Small Group Ministry

What is Small Group Ministry

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. The SSUC Small Group Ministry welcomes everyone.

How to Join a Small Group,

This year you can sign up on-line! Email either Barbara Parrott ( or Sue Doerksen ( with the following information: Name, Phone number, Email address, and Group preference. We will send you a confirmation and add your name to the appropriate sign-up sheet.

Active Small Groups: Book Group, Evening, Coffee Hour Hosts, Pop-up Discussion Groups, The Fixers, Greeters & Readers, Hiking Group, Just Lunch, Movie & Coffee, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Community Garden. The SSUC Small Group Ministry welcomes everyone.

Sign-up sheets will also be available after the Worship service 

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

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


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 October 26, 2021 is Searching for Sylvie Lee, a frank look at the complexities of family, race and culture. For further information, contact Ellie Deir


SSUC 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.



All are welcome to enjoy the great out of doors.  Meet with other enthusiasts once a month to explore a beautiful location.  If you would like to participate, Contact:  Catherine Purcell  613 540-3824.

Hiking Group:   Photos from July hike to Parrott’s Bay. 

Hiking group
Happy Hikers
Hiking group
Silly Hikers


Picture of Knitters on the Church Lawn

We have formed Prayer Shawl Ministry group, which meets generally every 1 or 2 months from 1:00 – 2:00pm. 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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