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

Summer 2016

As noted below, summer services begin at 10 am. Join us as you head to whatever exciting summer activities you have planned, from a walk in the park to travelling the globe! These services tend to be less formal, (often) a bit shorter, and followed up with a cool drink. Join us, and bring a friend!

Summer services begin June 19th at Weston Presbyterian Church, 11 Cross Street. Please note, summer worship begins at 10 am! For pastoral care from June 13 to July 25, please call 416-241-1571. Services resume at Central on July 31st. Have a great summer!

Our only slightly rainy picnic was a great success! Thanks to Lang, Norma and our organizing crew.

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.

Use the above link to follow the lectionary readings week-by-week.


Announcements will be shared at the beginning of each service throughout the summer.

I think we know what happens next.

A Minute for Mission

What exactly does the Mission and Service Fund support? First, it supports our worship life—our resources for congregations large and small, our ethnic ministries, our theological schools, and our intern ministers. M&S also gives us a united voice. As Canada's largest Protestant denomination, we can play a significant role in Canada.

Our united voice, 600,000 strong, is heard on social issues, through advocacy, and in our appeals for care of creation. Our presence around the world is felt through the work of our partners. Ask the children at Los Quinchos in Nicaragua. Ask Joyce Riungu and the women she serves through the National Council of Churches of Kenya. Ask the UCW women who travelled to Zambia to see M&S supported work.

The life and existence of The United Church of Canada depend on the Mission and Service Fund. It's who we are and what we do. Without M&S our church would not be. It's as simple as that. To the 200,000 who financially support The United Church of Canada, thank you! If you do not support your church through M&S, will you consider doing so today?

The Clothes Designers

When you can sense someone has made a special effort to dress up, or looks rather unique in their clothing it is natural to comment, and in doing so I learn who designs their own outfits. We have some interesting dress styles displayed at the drop-in.

A few of the men dress as if they were heading off to work in a bank. One often carries a briefcase (although I’ll let you into his secret and tell you it mainly contains his liquor supply.) Others favour jeans and shirts, and the younger ones like hoodies that hide their faces. Some of both sexes prefer all black as their colour coordination. Tattoos on both sexes add to the interesting appearances.

We have a least three women that I know of who design their clothes and dress entirely in their personal style. They search the clothing room for items they can alter and obviously buy fabric too. Like colourful birds in a flock of sparrows, I look forward to their displays. Last week one was entirely in black with red strips—a red headband, neck scarf, belt and socks on top of black tights. Her make-up was matching, with heavy black eyeshadow and scarlet lips.

Another favourite of mine wears many layers of colourful clothing and accessories, so her body is hidden under extravagant hats, fox fur scarves, capes and long skirts. One regular is totally unpredictable—unlike me always in jeans and a t-shirt—and one day will look totally regal in a floor-length dress with matching head covering, and the next she looks saucy in a short full-skirted dress with colourful tights.

So those of you who donate clothing for the drop-in be aware that yours may get a whole new life as part of a fashion statement!

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Community announcements will return in September.

In the Library

The One Year Bible by Various Authors (and the Holy Spirit)

The best-selling One Year Bible, which helps you read the entire Bible in as little as 15 minutes a day, has been updated in a new look. The One Year Bible divides God's Word into daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs, creating an achievable, unforgettable devotional experience.

Worth a Look

The Rev. Paul Ivany from Norval United Church shares a daily devotional email that includes scripture, reflection and prayer. It is truly worth a look.

Photo by Mark Bisgrove


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