What Faith Means for Me ...

This fall, the Bathurst community continues its search for a new minister. At the same time, through the '2020 Project', we are seeking to understand the changing nature of church in the 21st century, and how we are called to serve our broader community.

In the light of the changes underway, our fall series will focus on what faith means to us as members of a spiritual community, with reflections from members and also from outside voices involved in our changing neighbourhood.

Services are held Sunday mornings at 10:30, in the chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.


Celebrating Creation's Multifaith Spirit

This September, we decided to join many Christian communities around the world in celebrating the Season of Creation, a time to remember the gift of the Earth and our place in Creation. The biblical story of the six days of Creation wove through our services this fall, while we lifted up various perspectives on the story of the creation of the world, and ended with remembrance of the gifts of gratitude and sabbath.

Services were held Sunday mornings at 10:30, in the chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, October 7
    Thanksgiving, Sabbath and Gratitude

  • Sunday, September 30
    Christian mystics and the sanctity of being birthed
    Diane Meredith and Lindsay Tyler

  • Sunday, September 23
    Modern Physics and Creation; Who is Pulling the Strings?
    (What creation story most closely resembles what science teaches? Hint: It's neither of the two in Genesis)
    Ken McEvoy

  • Sunday, September 16
    Shamanic perspectives on creation
    Jasper Miller

  • Sunday, September 9
    Two stories of Creation in Genesis
    Frances Combs


Summer Series 2018

 

Quetico Reflection by Vivian East

A Summer of Reflection

Many of the services this summer will be bible study, using the Student Christian Movement method. Underlying all of the services, however, will be the awareness that we are in the process of

  • Searching for a minister to replace Ralph Carl Wushke, who will retire at the end of August; and
  • Discerning our future role in the Bathurst and Bloor area.

The summer services are held at College Street United Church, at the north-west corner of College and Bathurst, and start with a pot luck supper sharp at 6:00 pm, followed by an informal service at 7:00 pm.

The first service in the next series, Bibilical Stories of Creation, will be on Sunday, September 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. West

The services in the summer series included:

  • Wednesday, August 29
    Lindsay Tyler

  • Wednesday, August 22
    Conversation around transition
    Pastoral Care Committee

  • Wednesday, August 15
    Judi McCallum

  • Wednesday, August 8
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Wednesday, August 1
    Bathurst 2020: Making the vision a reality
    Jasper Miller, Ronald Macfarlane

  • Wednesday, July 25
    Reg McQuaid

  • Wednesday, July 18
    Marie Simon

  • Wednesday, July 11
    Ken McEvoy

  • Wednesday, July 4
    Ralph Carl Wushke

Pentecost

 

Called by the Spirit

In May and June, Bathurst will be dealing with the reality that our minister of 18 years will be retiring at the end of the summer. In our current series, we will be reflecting on Ralph Carl's years of service, and what we as a congregation need to hold, remember, and seek anew as we work through the changes in front of us.

The last service in this series is:

  • Sunday, June 24
    Pride Service:
    The connection between Pride and the 30th anniversary of the decision to ordain gay and lesbian ministers
    (This is Ralph Carl Wushke's last service as minister at Bathurst United Church)
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sunday, June 17
    Solstice Service: The Call of the Spirit in Baptism
    8:00 am, at Balmy Beach (Hubbard and MacLean)
    No service in the chapel

  • Sunday, June 10
    What are we called to do? Where is the spirit calling us now?
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, June 3
    Being at Bathurst with Ralph Carl
    Members of the congregation
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, May 27
    My Ministry at Bathurst
    Ralph Carl Wushke
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, May 20
    Pentecost
    Ralph Carl Wushke
    10:30 am, TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. W.