Jubilee United Church

40 Underhill Drive | Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2J5 | 416.447.6846

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, May 31 at 1030 am - You are invited.

Just a little something from the "Howling Heretics" and Definitely NOT Church

UPDATE – Saturday, May 30

Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
This update comes to you on Saturday, May 30th

Dear Members and Friends of Jubilee United Church.
 This update comes to you on Saturday, May 30th 

The scripture for this week’s service is John 20:19-23 and Acts 2:1-21
We will also be singing “Filled with the Spirit’s Power” (VU 194), Come and Find the Quiet Centre (VU 374). 
We be sharing communion, so you are invited to have some bread and juice at hand.  Or just an open heart…
The Communion Prayers were included in the email/regular mailing that went out this week – but you don’t have to have it on hand (we have you covered). 

As always, we would love to receive picture of you “attending” church and managing life in the time of Covid and audio or video recordings of you reciting the Lord’s Prayer.  These can be emailed to me at nseli@jubileeunited.ca or if they are too big, let me know and I will send you a Dropbox link to which you can upload your file (by computer or smartphone). 

We are also very happy to have volunteers to read scripture and/or tell us about the Light of Christ and/or recite the Lord’s Prayer, in any language you choose.  It could be English, it could the language of your childhood or a language that you speak when you want to feel connected to family, home or God. Audio or Video would be grand!

Of late, I have been reading a great deal and attending Webinar’s about what church will look like when we begin to gather.  The Jubilee Council is beginning to make plans for gradual re-opening, but it doesn’t look like we will doing anything imminently.  Safety and loving our neighbours is our priority.  In June, Rev. Anne and I plan to do some drive by house blessings  – yes, we can stand in your driveway and pray with you at an appropriate distance.  We will let you know when we can do that, and see if you’d like one of us to drop by for a (distant) prayer. 

I am also hoping to start a Zoom Bible Study in June.  I was thinking that we might connect on Thursday evening from 645-745pm.   Kind of a Beer and Bible Study… or Tea and Testament…  a relaxed reflection on either the scriptures that I’ve been sharing that week in the daily meditations or the ones coming up for Sunday Worship.  I am interested in your thoughts as this comes together, so if you want to send me an email with your advice, I would be very glad to consider it. 

This week has also been a week of mourning as John Gorsline died this week, as did Kay Pember.  John would be well known to Victoria Village folk and, with his wife Ruth, were always a devoted members of Jubilee.  Kay will be best remember by the folks of St. John’s.  Our prayers are with both and all who will be feeling their loss. 

I would also like to thank you for your on-going financial support.  The support has been wonderful and is testimony to the engagement of the community and our shared confidence, not only in the future, but in the present – we are not waiting to be church, we are the church right now and your support is not only appreciated, but put to good use.   When donating, please know that you can continue to direct your funds, in the note with a E-transfer or Cheque or through Canada Helps on line.  People have continued to support the Benevolent Fund, the Food Bank and Mission and Service – as you can imagine, these funds are much needed these days and did not get their usual “Easter” push, but it is clear that many of you have kept them and the people they support in mind.  Thank You. 

 Finally… I thought to conclude with another of Mr. Rutherford’s limericks (he has many)… but why should he have all the fun? 
So, instead consider my modest offering an invitation….

A limerick, why not give it a fling?
With the Rutherford touch, they do sing
but why leave it to Ed
You should try one, instead
Send them to me – Yes! That’s the thing!!

See you tomorrow at Worship!

In Faith and Hope
Rev. Norm Seli  (on behalf of the Jubilee Team)

Here are some of the most requested links:
Sunday Check in, 1130am -1230     https://zoom.us/j/756954235
Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday at 11am – noon  https://zoom.us/j/348451849
Daily Check in, 530-630pm   https://zoom.us/j/846416417
Daily Meditations and Worship Services are on my Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgNHaEdFtqnOUxgkRdty9vQ?view_as=subscriber

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, we celebrated together Jubilee being officially an “Affirming Ministry.”

church-prideWhat 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.

We have:

  • Outreach Programs, Discussion Groups
  • Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups
  • Children’s Groups, Youth Groups
  • Bible Studies, Non-Traditional Worship

You are invited to join us.

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Jubilee United Church

Jubilee Moments - Wednesday, June 3
Rev. Norm Seli continues to read and wonder about Mark's Gospel.
Today, we finish up chapter 10. Mark 10:46-52
and the restoration of sight.

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Jubilee Moments - Tuesday, June 2. Rev. Norm Seli continues to read and wonder about Mark's Gospel.
Today, it's Mark 10:32-45 and some talk about seating arrangements.

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Jubilee Moments - Monday, June 1 - Rev. Norm Seli reads and wonders about Mark's Gospel.
Today, it's Mark 10:17-31, a rich man, a camel and the eye of an needle...
and it's gets a little more personal than usual (apologies in advance).

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Let the Spirit Move You! A 58 minute Pentecost Sunday Worship with Jubilee United Church for May 31, 2020 - featuring Scripture, Prayer, Music, Communion and Preaching.
Cheron Christmas-LaFleur offers Panis Angelicus; Bri-anne Swan shares Canticle of the Turning and a lot more.
The scripture is John 20:19-23 and Acts 2:1-21.
Join us, you are invited!

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