The United Church of Canada Shows It’s ‘PRIDE’

It was 25 years ago that the United Church of Canada took the

bold move of embracing the gay and lesbian community.

Not only were openly gay people welcomed as members

but the church was also ready to ordain them as ministers.

As a continued show of support and encouragement, many United

Churches demonstrate their ‘PRIDE’ by participating in Pride

Parades across the country annually.

Last year, the church elected its first openly gay moderator,

       Rev. Gary Paterson. He will be in Saskatoon for meetings this

week and while here, he’ll take part in

Saskatoon’s Pride  Festival parade.

 The Gay Pride Parade and Festival will be Sunday July 6th in

Victoria – show your ‘Pride’ by participating in the celebrations!



Today is our annual Summer Reading Book Display in the Fellowship Hall after the
church service. All books borrowed need not be returned until the Sunday after
Labour Day: September 7.


Summer Office Hours:

July 2 through August 29th,

 The office will be open 8:30 to 1:30 Tuesday through Friday.

Due to holiday weekends and staff holidays,

there will be additional day closures.

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Good Friday Service

“Good Friday” Service begins at 10:00 am   

Friday April 18th.   

‘The sky peels back to purple and

thunder slaps the thighs of heaven,

and all the tears of those who grieve

fly up to clouds and are released

and drench the earth.

The ones who see and hear know

that all is lost.

The only One named Saviour

died upon a cross.

The ones who believed and loved

huddle together stunned.

All night long the angels weep’

(Ann Weems)

Come!      All are welcome!

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Bible Studies

Bible Studies with Rev. John Rommeril on Wednesdays,

from 10:30 – Noon,

in the Lounge.


Painting the Stars

 Painting the Stars is a program of study offered via the Living the Questions network.

This particular study brings science, religion, and an evolving faith together.

We continue with this fascinating and edgy study group on Fridays at 10:30am to Noon each week.

All are welcome to come, participate, and engage.

See you there!


News From Outreach


Our Place Society on Pandora Street is looking for some able and reliable volunteers in three key areas:

  1. Drivers: Able and reliable drivers willing to work 1 morning or afternoon per week; using Our Place vehicles for pick-ups and deliveries.
  2. Handy Persons: With skill and space (workshop, garage) to take on small projects, building and fixing.
  3. Spring Cleaners: Interested folk willing to participate in a Spring Cleaning Weekend on the 2nd Weekend of March.


Presentation by Very Rev. the Honourable Lois Wilson

The “First” Wise Witty Wonderful Women.

Theme Presenter: the Very Rev. the Honourable Lois Wilson. Wednesday – Friday, 7-9 MAY 2014 (registration deadline: April 23, 2014) at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford. Cost $100. See poster in Fellowship Hall. Registration Forms in the Office.



Very Rev. the Honourable Lois Wilson

“Pilgrimage to the Tar Sands”
 On Wednesday, February 26, 7 – 9pm at St. Paul’s,

Terry Dance-Bennink will present her personal story of a pilgrimage to the tar sands in the  fall of 2013. Terry, a retired college administrator and the author/ editor of “Stories United-Harvesting Elders’ Wisdom”, is a member of  Esquimalt United Church. She is  a cancer survivor and has dedicated her  life to helping heal the planet by working for climate justice.



St. Patrick’s event

Mark your calendars for the Eagle Heights Africa Bridge Luncheon

on Saturday, March 15th.

It’s a good opportunity to don your “green” as we’ll have a

St. Patrick’s theme!




St Paul’s Presents …


Aspects of Africa


 Saturday, February 15th, 11-1:00 (ish)

 Learn about aspects of Africa and enjoy a delicious lunch in the company of friends. 

Our speakers will be:

BILL GERMAN, founder of Eagle Heights BC. 

Bill will talk about his endeavours helping children in Kenya access education.


PHYLLIS WEBSTER of ‘Victoria Grandmothers for Africa’. 

Phyllis is a seasoned teacher and traveler;

she will talk about the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the impact of HIV/AIDS. 

Contact the church office for free tickets.

(we need to know how much food to prepare)

There is no charge for the event but donations are acceptable.  


Special Announcement Regarding the Men’s Group

St. Paul’s men have been invited to a tour of the Viking Air factory at Victoria Airport  to see the manufacture of a Twin Otter.  The outing will take place on Friday afternoon February 7th at 3 pm.


Viking Air can only accommodate 25 men so reserve the date if you wish to come.

Our caterer is willing to provide a Friday night dinner at St. Paul for $15.00 if at least 15 persons are interested.

Wear walking shoes; safety goggles will be provided.  The tour is not suitable for anyone with handicapped mobility.

Please note:  There will be no Men’s Breakfast on Sat. the first of February..  The tour is our only event in February.

-          Priority will be given to Men’s Group Member’s up to Friday, January 31st   5 pm; a waiting list will be started.
-          Those reserving and not attending will be charged
-          Advise a)  are you reserving for the tour ? and b)  are you reserving for the supper by caterer ?
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Raving Readers

Raving Readers bookclub meets Tuesday, January 28th at 10am

If you plan to come along … please call the church office for location.



Men’s Breakfast

The Men’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday, January 11th at 9am.

Please call the church office if you are interested in attending – no later than Wednesday 8th as we need to let the caterers know how much food to prepare.

Cost is $12       



Sunday Luncheon

Please plan to stay to lunch at St. Paul’s, Sunday, January 26th when

we will have our next SPSL (St. Paul’s Sunday Luncheon).

There will be no cost for a tasty meal of soup and sandwiches.

Donations are always welcome.

Funds gathered will go towards our hospitality budget.

Hope you can make it! 

There’s always lots of fun and fellowship at these events when we get

a chance to visit with each other.


Wellness Program

indexAgeless Grace: a wellness program to promote healthy longevity of the
body, mind, and spirit will be held at St. Paul’s United Church on
Monday afternoons  (3-3:45 pm.), starting January 20th and ending
March 3rd. The 21 movements are fun and easy, done to music while
seated, and help to strengthen muscles, improve memory,
and increase joint flexibility. Contact Karen at the church office if you are interested.
Cost is $40 for the 6 sessions.

Sunday Morning Wake-Up


Sunday Morning Wake-Up … is our Sunday morning discussion group, in the Youth Room. Discussion focuses on current issues and theologies in the church. Each session begins at 9am and continues until 10am. Depending on the Sunday, this lively group has anywhere from 6 to 11 members but always looks to welcoming new folks. And, oh yes … there is always coffee, tea, and good healthy snacks!



… coming up!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we will have our annual Christmas Bake Sale on Sunday, 8th December, after morning worship.

Please help by donating some delicious cookies, squares, Christmas cake or pudding.

We would also appreciate any donations of Christmas cookie TINS (any size) for packing the cookies in.

Please drop off cookies and/or tins on Saturday, 7th December any time after 11 am.


Blue Christmas – Longest Night

Christmas can be a painful time - It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died:  it may be a time that has always been difficult for many varied reasons. There are times when life is good and beautiful, and celebration is appropriate.  But there are also times we sing sad songs of lament, protest and complaint about the chaos and harshness that life can sometimes be for us. Putting words to this season can often be difficult. But we can do this together in conversation with our God.  Join us Sunday, December 8th, 7pm.


Poinsettia Remembrance

It’s Poinsettia Time Again!   For Advent, we plan to decorate the sanctuary with poinsettias. If you would like to contribute in memory of a loved one, or would like to just celebrate the season, Karen in the office will be happy to receive your $10 donation towards purchasing these plants.

We will publish a list of names and dedications in the bulletin in mid-December.

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Advent Celebrations

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Friday, November 29th, 5:00 to 7:30pm.                  

Please bring your potluck contribution between 5 and 5:30 pm. Dinner at 5:30 pm followed by Crafts  and TreeDecorating. End the Festival with a Carol Sing in the Sanctuary.

Christmas Eve Service

All are welcome to join us on Christmas Eve at 7 pm

download… for a special celebration of Christ’s birth.

This is a candlelight service for families.


Choir’s Christmas Concert

LET THE WHOLE WORLD SING – A Christmas Musical by Joel Raneyworld

St. Paul’s choir joins with guest musicians Sunday, December 15th, 2 pm in St. Paul’s sanctuary.

Tickets $15 at Church Office and Tanner’s Books.  Proceeds to be shared between St. Paul’s and the Sidney Food Bank.

Breakfast invite to all

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Saturday, December 7th at 9am…Spouses and Partners are welcome!

Please let office know by Dec. 3rd of extra attendees.

Speakers are:   Chris and Catriona Harker  who will talk to us about their experience of 3 years teaching in Tanzania.


Men’s Breakfast

The next Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday, 

December 7th, at 9 am.images

(it’s always the first Saturday of each month).

Cost is $12.

Registration is no later than the Thursday before

Please call the church if you’d like to come.

The speaker this month is ?

United Church OBSERVER Magazine


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Please note

it is time to renew your subscription to this excellent United Church publication.

New subscriber?

See Marjorie in the Fellowship Hall after the service or call Karen in the office. 

Cost is $20/year




Special Sunday Luncheon

The Hospitality Committee is having a fundraising ‘SPECIAL SUNDAY LUNCHEON’  24th November 

imagesCACRPDGRInstead of coffee and cookie time after the service we will be serving a nutritious lunch (probably homemade soup and tea biscuits). There is no charge for this but we will be putting out donation baskets. The proceeds will be used towards our ‘coffee time’ costs. We look forward to you company.

Day Trip to Chemainus Theatre

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Saturday, 23rd November.

Call the church office to for details and to book your spot on the bus.

There are still some places available.

Membership Sunday


Sunday, November 17th (during worship)

… will be a time when folks who wish to be recognized as making their membership formal in

St Paul’s United Church.

If you  are someone who wishes to be become a full member in the church … call Rev David and let him know of your desire. For folks who may have any questions about their membership please call the church and speak with Rev David, who will be delighted to chat with you about it.


Free Speaker Series

All are welcome to attend this Sidney Pre-School hosted 

Free Speaker Series:

Monday, November 4th at 7:00 pm

The topic is A Chinese Medicine approach to the Cold & Flu Season.

Location Fellowship Hall.

United Church 101

United Church 101


St Paul’s United Church (Sidney) is offering an hour (and a ‘bit’) presentation/discussion on the topic of exploring the United Church of Canada … what it is about, how it is structured, history, doctrine, etc. If you are new to the church, have come from a different faith background, or simply wish to re-acquaint yourself with the church you love … join us! Even those who might consider themselves well-versed in an understanding of the United Church can benefit from this time together.

There are to be two gathering times in an attempt to accommodate people: Tuesday October 29th 7pm and Thursday October 31st at 2pm. We will be meeting in the lounge. (Big Classroom)

Hope you can make it as we explore together this United Church of Ours!

New Mission Unit Brings Together Canadian and Global Work

united-church-of-canada-St Paul's United EmblemGeneral Secretary Nora Sanders recently announced the creation of the Church in Mission/L’Église en Mission Unit, which will bring together Canadian and global work at the General Council Office into a single staff unit.

The new unit will enable staff to work more collaboratively and effectively and strengthen connections across the church and around the world as Canadian and global work increasingly intersect. The planned retirements of two of three senior staff members in these areas also provided an opportunity to explore new ways of working together.



As we ‘gear up once again for a year of active church involvement and faith nurturance … stewardship will be part of the picture.

If this is something that interests you feel called to offer … we are looking for some people to bring their creativity and insight to this area of church life. A ‘core’ Stewardship group has been  formed but we certainly need a few more folks to help out … let Rev. David Drake know that you are interested so that you can be welcomed into this ministry area. Don’t be shy – we need you!  Good stewardship is all about time, talents, and finance … and that includes all of us! Look forward to hearing from you.               Rev. David.


Discussion and Study Groups

Friday Morning Study Group


 At 10:30am … in the youth room for our Friday morning studies of ‘Painting the Stars’ which is a conversation/study of Science, Religion and Evolving Faith. This is a seven week study which includes a video presentation each week with discussion to follow.

On the eighth week – we will begin ‘Living the Questions 2’ which follows a similar format as Painting the Stars’ (video/discussion)

Living the Questions 2 is an updated version of the earlier Living the Questions and will prove to be thought provoking, insightful, and a wonderful investigation of our faith journey in this day and age.
Both of these studies will challenge you, inform you, and excite you … we hope to see you there … everyone is welcome!



Wednesday Morning Study Group

Gospel of Mark

At 10:30 am . . in the youth room  continuing with the study of the of MARK’s gospel  .  .  .

guided by The Rev. John Romeril.

All are welcome.



Sunday Morning Discussion Group


From 9:00am – 10am in the Youth Room.  Please just come along and enjoy! 



Preschool News

Sidney Preschool is Starting Up again at St. Paul’s!
Come and visit the new space. There are still spots available!
Contact Michelle for more information.  See the website for details: www.sidneypreschool.org.
The World from our children’s eyes…

This is an opportunity to be involved in your child’s first school experience – an opportunity for the whole family to learn and grow together. You will see your child at play and you will get support from our experienced early childhood educator and other parents.

Attention all Bridge Players

 The Friday bridge/scrabble group meets every Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm.

The event is always lots of fun and is followed by dinner.

We need all bridges and scrabble players among you to invite your teams of friends. Come and enjoy.


Church Services

Please Notice!

There is no service at St. Paul’s

this Sunday  June 29th

as we are attending the Presbytery service.


Join us there!

(see below)


Presbytery Wide Worship


Mark your calendars for the

Seeing is Believing, Believing is Seeing

Tent Revival Worship on Sunday, June 29th

at the Saanich Fair Grounds.

Music begins at 10am, Worship at 10:30am.

Lunch provided by donation to Our Place.

Bring your own chair!

There will be no service at St. Paul’s on that Sunday.

**We are not hiring a coach to transport members.


Food Banks Sundays

This Sunday is Food Bank Sunday!

Bring non-perishable items if you are able and place in

the green bins provided at the church entrance.

The Sidney Bank will pick up St. Paul’s contributions

sometime during the following week.




Congregational Picnic and Recognition Day


“Congregational Picnic and Recognition Day for Sunday School:

Sunday, June 22nd”

Please bring:

Finger Food, a Lawn or Camp Chair or Blanket

and get ready for lots of Fun and Friendship!!!

Drinks will be provided.



Outreach News

 Food Bank Sunday!

The Last Sunday each month! 

 It would be helpful if we can help them stock up on

canned vegetables, soups, stews, hot breakfast cereals, etc.


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Our Place Society

 Clothing donations – - – - are in need of socks and

underwear (especially for men).

Warm and waterproof clothing is always welcome.

Donations can be dropped off at Our Place Society, 919 Pandora,

or at St. Paul’s United Church,  Sidney.


Sunday School Special Service


A young lady has been hired to be on hand each Sunday to look after young children attending church with their family.

Men’s Breakfast

June’s Men’s Breakfast is scheduled for June 7th. at 9:00am.

Speaker:  Alfred Davis

If wishing to attend, please contact jhparker@shaw.ca  by Wednesday June 4th.





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Hot Dog Fundraiser for Camp Pringle

Please join us after Sunday’s service on May 25th and  enjoy

a yummy hot dog followed by a

sweet treat.

By Donation.

All proceeds to benefit Camp Pringle.


A Concert


“We’ll Gather Lilacs”

Sunday, May 25th at St. Paul’s United

in support of the MS Society @ 2:30 – 4:00 pm.

Piano, mezzo soprano and tenor voices join together for a delightful afternoon of music.

Admission by donation.


Easter Sunday Service

Easter Service:

Sunday April 20th

10:30 am

‘The stirring wildness of God

calls brittle bones to leaping

and stone hearts to soaring.

Where change is possible,

new resurrections loom’

(Ann Weems)

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May’s Men’s Breakfast

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9 am,  Saturday May 3rd 

Join us as he presents a selection of the many map he has created referenced by rock hounds, prospectors and mineral explorationists.

He’ll talk about his fascination with geology and love of maps that led him into a career with the Government of Ontario and later as a consultant geologist.

Please contact us if you will be attending:  jhparker@shaw.ca