parkdale united church

429 Parkdale Avenue, OTTAWA, Ontario K1Y 1H3

News and Events


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 is April 15th.


ANNOUNCEMENT LENGTH:  It is the intention of the worship committee that we begin to use less paper as we rely more on the screens for liturgy.  With that in mind, we are moving towards a streamlined order of worship and would like to be able to fit all of our announcements onto a single sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 paper.  This requires that wording of announcements be kept to about 75 words, especially for second and third time appearances of the same information.  


YOUNG ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL CHALLENGES:  There will be a movie night held at Parkdale United on Sunday evening, April 15 at 6:30 pm in the Coffee Shop.  Please contact Melodee Lovering ( 613-728-8656 ext 226) if you plan to join us.  Youth from all over Ottawa presbytery are invited as this is an event sponsored by the Youth and Young Adult Committee of Ottawa Presbytery.  


ADVANCE CARE PLANNING WORKSHOP- APRIL 19 – 7:00 pm in the LADIES PARLOUR. Advance Care Planning helps you to make decisions about your future health care. This is a personalized plan, which identifies what is important to you; what kind of health and personal care you want; who would make decisions for you when you are unable; and identifies the location of your important documents.  This is an important conversation to have at any age. Couples, singles in any range age group are welcome! Norman Tape and Monica Patten, from Compassionate Ottawa, will facilitate. Registration is not necessary but if you want to reserve a spot please sign-up at the Pastoral Care Table or please email Alcris at



Gentle hatha yoga classes will be offered again at Parkdale United. All are welcome, regardless of age or ability/flexibility, as options will be provided for the movements. An information sheet is available in Memorial Hallway and electronically. 


Please wear loose-fitting pants and t-shirts, and bring a yoga mat and anything else you might want to be comfortable (e.g., yoga block, eye pillow, shawl or blanket). For more information, you can contact Julee Pauling. Suggested donation rates, which can be given through one’s offering, are posted.


The classes are as follows:

  • Monday evenings 7:00-8:15 in the Ladies Parlour
  • Saturday mornings at 9:30-10:45 in Tape Hall
  • Five-session Foundational Course in Tape Hall on Sunday afternoons at 2:00-3:30 for beginners and/or people needing more one-on-one care. Of course, people with an established practice are also welcome Sundays.

Sign up today by email or using the sign-up sheet in Memorial Hallway.



CALLING ALL YOUTH GRADES 7-12.  Come to “Cooking with Paul and Rob” here at church April 22 -4:30-7pm.  Please let Rob know if you will attend so we can get the right amount of food.  As always, bring your friends!


PARKDALE PARENTS WILL HOST A KIDS CLOTHING AND TOY SWAP ON SUNDAY, APRIL 22 after the service in the gym (Memorial Hall) from 12:00-1:00 PM. If you have clothing, shoes, toys, books, etc. for babies, children or youth, please bring them to put out between 9:30-10:30 AM. After worship, everyone is welcome to browse and take items for free. Invite a friend, or pick up some things for someone you know! Leftovers will be kept for the rummage sale the following week. Please contact Jaylyn Wong for questions.


JESUS CALLS a small group study on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Ladies Parlour will continue until May 2nd. Next week we will be exploring Jesus Calls Us into Service, Chapter 6 (pages 69-79). Alcris at




Do you ever wonder what Parkdale will be like in 10 years?  Not just who will be in the pulpit and the pews, but what will the building and the property look like?  As you know, Parkdale is faced with some significant challenges in terms of accessibility and adequate parking, to name just a couple.  Does your vision of Parkdale in 10 years include any ideas for addressing these challenges? 


As part of our 87th anniversary celebrations, the morning of May 5th has been set aside to provide an opportunity to let your imagination loose!   After we grab a coffee and a snack, and spend some time in devotion, Barry Hobin, founding member of award-winning Hobin Architecture, and a member of Parkdale United Church,  will lead us in an exercise of analysing the existing property, its challenges and opportunities.  Your imagination will be encouraged to soar and explore possibilities for the future of the Parkdale property.  This will be followed by an hour of small group table discussions, facilitated by members of the Property Development Working Group, where you will have a chance to identify your hopes, as well as your concerns, for Parkdale's future.

All this will be followed by a pot-luck lunch, so bring your favorite dish, and enjoy a time of fellowship, ending at 1pm.  

We are looking forward to an exciting morning, guided by the Holy Spirit, and holding fast to our belief that "all things are possible with God".  (Mk.10:27)  So come and join us on this continuing journey, grow, as we open our minds to possibilities, and serve in the shaping of Parkdale's future.    

We are hoping to provide child care for this event, so it would be helpful for planning purposes if you could let us know if you will require child care, as well as the number and age of the children.  If you would like to help with child care during this event, that would be most welcome!  If you have any questions, or would like to offer assistance with child care, please contact Helen Hayes.


FAMILY CAMP JUNE 22-24:  Registration forms for family camp will be available very soon.  Please join with the over forty adults, kids, and teens who have already signed up.  A variety of accommodation is available to fit every budget. We want to make sure that no one finds the cost a barrier so if you would like to come and can't manage the fee, please contact Melodee Lovering ( and your costs will be waived.  

There are always some kids and families who need a bit of financial support to attend camp.  If you are able to help by donating, please place your donation in your offering envelope, clearly marked "Family Camp".  



April 22: Senior Youth Group (grades 7-12) 4-7pm.

May 5: Vault Children's Ministry Conference at The Met (parents and Sunday school teachers encouraged to attend)


THE VAULT CHILDREN'S MINISTRY EVENT:  Sunday school teachers, parents, and interested adults are invited to attend this interesting and informative gathering to be held at The Met church on May 5.  It is always great to learn together.  There are workshops geared to all age groups and interests.  If you register by April 16, the cost is $35 and includes lunch.  Here is a link to the registration page:  As well as registering, it would be good to know you are attending so please contact Melodee (


GLOBAL 6K FOR CLEAN WATER – WORLD VISION –May 26, Parkdale United Church will join hundreds across the country to walk or run 6 km to raise funds for World Vision's Water Initiatives. Each participant's registration of $50 will provide clean water to one person through World Vision and every participant also gets a cool shirt and a finisher's medal!

Need more info? Look for Kate Thompson and her booth of World Vision goodies in the weeks leading up to May 26; or visit the World Vision website ( and search for/sign up with "Parkdale United - Ottawa." Interested in participating, but not a walker or a runner? No problem!



Donations of good, clean clothing, kitchenware and household items, books, LPs, CDs, toys and games, sports equipment, plants and other miscellaneous items can be dropped off at the church up to and including Thursday, April 26.  This will give volunteers time to sort and arrange items. No old style TVs or obsolete electronics please.  

Mark items clearly 'Rummage Sale' and leave them at the door into the Memorial Hall.  If you need help getting your items to the church, please call the church office 613-728-8656.  Volunteers are needed to help with setting up, selling, and cleaning up.  If you are able to help with this, even for a few hours, please contact Val Hum.  Thank you for your support of and help with this event!

DINNNER FOR EIGHTish Everyone is invited! (FRIDAY 20, SATURDAY 21 AND SUNDAY 22). BE A HOST OR A GUEST… It is about offering and receiving hospitality… a time to mix and mingle with your Parkdale family through informal simultaneous dinners for 4 to 8ish people! You could host at home or in the church; you could be a guest in your neighbourhood or here. It could be potluck or not; you could bring kids or not, or invite a friend… PLEASE FILL OUT THE CARD INSERTED IN THE BULLETIN TODAY and leave it on the pew or deposit it in the baskets by the main entrances or on the Pastoral Care Table in Memorial Hall. You can also email Alcris at



For any of you who have recently requested a box of weekly offering envelopes, they can be picked up from the table just outside the sanctuary door nearest to the grand piano.


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