United Church Women – UCW

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  • Spring Tea and Fashion Show Wednesday, May 2 at 2 pm at Bridge St. United Church.  For a minimum $10 donation, you will enjoy fancy sandwiches, tea and a special dessert delivered by dashing male servers while you sit back, relax and enjoy a fashion show, courtesy of Kimberley’s Deja Vu Boutique. Whether it’s the food, the fashions or the conversation, expect to have a good time!  Tickets available from Joan H., Jo C., Shirley G., Kay S., Nancy L.  and in the church office. All money raised will go towards repairing the stained glass window in the Children’s Centre.
  • Kente UCW Presbyterial Spring Fling, Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thomasburg United Church. The theme is “Cleaning Up Your Act”. For more details, check the UCW bulletin board in the Sills Auditorium. 
  • Bazaar News – It’s a New Year and time for a new strategy! A strategy for what you ask? The Bridge Street “Candy Cane Lane” Bazaar of course.  Mark your calendars for Friday, November 16th from 1-6 pm and Saturday, November 17th from 9:30 am to 3 pm. That’s right folks! A two day event! 
    • The Early Bird Gets The Worm! For a mere $50, we are appealing to all crafters to reserve your table space now.  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 H. @ 613-962-2228.  Donations for baskets and the treasure rooms may be dropped off at any time.

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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.