Small Group Ministry

Small Group Ministry

 Catch the Spirit of Friendship in Small Groups

Anyone who wants to meet others while enjoying a common activity is welcome to join a SSUC Small Group. Members of Small Groups find friendship and opportunities for casual conversation about important matters like social justice, and spirituality. Small Groups are one way people find that they can be church to and for each other at SSUC. Signup sheets will be available the first 2 Sundays of September, 2019. You can also sign up by emailing either Barbara Parrott or Sue Doerksen .

Co-ordinators: Barbara Parrott 613-389-3601, Sue Doerksen 613-766-3254.

 Our Small Groups

  • Book Group, Evening
  • Coffee Hour Hosts
  • Men’s Group, Joint Chalmers & SSUC
  • Pop-up Discussion Groups
  • The Fixers
  • Greeters & Readers
  • Hiking Group
  • Just Lunch
  • Movie & Coffee
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Community Garden

Small Group Ministry has been a long-standing feature of our church life.  It is a way to join with others in the pursuit of common interests or spiritual development. Some groups meet monthly, some more frequently. Small groups will start anew this fall; some new groups are in the early stages of development. Check the weekly bulletin for more information about the small groups available at SSUC. Please feel free to contact Sue Doerksen (613-766-3254) sdoerksenca@yahoo.ca / Barbara Parrott (613-389-3601) parrottb@hotmail.com If you have an ideas for a new group we would love to hear about it.

Meetings this Month:

The Movie and Coffee small group’s regular movie night is the last Monday of the month. We meet at the Screening Room for either of the movies that start about 7 p.m. Check the newspaper or the Screening Room website for exact start times. After the movies, we all have coffee together. New members welcome!  Contact Barb Carr for more information.  barbecarr@hotmail.com

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

11:30 am: Two Church Lunch and Learn Group will meet at the BestWestern Bistro Stefan Restaurant, 1217 Princess St. Our speaker will be our own Barb Carr, President of the Kingston School of Art who will speak on “Behind the scenes at the Kingston School of Art” and its impact on the Kingston Community. Everyone from Sydenham St and Chalmers and your friends are invited to attend. Those who have signed up for e-mail notices will receive an invite by e-mail. Those who are on a phone call list will continue to be called. If you wish to attend this event, please contact Meikle Turner at 613-542-774 or meikle_irish@yahoo.com. Meal reservations must be made b y 5pm on Sunday Nov. 10. Cost for the luncheon, including tax & gratuity, is $22. per person (a $20 bill plus a toonie, please). The last meeting this fall will be on Dec. 10, featuring Don Amos who will speak on “Seniors Association: We’re more active than you think!”

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 

 11 am to 1 pm Prayer Shawl meeting in the Sydenham St. Upper kitchen. Join us for some knitting, crocheting, tea and conversation. Bring a bag lunch along with any prayer shawls you have managed to complete during the summer and of course your knitting/crocheting. We have lots of donated wool waiting for someone to knit or crochet. Everyone is welcome! For more info: Sue Doerksen 613-766-3254 or sdoerksen@yahoo.ca.

Join The Fixers – They meet on Thursdays from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the church for a time of work and social interaction as they do those small things that make our church space safer and attractive. More information contact  Kenn Doerksen at kennsue2@yahoo.ca

 Small Group Ministries @ Sydenham Street

Movie and Coffee

The Movie and Coffee small group’s regular movie night is the last Monday of the month.We meet at the Screening Room for either of the movies that start about 7 p.m. Check the newspaper or the Screening Room website for exact start times. After the movies, we all have coffee together. New members welcome!  Contact Barb Carr for more information.  barbecarr@hotmail.com

Just Lunch

Join members of the congregation for a casual lunch at an area restaurant. Enjoy food and fellowship with us once a month.


The Evening Book Group meets on the final Tuesday of each month to discuss a book we have all read, and share conversation, goodies and fellowship. Our meetings are in the homes of our members. We collaborate to choose our monthly reading, ideally using book club sets from the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25. Contact Ellie Deir for information about our group: deire@queensu.ca.

Community Garden

The Community Garden was a student run project, which worked in partnership with Sydenham Street United Church. The summer of 2014 was the first growing season, in which we grew a variety of heirloom vegetables and herbs, on a 42ft by 21ft plot located on the front lawn of Sydenham Street United Church. It has now been taken over by the Community Gardeners of Sydenham Street and the produce is donated through Loving Spoonful to help provide healthy meals to individuals and families who might not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

More Information on our garden …Contact : Donna Delyea, delyead@live.com

 Hiking

For more information contact Catherine Purcell 613-389-0842. cpurcell300@gmail.com

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

We have formed a Prayer Shawl Ministry group, which will be meeting generally every 2 or 3 months on a Friday from 11:00 – 1:00 in the Chapel. This time is set aside for knitting/crocheting together, prayer, tips on instructions and technique, and conversation. Everyone is welcome.  Coordinator: Sue Doerksen, sdoerksenca@yahoo.ca 613-766-3254…more information.

The Fixers


The Fixers meet on Thursdays from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the church for a time of work and social interaction as we do those small things that make our church space safer and attractive.  For more information contact Kenn Doerksen at 613-766-324.

“How many people does it take to change a light bulb!

Fixers at Work

Joint the Fixers – every Thursday afternoon