Welcome

West Hill is a people, a place, and an idea. We are a community living out a progressive faith, striving to make a positive difference in our own lives, the lives of others, and the world.

Based in Scarborough Ontario, we have supporters as close as our neighbourhood and all over the world.  You belong with us! Connect with us in person, on the web, or here. We look forward to the journey with you.

Our mission:

Moved by a reverence for life to pursue justice for all, we inspire one another to seek truth, live fully, care deeply and make a difference.

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Thursday
Dec082016

White Gift Sunday - December 11th

The Outreach Committee, in conjunction with Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities has volunteered to make Christmas Hampers for 12 families with children.

 You can help share the joy!  We invite you to: 

 · Donate food!  

 · Donate a toy! 

 Choose a stocking from the board in the lobby and return the

un-wrapped gift with the stocking attached, on Dec. 11th

 · Contribute financially!

White Gift envelopes are in the lobby.

Insert your cash or a cheque payable to West Hill United Church,

and place it in the collection plate.

 · Deliver hampers!

Volunteer to help with delivery of the hampers.

For information, please contact Dorothy Hirlehey, the Outreach Committee or call the office

416-282-8566

 

Monday
Dec052016

Special Note about our Podcasts

After 25 years of service, our wireless sound system needs to be replaced. To ensure that we can provide a quality recording to share with others, this system -- like the previous one -- must be of professional quality. Systems of this quality can range from $500-$600.  Can you help us out with a donation?  If you value hearing Gretta's and others' wonderful perspectives, clearly and without distortion, this would be a great way to show your financial support! You can send your donations to West Hill United Church with a notation "for a speaker system".  Or click on the Canada Helps button to the right and note "for speaker system".  Thanks for your ongoing support!

Saturday
Dec032016

Culture, Context, and Reconciliation

Seventh Annual Affirming Anniversary Celebration

 

West Hill became an Affirming Congregation, officially welcoming LGBTQ2S people into leadership roles at West Hill, in 2009. In fact, we had included diverse sexualities and genders in congregational leadership for some years before but realized that, from the outside, it was hard to tell we were welcoming. Since our initial celebration, we've recognized our diversity every year on the first Sunday of December.

This year, we are excited to be welcoming Ej Kwandibens, an indigenous gay man and cultural educator. Ej will illuminate the history and meaning of the indigenous term "Two Spirited". He will also bring his own experience and perspective to bear on the issues of sexuality in indigenous culture and the importance of reconciliation to the nurturing of healthy relationships in the community and organizations.

As we do on the first Sunday of each month, there will be a meal following the service. This month, the meal will be vegan and built around the Three Sisters Soup recipe which has its roots in indigenous communities. We look forward to breaking bread with Ej and with you!

 

Saturday
Dec032016

CBC Radio Program "Ontario Today"

Can you have church without God?

On December 1st, Gretta joined Rita Celli on the radio program
Ontario Today. The segment was titled "Can you have church without God?"
Phone lines lit up after Gretta's interview, as half-a-million listeners tuned in for the province-wide phone-in conversation over lunch .

Listen here
Saturday
Dec032016

Fundscrip Gift Cards - A perfect time to order!

Do you shop, dine, or gas up at any of these great Canadian retailers? If so, read on...

Will you be picking up a gift card or two this season? We have had wonderful success with folks ordering gift cards for regular weekly expenses such as groceries, pharmacy and fuel, as well as those little extras for gifts, entertainment, restaurants and retail goods. 

From 1% to 10% of our everyday purchases will be automatically donated back to West Hill United Church! 

 

Imagine buying groceries and gas, clothing, and entertainment, things you already buy each week from your favourite stores, while earning money back to West Hill United Church.

A complete list of retailers is available at on the FundScrip website at Retailers.

You'll also find list of special deals that offer us a boost when purchased during that mothly promotion.

Hmm....Sounds good. So, what’s the catch?

The catch, if there is one, is that you need to be a little organized in your shopping; however, you already buy groceries and gas on a regular basis. You know how much you spend and where you like to shop. So, as it turns out, the idea of buying gift cards for those purchases a couple of days in advance isn’t such a “catch” after all. Just imagine, if you spend $200/week on groceries and you pre-purchase your grocery gift card through our group, that is $6.00 back to West Hill United Church per week.

In 10 months, you alone could earn a minimum of $240.00 back to West Hill United Church, simply by doing something you do everyday … and that is just groceries. Add gas, entertainment, and clothing and that amount will rise substantially.

The only other "catch" is that you need to come to the Church to pick up your purchases...or you could designate someone to pick up your purchase on your behalf.

Enrollment is easily done via Enrollment Link. Our Group Invitation Code is YWVFVW.

As always, we thank you for you generous support!

 

Saturday
Dec032016

2017 West Hill Calendars - Coming Soon!

West Hill United 2017 Calendars are on the way!

Featuring the natural beauty of the Canadian north, captured on film by Randy and Laura Bowes!
What a wonderful way to support West Hill as we look forward to a bright New Year.
Calendars will be available later this month in the lobby.

Fantastic gift idea too!

Monday
Nov282016

Singing the Season

Any who have joined West Hill for a Sunday Gathering will know that Scott's relationship with the piano is one of passion and if they have heard him speak, they know he has a riveting presence and a delightful sense of humour.

Those who celebrate Christmas, even secularly, know it as a season that can inspire great acts of charity, and infuse whole communities with a sense of wellbeing and joy.

Singing the Season, West Hill's festive evening of sing along and solos, fuses the wonder of Scott with the beauty of Christmas. It is an evening of celebration, wistful memory, inspiration, and joy.  

Please join us for this signature event and invite your friends and family for a lovely taste of West Hill's unique perspective. 

Monday
Nov282016

The Longest Night Service

Over the millennia, we have learned to gather together in community to share resources, find protection, increase confidence, hang on to courage. Especially at difficult and dangerous times, turning to one another for support, affirmation, and encouragement is as natural as instinct; we do it intuitively.

Long before recorded time, the power of nature reigned supreme. It birthed us into being, nurtured and sustained us, sent us reeling with its often catastrophic indifference. And as the sun slipped beneath the horizon in the winter sky, our bewilderment must have turned toward despair.

 

Our attachment to light is primal. We need it. Indeed, we crave it. Our lives could not be nourished without it. And so, even when we can rationally understand the physics of a leaving and returning sun, we find within the cosmic cycles a metaphor for much within our lives.

Join us on one of the two evenings of the Winter Solstice to retell the story of darkness pressing over light and light's ongoing triumph. We'll reflect on what has been and our complicity in its dark and brutal tale. And then, encouraged in community, we'll move into light and, in so doing, let darkness slip from our hearts.

Mississauga

 On Sunday, December 18, we'll be at the home of West West Hill in Mississauga84 Burnhamthorpe Road in the Community of Christ Church building. This gathering of West West Hill will, as usual, commence at 4:30 for an early potluck meal as we do every third Sunday of the month. Our service,The Longest Night, will start at 6:00 that evening, necessarily compressing our informal time together. 

Scarborough

We'll gather on Wednesday, December 21 at our Scarborough location, 62 Orchard Park Drive, three blocks east of Morningside Avenue on Kingston Road. The service commences at 7 p.m.

We look forward to having you with us. After all, who wants to be alone on the longest night?

Sunday
Nov272016

Our 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar

This year's bazaar was held on Saturday November 19 from 9am to 2pm; there were many key components that combined to make it a successful event. Thank you to all!

What a community of hard-working, fun-loving people we have! Without the time commitment and effort of all our volunteers, the bazaar would simply not have happened and not have been the success it was, raising over $7,500!  So its success belongs to all of us at WHU.  This was our 8th annual Holiday Bazaar and we know the community now looks forward to this event as much as we do. Line-ups before we open are proof of this.

To read all about this years Bazaar and the wonderful team who pulled it all together, click HERE

 http://www.westhill.net/storage/Eighth%20Annual%20Holiday%20Bazaar.docx

Sunday
Nov202016

Men's Spirituality Group 

NOW MEETING MONDAY EVENINGS!
The West Hill Men’s Group is looking forward to continuing their fall meetings at a new time. Meetings have been moved to Monday evenings, every second week, from 7-9 p.m. check the calendar for the date of the next gathering.
An opportunity for men to examine your own spirituality in a safe, respectful, small-group setting. Facilitator Kevin Jackson will offer topics and questions to stimulate discussion about our personal spiritual journeys. There is no charge for this program, and we would be glad for men in the congregation, or friends from the community to join us.