God’s Love is for Everyone

Advent journey
Along the Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela

Our Advent journey – Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming.


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 have returned to the Sydenham Street United Church Sanctuary, with our new minister, The Reverend Catherine Elsdon!

Note that the Sunday services will begin at 11:00 hr (not 10:30 hr as previously). Following strict COVID protocols, services will be held in-person in the Sanctuary and will also be live-streamed and uploaded to the Sydenham Street United Church YouTube channel Youtube 

Please read this summary of the “Covid-19 Protocols for Attending SSUC Worship” before each Sunday worship service! For further information, contact Kenn Doerksen.

Sunday Service : Please join us in the Sanctuary, at 11:00 hr as we explore  “Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent”. Find new meaning and wisdom this Advent as we explore the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus.  Join us as we trace the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi.

  • Nov. 28 Advent I: The Meaning of Memory
  • Dec. 5 Advent II: The Promise of Potential
  • Dec. 12 Advent III: The Journey to Joy
  • Dec. 19 Advent IV: The Gifts of the Gentiles

The weekly Service Bulletin is available Bulletin 

Growing Spirits, Our Children’s Program, for children ages 5 -10, is underway. For further information, please contact Lynn Freeman by email or 613 544-9703.  

Please Note : The new “Coffee Time” will be held on Wednesday mornings: 10:00 – 10:30 hr via Zoom. More information to be provided in the weekly News Letter.

We are pleased that for the next number of Sundays, our interim organist is Dr. Mark Sirett – welcome, and thank you very much, Mark! The music is wonderful and inspiring!


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 SSUC, the website, getting on the mailing list, etc via Email: web@sydenhamstreet.ca


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 Sign
SSUC/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
.

Updated 2021 11 27