A few reminders for this week Mar. 4 to Mar. 10, 2024


“Now my soul is troubled,” said Jesus, “And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.” (John 12:27)

Is there anything worth dying for? Jesus thought so. What are you prepared to give up your life for? We might answer ‘my spouse’ or ‘my children’ or ‘my grandchildren.’ It seems to me that if there is nothing for which we are prepared to die, then the other side of that coin is that there is ultimately nothing worth living for. Perhaps this is why humanity is preoccupied with keeping busy with distractions—so we don’t have to confront the question of what am I living for. Jesus was prepared to die for us which also means he was living for us and in his resurrected life lives for us now.



Central United Church welcomes you to join our Worship Service Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. In worship we proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour; God’s word is read and preached, sacraments celebrated, faith sung and prayers offered.

Sunday services are also livestreamed (and recorded) through the Church website or you can join here. A copy of the bulletin for this Sunday’s Service is attached here.


This Sunday’s Scripture readings are Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10 and John 3:14-21. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.


Just a reminder that clocks will “spring forward” one hour at 2:00 am local time this Sunday, March 10th for Daylight Savings.


The Outreach Committee have chosen “The Yonge Street Mission” as the 2024 Lenten Project. As a local, Christian development agency, they believe that each and every one of the 500,000 people experiencing poverty in Toronto has immense value. All of their resources and energy at the Yonge Street Mission (YSM) are focused on working to respond to immediate needs and help people move from surviving to thriving.

Financial donations will be accepted throughout the season of Lent up to and including Easter Sunday. If you wish to donate, you can either drop off your donations at the Church or mail them to the church. Cheques should be payable to Central United Church. Coin is also accepted – just drop it down the “pipe” set up in the narthex.


“I Believe” – A study of the Apostles’ Creed

Our Lenten Bible Study has begun and will end on March 19, 2024. The in person session will begin with a light meal at 6:00 P.M., then the study shortly after 7:15 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. If you have already signed up to join the Lenten dinner but know in advance that you cannot attend certain dates, please take a moment to fill out this form. This will be very helpful to the food team in terms of planning. 


If you cannot join us in person, you are invited to join us online. The plenary session led by Rev. Dr. James Clubine at 7:15 P.M. will be live streamed via Central United Church’s Youtube channel and the recording will be provided right after the session on the same channel. After watching the session, you are welcome to join the online group discussion at 7:40 P.M. Please click Teams link here to join. You may download a copy of the discussion questions here as well.


Tuesday, March 12th at 1:00 PM

When we are confronted with a life threatening illness, bereavement, or caring for a loved one, it can be overwhelming. Are you aware what support services are available or how you could navigate the Health Care System? We are fortunate to have Lerryn Pitcher, Executive Director of Evergreen join us to share the services they offer to assist us when we are in need of support. Please join the UCW on Tuesday, March 12th at 1pm to hear about these services. Everyone is welcome.


Central’s Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 20th at 10:00 am via Zoom to review “Ducks: Two years in the Oil Sands” by Kate Beaton. For further details contact Carole Beam at #647-226-8498 or by email at carolebeam@gmail.com.

ALPHA 2024

“Wonder about faith?”

Join a series of group conversations that freely explore the Christian faith in an open, friendly environment. At each Alpha session, you watch an episode on a different question of faith – then have a chance to share your thoughts and hear what others think. You can say anything you like, or nothing at all. Everyone’s welcome. You’re invited, no matter your background or beliefs. Our Alpha program will be held every Wednesday at 7PM from April 3rd to June 5th with light refreshment being served each week. Please click here to sign up.



Join us for an unforgettable summer experience! Central United Church will be hosting a 1-week Summer Day Camp ‘The Blessed Way 2024’ from July 8th to July 12th for children currently in SK to Grade 5 (or Grade 1-6 in September 2024). For more details and online registration, please click here. Due to limited enrollment, we encourage you to register now.


Junior and senior high school students are welcome to volunteer. If any youths are interested, please apply here.


Are you interested in helping out with our weekly livestream. If so, please contact Alan Heighway at webmaster@centralunitedchurch.com. Training will be provided.



You are welcome to join the Thursday prayer meeting tonight at 7:00 PM for a time of prayer and fellowship. The meeting is held using Zoom technology.


Here are the details for those who wish to participate:


Access to Join from your PC, Tablet or Smartphone:

Copy this address into your web browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8925458525 or click here


Quick access by phone:

1.   Call: 647 374-4685

2.   When prompted press: 892 545 8525 #

3.   Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call



Should you become aware of any illness, bereavement, hospitalization, etc., among people of our church, please notify the church office as soon as possible.

If you would like a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Clubine at the church office 905.474.0183 or mobile office 416.358.4924 or by email jclubine@centralunitedchurch.com.


We want to help you stay connected so if you happen to be wondering “who’s doing what” in terms of duties, the list for this week is below….

March 10th 2024


MUSIC: Sarah Wyse

POWER POINT: Serag Gadelrab

GREETER: Linaire Armstrong

WORSHIP HOST: Linda Patterson

COFFEE HOUR: Thursday Prayer Committee (Ron Wyse)

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sharon Gayman Laird



If you are interested in reading ahead a little, below are the readings for next week.

March 17th 2024

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51:1-12

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33