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.
Jubilee will honour the legacy of St. John’s United Church and continue to grow their ministry to the community and St. John’s will become part of Jubilee, bringing gifts, insight, experience and wisdom, as well as a commitment to continue to grow together and share a ministry of inclusion, invitation and inspiration with the larger community.
If you have been a member of St. John’s United Church and not transferred your membership elsewhere, you are now a member of Jubilee United Church. We will respond to your needs as best we can and include you in the life of Jubilee as you desire to be included. It can be hard to make such a transition, so please feel free to contact Rev. Seli at any time for support. You may also wish to have a Jubilee “Friend” who can assist you in getting to know your new church (when, how, where… those kinds of questions). A “Friend” will contact you if you wish to be contacted, simply mention it to Rev. Seli or Pat in the Church Office. The first time that you join us for Sunday Worship, you should find a Name Tag in the box marked “St. John’s”, we encourage you to wear your name tag so that we can all get to know each other and call each other by name.
We are very excited about our future together and will do our best to make you feel part of the family.
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.