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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.

On attending a showing of SLĀV

Our minister Samuel, along with Florence, Malekesa, Ésaïe, Armel and Hubert, contributed to the French-language United Church online magazine Aujourd’hui Credo, on the musical production SLĀV, which was performed here in Sherbrooke last month.

The thoughtful package can be found directly at this link.

I exist because you do... an interview with Manon Massé

You'll find an interview with Manon Massé, the co-spokesperson for Quebec Solidaire, here, en francais.

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

New Regional Council newsletter, Nouvelles Nakonha:ka News.

There’s a new local United Church weekly to be published every Friday! It will include important area information, news and events of interest.

You’ll find a copy posted on the bulletin board in the Plymouth-Trinity Hall (under a new blue banner, for easy visibility).

And you can request an esubscription by sending email to Judy Coffin, at JCoffin at united-church.ca .

You’ll also find our region on Facebook at Conseil regional Nakonha:ka Regional Council (formerly 13) at this link on Facebook and on Twitter @Nakonhaka_uccan .

Moderator's message for Easter 2019

It's only available in French right now, but we will post the English version very soon! In the meantime, check here

Let's go camping!

United Spirit Camp is a one week volunteer-led camp for children and youth and it is one of the ministries of Nakonha:ka Regional Council.

The United Spirit Camp is looking for campers and youth over 16 to be counselors at this one-week-long sleepaway camp.
br>Our theme this summer is “Radical Welcome” and we cannot wait to meet you!

There are limited spots, so register soon! Camp costs 375$ for the week and we have funding available for “camperships.”

Check out our website

Or here on Facebook

Let's go camping!

Let's go camping! Venez faire du camping!

United Spirit Camp is a one week volunteer-led camp for children and youth and it is one of the ministries of Nakonha:ka Regional Council.

Our theme this summer is “Radical Welcome” and we cannot wait to meet you!

The United Spirit Camp is looking for campers and youth over 16 to be counsellors at this one-week-long sleepaway camp (you will receive an honorarium).

Campers, there are limited spots, so register soon! Camp costs $375 for the week and we have funding available for “camperships.”

Website: sites.google.com/view/campunitedspirit/home , or find us on FaceBook.

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.

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. We have a children's corner in the sanctuary with craft supplies and helpful volunteers. Some Sundays there is also a 30-minute children's programme during worship-time for kids of all ages.

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

April 28, 2019

2nd of Easter

Worship:
10:30 AM

Worship Leader: Shanna Bernier

News & Events

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

Let's go camping!

United Spirit Camp is a one week volunteer-led camp for children and youth and it is one of the ministries of Nakonha:ka Regional Council.

The United Spirit Camp is looking for campers and youth over 16 to be counselors at this one-week-long sleepaway camp.
br>Our theme this summer is “Radical Welcome” and we cannot wait to meet you!

There are limited spots, so register soon! Camp costs 375$ for the week and we have funding available for “camperships.”

Check out our website

Or here on Facebook

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. We have a children's corner in the sanctuary with craft supplies and helpful volunteers. Some Sundays there is also a 30-minute children's programme during worship-time for kids of all ages.

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