parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events



Calling all Junior singers!
Children ages 7 & up - Sanctuary on Sundays at 12:15

For more information contact the office or contact Carol Diamond





SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017 9AM to 12 NOON 



We are looking for:  good clean used clothing, kitchenware and household items, books, LPs, CDs, toys and games, sports equipment.  No old style TVs or obsolete computer equipment please. 

Mark items clearly “Rummage Sale” and leave them at the door to the Memorial Hall. Please drop items off by Thursday, April 27, 2017.   If you can help with setting up, selling or cleaning up afterwards, please contact Valerie Hum.

If you need help getting items to the church, please contact Don in the office at church at 613-728-8656.  



SECOND BLESSINGS COFFEE SHOP:  The coffee shop will open again on April 30 serving all sorts of treats and Fair Trade beverages.  Keep the May 28 opening in mind as that will be our annual smoothie day!




With the congregation’s approval of the report of the Joint Needs Assessment Committee (JNAC) on April 2, the follow-up Joint Search Committee is now hard at work. The advertisement for the position of Minister of Pastoral Care, and the JNAC report, can be accessed directly from the home page of Parkdale’s web site. The Committee hopes to brief Council at its next meeting on April 25, and will submit a longer article on the Committee’s process and work plan for the May issue of The Messenger. The following members and adherents of Parkdale serve on the Joint Search Committee: Nigel Bell, Lauren Barbour, John Butcher, John Harewood, Irene Hilkes, Mary McLeod, Julee Pauling, and Uchennah Samuel.




A reminder that Rev. Bailey will be on a 3-month sabbatical as of May 1. With two weeks’ vacation added to the end of the sabbatical, he will be back on August 15. In addition to reading, attending a conference and some restorative activities, he will be walking the Camino Francés/Camino de Santiago from the border town of St. Pied de Port in France to Compostelo and beyond to Finisterre; about 860kms. Rev. Bailey welcomes our prayers for this time of, spiritual refreshment, rest and prayer.

GOOD SAMARITAN INTER-FAITH FOOD DRIVE: Dr. Bailey is part of the Leadership Mosaic sponsoring this interfaith food drive. On May 14, the community of Parkdale United and friends are invited to bring a generous mixture of healthy non-perishable food as well as securely packed fruits and vegetables to worship. The plan is to collect and deliver this food following the service to the Ottawa Mosque on Northwestern Ave, where the Ottawa Food Bank trucks will be standing by to receive the donations. We will need volunteers to transport the food stuffs from Parkdale to the Mosque. Please contact Don in the office if you are willing to offer transport.


In order to continue to keep our Memorial Garden and all other beds around the church looking beautiful from May to October, could you help?

The beds have been divided into small sections and numbered.

If one or two people could sign up and be responsible for a section, it would take very little time each week to keep everything in tip top shape.  If one person was on vacation, the other could take over.

Let’s keep our garden and grounds beautiful.

Sign-up sheet at the table just outside of the Chapel



Thank you to everyone for continuing to support the Parkdale Food Centre.  The first Sunday of each month is set aside for our church.  Five or six local churches also support the Parkdale Food Centre.  Remember, donations can be dropped off in the shopping cart any day.  We take all donations in every week to the Centre.  Financial donations can be made through your offering envelope, marked Parkdale Food Centre.  We have need of pasta & sauce, canned vegetables, canned meat – salmon, tuna, sardines, etc.  We could also use toothbrushes, toothpaste, boxed cereal, biscuits, rice, oats, flour, canned beans, jams and peanut butter.  We can still use egg cartons (dozen size), and milk bags (we have several groups making up mats for overseas), Ensure or Boost bottles (cleaned, please) or small clear drink bottles.  We use these bottles to package cooking oil, laundry detergent and dish soap.  Thanks again for your support.  Dian


SUNDAY SCHOOL SIGN- IN & OUT:  Parents are reminded that we need them to sign their children into Sunday school before church starts.  There is a large red display in the Memorial Hallway (leading towards the gym) where the sheets are ready for signing. This system enables Sunday school teachers to then take the sheets to the classroom and know who is supposed to be present.  This is especially important if we need to evacuate the building in the case of an emergency.  The same parent who signed the child in, should sign them out at the end of class.  In the event of a fire, please do not go to the classroom area.  Sunday school teachers will evacuate the children to the Gladstone parking lot and check their sign-in sheets to make sure all are accounted for.    



Friday June 23-Sunday June 25
Please plan to join us for a weekend of fun, family togetherness and spiritual reflection.

More information will be coming soon.  Volunteers are needed to help plan the weekend.

Please let us Camille or Melodee know if you are able to help.


MESSENGER NEWSLETTER Please pick up a copy of the April edition of the Messenger at any of the Sanctuary entrances. Deadline for the May issue was April 21, 2017.


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