Periodically some staff members offer study group opportunities for small groups. Last year Dr. McMaster led Living Faith, which used DVD and other material compiled by Prof. N. T. Wright (photograph). Another small group session is beginning shortly led by our Director of Music, George Couperus. Check back, more information will be posted as it becomes available.
Open Table Discussion Group – for anyone interested in exploring their faith in a relaxed, friendly setting. The group meets each 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 9:30 am to 11 am in the church parlour. The video series “Living the Questions” is the basis for discussion. A new topic each session fuels the discussion on how to live life while holding true to our Christian beliefs. All questions and ideas are welcome and encouraged in this more progressive setting.
The SPARK Youth Group meets weekly on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30pm. They meet mostly at the church but there are occasional outings as well. This group of vibrant, creative fun-loving youth (12 to 18 yrs of age) is an important part of our Community of Faith! We invite young people to be the church now not just for the future but in the present.
Spark provides a safe and accepting atmosphere to have fun, build relationships, a sense of self-worth, and to explore ideas, values, and faith within the context of a supportive community. We want youth to feel connected to God, to each other, to our church community and to the community at large. Weekly meetings include art projects and games, food and a topical discussion/devotional. (The Grow Curriculum is being used to guide discussions on topics such as friendships, family, identity, etc.) Some of the outings and special events this year will include a fall Corn Maze, a Coffee House fundraiser, a winter youth retreat at Joy Camp (Bancroft), and our annual Maundy Thursday “Lock-in” at the church. We encourage young people from the congregation and the community to join us, as well as youth from other faith communities. For more information contact Anita Pordham
The AOTS (As One That Serves) Men’s Club is an organization within the Church which gives men in the congregation an opportunity to come together for fellowship, worship, and service. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month, except July and August. Our meeting consist of a pot-luck dinner, followed by a time of devotion, a guest speaker, and a short business meeting. We usually support two fundraisers a year; Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner, and a Strawberry Social. Our outreach includes: raising money for the Canadian Foodgrains Project, supporting children to go to Camp Quin-Mo-Lac, and participating in Meals-on-Wheels. We also assist in other church projects, as the need arises. This Club is open to all men in the congregation and we welcome all who wish to join us at one of our meetings.
The Early Birds UCW meet the fourth Monday of the month from September to June in the church parlour from 9:30 to around 11:00 am. Meetings include a devotion, UCW update, and coffee-time is a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up. Guest speakers lead the second half of each meeting and share on a variety of topics from gardening to World Day of Prayer information. You are welcome to join us. Come and bring a friend. For more information contact Joy Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2018, Eastminster started a tradition of holding an annual Women’s Retreat. 2018 participants enjoyed some “gentle” yoga moves, forming a drumming circle, some free time and lunch. We were privileged to have guest speaker Rev. Katherine Selby from St. Andrew’s United Church in Markham in the afternoon and finished the day off with another drumming circle. Plans will be underway shortly for next year!
The Open Door Café is open every Wednesday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Brenda and her team provide a hot meal for anyone who wishes to attend. Whether you are a senior who needs an opportunity to get out, a person in need of some community, or someone who is struggling to make ends meet, Open Door Café is for you. Our cheery volunteers look forward to serving you.
Eastminster supports the Gleaner’s Food Bank and each week members bring various non-perishable food items to the Church to help those who are in need. At times, the Food Bank has special requests when they are low on certain foods and we let people know through our Sunday bulletin and weekly e.mail blast, Eastminster ConnecT. Your support is much needed and we thank you.
Eastminster has a tradition of recording The United Church Observer magazine on tape, for distribution to visually impaired individuals throughout Canada. Volunteers have taken on this initiative for over 25 years.
Probably the first people that you meet at Eastminster on any given Sunday are members of the Hospitality Committee. Committee members greet at the door, usher, look after requests, care for anyone who is ill, and generally work behind the scenes to keep the Sunday Service running smoothly.
Eastminster’s Pastoral Care Team is a group of twelve volunteers who visit members who are in hospital, retirement homes or nursing homes, as well as those who are at home and no longer able to attend church. Their visits are approximately monthly and they provide support, devotions and friendship. They also provide a liaison between these members and the Pastoral Care Minister and the Lead Minister Rev. David McMaster. They meet once a month under the direction of the Pastoral Care Minister. Please let the church office know if you are aware of any church member who would benefit from a visit from a someone on the Pastoral Care team.
The Property Team is a group of men and women who ensure that the Eastminster Church building is in good order. The team is involved in every facet necessary for the general upkeep of the building and parking areas including: repairs, painting, replacing floors, plumbing, electric, safety issues, snow and ice removal, gardening etc. Some things, they look after themselves. Others require expert help to ensure that repairs are done well and according to building codes. The property team recognises that this building is the Lord’s and they endeavour to have the best possible work done on it for the best possible price so that the congregation can continue to meet in a safe and reliable place.