Knox Caledon Pastoral Charge: Worship

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Sunday Worship Services

We are a worshipping community of around 100 members who want to live, learn and grow in God's love. Here you will find people of all ages and stages in life from Caledon, Alton, Orangeville and beyond. We enjoy worship that includes both new music and traditional hymns, time to pray, and a chance to reflect on how to be disciples in our own time and place. Join us at for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (Sept - June) and 10:00 a.m. (July and August).

Children at Knox:

Your children are welcome too! We have a new addition which includes a nursery, a library and Sunday School classrooms for primary, junior and intermediate age groups. During the school year, children sit with their parents and join in the service for the first 20 minutes and then leave for their own worship and class time where they learn Bible stories and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

Life and Faith

Baptisms

Baptism is one of two sacraments in the United Church (the other is communion). It is a ritual that proclaims and celebrates the grace of God. As initiation into the church, the Body of Christ, it is an act of welcoming, blessing and belonging. In the United Church of Canada, most baptisms are with infants and children, however, a person can be baptized at any age.

Baptisms can be arranged in discussion with the minister. We don't require that parents be members, however, the congregation does take a vow to pledge their support to the child and their parents so it's easier to fulfill that vow if the family is part of the faith community. For this reason, we do not do private baptisms.

Weddings

We are glad that you are choosing to be married at Knox United Church. Your wedding is a very special day in your life. We understand marriage as a covenant with God who is loving, compassionate and just. As such we are called to embody this in our relationships with each other. We believe all relationships are grounded in inclusivity, openness, respect and equality. In the church, we celebrate such covenants in the context of worship.

Whenever a wedding is planned, there are lots of things to do. In order to be married, you will need to have several meetings with our minister, attend a pre-marriage course by a recognized group, get a marriage license, and pay a fee (to our minister, our director of music, and for use of the building). Please contact our minister to begin the conversation.

Funerals

The death of a loved one is a time to recall the miracle of life, to give thanks for the life of the deceased and to mourn their loss. The Bible reflects many emotional responses to the reality of grief including anger, denial, guilt, lament, resignation, thanksgiving and trust. In a Christian funeral, the promise of hope is proclaimed that in life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.

When a loved one dies, a family is invited to contact a funeral home of their choice to discuss the arrangements. Our minister is available to offer a funeral or memorial service and for pastoral care.

We conduct a Blue Service in the month of December, which offers a service of support for those who have lost a loved one in the past year or those who have struggled with a concern or illness and would like some faith support.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a time when those baptized as infants or young children have an opportunity to affirm the promises made on their behalf at baptism. Classes are held by our minister for those in grade 10 and up and include teaching, reading parts of the Bible, spiritual practices, reflecting, journaling and meeting with an adult mentor of their choice. A special service is then held so that each confirmed can share with the congregation what their faith means to them and why they are choosing to join the church.

New Members

New members are always welcome! Members are those who make a commitment to grow in their faith and to contribute their God-given gifts to the congregation. Members are life-long disciples who continue to learn to live God's love.

Pastoral Care

As a faith community, we are all called to care for one another. Each person is called to offer pastoral care through making phone calls, prayer, visiting, writing notes and emails, making food, and so forth. Our minister also strives to connect with those who are in hospital, grieving, or in need of spiritual and emotional support. Please make sure you let the minister and others know of your pastoral care needs.

Knox also has a group of people who knit or crochet prayer shawls for those who are ill, in crisis, or who are celebrating a special occasion, such as the birth of a baby. This group freely offers these prayer shawls to those who will benefit from this caring group of individuals.

Study Groups

Study groups will be offered from time to time, if you are interested please check our online calendar for details of day and times.

Daily Devotional

www.united-church.ca/exploring/prayers/reflections

United Church of Canada offers a weekly reflection on it's website. Its written by various writers from across the church.

www.sacredspace.ie/

This site, from the Jesuits in Ireland, leads you through a five stage prayer, including a prayer for opening yourself to God's presence and reflection on a scripture passge. There is a new prayer and scripture for each day and an overall reflection for the week. You simply click on the date and click your way through the prayer/reflection.

www.pray-as-you-go.org/

This site has a daily prayer for your MP3 player. It includes a centering bell, music, and a person reading a scripture passage and offering you questions for reflection. Each one lasts around 10 minutes. Great for the commute or morning or evening prayer time!

http://www.upperroom.org/

The Upper Room publishes a daily devotional guide found in many churches, including ours, that includes a very brief reflection and a short scripture passage for each day. The Upper Room is an arm of the United Methodist Church in the United States. Copies are available for you at the back of our sanctuary.

www.i.ucc.org/FeedYourSpirit

The United Church of Christ, similar in theology to the United Church of Canada, offers a daily bible reading and reflection which can be read online or emailed to your inbox daily.