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

Two Church Lunch and Learn Our Two Church Lunch and Learn Group will meet by ZOOM on Tuesday March 9th 2021. We are very pleased to have as our speaker Tina Bailey.  The title of Tina’s presentation is “Beyond ACEs:  A Strategy to Build Resilience”. How our community is working together to mitigate the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and build resiliency in our children, families and community. Signing into ZOOM will commence at 12.45 pm.  At 1.10 pm we will have congregational announcements and then introduce our speaker. 

Please let Meikle know if you plan to attend.  Meikle will send you the link to the Zoom session shortly before January 12th . There will be no charge for attending this Lunch & Learn session.

Evening Book Group. February 23 at 7:30 via Zoom to share responses to Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered. Contact Ellie Deir  

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

Movies and Coffee:  Paused until the end of February 2021.  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.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Zoom meeting Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:30pm We  have some donated wool waiting for someone to knit or crochet.   More information contact Sue Doerksen  613-766-3254

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 the end of February, 2021

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 March 23 2021 is Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black. From the sultry cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, Washington Black tells a story of friendship and betrayal, love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again–and asks the question, what is true freedom? For 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 a Prayer Shawl Ministry group, which will be meeting generally every 2 or 3 months on a Friday from 11:00 – 1:00 in the Upper Kitchen . This time is set aside for knitting/crocheting together, prayer, tips on instructions and technique, and conversation. Everyone is welcome.  Coordinator: Sue 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

Updated 2021 02 27