Welcome to Jubilee United Church
Jubilee United Church is an Affirming Ministry, offering welcome and companionship to all people regardless of sexual orientation or designation.
Jubilee United Church was created by the coming together of Bethesda, Donminster and Victoria Village, and most recently, St. John’s United Churches. Embracing the gifts of these congregations and the many individuals who have joined our community since 2000, we continue to grow. We acknowledge the sacred land upon which Jubilee United Church stands. People have been on this land for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the “Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant”, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Virtual Worship - Sunday March 29 at 1030 am - You are invited.
UPDATE – Friday March 27th.
Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
This update comes to you on Friday, March 27th.
Just to let you know what’s going on .
Jubilee United Church is committed to a shared ministry with all of our staff and the whole community. We are so grateful for those who have been volunteering to call folks in our community and break down the loneliness of physical isolation; who have volunteered to get groceries or pick up prescriptions for people who are at risk when they leave isolation. If you are interested in volunteering to help or have a need yourself with which we might be able to help, please leave a message for Dianne at the church office (416)447-6846 or her email email@example.com
As you know, the Ontario Government has declared churches are non-essential services at this time; as a result our building is closed. There are no activities, no gatherings and no work projects for the foreseeable future. However, our phones still work and we are still connecting with folks. You can the office and Dianne will answer remotely, you can call your Ministers and they will answer. You can check out the website www.jubileeunited.ca for regular updates and ways to connect.
Right now, there are several Zoom gatherings on the right hand side of the website.
There is a Zoom Check in every evening at 530pm.
Zoom Coffee on Tuesdays at 11am.
Zoom Youth Group on Wednesdays at 4pm.
Zoom gathering after Church on Sunday at 1130am
and Zoom Holy Wondering for Kids on Sundays at 2pm.
If you go to our website and click in the link, you will be invited to download Zoom onto your computer. This download is direct from the manufacturer so there should be no concern about downloading a virus, the download is very quick and then you can click on the link and join a gathering – with video or just audio. For now, it is easiest to allow your computer audio to do the work (so click on that when it comes up).
From our website, you can also access Sunday Worship and Daily Meditations.
We will be broadcasting an Easter Service on Easter Sunday, April 12, at 1030am. We will be celebrating Communion together, so we invite you to have some bread and some kind of juice to share in the sacrament. On Easter morning, we are also planning a Zoom gathering at 8am. Kind of like our Sonrise Service, we will gather virtually… I will be outside in my backyard and I encourage people to see if they can find a way to be outside or able to show us what the world looks like through your window on Easter Morning. We will see the world together, hear the Easter story and pray together.
Anne and I, with the help of Dianne, are putting together an Easter Worship resource that will be mailed out to folks in time for Easter. In this way, we hope to provide Worship, Reflection and Connection for those who do not have internet access. If you are one of those folks or know one of those folks, please call or email the office and let us know so that we can get this resource out to all those who would appreciate it.
You should also know that Jubilee is committed to our whole team, so our Choir Professionals will continue to be paid in this time of shutdown; our ministry and support staff will also be paid fully during this time. This is a commitment from our Trustees and Council, so that all of our resources can be committed to keeping Jubilee a dynamic and relevant church in changing times.
People continue to ask how they can continue
to support Jubilee financially when we aren’t gathering.
Cheques can be mailed or dropped into the Jubilee mailbox (north side of the Church) – it is checked daily.
Of course, people on Par will continue as before – if you would like to be on PAR, contact the church office and we will help you set that up.
Donations can also be sent by E-transfer to the church email address: firstname.lastname@example.org You can contact us separately by phone or email to let us know the password, once you’ve sent the transfer.
Finally, you can also donate to Jubilee United Church through Canada Helps. www.canadahelps.org – search Jubilee United Church
In closing, I want to thank everyone for the kind response to last Sunday’s Worship Service. We had about 90 computers watching together, so that’s not far from a Sunday attendance, when you realize that couples and families watched together on one computer. By the end of Sunday, about 300 had viewed the service…. So, you might say that attendance is up! . This week, you’ll get to hear from the Jubilee Quartet, Rev. Anne as well as yours truly and I hope that it will have meaning and connection for you.
In Faith and Hope
Rev. Norm Seli (on behalf of the Jubilee Team)
Some, but not all of our emails have been fixed as of yet, so the best way to reach me is at email@example.com
COVID 19 Response
There are many opinions, concerns and procedures being shared on both mainstream and social media, we are relying on:
Toronto Public Health https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/
As well as The United Church of Canada https://www.united-church.ca/news/covid-19-united-church-statement
On Sunday, June 23, 2013, we celebrated together Jubilee being officially an “Affirming Ministry.”
What that means is that we are recognized and take responsibility for inviting, welcoming, and including all people who want to experience the love of God and ministry of Jesus Christ as expressed in our community – regardless of sexual orientation or designation. We take on, as a ministry, the care and comfort of those marginalized and victimized by others for their identity as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered (LGBT) people. As much as it is about LGBT people, it is about a wider diversity as well. It is about inviting, welcoming, and including those who feel left out because of age, culture, or perceived / experienced abilities. Becoming an Affirming Ministry is a celebration and commitment to embrace diversity intentionally, graciously, and compassionately – the way that Jesus did.
With your help, we will continue to be a loving, inclusive and responsible community.
- Outreach Programs, Discussion Groups
- Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups
- Children’s Groups, Youth Groups
- Bible Studies, Non-Traditional Worship
- Women and Men, Young and Old
- Families and Individuals
- By the Book and Heretical
- Hungry and Satisfied
- Understanding and Questioning
You are invited to join us.
How to Find Us
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