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. Here are some of the activities:
Guided Week of 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.
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.
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 councilling 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.
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.
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.
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 Stenerson.
Friday Morning Bible Study:
The Ladies' Bible Study group led by our ministers. In-depth Bible Study with a wide range of topics. New members welcome. Contact the church office.
Wed. Evening Christian Education: From University Lecture Series to Sister-Church discussions. Learn about religion, faith, spirituality and Christianity. All are welcome! Contact Carla Sandrin at
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.
Youth groups have always been a part of our culture at Humber Valley. Youth are separated into Jr. Youth (grades 5-8) and Sr. Youth (grades 9-12). 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!
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.
At HVUC, we make a joyful noise unto the Lord. The Chancel Choir and Soloists do this with their voices in singing and wonderful musicians often bring their diverse talents to the stage. Our Junior Choir has energetic and enthusiastic children who sing like angels. The Handbell Ensemble regularly treats us to an eclectic mixture of music. Come and share in our joy of music!
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, Our of the Cold,Ernestine's, Fred Victor Mission, Red Door, Gatehouse 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.
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.