Announcements – November 14, 2021

► What you need to know this week


Important announcement regarding Walton’s Covid-19 policies

At the most recent meeting on November 9, 2021, the Walton Council passed the following change to Walton’s Covid vaccination policy:

Effective Monday, November 15, 2021, until Monday, January 31, 2022, Walton Church will require proof of vaccination for all indoor worship activities, group gatherings, meetings, events, and rentals.

This includes Sunday worship, Sunday School, Teen Talk, Youth Groups, in-person committee meetings, Bible study, etc. Exceptions are those not eligible for vaccination due to their age, and those with documented medical exemptions. Proof of full vaccination or medical exemption letter from a licensed physician must be presented each time to attend any of the above events.

Our current Covid protocols will remain for everyone’s protection: cloth or 3-layer paper masks worn correctly over the nose and mouth and physical distancing required at all times indoors; advance registration and assigned seating for Sunday services and Sunday School; no group singing; enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces; all staff and visitors to complete a health screening and sign in and out of the building.

As a church that is dedicated to being welcoming and inclusive, this is not a decision that was taken lightly. However, as we head into winter amid rising case numbers, the Council felt this step is necessary not only to protect our members and guests but also to create the safest working environment possible for Walton’s staff in these extraordinary times.

Council strongly encourages everyone able to get vaccinated to do so when eligible. For those who choose not to, and those uncomfortable attending worship in person, virtual services will continue to be offered each week.

Council will re-evaluate this policy in January in light of current case numbers, provincial regulations, and the direction of our regional health authority. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the church office.

Other announcements

• In-person Sunday School resumes on Sunday, November 21! We can’t wait to welcome children and youth in grades JK – 8 back to Sunday School beginning next week. For full details regarding vaccination and Covid-19 policies, advance registration, and drop off / pick up procedures, please visit the Sunday School registration page on Walton’s website or contact the church office. For those not ready to return in person, virtual lessons will continue to be sent out by email each week.

• Senior Youth Group – Friday, November 19th we’re back in person! Sign up to our email list to get more details – https://bit.ly/SYGsignup

• White Gift casting call for kids and teens! Every year Walton’s kids help share the true meaning of Christmas with the congregation in our White Gift service – a special day dedicated to giving. The theme this year is “What Will You Give?” This year’s White Gift play will be pre-recorded and we’d love it if your children could take part. Each child would need to read just one short line and place a gift under the tree. The recording process will take approximately 10-15 minutes per family. No costumes, props or memorization is required. Call or email the church office to book your recording at a day and time convenient for you between Monday, November 22 and Sunday, November 28. Thanks for helping us share the spirit and the message of Christmas.

Children and youth are invited to view this week’s virtual Sunday School lesson online. Our study of God’s rules continues this week with commandments 4 and 5. Follow the link in the virtual service email, or contact the church office to receive the weekly lessons right in your inbox

Walton’s Givings Envelopes Offering Envelope @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontarioare now available for pickup.  You are invited to drop by the church and ring the doorbell and we will bring your box out to you during the week. On Sunday mornings, you may notice your givings box is sitting in your assigned pew. Yes, if your name is on the top, those are for you.

Food Bank Donations — non-perishable food items, baby care items, and toiletries are now being accepted physically again here at the church. If you would like to donate to the food bank, please bring your donations with you to Sunday worship and leave them at the check-in desk. During the week you can ring the doorbell and drop them off at the church office.

Poinsettias - Memorials @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioMemorial Poinsettias — You are welcome to purchase a memorial poinsettia for Christmas. This year the memorial poinsettias will help decorate our Sanctuary and entrance areas for the Advent and Christmas season. Sorry, no take-home orders will be available this year.
If you would like to purchase a memorial poinsettia in memory of a loved one, friend, or family member, please place your order for either a 6” red, white, or pink poinsettia for $12.00 before Saturday, November 20th.
You can order online by credit/debit card, email Val at familyministries@waltonmemorial.com, or call the church office 905-827-1643.

Walton’s mitten trees are up! Many folks – more than ever – will be in need of warmth this approaching winter and we want to help our brothers and sisters in this small way. Please crochet, knit, refurbish, or purchase some gloves, scarves and hats to decorate our special trees.  We will promise to deliver everything to someone who will be so grateful. Thank you from the Walton Outreach Committee – all of our efforts are what you make possible. ❣️ P.S.  We also would ask for warm, thermal socks if you can manage to donate some. You are welcome to leave your mittens/hats/socks at the mitten tree at the east front of the church on your way out of morning worship. Or they can also be left for the rest of the week on the mitten tree in front of the office. To deliver during the week, please come to the Allen door by the ramp at the back of the church and ring the bell on the right of the door to see if someone is in the office. The items can also be put through the mail slot by the door. Thank you so much; your generosity is appreciated.

Job Opportunity – Junior Youth Coordinator – Walton Memorial United Church is seeking a part-time coordinator to lead its Junior Youth group of approximately 25 youth. This is a contract position that will require approximately 10 hours per week. The candidate will be responsible for the vision, direction, organization and curriculum for the weekly Sunday Morning program which covers grades 6-8.
This person will be responsible for recruiting, motivating, training, and supporting the volunteer leaders (Sunday School Teachers and Evening Program Volunteers). The Junior Youth coordinator reports to the Family Ministries Coordinator and cooperates with the Sunday School Co-ordinator to prioritize and plan the curriculum for this age group.  As well, the Junior Youth coordinator must prepare a weekly program (other than Sunday morning) that includes socializing, as well as learning.
The work schedule is flexible and the hours will vary depending upon the time of the Church year. Some work can be conducted from home.
Job requirements and skills:
The candidate will possess strong Christian values and beliefs.
A strong commitment to youth.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Independent planning ability and strong leadership skills.
Strong electronic communication skills including the ability to work with current computer programs and techniques.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
A current police record check will be required.
Some pastoral care might be required. Complex issues will be referred to the Minister or Family Ministries Coordinator.
Interested candidates should send their resume to familyministries@waltonmemorial.com or drop their resume off at the Church office to the attention of Ministry and Personnel.

Walton’s prayer chain is open. Confidential prayers requests can be sent to office@waltonmemorial.com

If you need Rev. Jim for a pastoral emergency, please email him directly at jamescgillwuc@gmail.com.