About SSUC


Sydenham Street United Church is an historic downtown congregation affiliated with The United Church of Canada. Parts of our building date back to 1852. We invite you to join us on your spiritual journey. Here you will find that spiritual life, music, the arts, social justice and outreach are high priorities. We are committed to creating a just community which welcomes people regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual identity, ethnic origin, economic circumstance, ability and challenges. If you are in our vicinity, come and worship with us — you will be warmly welcomed!


We seek to be a vital faith community within The United Church of Canada

engaged in spirituality, justice and creativity,
informed by Jesus Christ and the Bible,
and discerning the call of the Trinity
as we celebrate diversity, inclusivity and abundant life.


In this endeavour, we are committed to

Deepening our spiritual relatedness and honouring the worth of each individual by extending hospitality and pastoral care, and sharing relevant and meaningful worship, spiritual practices, and small group ministry.


Broadening our outreach/social justice through existing programs, advocacy and new initiatives to address local, national and global needs; and to welcoming the use of our space by those involved in outreach/social justice seeking to live lives of compassion and peace.


Being nurtured by the arts within the congregation and wider community by encouraging use of our facilities by those engaged in any and all artistic endeavours.


Annual Report

The Annual Report provides the latest description of the activities of the congregation   You can view or download it here.


JNAC and Related Reports

One report gives a picture of the congregation, history, mission, organization, and trends from the perspective of 2016. You can view or download it here. Following that, a joint Chalmers-Sydenhamstreet committee was set up to explore shared Ministry/Staffing. That report can be seen here. A second JNAC report was prepared jointly with Chalmers United Church to deal with the issues involved in merging some operations of the two congregations.

Halo Report

The social, spiritual and communal value of congregations like SSUC has long been accepted. The economic value of these congregations to their surrounding neighbourhoods is a different matter entirely. What is the economic value of SSUC?  This report  attempts to answer that question.


Minister: Rienk Vlietstra
Organist & Music Director: Glen Thompson
Office Administrator: Ruth Ranson
Operations Manager: Donald Mitchell
Custodian: Justin Sowik



Co-Chairs of the Congregation: Lyn Freeman, Jack Soule
Co-Chairs of Engaging the Spirit: Vicki Ruthven, lyn Freeman
Chair of Art and Soul: Barb Carr
Chair of Social Justice and Outreach: Jim Leake

Treasurer: Kirby Ruthven