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. 

Rev. Bailey will be away on vacation from June 22 – 28.

Rev. Alcris is on study leave until July 3.

Huda Kandalaft will be available until July 2.

Oberammergau 2022

Hello Parkdalers, here is the latest update.

Collette Tours has been able to free up additional seats for the

Oberammergau Tour. To do this, the dates have shifted slightly. The reserved dates are now June 29 – July 9, 2022 departing from Ottawa. In addition, they are offering a $250 discount for anyone booking before July 1, 2021. This discount has been applied to those who originally booked in 2019.

There is availability for those who would like to experience this once in every ten year live Passion Play. The tour will also make stops in Budapest, Vienna and Prague. If you would like to book the trip, please contact the Collette Guest Service Center at 800-852-5655. Make sure to quote file number #897643 – which pertains to the Parkdale United Church group.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact me as soon as possible. Once we have an idea of those interested in going, our new Collette representative – Gina Goranson, –  and I will organize a virtual introductory presentation session in the coming weeks. Please view the introductory video links below.

Oberammergau preview:


Looking forward to hearing from you.

Grace and Peace to you all



Ottawa Innercity Ministries is searching for a Christian Youth Outreach Worker to lead our youth programs.  If you know someone who might be interested, please contact OIM at or 613-237-6031

If you would like the full job description, contact Jo-Anne at the church office.


Hello Knitters

A number of patterns have been offered to anyone who would like them. If you are interested, contact the church office.



Camp Awesome is partnering with Tucker House Country Fun Camp and Greening Sacred Spaces to create WILD WONDER CAMP, an eco-faith camp experiences online for kids ages 5-13.  Each day for 5 weeks starting in July, Camp staff will be hosting 75-minute Zoom sessions filled with camp activities, songs and fun.  More information will be coming soon. Let Huda know if you are interested in registering your children.   

Sunday school online every Sunday –

Today June 20 @ 9:00 AM.

Today in Sunday School, we will participate in activities to learn about healing. We listen to a Bible story from Mark 4 about the power of God over all things and from the story in Mark 5 about calming the storm. We will have breakout rooms for older kids (Grade 3+) and for younger kids (preschoolers – Grade 2), with special programmes catered for their age level. This week we have a Kahoot and other games in the breakout rooms, so be sure to join us for the fun!

Online games, crafts and hands on activities are part of our time together every week. We invite all families with children ages (3-12) to join. The link to join is emailed every week to all families. Please check the worship bulletin for children where you can find more material and activities about today’s lectionary reading and be in touch with Huda if you have any questions.


Senior and Junior Youth groups (Grade 5-12) are invited to online GAMES NIGHT June 27@7:00 PM.

Join the youth leaders for a fun evening.

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

Senior Youth group online- Every other Sunday. Next meeting is June 27 @ 7:00 PM for Games night. Please note that it will start an hour earlier than usual.

Youth Mentoring: is for youth (ages 11-18) where youth are matched with mentors from Parkdale and equipped to walk together on a journey of mutual growth. If you are a parent, please speak with your youth and let us know if they are interested to join.  Please speak with Huda for questions or to learn more.

Parkdale Christian Yoga Tuesdays in June.

Next gatherings before we take a break for the Summer are June 22, 29 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.  For more information please speak with Huda or Roxanne.


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

  • THE PRAYER GROUP meets on Wednesday June 23th 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!22

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