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Sunday Morning Services 10:30 a.m.

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Join us for traditional and contemporary worship: for dramatic dialogues or inspiring preaching on issues of the day in light of the Gospel of Christ. Come and enjoy the sermons of our Fall season of our new minister, Rev. Rienk Vlietstra. Listen to the wonderful Casavant pipe organ played by our new Organist/Choir Director Glen Thompson and listen to the Sydenham Street Choir. Connect with timeless church music or some jazz or African-American spirituals. Find a moment of peace in our church community.

Easter Season @ Sydenham Street

Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:30 AM - 2nd Sunday of EasterEaster Emblem
Scripture Readings:
Genesis 1:1-2, 2:4b-9, 2:15 & 6:3 and John 20:19-23
Message: “Jesus, the Breath of Grace”
“Jesus breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” John 20:22

Sunday Bulletin

Exploring Faith Questions – THIS SUNDAY, beginning at 12noon, in the Conference Room, this group will meet for discussion this time with a focus on “evil”—what is evil, how do we know and experience it, and what does it mean for us as people of faith. Norm Esdon, Mark Fleming and Rienk Vlietstra will facilitate discussion. These conversations have been enriched by contributions of short texts, poetry and prose by others, and you are invited to bring relevant material to share with our group. At this meeting, we will also revisit subsequent Syd meeting dates and topics. All are welcome.

You are invited! – Sunday May 7th . . . . .  To further one of the goals of our Circles of Companionship – “Creating a more intentional congregational network to improve communication and offer lifelong care” – we are offering a session on deepening our ability to do pastoral visiting.  This opportunity, to understand why and to enhance how we listen, is open to everyone – whether you plan to do formal visiting or be a good friend.  It is a joint initiative of Chalmers and SSUC.  Please join us! Info and Qs: Linda Hutchinson 613-542-7645 <> Marilyn Perry 613-548-8462 <

Children and Youth Art Program

Many Gifts - One Spirit : Exploring Spirituality through Creative Arts for Children & Youth

SSUC offers a program for youth, called Many Gifts One Spirit. Our intent is to present our children and youth with ways to meet and explore their spiritual nature in community. Our unique expression in this world is as personal as our fingerprint. Through the arts, Many Gifts One Spirit acknowledges, supports, and nurtures the personal voice Children and Youth Joining Together. 

On the second Sunday of each month, beginning in November, children and young people at Sydenham Street and Chalmers churches will join together for special programs jointly coordinated by Margaret Moncrieff (CUC) and Colleen Ames-Affleck (SSUC) Email: Mobile phone:(613) 601-1573. In alternate months CUC children will visit SSUC and SSUC children will visit CUC. The proposed dates are: November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12 and April 9, with a special outdoor activity being planned for May 28. For more information, see Margaret, Colleen or Lynn Freeman and watch the bulletin for program details in the coming weeks. of our youth.


Hospitality for our youngest children

A “drop-in centre” for children (up to 4 years old) and their parents is set up in the Conference Room. No supervision is available but if your little one is restless, needs to play and have some space, please check out this inviting option.

Rev. VlietstraIntroducing  Reverend Rienk Vlietstra

Rienk was born in The Netherlands and came to Canada with his family and settled in Acton, Ontario in December of 1953. His wife, Susan, was born and raised in Hamilton. Rienk and Sue met in the Summer of 1975 at her sister's wedding. Eight months later they were married while Sue was in her last year at MAC School of Nursing in St. Catharines. They have five adult daughters and three grandchildren. Rienk was raised in the Christian Reformed Church and Susan in the Presbyterian Church. They transferred to Centenary UC in Hamilton after they married. They both love music and have sung in audition choirs at school and later in the communities in which they lived and, of course, in Church choirs. Rienk has been known to slip into the role of Tevya from Fiddler on the Roof ( who also had five daughters) and break out in "If I Was a Rich Man" with little provocation. They are both avid readers, and the Library/Den in their home on Marl Lake, just west of Hanover is their favourite room in the house. They are both looking forward to engaging with the SSUC family and the historic City of Kingston.