God’s Love is for Everyone

Whoever You are, whomever You love, wherever You are,
wherever You find yourself on your faith journey,
You are welcome here at Sydenham Street United Church

The Spire in Winter

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

Sunday Services for Sydenham Street United Church are at 11:00 hr, in person in the Sanctuary of The Spire at 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, with our minister, The Reverend Catherine Elsdon!

2023! If you are unable to attend in person, please join us online for our weekly services. Watch them on our YouTube site Youtube

Note About In-Person Services:

  • The wearing of masks at church services is recommended but will be optional.
  • Social distancing will still be encouraged and alternate row seating will continue.
  • Please enter by the William Street entrance! Services will also be live-streamed and uploaded to the Sydenham Street United Church YouTube channel Youtube

  • Lent 2023 – “Faith and Film” worship series, exploring the spiritual themes of some Academy Award- nominated films. Just as Jesus used the parables–life stories embedded in the culture of his time and place–we use stories relevant to our culture to explore God’s deeper messages
  • March 26 – Lent 5 “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”
  • April 2 – Palm Sunday “Everything Everywhere All At Once”
  • April 6 – Maundy Thursday 19:30 hr at Sydenham Street United Church
  • April 7 – Good Friday – Ecumenical Service 10:00 hr at Sydenham Street United Church
  • April 9 – Easter Sunday

The weekly Service Bulletins are available on-line Bulletin 

Growing Spirits is our weekly program for children.  For further information, please send an email to web@sydenhamstreet.ca

On Sundays in Lent, we will continue learning about Jesus’s life and working on our storybooks.  

Garden of Love
Love One Another, Jesus advised his disciples in his final days on earth.  In Growing Spirits last week, we created a “Garden of Love.”  2022 05 29

Concern for Ukrainian Communities: The United Church of Canada invites communities of faith to express solidarity with their Ukrainian neighbours and to support those most affected by the war. Providing emergency food and hygiene kits is one way your generous support of Mission & Service partners is helping support Ukrainian refugees.

Receive comfort and inspiration from the words, music and images of our worship leaders through recordings of Our Worship Services available by 11:00 hr every Sunday on our YouTube site Youtube 

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

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Last year, Indigenous Ministries and Justice held an Orange Shirt Giveaway. This year’s Giveaway took place on August 30.  “Every Child Matters” flags, sized 36” by 60” and with metal grommets, can be purchased from the Whetung Cultural Centre in Curve Lake, Ontario.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, you can contact the Indian Residential School Survivors Society for counselling support available at 1-800-721-0066. People can also access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

A call to mourn, LEARN, support and REMEMBER! This link also includes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports.

The Spire
Sydenham Street United Church at The Spire

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have occupied and cared for
this land. In acknowledging this land, the traditional home of the
Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee, we seek to rebuild right relations with
First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, to learn from them, and to live on this
land with respect and gratitude for its bounty

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