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. Today there will be sign-up sheets and people happy to answer your questions, at the front of the Sanctuary and during Coffee Hour.


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


Our Small Groups


  • Book Group, Lunch/PM
  • 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 | Movie  and Coffee | Just Lunch | Book Groups  |  Hiking | Prayer Shawl Ministry | The Fixers


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) / Barbara Parrott (613-389-3601) If you have an ideas for a new group we would love to hear about it.


Small Group Gatherings this month:



  • The next luncheon meeting of our Two Church Lunch and Learn Group (formerly the Joint Men’s Group but now a non gender specific group) will be at 11:30 am, Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017, at Mino’s Village Restaurant, 1762 Princess Street. Our guest will be Ron Lirette, Executive Director of Hospice Kingston. The title of his talk is “A Compassionate Community That Celebrates life”. Everyone from Sydenham St. U.C. and Chalmers is invited to attend.
  • Movie and Coffee Small Group Since the Screening Room has changed its Monday movie times, we will meet this month on the last Sunday of the month, i.e. Nov. 26. As usual, we’ll go to whichever of the 7 p.m. movies we like, then meet afterwards for refreshments, likely at Chez Piggy’s. Questions? Contact Barb Carr at 613-544-4081, or All are welcome!
  • The DECEMBER CHRISTMAS BUFFET LUNCH will be held at DOX RESTAURANT in the Kingston Waterfront Holiday Inn on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th. Both Lunches at 12 noon. Advance registration is required – contact Meikle Turner at 613-542-7744 


  • Who is Jesus – Sunday, December 3rd, we will consider “Jesus as the Eternal Present–the Alpha and the Omega”. We will meet in the Conference Room, beginning at 12 noon on the dates noted. Everyone is welcome to all or any of these sessions. For more information, please see Rienk, Norm or Lynn Freeman, chair of the Engaging the Spirit Circle.  
  • 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 we do those small things that make our church space safer and attractive.  For more information contact Kenn Doerksen at


  • ATTENTION: Job Opportunity: Sunday Coffee Hour crew member. Qualifications: ability to boil water, wash and dry cups. Hours: a couple of hours about once a month on Sundays after worship. Remuneration: smiles, camaraderie and thankyous. To apply: contact The SSUC Office, Diane Soule, Barbara Parrott (613 389-3601) or Sue Doerksen. 

    SSUC Coffee Hour is an equal opportunity employer.




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.


Just Lunch

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


Book Groups

The Lunch/ Book/ ScrabbleGroup meets one afternoon a month to discuss a book which the members have chosen. Our meeting day is the third Wednesday of the month, from 1:30 until approximately 4:00 pm. New members are always welcome! If you are interested in learning more or attending our gathering, please contact Susan Davis  (613) 546-4450 or


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:


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,





For more information contact Nancy Spencer at 613-548-3579.




Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl MinistryWe 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, 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