Small Group Ministry


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Catch the Spirit of Friendship in Small Groups


In the 2016-2016 season the Small Group ministry created about 200 opportunities for SSUC people to meet and spend time with others who share their interests.

An early start in September to encourage participation included a “Moment for Small Groups” during a worship service, invitations to sign up and/or suggest a new group at sign-up tables in the Sanctuary and at Coffee Hour, information in Sunday Bulletins and on the web site and personal contacts. The Small Group co-ordinators were always ready to help facilitate the start-up of new groups. The short-term “pop-up” discussion groups were much appreciated. Since the welcome mat was always out for everyone, group leaders were encouraged to keep the congregation informed about group activities via the Sunday Bulletin and the web site.


The spirit of friendship is at work in our Small Groups, enhancing the lives of individuals and strengthening the fabric of the whole SSUC community.





  • 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:



  • There will be a Prayer Shawl meeting on October 27, 2017 at 11:00 – 1:00 pm in the Conference Room (yes construction is finished and looks great). 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 months and of course your knitting/crocheting.
  • Book Lunch group will meet at the home of Margaret Meyer at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, October 18th. We are reading The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes


  • 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.


Fixer at Work



Fixers at Work

Fixer at Work