Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms

The Celebration of Marriage

We at Sydenham Street United Church believe and affirm

Same-sex couples are as welcome to be married here as are heterosexual couples. We celebrate marriage as an institution in which two people- a woman and a man or two women or two men- can live their love and their life-long commitment to each other. We seek God’s blessing on all those who marry, so that they may live the vows they make on their wedding day.

Human beings are created in the image of God, with the desire and capacity to love and to commit to a life-long partnership with another who is lover, friend and companion. This loving commitment is a covenant on mutual respect
and trust.

Wedding Hands

In this imperfect world, not all marriages last. We are ready to support those who, after healing from past  hurts and learning from past mistakes, are ready to commit themselves to a new life partnership.

The impact of marriage is enormous, and hopefully will offer each couple a secure, safe, loving environment in which they can continue to grow and become all they can be, making a positive difference in the lives of their friends, family and in the wider world.

Getting married is a bold and daring step! At Sydenham Street United Church, we are glad to support and guide you in the planning and preparation of your wedding; and then to celebrate with you as you make this significant life-commitment. We pray you will open yourselves to God’s blessing all along the way.

"We wanted to say thanks for everything. The church and ceremony were PERFECT and we thoroughly enjoyed going through everything with you. ~ Michael & Sarah, Married May 2022”

For more information, contact our minister Rev. Catherine Elsdon ( or the Office Administrator (613-542-9616 ext 202,

Beginning of Life Services

Sydenham Street United Church offers two different services to mark the birth of a child and celebrate with the family.

Baptismal Font, donated by Robt J Reid & Sons Dec 1929

For parents who are or would like to become active in Sydenham Street United Church and are ready to make a public commitment to raise their child in the Christian faith, The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during Sunday Morning Worship.

 For parents who wish to welcome a child into their family and pray for God’s blessing, but are not ready or interested in committing themselves to church involvement, The Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving can be celebrated in the family home or at another location or during Sunday Morning Worship.

If you are interested in exploring either option,  please contact the church office at 613-542-9616 ext 202 ( or our minister Rev. Catherine Elsdon (

 End of Life Services

If you or someone you love is approaching the end of life and would like to receive pastoral care, talk about spiritual concerns or discuss plans for a service to mark the end of life, please contact the church office at 613-542-9616 ext 202.

Updated 2022 05 16