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.
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.
Over the past many months, we've been challenged to engage broadly about who we are and what we see the future of church can be. We'd be delighted to talk with you about it and have extended an invitation to congregations across the country to reach out if they are interested in having a conversation with us. It can be about what this "theologically non-exclusive" church is really like. It might be about the rise of the "Nones" and how we are engaging them. You might want to just talk about the review of our minister. Whatever your interest, we will find a way to engage. So be in touch and let's set a date.
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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.
On Sunday, December 18, we'll be at the home of West West Hill in Mississauga, 84 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.
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?
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
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!
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!
On December 1st, Gretta joined Rita Celli on the radio program
Ontario Today. The segment was titled "Can you have church without God?"
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.