Welcome to Jubilee United Church
Jubilee United Church is an Affirming Ministry, offering welcome and companionship to all people regardless of sexual orientation or designation.
Jubilee United Church was created by the coming together of Bethesda, Donminster and Victoria Village, and most recently, St. John’s United Churches. Embracing the gifts of these congregations and the many individuals who have joined our community since 2000, we continue to grow. We acknowledge the sacred land upon which Jubilee United Church stands. People have been on this land for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the “Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant”, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Virtual Worship - Sunday, June 28 at 1030 am - You are invited.
Daily Biblical Reflection with Rev. Norm Seli
Mon-Fri Currently reading the book of Acts.
Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
This update comes to you on Saturday, August 1st.
First things, first- this is the link to the Sunday Morning Worship service. As always, it will run at 1030am and will be available when you want to watch it subsequent to the initial viewing.
The service this week is about an hour long (okay, 62 minutes) and includes both Genesis 32:22-31 and Matthew 14:13-21. We have two limericks in the service, another from Barbara Greenwood and one from Alda Gieruszczak that I found particularly perceptive. We will also acknowledge August 1st as Emancipation Day during the lighting of the Christ Candle.
You will likely recall that last year we began sponsorships of our friends from Uganda, Sherry and Ivan. Sherry is doing well and making some adjustments to her apartment while Ivan is working at North York General Hospital and is just moving into a new apartment. In support of our friends we are on the look out for the following:
Queen size mattress
living room couch or chairs
broom and mop
garbage cans (kitchen and bathroom)
curtains or blinds for window
If you have any of the desired items, please let me know and we will figure out a way to get them from you to where they are needed and will be appreciated.
(email@example.com or call 416-447-6846 x103)
Last week, I was asking folks to be thinking about what our priorities should be as we consider re-opening. Is Sunday Worship your primary concern or might you feel safer with smaller serviced during the week? What about small groups, do we want to provide space for them to gether? Are you prepared for Sunday Worship if we have to wear masks and can’t shake hands, sing hymns or have coffee? What can we do to make Sundays more engaging without some of our usual practices?? For those who are connecting virtually, how can we develop a deeper relationship? I was really pleased to receive half a dozen considered responses and I would be pleased to hear more. If you have ideas, please share them with me and they will become part of the planning and decision making. Feel free to email or phone me with your thoughts.
And as usual, please email me pictures of your life that I can use in future services – pictures of your in your mask, fun pictures, serious pictures, group photos, selfies… I want ’em all. And, of course, we’d love to have your voice, too. I am always looking for readers. Let me know that you are available and I will call on you to help.
As for life around Jubilee, you should know that Anne has begun her Maternity Leave and we will let you know next week how we are going to manage with her being away. We do have a plan.
For now, be safe; God bless you and please know that you are not alone.
I miss you – the whole teams misses the hustle and bustle of Jubilee, the people, the smiles and the energy. But we won’t be apart forever, just for now.
See you tomorrow at Worship!
In Faith and Hope
Rev. Norm Seli (on behalf of the Jubilee Team)
Here are some of the most requested links:
Sunday Check in, 1130am -1230 https://zoom.us/j/756954235
Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday at 11am – noon https://zoom.us/j/348451849
Daily Check in, 530-630pm https://zoom.us/j/846416417
Daily Meditations and Worship Services are on my Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgNHaEdFtqnOUxgkRdty9vQ?view_as=subscriber
Just a little something from the "Howling Heretics" and Definitely NOT Church
COVID 19 Response
There are many opinions, concerns and procedures being shared on both mainstream and social media, we are relying on:
Toronto Public Health https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/
As well as The United Church of Canada https://www.united-church.ca/news/covid-19-united-church-statement
On Sunday, June 23, 2013, we celebrated together Jubilee being officially an “Affirming Ministry.”
What that means is that we are recognized and take responsibility for inviting, welcoming, and including all people who want to experience the love of God and ministry of Jesus Christ as expressed in our community – regardless of sexual orientation or designation. We take on, as a ministry, the care and comfort of those marginalized and victimized by others for their identity as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered (LGBT) people. As much as it is about LGBT people, it is about a wider diversity as well. It is about inviting, welcoming, and including those who feel left out because of age, culture, or perceived / experienced abilities. Becoming an Affirming Ministry is a celebration and commitment to embrace diversity intentionally, graciously, and compassionately – the way that Jesus did.
With your help, we will continue to be a loving, inclusive and responsible community.
- Outreach Programs, Discussion Groups
- Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups
- Children’s Groups, Youth Groups
- Bible Studies, Non-Traditional Worship
- Women and Men, Young and Old
- Families and Individuals
- By the Book and Heretical
- Hungry and Satisfied
- Understanding and Questioning
You are invited to join us.
How to Find Us
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