United Church Women – UCW

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  • Bay of Quinte Conference UCW – Camp Quin-Mo-Lac Weekend 2018 – “Life’s Journey” – September 7, 8, 9. The Saturday program includes morning worship by the lake, workshops (Nature Walk, What is my Legacy (not $), Make a Prayer Stone, Healing Pathway Intro), keynote speaker Rev. Takaouhi on “LIfe’s Journey”, skits, camp counselor entertainment and vespers, polar dip and free swim if interested, prayer circle, big canoe and most of all…time to make and meet friends from other UCW women from across the Conference.  Always good food and a great way to see how the camp has evolved.  A daytimer option has opened up….$60 for the day includes meals and program.  REGISTER NOW.  Form available in church office on the Bay of Quinte Conference website – mark DAYTIMER.
  • FUNDRAISER: The UCW has organized a bus trip to the Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre in Pickering on Sunday, September 23 to see the play “You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running”. As this is a matinée performance, the bus will leave Belleville at 10 am arriving in Pickering for a buffet meal with the play starting at 2 pm and ending around 4:30 pm.  The all-inclusive ticket price is $110 per person. Tickets sales are open to all including the general public, with seating limited to 32 people.  Ticket sales are non-refundable.  If by chance you have a need to cancel, it is up to you to try and sell your ticket.  See poster on bulletin board outside church office. Ticket sales will close on September 7th. For tickets please call Nancy at 613-962-7498.
  • “Candy Cane Lane” BazaarFriday, November 16 AND Saturday, November 17 – In these lazy days of summer please keep us in mind to “craft” a little something to help fill the church’s craft table, or if you are one to do any preserving, donations of any “fruits of your labour” would be added to our bake table. Donations for baskets, silent auction or the treasure rooms may be dropped off at any time.  Your Bazaar Committee

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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 the church office.

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 (Leprosy Foundation), 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.