Love, Service, Spirituality

2017 04-03

The Spring Awesome Sale is Coming!

The Awesome Sale

at Leaside United Church

822 Millwood Road will be held on:

Friday May 12th, 2017 3pm-7pm and
Saturday May 13th, 2017 9am-Noon

We are accepting donations at the church for any of the departments listed below from now, up until the week before the sale. Thanks so much for your continued support of our Outreach Programs at Leaside United Church!
The sale offers 1,000’s of pre-sorted quality items! 13 Departments including … Treasures and trinkets, books, clothing, toys, shoes, furniture, small appliances, electronics, housewares, jewelry, home decor, sporting goods and more.  Plus Home Baking Table and Snack Bar!
We look forward to seeing you at the Awesome Sale in May!



2017 04-26

Blessing of the Bicycles


Bicycles – a fun excursion, a family adventure, a commute to work, an environmental commitment, a bike-a-thon for a good cause… there are so many ways that bicycles contribute to our lives, communities, and cities. Join us on May 7, 2017 for a Blessing of the Bicycles service at 12:45 on the church lawn, as we celebrate bicycles and what they mean to us, and offer prayers for safety and good cycling this summer. You are invited to bring your bicycles to our morning service and bring a lunch to the townhall after church. The young and the young-at-heart are invited to attend a bicycle decorating party with lunch between morning worship and the Blessing of the Bikes service. If you plan to attend the party, please let Tanya know.

Hymn Sing

Join us at 10:15 every other week starting May 7, 2017 for a Hymn Sing before the worship service.

May 7 – Spirituals

May 21 – Global Music

June 4 – New Hymns

June 18 – Old Favourites

Don’t think you’re a good singer? It doesn’t matter! Don’t know the hymn? Don’t worry, we’ll have a chance to learn it together! Want a chance to sing the old favourites we don’t sing in worship any more, or to learn something new before seeing it for the first time in the middle of a service? That’s why we’re doing this!

If you have any suggestions for hymns for any of these themes, please email or leave a note for Emily or Sharon over the next few weeks.

The Queen of Katwe Movie Night

Sunday May 7, 2017 at 7:00pm

Join us at Leaside United Church, 822 Millwood Road, Toronto for this movie event.  Youth, families and anyone else who is interested are invited to see The Queen Of Katwe (suitable for ages 10 and up) directed by Mira Nair and featuring Lupita Nyongo.  The inspiring true story of how Ugandan 10 year old Phiona Mutesi’s life is changed after she is introduced to the game of Chess.

2017 04-25

The Jungle Book

2017 04-20

Emily’s Weekday Wonderings – April 20, 2017

Photo Credit: Mario Purisic


I am reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s 2009 book An Altar in the World, and this morning I came across these words:

When I hear people talk about what is wrong with organized religion . . . I almost never hear about the intellectualization of faith, which strikes me as a far greater danger than anything else on the list. In an age of information overload, when a vast variety of media delivers news faster than most of us can digest – when many of us have at least two e-mail addresses, two telephone numbers . . .  the last thing any of us needs is more information about God.

She also writes:


2017 04-13

Emily’s Weekday Wonderings – April 13, 2017

Photo Credit: Aaron Burden


On Sunday after the service, I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with the youngest member of our congregation, baptized last fall, who had spent the service enjoying the area set up in our Sanctuary with a rocking chair, dolls, and board books. After hearing of his new appreciation of dolls, I heard he enjoyed the board books too. “Are you a reader?” I asked him. He waved his arms in response. “Yes,” his mother replied, “we read together a lot.” While he might not be quite at the point of appreciating a story as a story, there must be something almost universal in our love of a good story, whether spoken, read, or watched (although we’d probably all name different stories). Jesus told many stories to those who came to ask him questions and listen to him teach. “What are you doing eating with those people?” someone grumbled, and Jesus said, “Let me tell you a story. Once there was a man who had two sons…”


Good Friday – Fauré’s Requiem

Good Friday – Fauré’s Requiem presented by the Chancel Choir @leasideunitedchurch tomorrow April 14th … join us at 10:30am @ 822 Millwood Road, Toronto … free parking and wheel chair accessible 🎼🎹✝️🙏🏽⛪️ #Easter #goodfriday #faurerequiem #choir #leaside #toronto

2017 04-12

A True Celebration!

From start to finish the concert on Friday, April 7 was a true celebration of our amazing Canadian wealth.  We were involved in an evening of celebration and gratitude for the riches of our fair land and of course for the stature of the Leaside pipe organ. The organ was showcased as a versatile instrument whether in a solo, accompaniment, duet or congregational song role.

To quote a member of the audience, Mary Legge: “I particularly enjoyed the variety of registration you used to such delightful effect.  Your “Sharon” Variations illustrated this so beautifully.  You and William must practice a great deal since your key speeds seemed uniform.  The Bedard “Petit Suite” is a delight and gave us a real sound bite experience of the organ.  Your registration choices in this highlighted the energy of the work so magnificently. The audience was spellbound. Mark Sirett’s “O Sons and Daughters” certainly gave us a refreshing look at this beautiful tune and text.  The choir seemed especially involved in it. Having the organ pipes to handle and inspect was a masterstroke and netted some interesting discussion. You chose a difficult task in being performer and MC of the event, however, your comments served to tie the splendid evening together so skillfully.”

Special thanks Don Fleming for the live video feed of the performers at the organ console, Cynda Fleming for her trumpet solo, the Chancel Choir –  looking so dashing in their red beads and ties, Rob Oliphant our MP for Don Valley West for his inspiring words and William Maddox for his brilliant interpretations – especially Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance.

The celebration continued with a wonderful and yummy reception – a great event for our church.

Sharon Beckstead, Music Director Leaside United Church

Beatle Ballads at Leaside United – Saturday April 22, 2017

Join us for this much anticipated Give & Go Event … An Evening of Beatles music at Leaside United Church on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 from 7:00-9:30pm

Martin Gladstone and Frank Caruso will entertain us with the timeless music of Paul, John, George and Ringo.

Wear your best vintage 60s clothing with a chance to win a prize for the best-dressed or accessorized person.

Hosts are John and Margaret Casey, Adele Freeman and Geoff Kettel.

Tickets are $45 per person, includes beverage and light refreshments.  Contact: Nancy Stewart for tickets.