Thank you for allowing me the time for a three month sabbatical followed by a summer holiday. I travelled in Rome for three weeks, spent one week in Florence and two weeks in Spain. I walked part of the Portuguese Camino trail from northern Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. This pilgrimage was an exciting adventure. I am preparing a slideshow to share with you all this fall.
It is good to be back in your midst and once again share in the community life at Woodroffe. The summer seemed short, as usual, but the programs at the church draw us back together again.
I trust you have had a break and time of renewal these last couple of months and will also be returning to share in Woodroffe activities.
I know some of you are still traveling, and there is a number of good fishing weeks left at the cottage, but fall is here. And with it, the return to Congregational life!
We start this fall, as I’m sure many of you will have already heard, with the season of Creation. The five weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are a time to focus intentionally on our relationship with God’s creation, and how that relationship affects, or doesn’t, our day to day lives. Environment Sunday is on September 22, right in the middle of the season, and that will help to anchor us in these questions.
There are always lots of activities to look forward to at this time of year! Sunday School, catching up on the social life of the Congregation, the triumphant return of the choir (they have room for more – you know you want to!), preparing for the Bazaar, and all the firing up again of the routine, but essential, work of the many volunteers who work together in a myriad of different ways around here.
I am particularly looking forward to seeing what this next chapter in the life of the Congregation will bring. How will the opening of the new senior’s complex next door affect us this winter? How will we address some of the medium term challenges that we are facing in the evolution of this community? What new faces have we yet to meet? What familiar faces will we come to know better? What does it mean to be God’s people in this time, in this place?
Another year’s journey has begun. We may not know what lies in store for us, but we know it will be interesting! I look forward to reconnecting with all of you as we travel together through whatever surprises the year has in store for us.
The 96th Ottawa Scouts are ready for a fun-filled year of camping, Laser Quest, geocache hunting, and so many other fun activities it would take too long to write it all down!
We meet on Mondays at Woodroffe United Church (entry by the north door) from 7pm to 9pm. Youth in scouts are 11-14 years old and don’t even need to have any experience in camping! The biggest thing we ask of the youth is to come with an open mind and ready to go outside at any time. We can offer new boys or girls two meeting nights to come and check us out (no strings attached)!
Since the last news, we have had a camp at a hike in campsite in Algonquin Park, a 6 hour geocaching hike in urban Ottawa, and a bike excursion to Britannia Park and Beach!!
The Algonquin Park camp was a hike in camp for the scouts and most leaders, but Scouter Peter was kind enough to canoe in most of the bigger, heavier things like stoves and the food! After about a 5 Km hike the scouts set up camp and then went on different excursions to High Falls and Barron Canyon. As always, there was lots of bacon to be had for breakfast and learning some of the tricks of lightweight camping, all while having fun!
The geocaching hike started at the church, we all bussed to Lebreton Flats and then hiked our way back to Westboro station stopping along the way to find a bunch of geocaches and to eat lunch. For some of the scouts this was new to them, for others they had done it before and wanted to add to their total finds. Our lunch break was in the shade of the old train bridge watching the various people that use the bike path and the water just across from us. We will be doing another geo-hike this year too!
The bike excursion was a day to get out and have some fun! Biking down to the park, then playing Frisbee and manhunt for a little while, and finishing the day with the return trip to the church. A quick and easy day, but one that is always a lot of fun.
If you or your youth are interested in checking out our program, please stop by!
It’s the start of another busy year! It looks to be another exciting year in scouting with a super team of leaders with lots of children registered in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers! Check out their articles elsewhere in the Uniter. The library is full of great books to borrow and read! Church School has started again and once again we are blessed with a great group of teachers and children. Don’t forget if your child is too young for Church School, they are welcome in the Nursery! This year the Church School will be following a new curriculum (see below in Sandra Smith’s article). Be sure to drop by the Church School open house on September 29th to meet the teachers and see what goes on (and there are usually some goodies to eat too!). On November 24th we will be holding the ever popular Babies and Friends luncheon (more goodies!) and at about that time the Church School children start preparing for the Christmas Pageant. Planning for the annual Ski Trip has started and it is tentatively scheduled for early February, but more on that a little later in the year! All in all, the Christian Education Committee will have another exciting year ahead of it, so if you are interested in helping out let one of us know – we would be glad to have you!
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. 1 Thess. 5:11
The youth of Woodroffe United are actively involved in the life of the church in a variety of ways throughout the year. Whether reading Scripture, greeting newcomers, leading in prayer, singing in the choir, or serving on a committee, our young people of all ages are a vital part of this community. This fall our youth and children will continue to grow in their faith, develop and use their gifts to serve one another in love, and encourage and build up the people around them.
Gathering on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. our Church School participants from Nursery age to Grade 12 meet weekly to worship, learn, serve and lead through an assortment of creative, fun activities based on the Whole People of God curriculum. Our first unit of the fall season is titled, Real World, Real Faith. An information leaflet describing Unit 1 is available in the Narthex.