Love, Service, Spirituality

2016 08-26

Summer Breezes!

Last Wednesday we enjoyed a lovely breezy service outdoors.  Our last Wednesday Summer evening Worship Service will be held on Wednesday August 31st, 2016 at 7:00pm with regular Sunday Worship resuming at 10:30am on September 4th, 2016.

We having exciting New Christian Education opportunities for Adults, Youth and Kids to look forward to as well as the return of the very popular Give & Go fundraiser!  Watch for upcoming news over the next couple of weeks, on all the exciting programs and services planned for you at Leaside United Church!


2016 08-13

Special Hymn Service Wednesday August 17th

At the heart of August and our exploration of the many names we bring to try to describe the sacred, we will have this special hymn service. Join us for hymns, familiar & new, full of many names. This will be a service that asks questions, and is full of poetry and beautiful music!

Remember to join us any time after 6:30pm for lemonade, and at 7:00pm for worship.

This week Emily is away on vacation! For pastoral care concerns between August 14th and August 20th, please contact Annie Jannaway, one of our Volunteer Associate Ministers: 647-973-1169 or


2016 07-29

Wednesday Evening Worship in August




Wednesday Evening Worship Services start next week (August 3rd) at Leaside United Church.  Join us on the lawn pre-service for lemonade at 6:30pm and worship at 7:00pm.  There will be no Sunday services throughout the month of August we will meet every Wednesday night at 7:00pm instead.  All welcome, please join us!


Mark your calendar with these Wednesday Worship dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  

Sunday service will resume on September 4th, 2016


2016 06-28

Summer Services & Staff Schedule


We look forward to worshiping with you while you are in the city this summer!

In July, we will have services at 10:30am on Sundays.

In August, we will have services on all Wednesday evenings at 7pm and will NOT have Sunday services.

In September, Sunday services will resume at 10:30am


Leaside United Church Staff Summer Schedule:

Rev. Emily Gordon, Minister

Tel: 416-425-1253 Ext. 25 (W)

Tel: 647-303-6709 (Call or text)


Please contact Emily for anything related to Pastoral Care, Christian Education, weddings, funerals, committee work, or questions of faith.

Sharon L. Beckstead, Music Director


John Rooke, Accountant

Tel: 416-425-1253 Ext. 27 (W)


Deb Lace-Kelly, Communication Specialist


John Bell, External Bookings Coordinator


Midge Sandiland, Spencer Craddock, Church Officers

During the summer, please contact Jim Miller (property chair) for anything related to the building.

Staff Returning in September:

Alison Jane, Office Administrator, Bookings

Please note the church office will reopen after the September long weekend.

Tanya Wiles-Bell, Christian Education Director

Emily Pollock, Children & Youth Program Assistant

Jean Marie Suchora, Minister of Pastoral Care

Michele Petick, Webmaster


New Activities Coming this Fall!

  • Faith Exploration groups for Youth and Adults
    Two groups meeting monthly (last Sunday of the month) over the 2016-2017 year to wonder about what our faith looks like in our 21st century context.
  • Take Away Discussions some Sundays after Worship
    A chance to talk further about the themes and messages of the service.
  • Workshops on Reading Scripture, Leading Worship, and Writing Prayers
    Would you be interested in sharing your gifts with us in worship occasionally? A chance to think about this (without commitment) while learning more about what this would mean and why it is important.
  • Opportunities to Connect with Presteign-Woodbine United Church
    Social and other activities as our congregations are now “going steady.”

Returning Activities:

Give and Go (evening late Oct/early Nov; events during the year)
The Fall Awesome Sale! (Oct. 14-15)

Returning Groups:

Sunday School
Youth Group (LUCY)
Choirs (Chancel & Junior)
C Flats Jazz Band
Book Circle
Meditation Group
Spirit Alive
Community Kitchen


If you might be interested in joining one of these groups, I (Emily) can connect you with the group leader. What groups and activities did I miss? Let me know!





2016 06-29

Summer Children’s Corner!

We are pleased to offer the Summer Children’s Corner!  Tanya Wiles-Bell has set up everything you need to keep your children engaged while you are at service this summer.  All the information about different activities and the activity centre is located in the Family Library in the North Transept of the church.  Looking forward to seeing you and your children this summer!


2016 06-21

Refugee Sponsorship Update


Leaside United Church is currently sponsoring two Syrian families and awaiting their arrival.
These sponsorships are overseen by the Leaside United Church Community Refugee Resettlement Committee (LUCCRRC).
Family #1 has 5 members consisting of dad and mom, Hadi and Anwar, plus 3 young sons, Abood, (twins) Hamoud and Azooz.  They are currently residing in Kuwait where Hadi works at two jobs and is an English translator.  We are very fortunate since he is both teaching English to his family members and is also able to communicate regularly by email to LUCCRRC, who send weekly letters of encouragement and support.  There is great joy, hope and gratitude in their messages.
The family members have had their assessment interviews, their medicals, their security checks and have recently received their “Good Conduct Certificate”.  These documents are being forwarded to the regional Canadian Visa Office which has to send them to Canada for final Immigration Canada approval.  Once that approval is obtained then Canadian officials send the “ok” back to the oversees regional office, where the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is contacted and then coordinates travel to Canada for this family.  Upon consultation with the United Church of Canada Refugee Coordinators, we estimate this family’s arrival date to be during this summer.  Fortunately, we receive a minimum of 10 to 14 day notice.  Also, we have temporary accommodation available until we can rent a suitable space.
Family #2 is comprised of 4 adults and a youth:  mom, Hakimiya, twin males, Ahmed and Mohamed, and two daughters, Yasmin and Simav.  This family has fled to Iraq where their living conditions are difficult. They speak Kurdish and Arabic and are not near any official Canadian Visa Office, so that processing and approval of their sponsorship shall be more challenging.  Fortunately, the law firm and friends, working under the LUC sponsorship, have both translators on its Refugee Committee and also, personal contacts in a city some distance from the family.
Although a number of possible actions are being explored which would provide practical, educational and moral support for the family in its current living situation, critical government assistance in establishing and accelerating the official processing of their cases is being sought.  This continues to be a significant challenge!
We shall continue to keep LUC members updated re any significant developments in the lives and sponsorship of our refugee families.
Please keep both families in your hearts and prayers.
Lis and Bob Lister, Co-Chairs,