parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events

MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the January edition of the Messenger at any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the February issue was January 15, 2017.


TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY –The new session of Bible Study began last Tuesday January 17th. We are engaging the prayer life of Jesus and among other things, what we can learn about its importance in Jesus’ life, what it discloses about God, why Jesus wanted those who follow him to practice a vibrant and regular prayer life. When we think of Jesus and prayer, most of us think firstly of what we have come to call, the Lord’s Prayer. However, there are other examples of Jesus’ prayers, for instance, in the gospels there are over 60 references to Jesus praying, ‘meditating’, and ‘going off alone’. Are you curious? Interested? There will be seven sessions (Jan 17 – Feb 28), with the possibility of two additional sessions on March 28 and April 4. All are welcome. This promises to be an engaging and spiritually refreshing experience. For more information contact Dr. Bailey (613 728-8656;


THE PRAYER SHAWL GROUP will meet on Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 in the Ladies' Parlour.  Everyone is welcome to this time of crocheting and prayer.  If you don't know how to crochet, come anyway and someone will teach you.  The Prayer Shawls are a tangible reminder to people of God's love and care and also the care of the congregation. Many Thanks



MEMBERSHIP SESSIONS are continuing on January 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8, in the Ladies’ Parlour from 7 – 8:45pm.

Dr. Bailey is leading these sessions. The United Church receives members by baptism and affirmation of faith, re-affirmation of faith, and transfer of membership. For more information please contact Dr. Bailey (



The Images and Stories committee invites you to join with us on February 27th at 7pm in the Ladies Parlour to celebrate a year of milestones with Richard and Susan Yearwood as they share their adventures in Cornwall in September 2016.  Come see parts of England as they saw it for the first time, walking, eating, visiting the famous English pubs for lunch and liquids, walking some more, visited the Queen, plus some wonderfully familiar landscapes.

Tea, coffee, questions and fellowship round out the evening.




Please pick up your 2017 Offering Envelopes in the Gladstone Hallway behind the choir loft. If you have given regularly in 2016 or requested envelopes recently, there is likely a box of envelopes there for you. If not and you need a set, please put a note on the collection plate or contact the church office.



For the 2017 Christmas Pageant, we have something a little ambitious in mind and, to that end, in July we will need some volunteers to help with a simple sewing project and a simple building project.  Additionally, we need to get a supply of "Muppet"-style puppets - animals and humans, both male and female.  Puppets may be donated or lent as preferred.  They can be returned after Christmas.  If you are able to donate puppets, are able to help with sewing and are interested in helping with a simple building project, please contact Johanna Lace on or leave a message with the office on 613-728-8656.  We greatly appreciate your time and contribution to Parkdale.



Thank you very much for your donations of reading material, greeting cards and 2017 calendars to In From the Cold. We are almost half-way through the season and we are running low on magazines for the Literacy Table! Although all titles are welcome, we have depleted our supplies of French magazines, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Readers' Digest, National Geographic, Hello and craft magazines relating to woodworking, sewing and knitting. We are also in need of cloth, nylon and heavy-weight plastic bags. All reading material and re-usable plastic bags may be left in the drop box outside the Chapel or given to a Literacy Table volunteer any Saturday before March 25. Many thanks for your past and ongoing support and generosity.



For those of you who have volunteered before, we welcome you back.  For those of you who are new to volunteering with IFTC, we would love to hear from you and welcome you to be part of the team.

New volunteers are asked to complete a yellow New Volunteer Sign Up Sheet which can be found at all four Sanctuary doors or on the web site.  Please return it to the office or put it on the collection plate.  High School Students may count hours towards their volunteer requirement.

This Ministry is important to our church and community and all volunteers are welcome – bring your friends! CiCi Waugh or Mark Nixon will be in touch with you soon to check on your availability and preference to be included on the schedule.

 If you have any questions, please send CiCi and Mark an email at:





Please see the bulletins, or contact the church for more information.