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Trinity United Church Uxbridge

Sunday School

During Sunday Service

We offer a children's program during our worship service for children in grades JK through grade six. Children begin the service with their parents then go downstairs for Sunday School in the chapel after the children’s moment with Pastor Kirby.

Sunday School follows a similar format to the service upstairs but with more activity based learning. We sing songs, listen to stories, colour, play games, make crafts and sometimes participate in re-enacting Bible stories. Our goal to finish the programme in time to return children to the Sanctuary during the singing of the last hymn to be reunited with their parents.

Our curriculum this fall and winter will focus on the study of The Lord’s Prayer and learning the significance and meaning of a different line each week. Interspersed throughout the fall and winter will be some weeks with a special craft or a story and colouring activity so kids can join back in upstairs earlier in the service for Communion.

If you have any questions about our children’s programme, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office or Cindy Finlay, Sunday School coordinator at cindy.finlay.ca@gmail.com

UCW

Sept-May: 1st Thurs @2pm

The names have changed over the years - "Women's Missionary Society" and "The Ladies' Aid" among others - but the fact remains that throughout our history, women in the church have always gathered to serve in Jesus' name with our unique talents and considerable abilities when we join together in a common purpose: "to unite all women of the congregation for the total mission of the church and provide a medium through which we may express our loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, service, and fellowship."

Women of all ages are invited to any of the monthly meetings. We have three joint potluck supper/meetings each year (December, January, and June), and we often invite the women of other United Churches in the area, such as Epsom, Utica, Zephyr, and Stouffville to join us.
Each meeting includes Business, Worship and a Program. The program might be a local speaker on a topic of general interest or a video on a topic of worldwide significance. It is always something new and interesting! We also plan ways to serve our church family and the community, including hospitality, rummage sales, the annual Tour of Homes, and much more...

Friends Ministry

Sept-June: Wed @7pm

We invite men and women with developmental disabilities to join us for a program of great singing, drama, skits, prayers, stories about Jesus’ love and ending with refreshments.
We meet every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. from September to June there are many special events, such as Remembrance Day Tribute, Fashion Show, Talent Show, Christmas Banquet, Closing BBQ, as well as invited special guests to entertain and teach.
This is a non-denominational gathering and is open to everyone, so if you know of anyone who would benefit from this ministry, please invite them.

Youth Group

Fridays @7pm

We invite any interested youths to come and bring a friend. Our Youth groupt is for those in high-school or any young adults. We meet at 7 p.m. every Friday in the Youth room located on the lower level of the Church.

We are a Bible focused Youth Group and are learning how the Word of God is the best tool available to assist us in coping with today’s social problems and is just as relevant today as it was two thousand years ago.

Remember to bring your friends!!
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    Bible Reflection

    Mark 14:3-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB):
    3While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.

    4But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted?
    5For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her.
    6But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me.
    7For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.
    8She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial.
    9Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."
    Please review verse 3.  Two notes on setting: the scene in Bethany is on the cusp of Jesus’ final visit to Jerusalem – from triumph and “hosannas” to crucifixion; secondly they are at “the home of Simon the leper”.  They are eating at a leper’s home! Is this the home of one of the people that Jesus healed of leprosy? What a celebration! If Simon is currently a leper, what bold and fearless love!  Either way, the setting testifies to the amazing grace of Jesus.  Is the “woman” Simon’s wife, mother, daughter or sister?  We are not told.  What we are told of is her amazing response of gratitude to amazing grace.  Think of an experience of “amazing grace” in your life.  What was/is your response?
    Please review verses 4 and 5.  A “denarii” equaled a day’s wage.  At 300 denarii that’s a year’s pay!  This precious perfume of “pure nard” was worth between 30 to 50 thousand dollars!  What are your thoughts on the shocked response of the disciples: “Why has this perfume been wasted?”
    Please review verses 6 through 9.  It is important to note that when Jesus healed people He saved people not only from suffering but from poverty.  As in much of the world today, the blind, lame and leper of Jesus’ time were unemployable and would resort to begging.  Why do you think (from what you know of Jesus and from what He says here) that Jesus, unlike His disciples, approved of this woman’s sacrifice?
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    Bible Reflection

    Luke 24:13-35 New American Standard Bible (NASB):
    Road to Emmaus
    13And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27Then begin-ning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.  28And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther.
    ...
    29But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” 33And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
    Please take some time reading over verses 13-19 (ending at “What things?”).  It is the first day of the week, Easter Morning (see vs. 13, “that very day”).  How would you describe the state of mind of these two followers of Jesus?  Jesus was right there and yet they were totally unaware of His presence.  Has this happened to you?  When?
    Please reflect on verses 19-27.  The phrase “we were hoping” (verse 21) pretty much describes the sad hearts of these disciples.  Verses 22-24 connect with verse 25.  The women’s witness, which had been verified by disciples (vs. 24), could have helped them to see scripture’s promise, but they would not believe them.  Reflect on times when receiving the faith witness of other Christians has helped you in your faith.  Is there someone(s) God is calling you to encourage today?
    Let’s look at verses 28-35.  This section begins and ends with faithful responses by the two disciples, what are they?  The pattern of vs. 30, He “blessed”, “broke” and “gave” are also found in the feeding of the five thousand (Luke 9:16)  and in the early church’s celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  The “breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35) speaks to Jesus experience in worship, Christian community and ministry to the world. Are there ways that you have “recognized” Christ in these three ways of “breaking bread”?
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    Bible Reflection

    John 20:11-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB):
    11But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 
    12and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.
    13 And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 
    14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 
    15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 
    16Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). 
    17Jesus said to her “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 
    18Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
    Slowly reread verses 11-13.  I would locate several emotions in this passage – grief, confusion, fear and possibly anger.  Looking carefully at what Mary does and says can you list at least one reason for each of these emotions?
    Please review verses 14-16.  Mary did not recognize Jesus until He named her.  Have there been times in your life when, like Mary, you “saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus”?  What made the difference?
    Ponder verses 17-18.  “Stop clinging to Me” always seemed, to me, out of place in this passage – yet this too is Jesus’ word to us.  Grief orients ourselves to the past, fear closes us to God’s future.  After time to reflect, I invite you to name griefs and fears that may be hindering your walk with the Risen Lord.  I encourage you to write them down.
    Let’s pray:  “God, we want to walk with You by faith in Your Son Jesus.  I see that these griefs [name them] make it harder for me to hear You today.  Turn my heart to You.  These fears [name them] restrict my love for You and limit my capacity to love others.  Set me free, Lord Jesus.  Be the source of my peace; lead me into Your best future that You have prepared for me.  Through Jesus Christ I ask these things.  Amen.
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    Bible Reflection

    Luke 22:39-46 New American Standard Bible (NASB):
    The Garden of Gethsemane
    39And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. 
    40When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 
    41And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 
    42saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
    43Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 
    44And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. 
    45When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, 
    46and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
    Please review verse 39.  The Mount of Olives is a high forested hill a short walk from Jerusalem.  In the evening it would be a quiet and lovely place which overlooks Jerusalem, the center of Hebrew life and faith.  Note the phrase “as was His custom”.  Do you have a quiet place where you regularly go to spend time with God in prayer?  If yes, how do you find it helpful to have that “prayer place”?  If no, ask God to lead you to one.
    Ponder verses 40-42 and 45-46.  Notice that Jesus commands us to pray?  Repeatedly?  God wants us to come to Him with all our needs – physical, financial, emotional, relational and spiritual.  Which of these areas does your prayer life emphasize?  What might be areas for growth?
    Consider verses 43-44.  How do we judge or appraise our prayer life?  Can “good” prayer ONLY lead us to feel “better” or “refreshed”?  How would you describe this time of prayer for Jesus?  Why was this painful exercise a “good” prayer time?  What were the results beyond this passage?
    Olives and Prayer
    Consider the parallels between olives and prayer. Olives were a daily food used for:
    • daily cooking
    • daily cleansing
    • healing wounds
    • celebration
    • times of grief (for burial)
    • perfume (to cover body odour!)
    • for worship
    • to set people aside for ministries/leadership
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    Bible Reflection

    2 Corinthians 4:5-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB):
    5For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. 
    6For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
    7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 
    8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 
    9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 
    10always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
    Please review verse 5.  What would it mean for us to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus as opposed to proclaiming ourselves?  Over the years I have heard people say about church attendance, “I come for the music” or “I come for the message” or “I come to see people”.  None of these are, in themselves, a bad thing.  But how much greater would it be for people to come away talking about, wondering about, Jesus?  Is there a difference? If so, how would you describe it?
    Take some time to ponder verse 6.  In English it makes for a rather complex sentence.  At the beginning of creation God caused (through His word) light to shine in darkness.  Now God causes spiritual light (through His word) to shine in us.  This light reveals who God is (His identity and His nature) as seen in “the face of Christ”.  Do you think of Jesus as showing us who God is?  What do you see?
    Please read and reflect on verses 7-9.  How does Jesus reveal God to the world?  What sort of person was He?  Does Jesus’ life look more like our ideas of success or more like Paul’s life?  When we look at ourselves and those around us, does our model of “success” or “doing well” fit more with the Jesus/Paul model or the world’s model?
    Please read over and consider verse 10.  Truly the 4th chapter of 2 Corinthians is a very profound passage!  Regarding Paul’s teaching in verse 10 (it may also help to read verses 11 -12) let me begin with this question: Where is God’s love for us most clearly seen in Jesus’ ministry?  Is it His miracles or in His suffering to death on the cross?  If it is the cross what might this say about how God most clearly reveals His love in us?