Central United Church


In this issue
This Week
Worship This Week
Weekly Announcements
Minute for Mission
News From WKNC
Community Events
In the Library
Worth a Look

About Central

We gather every Sunday at 11 am. Our goal is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, to walk in his way, and live with love and mercy. We welcome all people. We understand that everyone is on a unique spiritual path, and that our common humanity binds us one to another.

Contact Us
  • Email: cuc@bellnet.ca
  • Phone: (416)241-7544
  • Central United Church
  • 1 King Street
  • Weston, ON
  • M9N 1K8
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More Information
We are located in the heart of Weston. Once the largest town in what became Metropolitan Toronto, Weston was overtaken by sprawl in the 1950's. We are a mix of urban, suburban and small town. We have been on the same street corner since 1821. See a map.

Space for Rent
There are several spaces within the church suitable for occasional or ongoing use. Call the office (416-241-7544) to inquire.

Event Highlight

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We are known for our outreach
We are host and founding partner in two United Church Incorporated Ministries, organizations set up to further the mission of Central and make a positive impact on the community that surrounds the church. Both express our desire to follow the compassionate way of Jesus Christ. Central King Senior's Residence is attached to the church, located at 15 King Street. The majority of units are rent-geared-to-income (RGI). They can be reached at 416-614-0667. Weston King Neighbourhood Centre is located in the ground-level suite in the church, with the address 2017 Weston Road. It provides a community space for poor, disadvantaged and socially-isolated members of the Weston community, and is open six days a week. Come for a warm meal, informal counseling, or harm reduction services. WKNC also has a satellite in Mount Dennis, the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre. Located at 1269 Weston Road, MDNC includes a learning kitchen, community garden and various other services. Visit wknc.ca for more information or call 416-241-9898.

Our Minister

Michael Kooiman is our minister, serving here since 2008. He shares Central's passion for worship and work in the community. His sermon archive can be found at sermonboy.com

Send Michael an email

Important Links

On Twitter
Our Wikipedia entry
Kiva Lending Team
United Church of Canada
2015-16 Calendar of Events
Central's Policy Wiki
Our Flickr Page
Last Week's Sermon

April 27, 2016

This Sunday (May 1) the Joe's are sloppy and the slaw is fresh! Come to our final monthly luncheon of the 2015-16 church year, and as always, bring a friend! (freewill offering). Thanks in advance to our worship leaders, Dr. Jim and Taye.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our Outreach Service: new friends from Fairlawn United Church and members of the Outreach Committee. It was both moving and informative!

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ken Erskine. We keep Marlene and the family in our prayers. The service to remember and celebrate Ken's life will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 12.30 pm at Central. Visitation at Ward Funeral Home will take place on Friday, 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

Our annual Mother's Day Tea will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 2.30 pm. Enjoy light sandwiches and sweets with tea. Wear your spring hat or fascinator! Bring a friend! Tickets are $20 (ladies under 12 are $10). See Kathy Steiner for tickets.

Prepare to be swept away: On May 8, the Church School will perform “The Sailors’ Bible” including appearances by Noah, Jonah and St. Paul (in a shipwreck!).

A gentle reminder that some members are sensitive to perfume and other scents. Thank you for your consideration.

Selfie with famous church school performers!

Worship at Central

We call it traditional worship with a twist. The service unfolds with the usual scripture-sermon-prayer format, but the added dimension of congregational participation and lots of interaction. We honour the children with their own place in the service, and prepare them for Church School. We have both Junior and Senior Choirs, an occasional Jazz ensemble and regular solo performances.

We follow the Revised Common Lectionary, which is available here.

This Sunday's Readings

Psalm 67: "Let the nations be glad, and sing for joy!"

Acts 16.9-15: "One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth."


Central King Seniors Resident's Annual Spring Bazaar will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 9 am to 1 pm. It will feature house wares, electronics, hand-made crafts, jewellery, clothes, accessories, baked goods, a tea room, books plus a wide variety of miscellaneous treasures! And a raffle draw to win great prizes and beautiful gift baskets!

Plan ahead! Mark Saturday, May 28 on your calendar for “The World in Music,” our spring concert. The concert begins at 7 pm and will feature world class performers(!) and prizes to be won. Speak to Harold for more information and tickets, $20.

Good News! Our refugee sponsorship group has been matched with a young Syrian couple: Hamza and Sohair. Both are professionals, one in IT and the other in agricultural research. They are currently in Lebanon awaiting permission to travel to Canada, and should arrive in the next few weeks. Our team of volunteers is getting ready to welcome them, and may need your help, so please watch this space. Speak to Edna Harding for more information.

Your Church Council Executive has decided to be a little more proactive regarding room rentals at the church. Do you know someone who might like to host a gathering at the church? Know a group that needs a regular meeting space? Speak to Terry or call the church at 416-241-7544.

A Minute for Mission

At the end of 2012, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported that there are 15.4 million refugees worldwide. Refugees are people who are outside their home country because they have suffered or fear persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or because they are fleeing war.

Imagine arriving in another country with nothing but the shirt on your back. Imagine starting your life over. For over 65 years, the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council has helped refugee newcomers feel welcome in their new home and integrate into Canadian society. The council, Manitoba’s largest refugee settlement agency, promotes and supports the protection and resettlement of refugees, and strives to enable their independence and full participation in the community.

Many refugee newcomers have overcome significant challenges to settle in Canada. The council offers hope at the end of their long journey. Our gifts for Mission and Service offer hope and support refugees adjusting to life in Canada. Please join me and continue to give generously and compassionately.

Living on Minimum Wage

Amy, who works as a retail assistant on minimum wage and uncertain hours, has to struggle everyday with what she can and can not afford. She lives on her own in a small subsidized apartment where her couch is her bed. "I don't have home internet and I have to be very careful with supermarket visits. I normally don't have much left over for socializing, about $50 a month if I'm lucky. Fortunately, I have generous friends who help me out with this," She has a pay as you go phone and a Netflix subscription [currently $7.99 a month) and typically watches on her phone using public Wi‐Fi spots. “But that's my only real indulgence. I can't remember the last time I had a holiday."

The adult minimum hourly wage in Ontario ($11.25) is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee, however, many people especially immigrants are paid less. After the last rate increase, Amy’s employer cut hours for some of their staff so they could continue to keep them on and pay the increased amount, but the workers were no better off. Other local companies cut out overtime.

Amy’s best friend at work, Tracey, has a family and must also deal with things like diapers and daycare fees. Her most recent worry was how she would afford her son's new uniform. "I always have to think carefully about money. I can't just buy what I want in the stores and plan all our meals. If I want to take my children out to a movie or somewhere special, I have to plan it a few weeks in advance and save up." When Tracey went on maternity leave and the family relied on payday loans and they got into a debt spiral.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Spring Clean-up with the Mount Dennis Community Association and Supercoffee continues this Saturday (Apr. 9) and the remaining Saturdays in April. Bags and gloves provided. Here is the final location: April 30, Eglinton south side (ravine edge), meet at Eglinton at S.E. Flats entrance.

Kairos Toronto West presents "Circles of Change: Moving Forward on Right Relations." Following a short video on the Truth and Reconciliation's 94 Calls To Action, join in a Circles of Change sharing circle led by Indian Residential School survivors from Toronto’s Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. Saturday, April 30, 2016 form 9 to 11.30 am at Bloordale United Church, 4258 Bloor St. West (In the Gymnasium) Entrance off the large parking lot behind the church. Handicapped accessible, accessible by TTC Bus #49 from Kipling Subway Station.

In the Library

Jesus: A Life by A.N. Wilson

What are the facts about the life of Jesus, as opposed to the tenets of faith surrounding the miracles, death, and resurrection? How and when did Christianity become a separate religion from the Judaism into which Jesus was born? To what extent was his power over contemporaries political rather than religious? A. N. Wilson's answers to these questions will fascinate readers of every shade of faith or skepticism.

Worth a Look

Photographer Jim Grover follows a local priest for a year and is transformed by the experience.

Photo by Cathy Leask


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