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Keep up to date with news and events happening at Plymouth-Trinity! For upcoming church and community events, please see the Calendar.

Advent at Plymouth-Trinity

Join us through the month of December, as we celebrate Advent!

Sunday, 15 December, 10:30 a.m.: Advent 3 service, walking a path of Joy: White Gift Sunday! An intergenerational service led by the children’s ministry team. Following our tradition of many years, we will collect non-perishable food – and cash –for Sherbrooke Elementary School’s Christmas baskets.

-- Notre culte de 10h30 sera le dimanche du « White Gift », les dons pour l’école Sherbrooke Elementary. Le culte sera dirigé par l’équipe du ministère des enfants.

Sunday, 15 December, 7 p.m.: Ecumenical Advent carol and candlelight service at P-T at 7 p.m. Mulled cider to follow.

-- Joignez-vous à nous ici à P-T à 19h pour un culte œcuménique de l’Avent avec chants et bougies.

Wednesday, December 18, 7 p.m.: Blue Christmas service, a time of prayer, comfort and solace for those for whom Christmas is a complicated time.

-- Service de prière et reconfort.

Sunday, 22 December, 10:30 a.m.: Advent 4 service, walking a path of Love. With children’s church.

-- Culte à 10h30 pour le 4e dimanche de l’Avent, avec culte des enfants.

Tuesday, December 24, 7:30 p.m.: Candlelight Christmas Eve service; there will be colouring books for the younger children!>br>
-- Culte à 19h30 pour la veille de Noël, avec bougies; il y aura du coloriage pour les jeunes enfants!

WHAT ELSE?

Poinsettias: If you would like to donate a poinsettia to decorate the sanctuary for the Advent/Christmas season, please contact KristiRoht at gmail.com by December 18th. Please let Kristi know if you wish to have your name printed in the bulletin, along with the person or people in whose memory the flowers are given.

Christmas baking: Janet McBurney is once again taking orders for Christmas puddings. Large pudding $15, small (syrup can size) $7. Please contact JanetJammcb at gmail.com by December 13th, for delivery December 15th. Proceeds to the UCW.

Perfect Gift cards: Looking for a gift for someone who has everything, or a gift with meaning? Consider giving a perfect gift this Christmas, by making a donation to the United Church’s Mission and Service or the local food bank, Moisson Estrie, in the name of a family member or friend. Hand-made cards by Janet McBurney are available in English and French on the tables at the front and back of the sanctuary.

Gifts with Vision: The new 2019/20 catalogue is here – to help us celebrate special occasions throughout the year – no wrapping paper necessary! More than 68 million people worldwide are currently fleeing danger, persecution or starvation. There are gifts of food for people near and far, solar power gifts, gifts for beekeepers, gifts for reconciliation, and more at giftswithvision.ca . There are copies of the new catalog on the tables at the back of the sanctuary and opposite the coffee table.

Bulletin covers 2020: Would you like to sponsor one, or more? Inge Lunkenbein is collecting donations for the 2020 bulletin covers: $10 a Sunday in memory of a loved one. Several people can be sponsors on the same Sunday. A signup sheets is on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Contact the secretary’s office for more info.

Statement on Quebec’s Bill 21

Statement by La Table des ministères en français of the United Church of Canada on Quebec’s Bill 21:

Since its creation in 1925 The United Church of Canada has developed from an inclusive perspective. We are also aware that our Quebec society lived through a period in which it sought to detach itself from significant religious control. Throughout the 1960s, the Quiet Revolution recognized the importance of a secular state and government, as well as public services and institutions that serve civil society. The separation between state and religion (whatever religion it may be), is essential for us all and we support it unconditionally. After more than 50 years as a clearly secular state, we wonder why the Quebec government now fears the personal religious expression of individuals who represent the state.

Why would someone receiving services from our public institutions consider an employee wearing a religious symbol to be promoting their religion and therefore unable to carry out their duties in a professional manner? We do not believe that the people of Quebec will suddenly adopt new religious views after seeing someone wearing religious symbols. We trust that Quebeckers can make their own decisions when it comes to their personal beliefs. In today’s open and democratic world, the sources of our inspiration and influence are diverse. It is precisely this open and democratic culture that we must maintain and nourish.

Exclusion takes many forms. We believe that a prohibition on wearing religious symbols for some employees of public institutions sows division instead of weaving a stronger social fabric. Some religious symbols are deeply rooted in the faith of a person and cannot simply be abandoned for eight hours of the day. Who leaves their values and principles at the door of their workplace each morning? As a people of faith, we do not, and we should not be asking others to do so. We must all carry out our duties with due respect, equally and to all.

Rather than excluding professionals who wear religious symbols, we should evaluate those who serve our public institutions on the basis of their ability to effectively carry out their duties. After all, who is to say that such an employee does not find inspiration for the work they do for others at the root of their faith? Our defensive actions prevent us from deepening this expression of our humanity.

Mutual enrichment through diversity, which we all share in and work towards, is a key commitment that is lived out within the United Church as well. The subtleties of our own statement on Bill 21 reflect the ongoing conversations amongst our members and in our communities.

The United Church of Canada has Francophone roots in Quebec that go back to 1860; the oldest francoprotestant church in Quebec is a United Church situated in Belle-Rivière. It is as francophones, as Quebeckers and as protestants that we invite the Quebec government to celebrate its diversity within its common francophone culture. We ask the government to trust the people of Quebec to know the difference between a person living out their faith and the secular service provided by the state. The lessons from the Quiet Revolution have helped Quebec become a progressive society that is open to the world. Let us not adopt measures exclusion that impoverish this openness.

- Rosemary Lambie, Executive Minister, Nakonha:ka Region of the United Church of Canada

Éric Hébert-Daly, Responsible for Ministries in French, on behalf of La Table des ministères en français

Keep in touch! Use Facebook, email... and check us out here regularly!

Plymouth-Trinity wants you... to keep in touch! Want to stay in the loop? Let us count the ways.

First, this website. The Calendar is updated weekly, and our News section features new content weekly, as well. Our Sunday Bulletins, which include at least a couple of pages of announcements and notices of upcoming events, can be found every Friday in the Bulletin section!

We have a Facebook page (find us at here , and you can tag us @PlymTrin.

Our email is PlymouthTrinityChurch@gmail.com, and the office secretary is at 819-346-6373.

What’s up for young people in the region?

What’s up for young people in the region?

CLIMATE CHANGE

A group of United Church of Canada folks and friends marched with youth worker Shanna in the Climate March on Friday, September 27th.

The United Church of Canada has published some Climate change ideas and tips : Fridays for Future is a youth-led movement.



YOUTH FORUM

Our region holds regular youth events! Check in with our youth worker, Shanna Bernier, for schedules....

RENDEZ-VOUS

Rendez-vous brings together youth (entering grade 9 and up to any age), young adults, and their leaders from across the country for a celebration of vibrant music, inspiring speakers, and dancing like there is no tomorrow. At this three-day event, you will
celebrate the bold faith of The United Church of Canada with hundreds of your new best friends
explore how brave space creates opportunities to learn, to share, and to celebrate new relationships
experience the brazen grace of a living community of hope and inclusion.

The next Rendez-Vous will be held from August 11 to 14, 2020 (next year!), at the University of Calgary.

Organizers are already recruiting for Home group leaders and workshop leaders. You’ll find more details here.

Children's church and the role of our community

Plymouth-Trinity United Church
October 8, 2019

Dear parents, grandparents and friends of kids at P-T,

Last May, our Education and Outreach Team helped organise (almost) weekly Children’s church activities at Plymouth-Trinity. Our goal is to provide a safe, educational, worshipful space for kids to be kids and also to experience church. Georgia Barratt-Lamey has been engaged as Children’s church/Sunday school leader, to be accompanied by a parent or other adult volunteer.

Each week children’s church is offered, we will spend the majority of time downstairs engaging in music, stories, prayer, crafting, games and free play with the children, and usually provide a healthy snack. We will join the congregation upstairs during the celebration of Holy Communion which the children are encouraged, but not required, to participate in. The programme materials come largely from the curriculum The Whole People of God.

Children’s church is geared to children aged 3 and up and we will adapt as best we can to the ages in the group. We hope to be able to lead worship upstairs a few times during the year, as well as hold a few special events, like the Saturday Advent gathering (November 30th this year) and a spring Picnic!

For our programme to continue we need help: Georgia, plus coordinator Shanna, cannot do this alone. We need other adults (parents, grandparents…) to help with the supervision and ensure the safety of all participants. There is a sign-up sheet on the table at the back of the sanctuary. You will all be contacted personally and we would like each family to designate an adult helper every couple of months.

For little ones under 3, or on Sundays when Georgia is not available, Hazel Innes and Sarah Stratton Ashby are usually present at the colouring table in the sanctuary. We deeply appreciate their ongoing support and care for our children. They will hand out clipboards for the older children who can sit with their parents, grandparents or other family members.

Fall schedule for Children’s church:
October: each Sunday except October 13 (Thanksgiving)
November: 10th, 17th, 24th
December: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

For the children’s ministry:
Shanna Bernier, coordinator
Georgia Barratt-Lamey, part-time teacher
Samuel Vauvert Dansokho, pastor

Call for nominations

The General Council Nominations Committee has launched a call for nominations for several vacancies.

People across the church are invited to express their interest, or nominate others who have the gifts to serve well in these leadership roles. The Nominations Committee welcomes hearing from anyone, and particularly encourages those from groups which have been traditionally marginalized in our church, including (but not limited to) youth and young adults, Indigenous and racialized members, those active in francophone ministry, and people who identify as disabled.

You can find United Church job and volunteer opportunities here. Check back regularly!

Children at P-T

Join us at Plymouth-Trinity for a family-friendly worship experience. Many Sundays feature a carefully planned children's church program, intended for those 3 and up. We also have a children's corner in the sanctuary with craft supplies and helpful volunteers for younger children, and for all kids on the Sundays when there is no children's church. Check the calendar elsewhere on this website to find out the schedule!

Items and belongings

In order to reduce clutter and confusion in the building and to ensure your belongings are returned to you (or at least are safe) please label all items you bring to church.

Lost and found: Have you misplaced something in the church? A Lost & Found box can be found in the church hall, right next to the elevator.

 

Next Sunday

December 15, 2019

3rd Sunday of Advent

Worship:
10:30 AM

Sunday, 15 December, 10:30 a.m.: Advent 3 service, walking a path of Joy: White Gift Sunday! An intergenerational service led by the children’s ministry team. Following our tradition of many years, we will collect non-perishable food – and cash –for Sherbrooke Elementary School’s Christmas baskets.

News & Events

Advent at Plymouth-Trinity

Join us through the month of December, as we celebrate Advent!

Sunday, 15 December, 10:30 a.m.: Advent 3 service, walking a path of Joy: White Gift Sunday! An intergenerational service led by the children’s ministry team. Following our tradition of many years, we will collect non-perishable food – and cash –for Sherbrooke Elementary School’s Christmas baskets.

-- Notre culte de 10h30 sera le dimanche du « White Gift », les dons pour l’école Sherbrooke Elementary. Le culte sera dirigé par l’équipe du ministère des enfants.

Sunday, 15 December, 7 p.m.: Ecumenical Advent carol and candlelight service at P-T at 7 p.m. Mulled cider to follow.

-- Joignez-vous à nous ici à P-T à 19h pour un culte œcuménique de l’Avent avec chants et bougies.

Wednesday, December 18, 7 p.m.: Blue Christmas service, a time of prayer, comfort and solace for those for whom Christmas is a complicated time.

-- Service de prière et reconfort.

Sunday, 22 December, 10:30 a.m.: Advent 4 service, walking a path of Love. With children’s church.

-- Culte à 10h30 pour le 4e dimanche de l’Avent, avec culte des enfants.

Tuesday, December 24, 7:30 p.m.: Candlelight Christmas Eve service; there will be colouring books for the younger children!>br>
-- Culte à 19h30 pour la veille de Noël, avec bougies; il y aura du coloriage pour les jeunes enfants!

WHAT ELSE?

Poinsettias: If you would like to donate a poinsettia to decorate the sanctuary for the Advent/Christmas season, please contact KristiRoht at gmail.com by December 18th. Please let Kristi know if you wish to have your name printed in the bulletin, along with the person or people in whose memory the flowers are given.

Christmas baking: Janet McBurney is once again taking orders for Christmas puddings. Large pudding $15, small (syrup can size) $7. Please contact JanetJammcb at gmail.com by December 13th, for delivery December 15th. Proceeds to the UCW.

Perfect Gift cards: Looking for a gift for someone who has everything, or a gift with meaning? Consider giving a perfect gift this Christmas, by making a donation to the United Church’s Mission and Service or the local food bank, Moisson Estrie, in the name of a family member or friend. Hand-made cards by Janet McBurney are available in English and French on the tables at the front and back of the sanctuary.

Gifts with Vision: The new 2019/20 catalogue is here – to help us celebrate special occasions throughout the year – no wrapping paper necessary! More than 68 million people worldwide are currently fleeing danger, persecution or starvation. There are gifts of food for people near and far, solar power gifts, gifts for beekeepers, gifts for reconciliation, and more at giftswithvision.ca . There are copies of the new catalog on the tables at the back of the sanctuary and opposite the coffee table.

Bulletin covers 2020: Would you like to sponsor one, or more? Inge Lunkenbein is collecting donations for the 2020 bulletin covers: $10 a Sunday in memory of a loved one. Several people can be sponsors on the same Sunday. A signup sheets is on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Contact the secretary’s office for more info.

Children's church and the role of our community

Plymouth-Trinity United Church
October 8, 2019

Dear parents, grandparents and friends of kids at P-T,

Last May, our Education and Outreach Team helped organise (almost) weekly Children’s church activities at Plymouth-Trinity. Our goal is to provide a safe, educational, worshipful space for kids to be kids and also to experience church. Georgia Barratt-Lamey has been engaged as Children’s church/Sunday school leader, to be accompanied by a parent or other adult volunteer.

Each week children’s church is offered, we will spend the majority of time downstairs engaging in music, stories, prayer, crafting, games and free play with the children, and usually provide a healthy snack. We will join the congregation upstairs during the celebration of Holy Communion which the children are encouraged, but not required, to participate in. The programme materials come largely from the curriculum The Whole People of God.

Children’s church is geared to children aged 3 and up and we will adapt as best we can to the ages in the group. We hope to be able to lead worship upstairs a few times during the year, as well as hold a few special events, like the Saturday Advent gathering (November 30th this year) and a spring Picnic!

For our programme to continue we need help: Georgia, plus coordinator Shanna, cannot do this alone. We need other adults (parents, grandparents…) to help with the supervision and ensure the safety of all participants. There is a sign-up sheet on the table at the back of the sanctuary. You will all be contacted personally and we would like each family to designate an adult helper every couple of months.

For little ones under 3, or on Sundays when Georgia is not available, Hazel Innes and Sarah Stratton Ashby are usually present at the colouring table in the sanctuary. We deeply appreciate their ongoing support and care for our children. They will hand out clipboards for the older children who can sit with their parents, grandparents or other family members.

Fall schedule for Children’s church:
October: each Sunday except October 13 (Thanksgiving)
November: 10th, 17th, 24th
December: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

For the children’s ministry:
Shanna Bernier, coordinator
Georgia Barratt-Lamey, part-time teacher
Samuel Vauvert Dansokho, pastor

Call for nominations

The General Council Nominations Committee has launched a call for nominations for several vacancies.

People across the church are invited to express their interest, or nominate others who have the gifts to serve well in these leadership roles. The Nominations Committee welcomes hearing from anyone, and particularly encourages those from groups which have been traditionally marginalized in our church, including (but not limited to) youth and young adults, Indigenous and racialized members, those active in francophone ministry, and people who identify as disabled.

You can find United Church job and volunteer opportunities here. Check back regularly!

Children at P-T

Join us at Plymouth-Trinity for a family-friendly worship experience. Many Sundays feature a carefully planned children's church program, intended for those 3 and up. We also have a children's corner in the sanctuary with craft supplies and helpful volunteers for younger children, and for all kids on the Sundays when there is no children's church. Check the calendar elsewhere on this website to find out the schedule!

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