Easter Holy Week Services

The following Holy Week Services are open to everyone!

March 25   Palm Sunday  Westview United Church service at 10:30 a.m

March 29    Maundy  Thursday     Westview United Church potluck supper and a movie at  5:30 p.m. 

March 30    Good Friday worship service (joint congregation)
at  St. Andrews United Church  at 10:30 a.m.

April 1         Easter  Sunday:

Sunrise Service at Deer Park Golf Course arrive early as the service will promptly begin at 6:20 a.m.

Breakfast back at the church will immediately follow the Sunrise Service.

Communion Service   Westview United Church service at 10:30 a.m.

Potluck Meal & Movie – March 15, 2018

Each Thursday during Lent come join us for food, fellowship and discussion.  This Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm at Westview United Church the movie is “Smoke Signals”.  Rated PG13, “Smoke Signals”, released in 1998, is a humorous yet serious story about Victor (Adam Beach) a young man  trying to forgive his father for alcoholism and domestic violence and Thomas (Evan Adams) who considers Victor’s father a hero for having saved his life as a child.

Bring something to add to the Potluck meal served at 5:30 pm (silver collection) and then stay for the reflective film and Lenten exploration discussion. This event is geared to persons 13 years or older.

“Good Grief” Group

The “Good Grief” Group is for all who have experienced the loss of a partner. Come for coffee and a chat. No agenda.

Held the second Saturday of each month.

10:30 a.m.

Meet upstairs just inside the main doors.

Next meeting will be April 14, 2018.


UCC Moderators Message ……. ‘On Being an Open and Inclusive Community that Believes in God’

On Being an Open and Inclusive Community that Believes in God
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September 30, 2016

Dear United Church family,

Emotions are high in some of our communities as we absorb and respond to the decision made by the Toronto Conference sub-Executive to request that the General Council Judicial Committee conduct a formal hearing to consider whether to place the name of the Rev. Gretta Vosper on the Discontinued Service List (Disciplinary).

Feelings in the church about the suitability for ministry of a self-proclaimed atheist vary greatly. The diversity of letters, e-mails, and phone calls on this subject, received by me and others, attests to that. At the heart of the concerns being raised is a tension between two core values, both of which are central to our identity as United Church. The first is our faith in God. The second is our commitment to being an open and inclusive church.

The opening line of A New Creed states: “We are not alone, we live in God’s world.” Faith in God is foundational to our understanding of ourselves as Christians and as a church. Yet the language we use to describe God and how we understand the ways that God works in our lives and the world vary significantly. The openness to such diversity in thought and belief is one of the qualities that many appreciate about the United Church.

Looking at the formal statements of faith that our church has approved over the years attests to the importance of both of these core values. Each of these statements affirms our faith in the triune God. By adopting all of them as doctrine, we have intentionally provided tremendous latitude in how we think and speak about the ultimately inexpressible mystery that is God.

Following the example of Jesus, we seek to be an open and inclusive community that welcomes everyone, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. We celebrate the fact that our churches can be places where all are welcome and all belong, no matter what you do or don’t believe.

But many people have different expectations of those in ministry leadership who have committed to teach and to preach the faith tradition of the church and preside at the sacraments. The idea that an atheist would be serving as a minister of a United Church congregation leaves them scratching their heads. For some this is simply a natural extension of our commitment to be an open, inclusive, and questioning church. For others it is a violation of the covenant entered into by an ordered minister at ordination or commissioning. Like so many important issues in our church, there are many points of view.

It is not for me to defend or critique the Toronto Conference sub-Executive decision. Good and faithful members of the United Church made this decision prayerfully and faithfully. It was their decision to make. Like all difficult decisions, not everyone will agree with the choice they made.

I will also not be commenting on Ms. Vosper’s ministry. This is not something that as Moderator I believe is appropriate to do, particularly when this matter is still before the church’s courts.

What I do want to say as Moderator is the diversity in our church has been and will continue to be a source of strength, so long as we do not allow our differences to divide us.

It is good that we feel so deeply about this issue—that speaks to the high importance we place on our faith and our faith communities. This conversation is not over; perhaps it has just begun. We need to ensure that our churches are safe places where we can have honest, frank, and non-judgmental conversations about what we believe and what we expect of our spiritual leaders. To do this, we must speak together in an attitude of love and care for one another and for the church. And we must resist the urge to dismiss or vilify those with whom we disagree.

Let us speak and listen to one another with compassion and humility, seeking to understand even when we can’t agree. This is what it means to be an open and inclusive community that believes in the God of love and seeks to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

Lastly, I appeal to all members, adherents, and friends of the United Church to hold our sister, Gretta Vosper, the community of West Hill United Church, Toronto Southeast Presbytery, Toronto Conference, and the members of the General Council Judicial Committee in your hearts and your prayers in the coming days, weeks, and months. May we receive strength and grace to genuinely embody a generous and humble love for one another.

Yours in faith,

The Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell
The United Church of Canada

Beginning a New Ending

Beginning a New Ending
with Rob Oliphant, MP

October 13, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

350x197 New EndingCourse Description

JOIN US for a day long seminar on the ethical and spiritual implications of medically assisted dying. It’s the beginning of a new way of thinking about our ending and while the legislation has passed there are still many questions to be resolved and pastoral responses to be developed.

This will be a live conference at College Street United Church in Toronto ON. United-in-Learning will bring cameras so that you can participate in the plenary sessions and workshops through the Internet.

Go to www.united-in-learning.com  for more information.

Online Licensed Lay Worship Leader Training

A program of Cambrian Presbytery, MNWO Conference, of The United Church of Canada

Sponsored by the Faith and Mission Endowment Fund at The United Church of Canada Foundation and United in Learning

This program will be offered over two years entirely online through 4 modules, each containing an introductory webinar that provides an overview of the topic for that module, six online sessions with others and your mentor, assigned readings in preparation for the module, assignments to be completed and shared with the group during the timeframe of the module.  Before each module begins, a webinar will introduce you to the tools you will be using (AdobeConnect meeting room, Moodle, uploading videos, posting on an online board, etc.). Basic United Church of Canada documents that provide guidance for worship leadership will be reviewed.

go to the following link for more information: