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The latest edition of Council's Partners newsletter is here! These publications focus on how planned giving can help further the work of the church. The most recent issue highlights how planned gifts can help you live out your life values and shape the Church of the future. Click here  to view Partners Issue 4 or contact Council to request a print copy.

Current News

The Living Presence Ministry is the name that has been given to a new initiative of Living Waters Presbytery and the congregations in and close to the Queensville area. The project, led by a local steering group and facilitated by staff from Council’s Centre for Church Development & Leadership, is designed to strengthen the existing congregations and to establish a new form of ‘pioneer’ ministry in what will eventually be a new town of 30,000 people. Read the latest edition of the Living Presence Ministry Newsletter to learn more about this unique project and read a message from the new pioneer minister. 

On October 16 2016, Council's Pass It On! team and teams from our five partner camps participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon's Charity Challenge to raise funds for United Church camping. Contact Ali Hayes at (905) 771-5124 if you would like to walk or run. You can choose from three distances - marathon, half-marathon, or 5k - and fundraise for one of the camps or for all of them! 

Five new Baillie Volunteer Service Award recipients were named by Council’s Church Development Committee earlier this year. The new group includes young people from congregations in Toronto, Markham, Brampton and Barrie. As well as being very engaged in their local congregations, the new award winners have shown leadership in a wide range of service activities: hospital councils, peer tutoring, the creation of emergency weather resilience hubs, Syrian refugee work, peer career days, and university campus initiatives. Click here to find out more about the recipients, and how you could nominate a young person or young adult from your congregation. 

The 8th annual Heart & Vision Awards Concert was presented on Monday May 9th 2016 to great acclaim. Roberta L. Jamieson and Marie Wilson were honoured for their work contributing to the process of reconciliation between First Nations and Canadians of immigrant heritage. You can view a video recap of the concert here or read about it in the July/August edition of Insight.

The Vincent Alfano Fund is ready to receive its first applications. Congregations, mission units or individuals can now apply for internship or other project funding that meets the Fund’s focus on learning opportunities for future church leaders.  Up to $10,000 per annum will be available, plus an amount for training programs. Click here for application guidelines and forms.

Council is now accepting donations on our website! Click here to visit our donation page and make a gift to the fund of your choice (online donations will still be processed by Canada Helps).

Coming Events

SAVE THE DATE! Next Year's Heart & Vision Concert will take place on May 15, 2017. Stay tuned for updates and announcements.

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The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.