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SUMMER SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

BEGIN AT 10 a.m. 

and are held in our air-conditioned auditorium. 

Use our Bridge Street entrance to access the auditorium.

Worship Leader – The Rev. G. David King

   Intentional Interim Lead Minister

SUMMER SUNDAYS

  • During the month of July, Summer Sunday Worship Services will be held in our (air-conditioned) Auditorium, beginning at 10 a.m.  Worship Leader – The Rev. G. David King, Intentional Interim (Lead) Minister.  We are pleased to welcome the congregation of St. Matthew’s United Church and invite and will welcome you!  (Please use our Bridge Street entrance to gain access to the Auditorium). 
  • During the month of August, when kitchen renovations may be underway, we are pleased to worship with the congregation of St. Matthew’s, at St. Matthew’s United Church, 25 Holloway St, also at 10 a.m.  Join us! 

WE INVITE AND WILL WELCOME YOU!

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Minister (Voluntary) of Pastoral Visitation

We are pleased to advise that The Rev. Gary Magarrell, from our congregation, has agreed to fill the role of Minister (Voluntary) of Pastoral Visitation for the next few months.  Rev. Gary’s primary responsibility will be to visit those in hospital, and he will also respond to specific calls to visit from members of the congregation. 

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A BACKGROUNDER ON

INTENTIONAL INTERIM MINISTRY

Bridge Street United Church has embarked upon a 3-year journey of self-discovery and self-determination in a time referred to as Intentional Interim Ministry.

Guiding this experience, alongside our Intentional Interim Lead Minister, The Rev. G. David King, is a small group known as the Transition Team.  Its members are:  Karen Cullen, Rosella Donaldson, Frank Hiebert, Carolyn Ketcheson, and representing the East Central Ontario Region of the United Church, The Rev. Richard Hamilton.

All periods of Interim Ministry are guided by a Set of Goals as articulated by the Transition Team and endorsed by the Congregation.

A meeting of this Congregation occurred on Sunday, February 10, 2019 and, on recommendation from the Transition Team, the following Goals were committed to unanimously:

  • To enhance the experience of Bridge Street United Church as a Christ-centred, nurturing community.
  • To improve communications through regular information sharing.
  • To agree on a viable financial model for the church’s ministry.
  • To maintain the congregation’s support of faith formation, outreach, music, spirituality, and worship.
  • To undertake new partnerships with other United Church congregations in the Belleville area.

Information concerning Intentional Interim Ministry matters will be featured regularly in the Announcements.

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Transition Team News …

KEEPING YOU INFORMEDUpdate #8

On May 11, members of congregation were invited to participate in an activity designed to stimulate discussion on promoting positive relationships and effective communication within our faith community. The session, titled Honouring Differences, facilitated open dialogue on ways to improve the nature and tone of our communications one with another, both when conducting the matter of church business and when expressing our concerns about issues relating to our faith community. The session involved 22 individuals, 20 of whom submitted their signed questionnaires and 6 additional individuals who were not able to attend but who took the time to complete the exercise at home and submit to the church office.

There were a number of key words and phrases which appeared in the answers to the various questions. Words such as “Faith,” “Respect,” “Openness,” “Welcoming,” “Joy,” “Optimism” identified the important things we need to recognize as critical components to the positive experience of congregational life.

The overall results of the activity made evident a number of truths. It became clear that congregants:

  • value the fellowship and personal support offered by the friendships developed within the BSUC community;
  • value open and respectful communication that facilitates a sense of belonging;
  • experience the community as a positive, welcoming and accepting place where there is a willingness for folks to participate in the life and work of the church;
  • feel supported in their spiritual journeys of faith;
  • prefer to address any conflicts or disagreements through direct and private communication, not through emails;
  • identified a need for a process to resolve conflicts.

As a follow up to the questionnaire, there is a plan for the Transition Team to meet during the summer months to develop a document to be entitled “A Call to Faithful Living.” The content of the document will closely follow on the ideas expressed in the questionnaires. It will be designed to function as a guide for interactions for all who participate in church activities, governance and formal leadership. In addition, a further document outlining a process for conflict resolution will be jointly developed by the church’s lay and clergy leadership in the near future.

Karen Cullen, Rosella Donaldson, The Rev. Rickard Hamilton, Frank Hiebert,

Carolyn Ketcheson, The Rev. G. David King

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The following information is from our bulletin announcements, July 21, 2019:

THIS WEEK @ BSUC

Date Event Time Location
Mon., July 22 Office Closed    
Tues., July 23 Office Closed

End-of-the-Month Meals

Kitchen Prep

Frozen Meal Distribution

Doors Open

Meals Served

 

 

9 a.m.

2 – 4 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

5 – 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Kitchen

Bridge Street foyer

Bridge Street foyer

Gym

Wed., July 24 Office Closed    
  Knitters United 3 – 5 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion
Thurs., July 25 Office Closed

End-of-the-Month Meals

 

See July 23

 

See July 23

Fri., July 26 TGIF Meal Distribution 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sat., July 27      
Sun., July 28 Summer Sunday Worship Service 10:00 a.m. Auditorium
  Quinte Deaf Worship 10:00 a.m. Parlour

NEXT WEEK …

Date Event Time Location
Mon., July 29 Office Closed    
Tues., July 30      
Wed., July 31      
Thurs., August 1      
Fri., August 2 TGIF Meal Distribution 2 – 4 p.m. Bridge St. foyer
Sat., August 3      
Sun., August 4 BSUC & St. Matthew’s congregations worship at St. Matthew’s United 10 a.m. St. Matthew’s United Church, 25 Holloway Street (south off Moira St. West)
  Quinte Deaf Worship 10 a.m. Parlour

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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 located 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 of Bridge St. United Church.

Click here for our governance webpage.

MINISTRY TEAM NEWS

Ministry Teams manage the daily practical work of the congregation.

Administration  

Office Hours This Week – Office closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and OPEN Friday (July 26) 9 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 – 4 p.m.

Community Connections

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

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.  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.

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Total number of meals served/distributed in 2018 through the three BSUC food ministry programs = 14,184.

7,070 meals were served and distributed during the six weeks of “Inn from the Cold”

4,724 meals were distributed through our weekly, Friday, “TGIF” frozen meal distribution program.

2,390 meals were served or distributed through our twice-monthly, “End-of-the-Month” meal program.

In 2019, 6,571 meals were served or distributed during the six weeks of the “Inn from the Cold” program (held mid-January through to end-February).

Click here for a link to our Food Ministry page.

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KNITTERS UNITED

  • Knitters United is travelling!  Our group of faithful knitters will once again move to the Royal Canadian Legion, 132 Pinnacle Street, for July 10 & 24, August 14 & 28, and September 11.  We knit or crochet from 3 – 5 pm, on the lower level, with free parking and entrance on the south side of the building. Do come out whenever holidays and family schedules permit, as we ramp up for our first fall contribution to “Keep Kids Warm” (Adopt a Child). For further info, please contact Elizabeth Ewashkiw (eewashkiw@sympatico.ca).

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.

Faith Formation

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

BIBLE STUDY: (now in summer recess)

Every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., enjoy a cup of coffee while reading and discussing the scripture on which the next Sunday’s worship service will be based. Everyone is welcome.  Use Bridge St. entrance.  COORDINATOR:  AUDREY.  CONTACT: 613-968-5432.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN: (now in summer recess)

On Sunday mornings, the Faith Formation Ministry Team invites your children to attend …

Infant/Toddler Room – ages newborn to 4 years

Children’s Centre – ages 5 to 13

Each group is facilitated and supervised by two adults.

Many thanks to all who will be volunteering their time to support Christian Education.

Click here for our Children’s Centre web page.

Finance

  • FMT Summer Reminder to the Congregation – Operating expenses continue 12 months of the year, with no summer break. If you’re unable to regularly attend worship during the summer when you may be away at the cottage or on holidays, cheques can be dropped off or mailed to the church office.  Also, PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) is a convenient way to make contributions.  Please contact the church office if you have questions about/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 – Held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. (now in summer recess)

LEMONADE TIME – Summer 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 held on Thursdays.  (now in summer recess)

          Bell Ringers’ practice 5:30 – 6:45 p.m – Ring the buzzer at Bridge St. entrance.

Vocal Choir practice – 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Knock on the Sanctuary “ramp” door. 

  • 2019 Concert Series – In April, Andre Knevel (organ) and Liselotte Rokyta (pan flute) headlined the “Spring Celebration Concert” – the first in a series of seven concerts planned for 2019 at the historic Bridge Street United Church known for its superb acoustics and massive Casavant organ.  In June, David Shewchuck, violinist, and Mitchell Cox, pianist, performed “It Takes Two to Tango”, and Command Performance Choir performed “Sweet Nostalgia – Songs from our LP’s.  The Toronto Men’s Welsh Choir will perform September 29; the soprano and organ duo of Valerie Hall and Kerry-Anne Kutz on October 20, and organist, Murray Baer, will be reprising his Popular Hits concert in November.  The series ends with Bridge St. United’s Christmas Concert and Singalong, December 22. 

Click here for our choir web page.

Click here for our concert series web page.

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.

BENEVOLENT FUND:

This church’s Benevolent Fund is in place to assist those during times of personal financial crisis.  This “last hope” form of community outreach, administered by our Minister, is in keeping with the generous spirit of Bridge Street Church and, as such, we believe that maintaining the fund is the responsibility of this congregation.  Donations to the Benevolent Fund can be made by way of the special “Benevolent Fund” envelopes found in the church pews. 

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 1:30 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.

Worship

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

UCW NEWS –      

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)

  • Volunteer drivers from congregation needed for July’s “Meals on Wheels” Program – While some volunteer drivers have already been scheduled to help us support this program, we are looking for a few spares to fill in when conflicts present themselves. Please contact Gary & Gail Botting (BSUC’s coordinators for this program) if you can help for approximately two hours on Thursday mornings in July.
  • Camp Quin-Mo-Lac Weekend, September 6 – 8 is shaping up to be one good time!  With the theme “I Cannot Keep from Singing”, an awesome storyteller-speaker, and lots of workshops to choose from: Drumming, Card Making Craft, Labyrinth, Liturgical Dance, Senior Fitness (standing or Gentle), Pop-up Choir, Power of Parable  — how can we help but have a good time?  And then there is meeting and making friends, the BIG canoe, the youthful camp staff counsellor’s skit, worship by the lake, skits, music, great food….and…and…and….THIS IS THE YEAR TO INVITE A FRIEND.  If you haven’t been to camp before, it is a truly awesome experience.  REGISTER NOW!   Forms available in BSUC office.  POSTER  
  • October 3 Workshop Church Music – Frankford United Church, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Workshop Leader:  Brian MacDonald, Music Director at St. James, Peterborough.  Tailored to UCW-ers and lay people involved in the planning of worship services, and all who love music.   Pre-registration will be needed to help planning, with payment at the door.  The price for the day is $12, which includes refreshments in the morning and lunch provided by Frankford UCW.  Details about signing up will be available in mid-July.  
  • UCW Collects These Items to Help Others … Postage stamps (Effect Hope – The Leprosy Mission Canada); Pop tabs (Royal Canadian Legion 4 Wheelchairs Project); Eyeglasses (Lions Club Canada): Cereal Bags (Elementary School Breakfast program); Canadian Tire Money (Camp Quin-Mo-Lac). Please drop off your collected items to the box located on the table near the Parlour (Bridge St. entrance). 

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.  Members of Bridge Street Church are members of the Corporation of the Quinte Living Centre.  Its 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.