The M & P Committee is a confidential, consultative committee that is responsible for the clergy and lay staff of the church. The committee supports the Church Board, the church community, church staff and volunteers on personnel matters. The committee also serves as a confidential forum for the church community to provide input from the congregation on staff related issues.
Plan and direct the total programming of faith study of children/youth.
Plan and direct intergenerational programming for congregation and community at large under the headings of: Social, Spiritual, Learning, Leisure & Wellness, Outreach (in partnership with Mission & Outreach committee).
Manage all matters pertaining to finance, prepare and present the annual budget, prepare Narrative budget for Annual Congregational Report as well initiate, organize and promote regular special appeals for financial stewardship.
Promote the United Church of Canada Mission & Service Fund within congregation membership. The Committee encourages and offers Mission education, both globally and locally, in the various areas of congregational life. As well the Committee develops liaison with agencies, groups, and congregations serving community needs and problem areas and supplements these efforts when the need arises.
The committee co-ordinates the maintenance, minor renovations, cleaning and improvements of the land, buildings and contents of the Church. Also, the committee oversees the establishment of rental fees and the control of the distribution of keys through the role of the Administrative Assistant.
The committee reviews any major changes in the order of worship as planned by the minister and music director. It is also the responsibility of the committee to review the list of special worship for the coming year and approve or suggest changes if necessary.
The worship committee assists the Administrative Assistant with a schedule of lay readers for each worship as well as a list of elders for each communion and ensures that all the roles within communion worship are fulfilled by elders. It is the responsibility of the committee to arrange for pulpit supply in the minister’s absence. The committee confers with the music director should there be any concerns or special arrangements with regard to the supply of music.
The congregation of Westdale United Church lives into its 3rd decade with a continued vibrancy that was obviously evident when it all began with such devoted members!
The Mission Statement of Westdale United Church states, ‘ As a Christian community, we seek to honour God and to care for one another daily. We are called to live our faith and to grow spiritually by learning and applying the teachings of the scriptures.’
Members have come to believe in their church and in their faith providing them with an anchor which guides their lives and calls them in the Way of Jesus Christ to work toward hope, justice and peace for all of creation. Come in and join the journey of faith and spiritual growth.
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Memo to: Members and Adherents of Westdale United Church
Memo from John MacDonald, Chair, Unified Board
Date: March 29, 2022
Re: Masks Are Strongly Recommended
On March 9, 2022, I informed the congregation that the Unified Board had, acting upon information of the day, decided that the mandatory wearing of masks would be extended beyond the provincial date for entry into the church until March 31/22.
After thoughtful consideration we will continue with that decision. Therefore, as of this Thursday, March 31, 2022 it will no longer be mandated that masks must be worn in the building.
HOWEVER, and that is a big however, as we stated earlier, individuals are strongly encouraged to continue to wear a mask as they deem it necessary to provide for their own personal safety and the safety of others while attending any meeting or church service at Westdale.
In addition, the Board is fully prepared to re-establish Health and Safety mandates in accordance with any future instructions from the Ontario Ministry of Health.
An Ad Hoc Committee, as approved on May 6, 2018 by the congregation, is investigating the possible sale of a portion of the church property and is interested in speaking with any Westdale member(s) who may have professional experience in the area of design and build projects. If anyone has such past experience and would be available to consult with the Ad Hoc Committee please speak to Mary-Lynn Koekkoek, Chair of the Unified Board or Ross Fitchett, Co-Chair of Committee.
One Roof Dinner Service
Thank you to all those who donated their time and energy to prepare, serve and clean up a dinner service at
One Roof on May 31st. Your generosity and commitment makes a difference and is greatly appreciated!