Engaging the Spirit

Church ServiceWe are committed to deepening our spiritual relatedness and honouring the worth of each individual by sharing relevant and meaningful worship & spiritual practices, extending hospitality, caring for one another, and small group ministry.

Since 1999, we have been an Affirming Congregation, intentionally welcoming and involving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited people in our shared life and ministry.

These activities are supported by a strong music and Children & Youth Arts programs.

Art and Soul

Dove MobileWe recognize the soul-enhancing power of art of all kinds - music, theatre, visual arts, etc. Our goal is to nurture the arts community in Kingston by providing space for artistic presentations (concerts, art shows, rehearsals, etc.), and to nurture the congregation through the incorporation of artistic experiences into worship and other congregational events. We have a long history of excellence in music programs.

Social Justice and Outreach

Packing Christmas
              BasketsThe Social Justice and Outreach group was founded on the concept of social justice (fair treatment for all) in addressing current issues in our local community and in the world at large. Also, through the United Church Mission and Service fund, SSUC members support projects throughout Canada and around the world.

Recent and Upcoming Events

SSUC News To keep up to date with what is going on at SSUC, there are several documents and web pages available:  our most recent Sunday bulletin, recent sermons (including audio), the Church calendar, and this year's themes for the Church seasons.

Also, you might want to see some of the concerts and events that we have hosted over the past year, and some that are coming up in the next few months.

About SSUC

The history of our church building goes back to 1852, although it has been modified extensively since then.The history of Methodism in Kingston goes back even farther to 1791. Since 1925 we have been part of the United Church of Canada.

Now our mission and organization has been updated to deal with today's realities.

A number of our publications are available online for reading, printing or downloading, and you can contact us for additional information.

Renting Space

Interested in renting our facilities for your next event or meeting?

The Church sanctuary has some of the best accoustics in the Kingston area.

We have 3 large and affordable meeting spaces that are ideal for independent groups running their own events.

Check out our companion web site at sydenhamstreet.ca/82ss.

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Sydenham Street has a new Minister

The Reverend Rienk Vliestra

As of October 17 The Reverend Rienk Vlietstra will be the Minister at Sydenham Street United Church. The appointment was approved at a congregational meeting on October 16.

After a 28 year career at Dofasco, Rienk attended Emmanuel College and was ordained in 1997. Since 2006 he has served at Grace United Church in Hanover. While there he obtained a Master of Religious Education from Emmanuel.

We welcome Rienk and his wife Susan to our congregation.


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Sydenham Street United Church 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 3H4 613.542.9616 sydenham@kos.net