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Northminster United Church

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!

wearing of masks is strongly encouraged but not mandatory

vaccination is highly recommended

A Note from Our Minister, Kevin Derry
Welcome to the website of Northminster United Church, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.  We thank you for taking the time to look at our site and learn a bit more about our faith community during this busy Advent Season.

Our accessible building is located at 300 Sunset Boulevard and we meet every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for worship.  For Sunday services you may enter through the doors facing Sunset Boulevard or the red doors facing the back parking lot.  There is an accessible lift entrance also facing the back parking lot that is clearly marked.  During the week, please use the red doors facing the parking lot to enter the building.  We have office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.  The office is closed for all statutory holidays.

Our Sunday School programme has resumed and will continue through Sunday, December 18th.  It will resume on Sunday, January 8th, 2023.  There are also colouring materials and puzzles available in the narthex (back of the church) for the young and young at heart.  We are also gathering for fellowship time in Upper Wright hall following worship.
 
We are a welcoming, theologically progressive community of faith trying to live and love faithfully in complex and trying times.  We have recently completed the application process to become an Affirming congregation in the United Church of Canada and have received our designation.  We share our faith stories from the New and Old Testaments of the Bible, as well as other faith writings and stories that help us navigate the presence of the Holy in the context of this time and place. 

You may check out some of our recent services through the video link at the top of the website.  Barring technical issues, each Sunday service is available to view.  New services are uploaded and available for viewing by Monday at noon most weeks.  There is also an opportunity for reflection and prayer Thursday mornings.  The prayer video goes up by noon on Thursdays.

In this time of preparation that we call Advent, we hope you will take the time to join us for service or study.  We continue to meet Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am.  There is an opportunity to come together for a more quiet, reflective service Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 pm.  We recommend this service particularly for folks who have suffered the loss of a loved one and find this time of year a little overwhelming.

On Wednesday, December 14th, we are offering a study on some of the biblical symbols of Christmas.  There are two times available, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  We are requesting folks sign up by calling the office (705-748-4881) so we can see if both times are nescessary.

Our Christmas Eve Communion Service is Saturday, December 24th at 7:30 pm, so please come and help us welcome Emmanuel-God-with-us.

There will be no in-person service Christmas Day, but a virtual opportunity will be available on the website.  There is a regularly scheduled service on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

In this continuing COVID-19 environment that we find ourselves, we have taken measurers to ensure, to the best of our ability, everyone's safety.  We strongly recommend being fully vaccinated and wearing a mask.  We practice social distancing as folks are comfortable.  There is hand sanitizer conveniently located at the entrances and throughout the building.  We also ask that if you are feeling unwell, please take time at home until your symptoms have subsided.  It is so important to work together to protect the health of those most vulnerable to illness in our communities.  These protocols could change based on recommendations from our local Health Unit.  Please check this website regularly for any changes in our COVID-19 protocols.

Once again, my thanks for sharing your time with us and I hope you can join us for worship soon.  If you have any further questions,  please use the contact information provided and reach out to us.

Take care, be safe, and have a wonderful Advent and Christmas Season,

Kevin

705-748-4881
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November 24, 2022

 

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