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How Green is Your Church?

Through Lent 2018, Council posted one environmental action per day on our facebook page as part of the 40 Days of Lenten Action to Live with Respect in Creation. We hope that the posts have generated some enthusiasm for implementing environmental practices within your congregation and encourage you to work with your members to develop a congregational greening plan. Members of Toronto Southeast and South West Presbyteries are eligible to submit their plans and apply for the How Green is Your Church? Award (sponsored by the two presbyteries). The three congregations with the best plans will receive $1000 to help them implement the practices required for Greening Sacred Spaces Certification. Take a look at the program package for more information. Questions? Contact Ali Hayes at TUCC – ali@tucc.ca or 905-771-5124.

 

Current News

Council will host a Church Branding Workshop on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10 am - 3 pm at Cummer Ave. United Church in North York. How do we as local congregations make our best impressions? How can we share the gifts of our ministry and mission with neighbours who don't know who we are are what we stand for? If it's time for your congregation to develop or improve your communications strategies, this event is for you. View the event poster for more information or register online.

Is there a young person in your congregation who can always be counted on to contribute to congregational efforts or who applies their creativity and dedication to improving their local community? Consider nominating them for Council's Baillie Award, which will reward their commitment to volunteer service with a personalized certificate and cash award of $500. Click here to find out more about previous recipients, eligibility, and to download a nomination form. Please submit applications to mail@tucc.ca by May 31st 2018.

Five United Church camps operate in Toronto Conference, serving 2300 children annually. Council supports the camps through the provision of property (for four of the camps) and through fundraising efforts that help send kids to camp (600 children are assisted annually) and maintain the camps' facilities. The camps' programs help children and youth develop healthy lifestyles, self-esteem, independence, leadership skills and environmental awareness. Immersion in the natural environment opens young minds to dream the impossible and contemplate life’s big questions. Know a young person who would benefit from a camping experience? Visit the camps' websites to learn more and register: Camp Big Canoe, Camp Simpresca, Camp Scugog, Sparrow Lake Camp, Ryde Lake Camp for Girls.

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. Visit the Living Presence Ministry website or listen to their podcasts to learn more.

The Vincent Alfano Fund is accepting 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

Council will host a Church Branding Workshop on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10 am - 3 pm at Cummer Ave. United Church in North York. How do we as local congregations make our best impressions? How can we share the gifts of our ministry and mission with neighbours who don't know who we are are what we stand for? If it's time for your congregation to develop or improve your communications strategies, this event is for you. View the event poster for more information or register online.

Council's annual Heart & Vision Awards Concert! will take place in October 2018. Official date is TBA. Check back for updates. In the meantime you can watch the 2017 recap video here. The full length award acceptance speeches and the guest address by the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell can also be viewed on Council's youtube channel.

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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.