We're back on YouTube this Sunday and next Sunday with all-new worship services.
Special thanks to David Lafranchise for leading our music this week and next week. You may notice David and I are wearing the same clothes for both services...that's because we recorded both services this past week at the Church!
There won't be a bulletin or an announcement page this week as we are firmly in summer mode. I've found a way to make the congregational prayers quite readable during the video. I'm acquiring skills I never thought I would have to learn!
YouTube service for Sunday. It "premiers" at 10:30 Sunday morning: youtu.be/HqWdMSBH8WM
Here is a link to our Zoom Coffee Hour
on Sunday August 9th held after the service:
Meeting ID: 880 9518 5294. Passcode: 069139
Blessings, Rev. Mike
Visit us on the Rothwell Facebook page and see what is happening. Through the year you are welcome to join in on the many activities posted such as euchre and game events, music nights, potlucks, men's club, church choir, bell choir, prayer group, prayer chain, special guest speakers, Christian's Single's Club, Rothwell Sunday Club for the kids, and the list goes on!
We are a community-based church focused on helping to make the world a better, happier place. Some of the activities that we are passionate about include: volunteering with the Interchurch Refugee Group, Gloucester Emergency Food Bank and Pastoral Care for shut-ins. and monthly communion services at the Beacon Heights Seniors Residence. Generosity, compassion and gratitude come together and create a meaningful faith community.
The Rothwell community garden is an initiative of the Beacon Hill Community Garden Network (BHCGN) to increase urban food production, while building social well-being through community connections.
In these uncertain times and in the foreseeable future, gardening and access to fresh produce has become even more important. Community gardens are an essential part of our food system, and are also critical for food security.
Currently there are 10 raised garden beds, all now filled with veggies! Four od the beds are suitable for gardeners who may have difficulty working at ground level. In our second phase we are aiming to increase the diversity of gardeners even further by adding a wheelchair accessible pathway and planters.
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September 2020 Issue
What is a Broadview Reading Club?
A Broadview Reading Club is a discussion group that meets once a month — in person or online — to discuss articles from the current issue. The reading groups provide a way to reach out, engage and further reflect on the stories of faith, justice and spirituality that are included in each issue of the magazine.
CCCA Awards of Merit
Last month The United Church publication (Broadview) was recognized with a number of CCCA Awards of Merit last month. Multiple stories, a photo essay, their website design and the entire Spotlight section all won first-place prizes.
The full list is here.
The daycare is now open with many stringent protocols in place. To comply with Ottawa Public Health, additional signs will be put up in the church entrances to ensure all entering are healthy and respecting social distancing. Also, it is now necessary to keep a logbook of everyone who comes into the church. Hand sanitizer and a log sheet will be kept outside the office door on a table. Everyone must enter the church by the office door only. The church office is going to remain closed and open by appointment only.
A local condo group will be renting parking spaces in our parking lot for the next 8-10 weeks. Up to 60 additional cars will be there starting Sunday, May 24. We will update the phone message as a courtesy to our neighbours.
A small intimate chapel for quiet meditation and for small groups to gather. The Rothwell Prayer Group normally meets in the Chapel on Sunday mornings before the service. For now we invite you to email your prayer requests to Prayers@rchurch.ca.
Council and Regional Council consider Reopening
The Regional Council Executive, which oversees United Churches, strongly recommended that no churches reopen for public worship before Labour Day weekend and expects that every Community of Faith prepare guidelines for reopening and submit their plan to the Regional Council
At a special meeting of RUC Council on June 12, 2020 it was decided by unanimous vote that all in-person church worship will be suspended until at least September 7th. This decision from Council will be revisited over the summer. Council will continue to monitor the situation and will resume worship only with the implementation of protocols required and/or recommended by the United Church of Canada, the Provincial and local health authorities.
There are a many ways to continue to support Rothwell.
• Drop off your offering envelope at the church or put it in the post (you can use post-dated cheque.
• Sign up for regular on-line donations (PAR) by contacting with the Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Make a one-time donation by e-transfer to email@example.com,
donate through Canada Helps. Go to the canadahelps.org website and do a search for “Rothwell United Church”)
Remember when you use PAR or envelopes, you can designate your offering to different purposes (e.g. the Food Cupboard or the flower committee). Donations through e-transfer or Canada Helps go directly to the general fund.
Sign up to receive the bulletin that will be posted each Saturday.