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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.


Fall Worship @ Sydenham Street United Church, 10:30 a.m.



SUNDAY, October 22, 2017, 10.30 am

Peace Sunday

Scripture Readings: Ezekiel 13:1-16 and Mark 12:28-34

Peace Sunday Message: “Living Peace”
“Love God with all… and one’s neighbour as oneself… there is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31


Who is Jesus? This is the central theme for our “Questions of Faith” discussions which will resume on Sunday, October 22nd, at 12noon, facilitated by Rev. Rienk Vlietstra and Rev. Norm Esdon. Other proposed meeting dates (to be confirmed by the group) are November 5, November 19 and December 3, 2017. Everyone is welcome to attend one or all of these discussions which are intended to complement last year’s exploration on “Who is God?” For more information, please see Rienk, Norm or Lynn Freeman, chair of the Engaging the Spirit Circle.


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


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.


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.



Rev Rienk 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.