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“SUMMER SUNDAY” WORSHIP SERVICES

ARE HELD SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 10 A.M.

in our air-conditioned auditorium! 

Please use our Bridge Street (canopied) entrance.

Sunday, August 19 –

      Rev. G. David King, Intentional Interim Minister

      Message:  “Thoughts in the Interim” – Insights, Ideas & Inspiration for this Wayfinding Time

  WE INVITE AND WELCOME YOU! 

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Rev. David King has been appointed by Kente Presbytery as Bridge Street’s Intentional Interim Minister for the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. Rev. King held his first worship service here on Sunday, July 8. To visit Rev. King’s webpage, click here.

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The following information is from our bulletin announcements, August 12.

Calendar of Activities

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

  • Thank God It’s Friday Frozen Meal Distribution – every Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., Bridge St. entrance.
  • “Street Stylez” Community Outreach @ BSUC – Sunday, August 19, 12 noon to 4 p.m.A group of local hair stylists will be using the Bridge Street Gym & Auditorium to provide free haircuts to those of limited means.  Please use our Bridge Street entrance.

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GOVERNANCE BOARD NEWS     

The congregation elects the Governance Board to function as its governing body (and selects a Lead Minister to act as its spiritual, programmatic and administrative leader).

  • Governance Board Minutes are posted on the bulletin board ocated directly across from the kitchen door.
  • Click here to read our congregation’s named mission, values and vision statements.
  • Click here to learn about the governing structure and visioning of Bridge St. United Church.
  • Click here to view Strategic Planning Committee Town Hall presentations on visioning steps for Bridge St. United Church. 
  • Strategic Planning Committee Town Hall Presentations are available on this website.  Click here.

Click here for our governance webpage.

MINISTRY TEAM NEWS

Ministry Teams manage the daily practical work of the congregation.

Community Connections

The Community Connections Ministry Team lives out Christ’s mission in response to the world.

UNITED SYRIAN FAMILY SUPPORT (USFS) BELLEVILLE SPONSORSHIP GROUP:

THE UNITED SYRIAN FAMILY SUPPORT (BELLEVILLE) TEAM IS COMPRISED OF APPROXIMATELY 100 INDIVIDUALS; MEMBERS FROM THE BELLEVILLE AREA, INCLUDING BRIDGE STREET, ST. MATTHEW’S AND EASTMINSTER UNITED CHURCHES, ST. JOSEPH’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND MEMBERS OF THE BAHA’I AND MUSLIM COMMUNITIES; WHO HAVE COMMITTED TO SUPPORT FIVE SYRIAN FAMILIES.   

Click here to connect to the United Syrian Family Support (Belleville) website.

FOOD MINISTRY:

BRIDGE STREET UNITED CHURCH (BSUC) HAS HAD AN ACTIVE MEAL MINISTRY SERVING THE BELLEVILLE COMMUNITY SINCE 1997.  THE MISSION OF THE BSUC FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS ALIGNS CLOSELY WITH THE STATED VALUES AND MISSION OF BSUC.  WITH THE HELP OF APPROX. 180 VOLUNTEERS, THE FOOD MINISTRY OFFERS THREE DIFFERENT MEAL PROGRAMS:  INN FROM THE COLD (IFTC), THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY (TGIF), AND END-OF-THE-MONTH MEALS (EOTM), EACH OF WHICH IS DIRECTED TO THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HUNGER AND FOOD INSECURITY.  Click here for our Food Ministry webpage.

  • During the six weeks of the 2018 Inn from the Cold food ministry program, 7,070 meals were served or distributed.
  • Total number of meals served/distributed in 2017 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,436.
  • TGIF Thank God It’s Friday” frozen meal distribution continues every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at our 60 Bridge St. East entrance.  There is no cost for these meals, and no pre-ordering is required.  Simply register on your first visit by showing ID for each meal you wish to pick up.
  • End-of-the Month Meals – Doors open at 4:30 p.m.  Meal served from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  End of the Month meals started in 2016 to meet the observed increase in demand for meals near the end of each month.  End of the Month meals runs the same as Inn from the Cold in that a hot meal is served, which includes salad, main course, and dessert. July’s EOTM dates are … Tues., July 24 and Thurs., July 26.

KNITTERS UNITED:

KNITTERS UNITED IS A GROUP OF APPROXIMATELY 30 KNITTERS WHO GATHER ON THE 2ND & 4TH WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 3 TO 5 P.M. TO KNIT MITTS AND HATS WITH DONATED YARN FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, WHICH ARE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE HASTINGS & PRINCE EDWARD LEARNING FOUNDATION AND BRIDGE ST. UNITED CHURCH’S FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS.

  • Knitters United … during the Summer MonthsFor July and August, and on the second Wednesday in September, we will again meet at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 99, 132 Pinnacle Street.  (Remember we meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays).  If you enjoy knitting and are looking for a project, but can’t attend our knitting bees, we are in need of some large mittens (with a length of 6 1/2 to 8 1/2″ plus the cuff — in other words, to fit 12 years to adult).  We are also in need of knit hats.  Our first distributions after the summer will be to “Keep Kids Warm” (formerly Adopt-a-Child), and the Hastings-Prince Edward Learning Foundation for school children in our area.  In the fall, it will be time to ramp up for “Inn from the Cold” and its related meal programs.  We are always welcoming new knitters, more yarn, and information about other opportunities for us to share our talents.  Elizabeth, Knitters United Coordinator.

Faith Formation/Children & Youth

The Faith Formation Ministry Team enables spiritual nurturing of children and adults.

During the summer months, parents are welcome to take their children to the Children’s Centre, Infant/Toddler Rooms, but please note that these rooms are not supervised.  Children should not be left unattended in these rooms.

Children’s activity sheets are available on the desk which is located at the southeast corner of the auditorium.

Regular children’s programming will resume on Sunday, September 9.

Click here for our Children’s Centre web page.

Finance

  • PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is a convenient way to make contributions to your church, especially during the summer months when you may be away at the cottage, or on holidays. Contact the church office if you are interested in switching to this form of offering.

Hospitality & Fellowship

The Hospitality & Fellowship Team endeavours to model the practice of “Radical Hospitality” with greeters, to warmly welcome friends and strangers alike each Sunday, and at special events planned throughout the year. 

BOOK CLUB

LEMONADE TIME 

  • Join us for lemonade on Sunday mornings following worship.

Music

The goal of the Music Ministry Team is to support the Music Director by planning, supporting and implementing relevant activities to be creative, courageous and joyful in praise, and for education and outreach into the community.

Choir Practices are currently on summer recess.  Please check back in early fall for practice details!

Click here for our choir webpage.  

Pastoral Care

Members of the Pastoral Care Ministry Team offer a compassionate, empathetic and Spirit-filled presence to those of our church family who find themselves unable to participate more fully in the life and work of BSUC.

PRAYER CIRCLE:

  • Prayer BoxWe invite you to submit your prayer requests to be included with the daily prayers of our dedicated team of pray-ers. Please slip your prayers into the special Prayer Box, located on the table at the back of the Auditorium.  Prayer requests are dedicated each Sunday along with the morning offering.

Personnel

The Personnel Ministry Team meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to provide a regular opportunity for the Church staff and members of the congregation to meet with the team to discuss any issues related to personnel matters within the church. 

Property

The Property Ministry Team manages the upkeep of the physical Bridge St. Church building.

Stewardship

Message from the United Church of Canada – Thank you!  As a supporter of Mission & Service you are making a difference.  Your gifts to M & S through this church allow us to live the gospel message of hope and justice in tangible, life-changing ways.

Worship

The Worship Ministry Team plans services for the liturgical year and oversees related policy.  They also manage the Memorial Fund.

  • The Season of Pentecost – The Day of Pentecost closes the Easter season and opens the door to the liturgical season of Pentecost; dozens of weeks that carry us from Pentecost Sunday to the First Sunday in Advent. (The Day of Pentecost is the birthday of the Christian Church).  Sundays after Pentecost focus on discipleship – the new life in Christ in which we are living and growing.

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 they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, service, and fellowship.” (excerpt from UCW Guidelines).

  • 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.
  • FUNDRAISERWith only 4 weeks left in the summer, September will be here before you know it. Now is the time to book your ticket for the 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”. The bus will depart from the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre at 10:30 arriving at the theatre around 12 noon when we will sit down to a hot buffet lunch. Showtime is at 2 pm.  We will leave the theatre around 4:45 pm, arriving back at the Wellness Centre around 6:30pm. This event is open to men and women!  Tickets are $110 (includes round trip bus travel, tip for bus driver, lunch, show ticket & $20 donation to BSC which a receipt will be issued). Please call Nancy at 613-962-7498 ASAP if interested. 
  • “Candy Cane Lane” BazaarNovember 16 & 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

Click here for the UCW webpage. 

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COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES:

The Council of Trustees performs the duties of managing the “lands, premises, and Real Property and Personal Property acquired for the use of the Bridge Street Church Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada” as specified by the Model Trust Deed.

BRIDGE ST. UNITED CHURCH FOUNDATION:

The Bridge Street United Church Foundation, incorporated in 1973 as a charitable organization, administers on behalf of the Bridge Street United Church congregation, funds from the estate of the late Charlotte E. Sills, and other funds that are received from time to time. The Foundation is composed of all members of the Bridge Street United Church congregation and is administered by a Board of Directors, which the members of the Foundation elect.  Click here for the BSUC Foundation webpage.

QUINTE LIVING CENTRE:

  • Located at 370 Front Street, Belleville, this 112-unit seniors’ apartment building was built in 1982 as an outreach project of BSUC and operates as a registered, non-profit, charitable corporation. The Board of Directors consists primarily of members of Bridge Street Church and members from the community-at-large.

Click here to connect to the Quinte Living Centre website.

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