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.

Meetings this month

December 8th : The Two Church Lunch and Learn Group will meet by ZOOM on December 8th , gathering at 1:00 for announcements and chat, with the speaker starting at 1:15. Our speaker will be Kim Garrison, member of Princess Street United Church and chair of the Board of Trustees until earlier this year. The title of Kim’s talk is “Tearing off the Band-aid” about the transformation at Princess St United Church. Everyone from Sydenham St. and Chalmers and your friends are invited to attend. If you wish to attend this event, please contact Meikle Turner at 613-542-7744 or This session is being held on Zoom and the event will obviously not include lunch. Please let Meikle know if you plan to attend. Meikle will send you the link to the Zoom session shortly before December 8th . There will be no charge for attending this Lunch & Learn session.

Our next Lunch and Learn meeting will be on January 12, 2021.

Book Group:  Tues December 29, 7:30 PM,  Zoom, to share responses to Amore Towles’s book A Gentleman in Moscow. Contact Ellie Deir

Movies and Coffee:  gather at the Screening Room (Lower Princess Street),  Sunday, Nov. 29th,  7:00 iish. We may see if there’s interest in the earlier show times (4 p.m.-ish). Contact Barb Car 

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.


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


The Evening Book Group meets on the final Tuesday of each month to discuss a book we have all read, and share conversation, goodies and fellowship. Our meetings are usually in the homes of our members but during the pandemic, we’ll be sharing our responses to this novel via Zoom. The Tuesday Evening Book Group will be gathering, via Zoom, on December 29 to share their responses to Amor Towles’s A Gentleman in Moscow. Some copies are available from the Kingston Frontenac Public Library or contact Marilyn Huffman. Further information, 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 42ft by 21ft 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, (



Grand day for hiking

Our Hikers

Interested people can contact  Catherine Purcell 613-389-0842

Time for a rest


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?

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.

Changing a Light bulb!

Painting the Church Stairs

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