Get Involved

People who are new to a church often ask “How do you meet people around here?” If you are naturally outgoing, it may not be much of a problem, but if you are on the shy side, it isn’t always easy. We want to help.

We hope you find your home in one of our Ministry Groups or Committees!

We have plenty of ways to educate yourself, meet new people, and lend your time and talents to our church and community.

Church Groups

With over 15 different groups within our church, we have something for everyone! From Badminton to our String Choir, Girl Guides to our Care-Ring, there’s plenty on offer to get you connected with our congregation!

On Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m., church schedule permitting, we encourage all ages of Badminton enthusiasts to come out for an evening of fun and fellowship. We enjoy time with participants from Grade 4 to age 90 (thanks for coming out Len!)

Clean, indoor shoes, with non-scuff soles are a must, a water bottle is helpful and an attitude for a good workout essential!

We rotate games regularly, seldom keep score, and just keep those birdies flying!

To register your e-mail address for updates on the “league” and schedule changes, please contact Nancy or Russell at jeffruss@mymts.net.

221st Brownies has made use of our building. Brownies are made up of girls in grades 2 and 3. Some highlights of some of the things we do are, crafts, singing, dancing (often led by members of CUC Musicals), science and cookie selling among many other activities. The girls work on earning badges by learning about just about anything from sewing to technology.

85th Guides have made use of our building. Guides are made up of girls in grades 4, 5 and 6. We continue to work on the Girl Guide program that has been started in Brownies. Some highlights include self esteem workshops, learning about girls in other countries, games, spa nights and camping! The girls work on earning badges by learning about anything from fashion to math.

For more information, please visit www.girlguides.ca

What is “Care-Ring?”

A ministry of caring and encouragement for all the people of our church family.

Who Can be Involved?

All interested persons in our congregation, young and old.

 

Ways you can be involved in Care-Ring – 5 Care-Rings

Friendship

Greeting cards, sent on happy or sad occasions, such as birth, death, graduation, wedding, retirement, get well, etc.

Welcoming Newcomers

Visitation Ministry – greeting and welcoming newcomers to our church

Companionship

Special Ministries

Linking people who have had challenges in their life with people in similar situations, such as those grieving, experiencing health issues  or life changes of unemployment or relationship breakdown. Provide meals after a life change.

Visitation

Visiting hospital patients and shut-ins at home or in long term care.

Family Nurturing

Information evenings on health, parenting, retirement, etc.

If you would like to help Care-Ring, please contact the office to learn how you can offer care and kindness.

 

Coordinating Team

Michael Wilson – mwilson@charleswoodunited.org

204-832-3667

**Care-Ring Brochures – We invite you to have look at the information pamphlets in the Narthex.

Church School: Better known as “COOL SCHOOL”

At Cool School, we spend our time together, learning about God’s love through Bible stories and sharing these stories with one another through various activities. The media-inspired, child-pleasing classroom areas are able to engage children of any age to better understand their role in God’s amazing creation!

Each Cool School session provides opportunity to learn more about God’s love through various activities that include Bible lessons, stories, crafts, games, songs, and service participation.  During a five or six week period, children learn about one specific theme taken from the Bible through these various activities.  Once the rotation is complete, the children of Cool School present and share their experience with the rest of the congregation during one of the Sunday morning services.

COOL SCHOOL is offered in the Van Roon Hall during each worship service. A Children’s Chat during worship offers time with the congregation. On Communion Sundays the children go directly to their session and then join the congregation as a group for Communion. Periodically, there are times when the children will remain for the entire service. Advance notice of this will be provided to families with a sign posted as you enter.

 

Bible Buddies

For those in Grade six through eight: CUC offers a unique program of group activities, with special project focus. This group has met on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

Please keep in mind we will not turn down volunteers to join in the fun.  We welcome all, from teenage years to seniors.  There is no reason to limit fun to only the kids!

Come and have a peek anytime and if you have any questions, please contact the office.

 

Vacation Bible School

A continuation of our church school occurs in the summer of each year as we present Charleswood United’s Vacation Bible School. The church enjoys a highly elevated activity level as children, youth helpers & leaders come together for more of our church’s teachings. We sing, dance, craft, play, create, dramatize & eat our way through each day as we take in the Bible Stories. We have enjoyed an increase in youth helpers, telling us that we are on the right path!  For more information on this year’s Vacation Bible School, check our calendar.

 

Seekers Bible Study

This Tuesday morning Bible Study is led by Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson. The people attending are seeking a better understanding of what the Bible is trying to tell us. It is a friendly time, a time to meet new people and a time to renew acquaintances with each other and God. If you are seeking to know and understand the Scriptures, please join us. Your attendance and input is most welcome. Meetings are Tuesday morning 9:30a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

TGIF (Together Growing in Faith)

Together Growing In Faith began over 25 years ago. This is a group open to women of all ages and backgrounds, offering a chance for study and fellowship.

As an outreach, we have organized the Women’s Advent Service in December each year and as a group are proud of what we offered to the church and the women in our community.  120 women gathered at the first service in 2008, reflecting on the community of the “Apron” and the sisterhood that it has provided for the centuries and still provides in the gatherings in our homes. We continue to gather on the first Monday of Advent to celebrate this season of anticipation. Offerings collected have been sent to women’s shelters, palliative care organizations and food banks. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our service was posted to YouTube on November 30, 2020.

Watch our calendar and our Life & Work for current information on all the above activities.

All are welcome to take part in the music ministry of this congregation, either occasionally or on a regular basis. Please speak to Shauna, any member of the choir or the office for more details. We would love to have you!

SENIOR Choir

Under the talented, energetic, and dedicated direction of Director Shauna Sperry with talented accompanists, Charleswood United congregation enjoys an exciting and varied presentation of musical talent to enhance our Sunday worship experience. Every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m., Shauna meets with approximately 35 men and women of all ages to practice and produce inspiring anthems. The Senior Choir generally sings at each worship service, as their schedules allow. In addition, they present appropriate music for special occasions such as Good Friday and Christmas Eve including some quite ambitious Cantatas.

 

Charleswood Memorial Music Scholarship

A generous gift in 2017 has allowed the creation of The Charleswood Memorial Music Scholarship. This will allow the award of two scholarships to post-secondary students of voice, one each for a soprano/alto voice and a tenor/baritone/bass voice to supplement the music and worship life of this congregation. For more information and the application form, please follow this link.

 

Faith Bassed

Anyone wishing to strum their guitar, mandolin, ukulele, cello, anything string, is invited to join our String Choir in the making of praise music.

Whether you are a beginner who only knows four chords, or an experienced player, there is music for you to enjoy and improve your playing skills. Singers to complement our group are encouraged to come out as well. Periodically the group is invited to play during worship services.

Meet us Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the sanctuary at CUC.

For further information, please contact Nancy – jeffruss@mymts.net.

 

Musicals

A very talented group of young people have gathered together each of the last 20 years to spend the summers creating a delightful musical production for the enjoyment of the congregation and the community. These young people come from the youth of our church and from the community at large. Watch our Calendar for dates of our event each year.

The Women’s Social Group was originally part of the United Church Women’s Group. They meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. to enjoy fellowship and social activities and to collectively provide support to the Church and to local charities.

The Group seeks to support women’s shelters in Winnipeg by packing and delivering toiletry cases each year. New toiletry items can be dropped off at the church office.

YUCHS (Youth of the United Church) YUCHS is the Charleswood United youth group for grades 7-11.

We like to plan engaging events such as watching movies (with snacks of course!), playing games in the church, baking, and sometimes even an outing!

We have been to laser tag, the corn maze, mini golfing, bowling, swimming and so much more! Everyone is always welcome, and we love when you bring a friend along for the evening! For more information about our youth group, please contact either the church office at 204-832-3667 or email cucyuchs@gmail.com and check our Calendar and Upcoming Events pages.

Charleswood United Church youth also put on a musical every September. These musicals are all done completely by youth and directed by youth volunteers. It is an amazing opportunity for youth to have a fun filled summer putting on a show, and creating a family of new friends. Auditions for the musical happen every spring, and rehearsals are all summer.

Ministry Committees

In the Spring of 2006, Charleswood United Church Council proposed to their congregation a revised structure of our Ministry Groups and as a result, the activities and business of the Church are now directed by the Church Council and five Ministry Committees who direct the governance of our Church. The Council consists of a chairperson, secretary, treasurer, the chairpersons of the five committees listed below, three representatives to Presbytery and the Ministers. Following is a description of the responsibilities and expectations of the Council and the Ministry Committees as outlined in our constitution.

Chair: Janice Hamilton

The Mission & Social Action Committee of Charleswood United Church is tasked with demonstrating our faith in our local community and beyond. Our role is to raise awareness of the needs and injustices in the world and to help church members understand and address them in a caring and supportive way.

This committee shall be concerned with the following:

To promote the Mission and Service Fund.

To encourage church involvement in community needs.

To be responsible for special projects related to Outreach.

To relate to United Church Community and Outreach Ministries and social service agencies.

To administer the Outreach budget.

To offer, on behalf of the congregation, social assistance to the community through the Benevolent Fund.

To raise awareness of Outreach issues – local, national and global.

To be the place of accountability for Outreach initiatives and to encourage the congregation to participate in such initiatives (i.e. ESL, CREST refugee sponsorship, Christmas Hamper, Habitat for Humanity)

How You can Help:

Co-ordinate things like “The Pantry Box”, “The Sox Box”, The Mitten Tree, re-circulation of old eye glasses and postage stamps, etc.

Help to co-ordinate The Bookshelf . We accept used books and sell them with the proceeds going to things like Outreach, youth mission and ESL special celebrations.

Your participation in this rewarding and fulfilling ministry is always welcome. We share our time and talent to support:

 

Agape Table

This Community Nutrition Centre offers a hot breakfast to the low income and homeless people in downtown Winnipeg. Located at 364 Furby St., they offer a subsidized breakfast, a low cost grocery program and Agape Table for Kids offers market quality produce to families in need as well as education for those families.

http://www.agapetable.ca/

 

Christmas Hamper Project

Under the direction of the Christmas Hamper Committee, Charleswood United Church supplies, packs and delivers food and toys to needy families whose names are provided by the Christmas Cheer Board. Our dedicated knitters provide hundreds of toques, mittens, scarves and sweaters to include in these hampers.

How you can help: 

Donate Christmas hamper items
Pack and deliver Christmas hampers
Pick up wool at the church office or supply your own, to knit mitts, hats for the Christmas Hampers.
Donate wool for the use of our knitters

 

Clothing Drive

In the fall, we have an annual Clothing Drive during which winter clothing, boots, backpacks, mittens & toques are collected and distributed to various Winnipeg agencies.

How You Can Help:

Start a box or bag to collect your gently used clean clothing
Watch for announcements as to dates of upcoming clothing drives
Sort, pack and deliver clothing

 

CREST

2020 marks the 21st anniversary of the CREST program, made up of 3 Charleswood churches sponsoring refugee families to Winnipeg – Gloria Dei Lutheran, Charleswood United and Charleswood Mennonite. The acronym CREST stands for Charleswood Refugee Ecumenical Sponsorship Team.

Each participating church puts between $3,000-$5,000 into the CREST treasury each year, along with individual donations and fund raisers like our annual Pancake breakfast.  These funds build up the necessary reserves to sponsor a family for one year, estimated at $15,000-$20,000, depending upon the family size.

Helping the refugees with housing, providing furnishings and clothing, applying for government programs such as SIN, Manitoba Health and  Child Tax Credit, getting them into ESL classes and dealing with rent, utilities, home maintenance, etc. is shared among CREST members.  Often people from our congregations are recruited to befriend the refugees, take them to appointments, etc. Ongoing support may be needed for up to 5 years.

We were relatively inactive in 2019. We have agreed to sponsor a family of eight Yazidi refugees, coordinated with Operation Ezra, who have arranged sponsorship of several Yazidi families over the past several years. We expect the family sometime in 2020.

We are developing a relationship with the small Yazidi community. Land was provided for growing produce, with some of the finished product being sold at market gardens at CUC in the fall. Thanks to Michael Wilson and Bo Wohlers for their leadership.

In February, we welcomed Seida Idris to Canada from Ethiopia. She is the wife of Mehamedsalih who had been waiting for her for 3 years. In December they had a baby, Ahmed. We have been helping this family with new housing and with baby things. Seida has very little facility in English so communication is mostly with signs and smiles. She attended some English classes before the baby came.

Financial support for the Syrian Alalou family ended in early 2017.  Sabri, the father, has had challenges with employment due to mediocre English, while Kafa, the mother, looks after their two young children.

Two of our Christmas hampers went to these families along with knitted items and a financial donation.

The Soto Payares family arrived in 2013 and some of us were invited to attend their Canadian citizenship ceremony in spring 2019 – a proud moment for the family!

We have been blessed by the many contributions from members of our congregations – many thanks for your ongoing support.  Furnishings, clothing, and financial donations are always welcome, although space constraints remain a consideration. CREST has a bank account but cannot issue charitable receipts so please make cheques payable to Charleswood United Church marked CREST donation, and a tax receipt can be provided.

The benefits that CREST offers to refugees coming to Canada are obvious. The benefits in getting to work with church members from other denominations are a valuable side benefit as well. Please join with us as we joyfully follow Christ’s mandate to be our brother’s keeper.

 

1JustCity

This organization represents four ministries that are supported by the United Church in Winnipeg. These are Oak Table, Northend Stella, St. Matthews Maryland and West Broadway Community Services. Each United Church in Winnipeg focuses on one or two of these ministries; ours are St. Matthew’s Maryland and Oak Table. St. Matthews Maryland is now West End Drop-in.

http://1justcity.ca/

 

effect: hope

This organization works in the affected areas of Africa and Asia diagnosing, treating, rehabilitating and teaching people to live with the effects of leprosy. Stamps are collected in the “Stamp Jar” at the back of the sanctuary to sell for proceeds that are sent to the Leprosy Mission.

http://www.effect:hope.org

How you can help:

Save all your postage stamps, postcards and old envelopes (circa 1950 or earlier) with the stamp intact; include the cancellation where possible. Deposit in the Stamp Box.

 

Main Street Project

This organization works with Winnipeg inner city individuals who are in need and unable to function due to alcoholism, chemical dependency, abuse, or homelessness. The project assists those individuals through crisis periods and helps them make the best possible use of rehabilitation and support services that exist in Winnipeg.

Our church collects men’s socks and underwear in the Sox Box and delivers them to the Main Street Project. In the fall of 2012 nine huge bags of new socks and men’s underwear were donated to Main Street Project by our congregation.

http://www.mainstreetproject.ca/

How you can help:

Deposit gently used or new underwear or socks in the bin at the north end of the Narthex

Westgrove Family Resource Centre
This Manitoba Housing development in the Charleswood community offers a clothing depot, parenting programs, crafts, seasonal events and a community kitchen. Our church has provided help to the community in many ways over the years.

http://www.familycentre.mb.ca/Whats_New/CommunityDev.htm

 

Oak Table Ministry

This outreach ministry located at Augustine United Church serves those in the Osborne community with mental health, addictions and housing concerns. From Monday to Thursday they serve lunch, offer pastoral care and counselling, and provide access to computers, phones, newspapers, and information about community services. On Wednesdays they offer art classes and during holidays they host several special events for the community.

http://oaktable.ca

 

Project Ploughshares

This local chapter of Project Ploughshares works for peace from a faith perspective, while working to create a peaceful society by motivating and educating members and the community.Their events include an annual Sing for Peace concert at Crescent Fort Rouge church around Remembrance Day, an annual Toy Store Inspection, where they try to encourage purchasing non-violent toys for Christmas, and the annual Eco-Friendly Dinner.

They support education through the Peace Banner project, a Peace Resource for teachers, and a Remembrance Day resource that can be used in the schools. They also produce a quarterly newsletter called Peace Projections.

http://www.projectploughshares.ca

 

Rummage Sale

The Rummage Sale in the spring is one of our largest projects. Because the whole church helps with set-up, selling and donating articles, it is an excellent fund raiser. It is also a great way to get to know people in the congregation. Any unsold articles are welcomed at other charities and ministries in Winnipeg.

How you can help:
Start a box or bag to collect your gently used items
Watch for announcements as to dates of upcoming events
Tell your friends about the upcoming sale
Offer your gift of time during the set-up & clean-up
Volunteer at the rummage sale

 

Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Center

As a First Nations Theological Centre, this school prepares spiritual leaders for ministry and provides cross cultural education for the larger community. They offer continuing educational programs, facilitate retreats, and programs that reflect First Nations culture.

http://www.sandysalteaux.ca

 

West End Drop-In

This outreach ministry serves families and individuals in Winnipeg’s West End. Programs include a drop–in centre, food bank, referrals for health care, education, housing and social assistance, an Artist’s Circle, family events, community clean-ups, community gardens, Nutrition Bingo, and a new program to help people learn skills that would enable them to enter the work force.The congregation supports this Ministry by providing sandwiches and coffee once a month for their drop–in program, supplying ingredients and volunteers for their Nutrition Bingo, a game that encourages healthy eating; contributing refreshments, toys and volunteers for their Christmas Open House, and helping with an event called “Soup and Stories”.

The committee also manages the “Pantry Box” by the front door of our church which is a place for church members to deposit non perishable food and Canadian Tire money at their convenience. These donations are distributed to West End Drop-In on a regular basis.
https://stmatthewswinnipeg.ca/st-matthews-maryland-community-ministry/

How You Can Help:

Volunteer to prepare a loaf of sandwiches for St. Matthew’s–Maryland Drop–in Centre.
Watch for announcements at church and on this website requesting support for specific projects.
Donate food items and Canadian Tire money to the Pantry Box.
Deliver food items to the attended recipients as required.

 

United Church of Canada Mission & Service Fund

Donations to this worthy fund supports ministry and charitable services across Canada and around the globe. The Mission & Service Fund is the only fund in which members and friends of the United Church pool their givings. Charleswood United Church members are faithful contributors to this fund making it possible for the national church to be more effective in its ministry.

http://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/get-involved/giving-choices

Some other organizations which are supported on an occasional basis are:

Rossbrook House   www.rossbrookhouse.ca/
Willow Place   www.willowplaceshelter.ca/
Winnipeg Harvest  www.winnipegharvest.org/
Lighthouse Mission   www.lighthousemission.ca/
Siloam Mission   www.siloam.ca/
Habitat for Humanity www.habitat.mb.ca/
Knowles Centre   www.knowlescentre.org/
South Winnipeg Family Information Centre  www.swfic.org/
RAY | Resource Assistance for Youth  www.rayinc.ca/
West Central Women’s Resource Centre   http://wcwrc.ca/

The Council has the powers of the Congregation vested in it and shall be responsible for managing the affairs and assets of the Congregation, through Ministry Committees. Council Executive shall consist of a chairperson, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, 5 Ministry Committee Conveners, 3 Presbytery Representatives and ministerial staff and shall have the authority to meet as necessary to deal with concerns that may arise between Council meetings.

The Council has the following responsibilities:

To act for the Congregation in all matters except those outlined in our constitution as specified duties of the Congregation as a whole.

To co-ordinate work of Ministry Committees.

To receive annual reports and set agenda for the Annual meeting.

To appoint auditors and receive auditor’s report.

To receive and approve annual budget prior to submission for acceptance.

To act in Pastoral Relations in event of change of Pastoral Relations.

To appoint people to fill Council and Committee vacancies on an interim basis.

To ensure the appointments of Heritage Fund Trustees according to the Heritage Fund Terms of Reference.

To approve disbursements of the Heritage Fund in accordance with the Heritage Fund Terms of Reference.

To appoint a Privacy Officer in accordance with the Privacy Act.

The Council will meet 5 times per year on a date agreed upon by the majority of its members.

The Council members for 2019-2020 are as follows:

Ministers: Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson

Chair: Laurie Messer

Vice-Chair: Janet Goddard

Secretary: Anne Burns

Treasurer: Doug Prophet

Plus the Chairpersons of the following committees which will meet in September, November, January, March, and May and additionally as required to fulfill their responsibilities.

Chair: Warren Thompson

 

This committee shall be concerned with the following:

Providing a consultative and supportive agency for church staff members and for members and adherents of the congregation;

Reviewing working conditions and remuneration of church staff members, and making recommendations to Council;

Making recommendations to Council with regard to the hiring and termination of paid lay staff, and consulting the Minister(s) on all new staff appointments.

The relationship of church staff to members of the pastoral charge and others;

The relationship between and among different staff members with respect to their responsibilities and authority;

Consulting with all church staff members about their plans for continuing education; ensuring that those eligible avail themselves of the United Church’s provisions for continuing education; ensuring that money and time are available to pursue continuing education which contributes to the mission goals of the pastoral charge and the United Church;

Annual review and evaluation of the effectiveness of church staff members as those persons and positions relate to the congregation’s program, as defined by Council;

Maintenance of close liaison with the Ministry Personnel & Education Council of Presbytery.

The committee shall meet at least quarterly and report to Council.

How You Can Help:

Share your skills: in good human relations, good organizational and communication skills, good knowledge of the Pastoral Charge and be caring member of the church.

Chair: Jennifer Mutter

 

This committee shall be concerned with the following:

In addition to elected members of this committee, the Church School Coordinator and the Senior Choir Director are corresponding members

To exercise responsibility for the worship life of the congregation including celebration of the sacraments, the orderly conduct of Sunday worship, sanctuary decoration, inter-church worship events, and special services in the life of the congregation as they arise.

To exercise oversight for the musical ministry of the church including choirs, instruments, guest artists, and budgets for the purchasing of music.

To encourage lay participation in the worship life of the church (i.e. ushers, greeters, readers, servers) and to assess the worship needs of the congregation on a regular basis including the provision of alternative forms of worship.

To exercise responsibility for the Sunday church school program including the recruitment and training of teachers and helpers, selection and evaluation of curricula, oversight of the Church School Coordinator, and administration of the Church School budget.

To exercise oversight and encouragement for Youth Ministry and programming.

To provide oversight for midweek groups for children and youth, Vacation Bible School , confirmation classes, faith development, and Adult Education opportunities.

To provide resources for development of candidates for the ministry and other church vocations

To be responsible for the library’s use and book purchases and maintenance of audio-visual equipment, including the sanctuary sound system.

To exercise responsibility for the budget of the Ministries of Worship and Education as well as the Church School Trust Fund, the Leadership Development Fund.

To recommend policies to Council on baptism, transfers, marriages and funerals, and administration of such policies. To ensure the reception, recording, preparation of candidates for membership by baptism, transfer, and profession of faith.

 

How You Can Help:

Visit new families to welcome them to the church
Offer your help with preparations being made for Baptism, Weddings etc
Co-ordinate Communion (e.g. partner with another couple to purchase and prepare elements.
Set up and clean up before and after communion and/or serve communion
Arrange scripture reader, ushers and communion servers
Read Scripture at Sunday Service
Help decorate the sanctuary
Join a choir
Direct a choir
Play an instrument for Sunday service
Assist in ushering at Sunday Service
Become a church school teacher or a volunteer in the nursery school
Assist with Youth programs
Help with adult education programs
Share your technical skills in the operation of sound equipment
Assist in keeping our library up to date
Support craft events such as Super Saturday Sundae
Help with Vacation Bible School for one week in the summer
Volunteer to help at other special short term events throughout the year such as the Family Picnic in June

Chair: Mark Little

 

This committee shall be concerned with the following:

Membership of this committee includes the Treasurer

To provide education and understanding of Stewardship as it pertains to the needs of the Church in the areas of time, talent and treasure.

To encourage and foster personal and financial involvement and to make available to the Congregation, Stewardship materials, including those issued by the United Church of Canada.

To plan, organize and carry out an annual Stewardship campaign.

To prepare and administer an annual budget in consultation with Ministry Committees and Council.

To be responsible for all accounting, auditing investments, and banking services required by the church.

To be responsible for offering takers, offering counters, recording and depositing all church receipts.

To be responsible for administering staff payroll and benefits in conjunction with the staff payroll officer.

To prepare and present monthly statements of financial standing in relation to the budget to Council.

To receive and remit Mission and Service Funds as directed by Council.

To be responsible for administration of any special funds.

To receive regular reports from the Heritage Fund trustees and report same to Council.

To maintain all church property, including the church building, furnishings, and church grounds and maintain guidelines for the use of church property.

To be responsible for loans or rentals of church property and policy of same. To set and maintain a schedule of fees for rentals of furnishings, rooms and other services.

 

How You Can Help:

Offer your skills of a trade when required for Church maintenance
Offer your expertise in personnel management, stewardship, funds management, computer skills, promotions, etc.

Chair: Susan Rogers

 

This committee shall be concerned with the following:

To serve the fellowship needs of the congregation by providing reception and refreshments in conjunction with congregational activities such as meetings, fellowship, and celebrations

To serve the congregation and community during funerals, memorials, and weddings

To exercise responsibility for the kitchen housekeeping and supplies, and supervision of the use of kitchen equipment such as the commercial dishwasher, plumbed-in coffee maker, fridge, stoves and freezer

To welcome new, transferring, or confirming members to the congregation with a corsage or boutonniere

To ensure the regular communication with the congregation through bulletin inserts

To keep in touch with the sick and shut-ins with a card or phone call

To work in conjunction with the church office sharing and exchanging information to help our committee to exceed its fullest potential

 

How You Can Help:
Help with preparation and serving at receptions, teas, fall suppers, special church events, anniversary celebrations, farewells, etc.
Join the Committee and enjoy Fun and Fellowship
Become a member of Care-ring
Visit Shut ins
Offer to drive congregation members to church when they are not able to do so
Shop for new member and transferring member gifts
Assist with the Church Newsletter, bulletin inserts, and website
Organize distribution of United Church Publications to members of our congregation
Visit new families to welcome them to the church
Knit Prayers shawls, children’s sweaters and mittens etc.
Help out in the office to label and stuff envelopes ,etc.

Trustees:

Ken Grower, Chair
Shauna Sperry
Gordon Gibson

What is the Charleswood United Church Heritage Fund?

The Charleswood United Church Heritage Fund was established on the occasion of our Church’s 75th Anniversary. This is a Foundation Trust Fund that is kept separate from general accounts of the Church.

Charleswood United Church has benefited from the generosity of its members and supporters for over 90 years.  In 1997, aware that increasing costs for maintaining this ministry could one day exceed the capacity of the congregation, Charleswood United Church established a special Fund to receive gifts to the church from bequests, estates and other donations, in trust.

Early gifts to the Heritage Fund swiftly raised the principle to over $200,000 and in its first 10 years the Heritage Fund enabled the church to provide added support to outreach, education, and congregational initiatives. In 2008 the church completed an historic building renovation and expansion. The Heritage Fund was able to provide a $220,000 interest free loan to the congregation that is in the process of being repaid. However, today is the time to think of tomorrow. Gifts planned for the Heritage Fund will one day allow the services we offer to the community to be extended well into the second century

 

Your Participation

It is a straightforward process to support the Heritage Fund. There are many ways you can help the Fund grow, including:

– Bequest in a Will
– Gifts of stocks, bonds and property
– Life Insurance
– Gift Annuities
– Memorial gifts
– Cash donations

All gifts to the Heritage Fund are tax deductible and in some situations the Heritage Fund may provide donors with estate and tax planning advantages and strategies.

Community Support Groups

The facilities of Charleswood United Church are made available to the people of the Community for worthwhile programs whenever and wherever it is possible to find the space.

Meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level  level. For more information, please visit http://mbnwo-alanon.org/