Ministries

Our ministries comprise small to medium groups that meet on a regular basis to develop their faith, learn about the Bible, pray together, serve, support seniors and look out for one another.

Measures that comply with the government mandates surrounding Covid-19 pandemic are in place. Check our CALENDAR for current offerings.

Music

At HVUC, we make a joyful noise unto the Lord. The Chancel Choir, soloists and guest musicians provide a wide range of musical styles to enhance our worship services. The Handbell Ensemble regularly treats us to an eclectic mixture of music. Come and share in our joy of music! We encourage children to explore the joy of singing as well in our program called “Angel Voices”. All are welcome.

Pastoral Care 

Pastoral care is one of the current priorities at HVUC.  While the Pastoral Care Team Care (PCT) is the primary focus, other groups in the church such as the United Church Women, Daytimers and the Chancel Choir, provide a lot of pastoral care amongst their members.  Overall, HVUC prides itself on being a very caring congregation. 

 

Supportive counselling and emergency pastoral care are provided by our minister. Lay pastoral care work is also carried out by a team of dedicated volunteers who pay regular visits to our shut-ins and those confined to seniors' residences or hospital.

See also our Pastoral Care page.

Seniors - Daytimers - 55+

Humber Valley United conducts Worship Services at three area seniors' residences at regular intervals throughout the year, both with ordained and lay leadership.

 

On the last Monday of every month a group of Humber Valley volunteers prepares a lunch for between 75 and 100 seniors from our church and its neighbourhood. A program is provided with topics of particular interest to the over-60 crowd. This is a non-profit venture, with the cost being only $8.00 per person.

Humber Valley also offers a number of free programs for those who are 55+, and want to stay active, connected and learning. Programs are available remotely on Zoom during the pandemic.

See also our 55+ Programs at HVUC page.

 

Spiritual Development and Small Group Study

Jesus and Java: This group often meets at either a local coffee shop or in the church. They usually meet for an hour in the evening and discuss all manner of things theological, spiritual and Biblical. Always happy to include new members. Contact Joanne.

 

Wednesday Evening Christian Education: From University Lecture Series to Sister-Church discussions. Learn about religion, faith, spirituality and Christianity. All are welcome! Contact Carla.

Daily Bread: Our Zoom meetings at 8:30 a.m. start your days off with prayer and friends. All are welcome. Contact Joanne to participate.

God on the Go: For busy people who want to connect and fit some spirituality into our lives. To join the Zoom call please contact Kelly.

JAM (Jesus and Me - Sunday School)

 

Sunday School 10:30 Sunday morning

Children sit with parents/guardians until Story Time, after which they move to the Sunday School room downstairs under the care and guidance of Claire Hatje and Michelle Madill.

 

A nursery facility is available downstairs for infants and toddlers where their parents and relatives are invited to oversee them if they are not likely to enjoy staying in the sanctuary during the Worship Service.

*Currently JAM and our nursery program are closed due to COVID restrictions.  Please join us Sunday mornings on YouTube for our Children’s Messages during the weekly service and join our private Facebook group: Jesus and Me- HVUC Sunday School.

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Youth

Youth groups have always been a part of our culture at Humber Valley. Youth are welcomed from grades 7 to 12. They engage in activities and events outside of church hours to form friendships and bonds of fellowship.

 

An emphasis is placed on Christian values, community works, team development and fun! We do this through character studies, Bible based games and youth movie nights!

Right now, our programing is offered over zoom and youth are all welcome to contact Licia to attend!

 

Confirmation classes are offered for grade 9 and above. This program covers a number of topics such as the Sacraments, grace, the mission and ministry of the church, and what it means to follow Jesus.
 

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Outreach - Near and Afar

All we have to do is look in the backyard of our own city to see the immense need for compassion and support. Many of our congregants devote hours of volunteer time to help those in need.

 

Some of the international charities we support are Sleeping Children Around the World (a fully-funded, nonprofit charity founded by Murray and Margaret Dryden of Humber Valley), Water for Life in Africa and the Canadian Leprosy Fund.

 

At home, we support local charities like Youth Without Shelter, Out of the Cold, Ernestine's, Fred Victor Mission, Inspire and Water First, just to name a few. Our Outreach Ministry gives hope to a very large number of people who suffer both here and around the world.

Your donations of time or money to any and all of these worthy causes make the OUTREACH ministry of Humber Valley United Church one of our most dynamic demonstrations of Christian discipleship.​ See also our Outreach page.

Prayer

Week of Guided Prayer

Once a year (usually in March) we embark on a special 1-week prayer retreat, which is flanked by a beautiful opening ceremony on Saturday and a joyful closing ceremony on the following Sunday. The week involves 30 minutes of prayer each day at home, and 30 minutes per day of discussion with a prayer companion. Some people call this their most spiritually fulfilling time of the year.

Prayer Chain

Humber Valley United Church believes in the power of prayer. We have a large and busy prayer chain. Please be advised that the permission of the individual is always sought before any name is given out.

Special Services

Shrove Tuesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Tree Lighting and Carolling, Evening of Comfort & Joy, Christmas Eve Family and Candlelight Services, Pet Blessings, Summer Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Check our calendar to find out when these services are taking place