Small Group Ministry

Small Group Ministry

Catch the Spirit of Friendship in Small Groups

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 opportunities 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. You can sign up by emailing either Barbara Parrott or Sue Doerksen. Everyone is welcome!

Co-ordinators: Barbara Parrott 613-389-3601, Sue Doerksen 613-766-3254

About Our Small Groups

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.

Monthly Meetings

Our Two Church Lunch and Learn Group will meet by ZOOM on Tuesday May 18 th 2021.

We are very pleased to have as our speaker Craig Boals, General manager of the Cataraqui Cemetery Company. The title of his presentation is Cataraqui Cemetery and Modern Challenges. Craig will offer some helpful insight and understanding as to how Kingston’s historic cemetery operates in the 21st century. Signing into ZOOM will commence at 12.45 pm. At 13:10 hr we will have congregational announcements and then introduce our speaker. Craig will start his talk with why Cataraqui Cemetery was founded and why its unique landscape design led to the cemetery’s designation as a National Historic Site of Canada, Craig will then “pullback the curtains” and share some of the challenges that come with operating a cemetery and how recent changes to provincial legislation and regulations affected both cemetery operators and the families served. 

Fixers:  every Thursday at The Spire, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  No urgent jobs are pending, so next gathering will be in May (hopefully).  Contact Kenn Doerksen   613-766-3254 for more information.

Movies and Coffee:  Paused until further notice.  Gather at the Screening Room (Lower Princess St.).   Would another show time be better for you (4 p.m.-ish)?  Contact Barb Carr 613-544-4081.

Community Garden:  “Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone”.  For spring startup information, contact Donna Delyea   613 532-3514.

Just Lunch: Paused until further notice.

List of Our Small Groups


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 gathering

Join members of the congregation for a casual lunch at an area restaurant. Enjoy food and fellowship with us once a month.

Paused until further notice due to Covid 19


Book club

The Evening Book Group meets on the final Tuesday of each month to share reactions to a book we have all read. Our group has been meeting, normally in members’ homes for more than twenty years – that’s a lot of books and a lot of fellowship. Currently our gatherings are virtual, on Zoom. Our selection for Tuesday May 25 2021 is to share insights about Esi Edugyan’s award-winning novel Washington Black. From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is Freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole? For further information, contact Ellie Deir.


Community Garden
Our 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 12.8 m by 6.4 m 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.

For More Information on our garden… Contact Donna Delyea.



Hiking Group:   Arrange your own transportation  to meet others  at 10:30 AM at a planned gathering place.  Lunch after the hike: Catherine needs to know numbers for lunch reservation.  Interested people can contact  Catherine Purcell 613-389-0842

Hiking group taking a  rest
Tired !!
Hiking group walking


Picture of Knitters on the Church Lawn

We have formed Prayer Shawl Ministry group, which will be meeting generally every 1 or 2 months (Zoom) on Friday from 1:00 – 2:00. 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.


How many people does it take to change a light bulb?

Fixers in the church attic
The Fixers in the Church Attic

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 613-766-3254.

Fixers changing a light boul
Changing a Light bulb!

Fixers painting the front steps
Painting the Church Stairs

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