2017 12-04

The Longest Night Service


A “Longest Night” Service will be held on the longest night of the year, Thursday, December 21st at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.  This is sometimes called a “Blue Christmas” or “Quiet Christmas” service.  This service is designed for specifically thinking of people who have experienced significant loss – the death of a loved one, loss of health, ending of a relationship, loss of a job – but of course is open to all.  This is a quiet service with carol singing, candle lighting and readings and prayers.  All are welcome!


2017 12-16

In the News … Christmas Pageant Embraces ‘Radical Hospitality’

2017 12-15

A Lovely Lessons & Carols!


Thank You!

On behalf of us all, I extend a sincere thank you to everyone who made last Sunday’s Service of Lessons and Carols such a huge success – to the readers, the instrumentalists, the singers – but especially to Sharon Beckstead, Music Director.   This is a huge undertaking, which Sharon carries off with efficiency and aplomb.

Also a huge “Thank You” to everyone who donated approximately $2500 for the Out of the Cold program!

Thank you!

Rev. Warren McDougall

Enjoy these pictures our volunteer photographer Murray Fenner captured at the Candlelight Reception afterwards!

2017 12-14

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust


Just got this pocket guide from Egale, Canada Human Rights Trust a social justice advocacy group that works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada.  Check out our Affirming page!


– Tanya


2017 12-13

Year-End Givings 2017

Year-End Givings Reminder: We would ask that you take this opportunity to bring your givings up to date during the month of December, the end of our financial year. Your contribution must be received in the church office on or before Sunday, December 31st, 2017 in order to receive credit on your 2017 charitable tax receipt.  Thank you so much for your continued support of Leaside United Church.

2017 12-11

Christmas Tea 2017

Christmas Blessings of joy, peace, and love

to you and your loved ones!

From Your Leaside United Church Family. 

Thank you to all of our guests and volunteers for a fabulous Christmas Tea last week!  Please enjoy these photos of the event taken by our volunteer photographer: Murray Fenner


2017 12-08

Mary & Joseph Advent Journey


Mary, Joseph, and their donkey have stayed with 5 families. They were even invited to a champagne and chocolate event in support of El Hogar last weekend. They have found every family to be so warm and kind. Remember to follow their adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’ll be using the hashtag #MaryJosephAdventJourney

2017 12-06

LUCY Out Of The Cold Christmas Project

2017 12-04

Days of Awe and Wonder

Coming in January:


In the new year, Rev. Warren McDougall will be facilitating an adult study group at two times each week: on Monday evenings at 7 pm, and Tuesday mornings at 10 am.  We’ll be reading together, and discussing, “Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century” by Marcus Borg.  The Monday  group will meet from Monday, January 8th to Monday, March 5th inclusive (except for Family Day on February 19th) from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Fellowship Room; the Tuesday Group will meet from Tuesday, January 9th to Tuesday, March 6th inclusive (except for February 20th) from 10 to 11:30 am also in the Fellowship Room.  Please purchase your book ahead of time; they’re available at Indigo/Chapters stores (for $31.99) or online from Amazon.ca for $26.87 – a great Christmas gift!  Please let Warren know if you’re unable to purchase a book ahead of time.  Come to the first session having read the Forward, Chapters 1 and 2. 

2017 11-30

The Journey is about to begin!

2017 11-21

Spirit Alive – December 9, 2017

All welcome to gather for meditation, questioning and learning at Spirit Alive

on Saturday, December 9th, 2017

gathering at 10:00am to noon

at Leaside United Church.

Refreshments at the beginning will provide a sharing time.

David Phillips is providing the leadership and his topic

will be “Places that Lift the Spirit”. Each participant who attends 

the session is asked to describe two “places” that they experience as 

spirit-lifting. This place can exist in the real world – e.g. somewhere in 

the city or a cottage or a place they have visited while travelling – or it 

might be a fictional place they have come to know through a book, or movie 

or musical performance. Each participant is requested to illustrate their 

selection of a spirit-lifting place with one or more of a picture, an 

artifact, music, or a story. We are interested in sharing experiences about 

what sorts of places have the effect of lifting our spirits, and inquiring 

into why they have this effect.

On a regular basis Spirit Alive meets to explore matters of spirituality, meditate, and reflect together. Save the second Saturday morning of the month to meet at 10:00 to noon. Spirit Alive begins with coffee, snacks and fellowship followed by a period of led meditation, music, quiet time and reflection to deepen the sense of the spiritual at the center of one’s life. For more information contact Bea Lawford.


2017 11-17

Leaside United Church Census

A dedicated group of people are working hard to gather important information about our community and our congregation as we think about our future. Part of this work is a church census that will ask questions about you, your engagement with the church, and your spiritual life. We’d like to have everyone complete the census – all those who attend Leaside regularly or irregularly, as well as those who do not attend worship but have another connection to and an interest in the church. The more input we have on our congregation, our interests, and our hopes for the future, the better our mission and ministry will be.

Please click the hand to access, fill out and submit the

Leaside United Church Census online:


Thank you very much for your time!

If you have any trouble with the image link above please copy and paste this URL address directly into your browser:


If you would like to print out the census and fill it out by hand, you may download it from the link here, it should be printed on legal 8 1/2″ x 14″ size paper and return to the Church Office after you’ve completed it.


2017 11-16

Rev. Warren McDougall

Join us this Sunday November 19th, 2017 at 10:30 to welcome our Supply Minister Rev. Warren McDougall to his first worship service with us.

Rev. Emily Gordon is on maternity leave and will be returning to LUC on March 13, 2018.


Greeters Needed!

The Abundant Hospitality Committee is enthusiastically looking for people to continue making Leaside United Church a welcoming place.

Would you be interested in being part of a greeting team?

Please contact Bea Lawford (416-421-1135) or Jane Hawkins

2017 11-15

Welcome Neil Gordon Joshi!

It is with complete delight we announce the birth of:


yesterday November 14th, 2017, the first child of Rev. Emily Gordon and Nikhil Joshi.

Mother, father and baby are all doing well!

Many blessings to this new happy family!