
- For systemic and structural changes in our society regarding racial justice; for new awareness and willingness towards personal transformations that may lead to deep changes in our society and communities. We pray courage, grace, humility, healing, and peace.
- For our congregation, and the church around the world so we may stand and walk – individually and collectively – in solidarity and compassion with our brothers and sisters here in Canada, North America and around the world who day to day face anti-black racism in systemic and personal ways.
- For all infected with COVID19, for their families and for those most vulnerable and exposed to the virus.
- For all suffering from other physical and mental health conditions and illnesses; especially for cancer patients in our midst, past and present. For our congregation’s family members and other dear ones in hospital. We pray for peace, healing, and wholeness. We pray for family members limited in visiting and providing care for loved ones, may they receive the strength, faith and peace they need.
- For renewed faith, strength, courage and protection for frontline workers and so many volunteers in the medical field and for their families: for the daily emotional and physical strain on them, for health and safety; for faith and strength. Let us keep in our hearts and prayers those from our congregation who are serving in this area in different capacities (Wendy, Allison and her children, Carolyn, Paul, Christine, Ellen, Nicole, Daunett, William, Edward…) We appreciate your ministry in the world and are continually in our prayers. Please let us know of others to be added to this list.
- Let our prayers be with and for those who are grieving loss of loved ones: spouses, children, relatives, friends. Also we include all families impacted by COVID19 around the world and here at home.
- For those in long-term care homes (residents and their families, staff). We give thanks for new opportunities for family visits; and pray for those who have no one to visit them.
- We pray with and for families in our congregation. For parents-to-be, for parents working from home, and those seeking a new job. We pray for teens and children, for couples as they as a family figure out how to navigate life in this global context. For those in our congregation who have parents, grandparents, friends or relatives in senior residences and nursing homes. May they feel safe and comforted in God’s love and peace.
- For all those in the most vulnerable situation in societies: no housing, even more limited resources, no access to services, no spaces for community, mental conditions. For those, children and adults, living under conditions of domestic abuse. Let us continue to remember our IFTC community and Ottawa at this time.
We give thanks for Parkdale United children and youth, for all those involved in this ministry with them. We pray for them and their families, for their teachers and friends.
- Dear Lord hear our prayer, and in your love answer us.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES AVAILABLE ON THE PHONE
FOR THOSE WITH NO INTERNET – SPREAD THE WORD PLEASE
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 10:30 am to listen to the service. If you need more info, ask Alcris
PRAYER TIME. Thursdays at 11:00 am. Dial 343 882 1920 and then enter 343 882 6443#. This is an open time for prayer, if you are in need of prayer for you or someone else, you are invited to call in and join Alcris.
PRAYER BUDDY. If you would like to join someone to pray with on a regular basis, we would be delighted to find a prayer buddy for you. You two will decide how and when to pray.
INVITING 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 Anthony or Alcris an email or call the office for us to call you right back. We can meet on Skype, Zoom, phone or have an email chat. You are not alone, we are all together in this!
Advance Care Planning Zoom Workshop
Facilitated by Compassionate Ottawa.
POSTPONED UNTIL THE FALL
However, if you need assistance or have questions before that time, contact Alcris at
PARKDALE’S COFFEE KLATCH Tuesdays at 3:00 pm.
Set your alarm to remember to join us for an informal time to chat online with other Parkdalers over coffee/tea. This is the link:
If you want to join us but don’t know how to use Zoom, let me know in advance and we will practice before. Or if you are having problems connecting please contact Alcris firstname.lastname@example.org
|Instructions for using Zoom for our groups:|
1.Go to the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5637388533
2. If you follow the link you may get a question: Do you want to allow this page to open “zoom.us”? say ALLOW
3. Then you may get another question:
Join with video? press JOIN WITH VIDEO
4. And then another box titled: Choose one of the following options. press Join with Computer Audio
5. To check audio and sound go to the bottom left corner of your screen click on the microphone icon and the audio to check your selections.
A WORD ON SMALL GROUPS…Traditionally we stop programs in the summer. So, we are thinking about these groups in the near future, closer to the Fall. Before further preparation, we are testing if there is an appetite for the following Zoom groups. Please let me know:
- Caring for the Caregivers. Compassion fatigue and burn out is not the same, but equally challenging. A Zoom support group, including speakers and prayers is on the way. Please email Alcris email@example.com if you may be interested.
- Advance Care Planning. Before the lock-down we had scheduled a workshop. Please let Alcris know if you are still interested in the workshop via Zoom in the Fall. If you are not comfortable using Zoom, there is a comprehensive package of material, prepared by Norman Tape, available upon request if you let me know by email or calling the office.
- Writers Group. Some of you are interested in an interest group to share experiences in informal writing. The purpose is to encourage, share skills and ideas, and/or to listen to the product. It is not a professional group, but aimed to those who want to explore journaling, writing poetry, autobiography, short stories, prayers, etc. Please let Alcris know if you’d be interested firstname.lastname@example.org
- More Conversations about Whiteness and Anti-Racism to reflect on different related topics using videos, articles, exercises and shared experiences.
- White Fragility, by Robin D’Angelo. We will run a reflection group in the Fall using this resource, videos and exercises. We ordered some hardcopy books, they will be available for purchase in the office soon. You can also get it on Kindle.
LITURGY OF THE ORDINARY
There is still time to join the THURSDAY MORNING Zoom SMALL GROUP AT 9:30 am. We will continue Chapter 7. The book is available on Audible and Kindle (Amazon books) (under $10). Please Let Alcris know if you want to join us. email@example.com.
SOME RECOMMENDED RESOURCES OM ANTI-RACISM
- For a comprehensive list of denominational global, national and local anti-racism initiatives, denominational statement of beliefs, recommended resources and, in case you missed it, a link to watch the video from June 14 United Against Racism, hosted by the Black Clergy Network, go to https://www.united-church.ca/social-action/justice-initiatives/anti-racism
- Also the special issue The United Church of Canada E-ssentials Special Issue – June 16, 2020 featuring Indigenous Day of Prayer, Prayer Vigil for Korea and Anti-racism tools. Go to:
- A daily devotional from the Center for Contemplation and Action, the daily devotional from Richard Rohr. https://email.cac.org/t/d-e-mhkithd-tllhjlyklh-jy/
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo | Michael Eric Dyson. Beacon Press. Published Jun 26, 2018. (There is interest in running a Book Reflection group).
To read a presentation by Rev. Bailey and Rev. Limongi on Anti-Black Racism and White Privilege, click here: Anti-Black Racism and White Privilege Presentation