Spirit Garden
Manidoo Ogitigan (Spirit Garden) Lake Ontario Park, Kingston

Manidoo Ogitigan (Spirit Garden) is a living public artwork installed at Lake Ontario Park that commemorates the historical and contemporary ties between Alderville First Nation and the Katarokwi/Kingston region. The artwork is intended to function as a symbolic reclamation and physical restoration of the land that explores how colonization and attempts at cultural assimilation, have impacted the living culture of Alderville First Nation. 

The artwork incorporates the history of important Wampum Belts, the symbolism of the medicine wheel, reference to the Alderville Methodist Church and select native plant species. Manidoo Ogitigan creates an intimate gathering space for reflection, ceremony and teaching for the Alderville First Nation and all Indigenous Peoples as well as for residents and visitors along the shore of Lake Ontario, and functions  as a shared space that aims to make the broader community more aware of the diverse histories and narratives in this area.

Terence Radford (artist) 2021

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Who We Are

We are a vital faith community and Affirming congregation within The United Church of Canada. We believe “God’s love is for everyone.” We celebrate diversity, inclusivity and abundant life, informed by Jesus’s teaching and The Bible. We are committed to spiritual development, social justice and artistic expression. We welcome all and strive to build healthy, nurturing relationships with each other. We seek to build community locally and globally. We are located at The Spire in downtown Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Worship Services Continue Online

SSUC’s church services will remain online until further notice. Services are normally live-streamed on Sunday mornings at 10:30hr on the SSUC YouTube channel . They are also recorded and posted on the following Monday for viewing at any other time at the same URL location.  The order of service and weekly announcements are included in the weekly Bulletins posted no later than Friday preceding Sunday’s service. 

At SSUC during the summer, we are blessed to have a series of guests lead worship, exploring the theme “Social Justice – Theology in Action.  Our worship leaders are:

  • Sunday August 8 – Tom Greening, Executive Director, Kingston Home Base Non-profit Housing

Beginning on August 15, Chalmers United Church will be leading our worship services.

Following strict COVID protocols, services will be held in-person in the Sanctuary and will also be live-streamed and uploaded to Chalmers YouTube channel (https://youtube.com/channel/UCUgl1tZaiRji18sFwjj2P2Q). Reverend Dr Paul Currie will be preaching for all three services on the overall theme of “Wisdom“.

  • August 15 – Wisdom 1 – Asking the right questions
  • August 22 – Wisdom 2 – Dress for Success
  • August 29 – Wisdom 3 – Generosity

Following each service, there will be an opportunity to mingle outside of Chalmers, on the lawn.

The weekly Service Bulletin is available here at this link.

Receive comfort and inspiration from the words, music and images of our worship leaders through recordings of Our Worship Services available by 10:30 hr every Sunday on our YouTube site: https://www.youtube.com/user/SydenhamStreet.

Please contact us with comments or general questions about SSUC, the website, getting on the mailing list, etc via Email: web@sydenhamstreet.ca

Summer Garden
Summer Garden at SSUC

Updated 2021 08 02