United Church Women – UCW

  • UCW Bazaar – Saturday, November 18thUpdate
    • To date 7 artisans have confirmed and we have room for 14 more.  Reserve your table space now for Saturday, November 18th, 2017. For just $35, we will provide an 8′ table, tablecloth and two chairs. All you need to bring is your crafts! Tables will be rented on a first come, first served basis, so do not delay and sign up today! For more information, please contact Sharon @ 613-962-2228. 
    • Note to Congregation – As you do your spring house cleaning please keep in mind that donations to the Treasure Table would be welcome. Items may be dropped off at any time.
  • UCW Executive Committee Meeting Thurs., May 25, 10:30 a.m. @ Isabelle’s home.
  • UCW Pot Luck Thurs., May 25, 12 NOON @ Isabelle’s home.  PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PLATES, CUPS & UTENSILS.
    • Let’s kick start our Bazaar baskets donation at the potluck. If you are planning to attend, please consider bringing an item for a spa/foot care basket. Items to consider are lotions, files, clippers, loofah sponge, face mask, flip flops, meditation CD, nail polish, epsom salts, exfoliants, hand towel. Many thanks, Nancy, Bazaar Coordinator.
  • Book Sale! – The UCW will be holding a two-weekend book sale – September 8/9 and September 15/16. Please start saving those books! Nancy, Coordinator.

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HISTORY

Women’s groups have been meeting for a variety of reasons throughout the United Church since its formation in 1925. In 1962 the UCW (United Church Women) was created as the successor to the Woman’s Missionary Society (WMS), a world mission-oriented service and study group, and the Woman’s Association (WA), which worked in local congregations. Throughout our history women in the church have always gathered to serve in Jesus’ name with unique talents and considerable abilities. Through the work of the UCW, the women of Bridge Street United Church have developed a supportive fellowship within the church family, the local community, and global mission projects.

PURPOSE of the UCW

The purpose of the United Church Women is “to unite all women of the congregation for the total mission of the church and provide a medium through which we may express our loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, service, and fellowship.” (UCW Guidelines).

VISION

As United Church Women we believe: that as Christian women of faith, we nurture spirituality by reaching out with commitment and devotion to all God’s people; in promoting truth, justice, peace, caring, and sharing with respect for all in the community and wider world; in loving God and others by living generously and giving joyfully; and in affirming and strengthening ourselves creatively in study and witness through music, laughter, and solitude.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to love God; to foster Christian faithfulness, spirituality, commitment, and devotion, and to promote love and respect by living generously and giving joyfully to all God’s people; and to   affirm and strengthen ourselves creatively.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to any woman who is in agreement with the UCW’s Purpose and who is willing to contribute her prayers, gifts, and services for the work of the church in the world.
Bridge St. United Church has one unit where all ages and interests are warmly welcomed. If you are a woman with any affiliation to the church, you are considered part of the open sisterhood of the UCW, whether you drop in for just the occasional event, or decide to be more involved in helping out.

MEETINGS

Meetings are held monthly from September through June and involve a variety of social events, guest speakers, crafts, and Bible studies. Each meeting concludes with fellowship and refreshments – a great opportunity for new members and women of the congregation to become better acquainted.

MINISTRIES AND SERVICES SUPPORTED BY THE UCW

  • Bridge St. United Church UCW supports many ministries and services:
  • Bridge St. United Church General Fund
  • The United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund
  • Mission Trips
  • Funeral Receptions
  • Quin-Mo-Lac Camp
  • Adopt-a-Child
  • Wheels of Hope
  • Hastings & Prince Edward County Breakfast Program
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Three Oaks Foundation
  • Local Charities

CONTACT

For more information on the life and work of our UCW, please contact Kay Summers.

Following are excerpts from the United Church Women Guidelines,

http://www.united-church.ca/files/handbooks/ucw.pdf

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PLEASE COLLECT THESE ITEMS TO HELP US HELP OTHERS …

  • Eye glasses (Lion’s Club), pop can tabs (wheelchairs), postage stamps (Canadian Bible Society), printer cartridges (Gleaners Food Bank), and toiletries (Three Oaks Foundation).  The UCW Collection Box is located just outside the hallway leading to the Wilson Parlour.