“Refreshments” are a big part of Bathurst’s parish life. After every Sunday service, members gather for beverages and snacks. This is an important opportunity for informal caring and sharing of concerns, as well as some light-hearted visiting and the occasional birthday cake! Someone has said food is an important part of the congregation’s culture.
About once a month, the Pastoral Care Committee organizes a “Spaghetti Dinner” at a member's home. The host(s) provide the spaghetti and sauces (including vegetarian) and everyone brings a contribution such as a salad, wine or dessert. Spaghetti dinners are times for food and friendship. Other gatherings, like an annual Good Friday pot-luck supper, round out the parish social life.
Bathurst’s annual fundraiser for 2016 featured the music of Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band. A full-time TTC busker, Mike is living with the challenges of cerebral palsy and has developed his own innovative approach to making soul-full music with the double guitar.
Funds raised at the concert supported Mike Nagoda’s studio recording session for Outside The Box: a unique, cross genre Blues album with LGBT themes. The donations also supported Bathurst’s mission: Responding to the Spirit – Building Relationships – Working for Justice, including our Empowering Mental Health project.
The 2016 joint fundraiser took place on Friday evening, November 25, at Markham House (an accessible venue at 610 Markham Street). Admission was $20 or PWYC (pay what you can). Light non-alcoholic refreshments were served.
Bathurst United has a long tradition of going away for a retreat in the spring and fall. In recent years the spring retreat has been held at Crieff Hills during the second weekend in May. Retreat themes have included the Enneagram, “On the Boundary”, and “Islam.”
A one-day fall retreat is usually held in November at Friends House in Toronto, where we look at ways of renewing our congregational life.