And WELCOME to Leaside United Church!
We’re located in the middle of the community of Leaside in mid-Toronto, Canada. Our church has a proud history of mission and witness both in our local community, and in outreach beyond our doors. You’ll find us at the corner of Millwood and McRae. (google map us at 822 Millwood Rd.)
While our building has a very traditional look, both outside and inside (yes we have pews and stained glass windows! ), it’s fair to say we are a little unusual in our theological outlook. While our minister leans more to progressive theology, our members encompass the full breadth of the theological spectrum. As a result we have traditional worship mixed in with contemporary hymns and wording. We still read the Bible stories, but we sometimes have to update the language because the ancient understandings, while deeply true, don’t quite resonate with our 21st century world. We have traditional sermons, but the thinking is hip and up to date. AND we value everyone’s opinions and outlook, trusting that it makes for a richer community life!
You may find that there’s SPACE for you here. We hope you do.
If you are a young family, you’ll see we have lots of people like you. Our Christian Education director, Tanya Wiles-Bell, is a beloved teacher. She has a wonderful modern program that teaches values and principles, along with key Bible stories, to our children.
If you are gay, lesbian, straight, or in between, you are welcome here. We are open and affirming of your personal life choices; we want you to feel like you belong.
If you care about music and worship, we think you’ll find a wide spectrum of music here. We do appreciate some of the old-style music once in a while, but we also like to hear jazz interpretation sometimes too. Traditional, classy, and sometimes really up to date: that’s who we are.
We do a lot of outreach. There is always a project going on. You might really enjoy getting involved in this part of our witness in the world.
Our worship services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. all year round. It’s important to know that worship grounds our life as a church community. Everything we do, from outreach to pastoral care comes from the energy and power we find in our communal worship. We believe that the fire of God’s Spirit lives inside each of us; worship helps us stoke the flame!
We hope you will give us a try! And if you have any questions, check us out on this site, or email us at the church. Our administrator’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org ; she will forward your question to the appropriate person.
In the meantime, stay well.
(Oh, if you are wondering about the picture above, it’s a seed mandala that we made for Easter 2014. Google Peace Mandala and you’ll see where we got the idea!)
OUR MISSION AND PURPOSE
A few short years ago, we spent quite a bit of time working out this living mission statement. It still holds true, as do the Core Values on which it is based.
The Mission of Leaside United Church is to grow a vibrant spiritual community that embodies God’s unconditional love and takes responsibility for being co-creators of a world that works for all.
This mission is based on the following:
• Acceptance, Respect and Inclusiveness
• Love and Compassion
• The Divinity of all People
• The Nurturing of Spirituality
• The Teachings of Jesus
• The Sacredness of Creation and Reverence for the Environment
• Abundant Hospitality
• Fairness and Justice
• Loving Service to Others
• Inquiring and Open Minds