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Christmas Benevolent Fund Memorials

Everyone has the opportunity to make a special Memorial Gift to Walton at Christmastime, in memory of a loved one, friend or family member. Memorials

You are invited to make your memorial gift:

• By credit/debit card through the website by clicking here,
• By cash/cheque through the church office — remember to attach your dedication message.

These memorial donations will be dedicated at a special time in the worship service on Sunday, December 17, 2023. This list will also be emailed out after Christmas. In order for your donation to be included in the Christmas Dedication, it must be received by Friday, December 15, 2023.

Benevolent Fund

All Christmas Memorial donations will go to the Benevolent Fund, which is a confidential fund, managed by Rev. Gill with help from other staff, to help people in need due to illness, unemployment, or some unexpected accident, setback or tragedy. Every year it helps people in the congregation in need through financial and material assistance, it also helps those in the community and occasional transients who stop by the church looking for assistance.

All donations to the Benevolent Fund receive a tax receipt.

Memorial Poinsettias

Orders are closed for this year.

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 Sunday, November 26.

You can order online by credit/debit card, email Val at familyministries@waltonmemorial.com, or call the church office at 903-827-1643.

The flowers will be placed in the Sanctuary for the worship services on Sunday, November 26. Memorial poinsettias will be included on the list of Christmas memorials which will be dedicated by Rev. Jim during the Sunday, December 17th service.

thanksgiving food driveand Harvest Table

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

At this time of year, we ask you to remember the FARESHARE FOOD BANK in Oakville as the THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE approaches.  Adding a few items to your weekly shopping list for the food bank would be very helpful.

Their greatest needs are:
→ oatmeal
→ crackers
→ jam
→ coffee (instant regular/ decaf)
→ tea (regular, green, herbal)

Snacks for kids:
→ fruit cups
→ puddings
→ juice boxes

Donated items can be placed in the baskets near each entry.

We’d also appreciate donations of fresh fruits & vegetables for our Harvest Table, decorating the sanctuary on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 8th. These items will be taken to the foodbank afterwards.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation, do so through your church envelope or online, clearly noting, “Fareshare Food Bank Donation”.

Thank you for anything you can share.

Many thanks,
Your Outreach & Worship committees

“Out of our abundance, O Lord, Let us provide for others.”

Each year in October we take some time to focus on Stewardship and what that means as we grow in our faith and relationship with God.


October 2023

Dear Walton Friends,

It may just be me, but the seasons seems to move faster and faster. It’s already October
and the leaves are telling us that the season is changing. The month of October is a time
when we reflect on Stewardship and how we support Walton with our time, talents and
treasure.

Our theme this year is, “The DNA of Walton.”

Do you know that we all share the same 99.9% of DNA? It’s that 0.1% that makes us
unique. For Walton, our DNA is the faith, values and sense of community that we share.
Our uniqueness is how we participate and contribute our time, talents and treasure.
And it’s all important!

So, please take some time to think about how you want to support Walton. Would you
like to be more involved, or have a special talent to share? There are lots of
opportunities. Contact the church office and they’ll help point you in the right direction.

Are you able to increase your financial support? The General Fund needs your help! Any
increase in your contributions helps to make all the great work we do at Walton happen.

Thank you for being a part of Walton’s DNA and your continued support. Blessings to
you all.

Sincerely,
Walton’s Stewardship Committee


Walton Memorial United Church is a registered non-profit organization that relies on contributions from its members, adherents and friends to accomplish our Mission and Ministries. Our small but dedicated team ensures even the smallest contributions go a long way to offer Ministry and programming in the areas of Worship, Learning, Caring and Reaching out as we continue to live out God’s transforming love in so many faith-filled ways. Please donate here.

“Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” ~ Deuteronomy 15:10

Walton’s Stewardship committee works in collaboration with both Administrative and Ministerial staff to deliver a holistic Stewardship program at Walton. The Stewardship Program at Walton includes Year-Round Congregational Stewardship with a focus on Six Best Practices.

• Operational Management
• Stewardship Integration in Worship
• Stewardship Formation
• Stewardship Leadership
• Spiritual-Nurture Opportunities
• Engagement in Outreach Activities

Annual programs supported by the Stewardship Committee:

1. Our PAR program – Pre-Authorized Remittance or PAR is a program administered by the United

2. Church of Canada allows members to give regularly to the church – even when they are away or on vacation! We know that as our membership in the PAR program increases so to does our financial stability and our ability to forecast and plan for the future.

3. Fall Annual Givings Review — each year we celebrate stewardship at Walton and ask members and adherents to assist in the budgeting process by making estimates of their annual giving.

4. Annual Narrative Budget — the Annual Narrative Budget helps tell the congregation’s story and connects the Time, Talent and Treasures we invest with the congregation’s ministries

5. Special Needs and Capital Projects: some years, we require special efforts to meet unusual needs or capital projects. Stewardship leads fundraising initiatives to meet these needs.

In recent years, special fundraising initiatives have included:

2014 – Heating revitalization and Air Condition Installation in the Sanctuary
2011 – Restoration of our 100-year-old Stained Glass Windows
2005 – Repairs to the church foundation after a collapsed wall
2003 – Repainting of the church
2022 – Commercial Kitchen
Current – Accessible front entrance

 

Walton Youth group @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

 

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Senior Youth (Grades 9 – 12)

Our Senior Youth Group (SYG)  is focused on teenagers in grade 9-12. We get together every Friday night (7-10pm) for activities, have discussions, watch movies or just have fun. Every Sunday morning the youth are invited to join our Teen Talk during the 9:30 service. Other events available for this group include weekend retreats, one in the fall and a summer camping trip.

The Youth are absolutely vital to the survival of the church and finding new and creative ways to engage them is not the task of one person. The senior youth are blessed with a group of young adults who volunteer their time to help these young people explore their faith in a non-threatening environment.

The members of the Walton Senior Youth are helping this program to evolve into something that can meet their spiritual needs. This world can be lonely and there are few places left that desire to bring deep spirituality into the lives of young people; Walton hopes to be one of those rare places. If you know of someone who might want to join the group please feel free to contact the Church Office or email senioryouth@waltonmemorial.com

Teen Talk on Sundays

This is an exciting program for the students in High School. Teens meet each week in The Gathering Room for inspiring and thought-provoking discussions. This is a great opportunity to explore their faith and learn more about the bible, our church and their place in the world.

Sunday mornings from September to June we meet in the Boardroom at the 9:30 am service.


volunteer

Our volunteers are such a blessing to Walton and the wider community. Thank you for your service!

Sunday morning help needed

We are looking for help on Sundays once or twice a month in the following roles. Training and supports are provided:

• Nursery volunteers
• Sunday School helpers
• Youth Group helpers
• Ushers
• Elevator attendants
• Camera / virtual operators
• Computer / projectionist
• Coffee hosts

Weekday help needed

• weeding the garden
• organizing and restocking items in the kitchen
• maintenance and repairs
• painting
• other occasional tasks

Flexible ways to help

• Bring pre-packaged, nut-free cookies to share at coffee time on Sunday morning. Please leave them in the kitchen for the hosts to serve.
• Fill a personal care kit bag
• Drop off winter coats and boots for coat drive

Virtual Service AV Operator

We’ve got a neat way for you to be a part of Walton’s services without even being seen! Our Virtual Service AV Operators have been bringing our services to a broader audience since 2020! We’re hoping that more people will join this fun and exciting ministry. There are just 3 simple tasks… start and stop the recording, adjust the microphone volumes for the sanctuary and for the recording, and switch the cameras using the pre-set buttons.

To see a 60-second peek at recording the virtual service watch this video — https://youtu.be/9khtnfZzCdQ

Projectionists

Do you like to be in control of the tv remote? Like to run PowerPoint presentations? We have a volunteer position for you! We have a wonderful group of dedicated folks to help make sure Sunday Service is up on the screen each week. We’d love to have a few more people join the team. If you would be interested in finding out more about this, and maybe do a test drive, please contact Geoff Thomson or Val Waldron through the office.

Sunday School

Adult and teen volunteers are always needed for both the Sunday School and Nursery programs. No teaching experience required. If you love God and you love children, then you are already qualified.  To learn more, please email Alison King at sundayschool@waltonmemorial.com. We’ll provide all the lesson plans, supplies, training and support – you provide the energy and enthusiasm!

Police Check

If you are volunteering with the younger members of our congregation, we require that we have an up-to-date Police Check on file.

If you live in Halton region, click the image to apply for your record check.

Contact:

Walton United Church
Phone: 905-827-1643
Email: office@waltonmemorial.com

Messages are picked up frequently or contact us for an appointment.

The office is at the rear accessible entrance of the church.

Office Hours:

The church office will continue to be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and at other times by appointment.

Many staff members are working from home and can be reached via their individual email addresses, via office@waltonmemorial.com or by leaving a voice message at 905-827-1643

Sunday Services:

We have a service at 10:00 am with Sunday School and Youth programming. After the service, we have coffee, tea and fellowship. For those who prefer to worship at home, online services are sent out each Sunday at 2:00pm.

Please contact office@waltonmemrorial.com to be added to our email list, visit our Facebook page, or subscribe to our YouTube channel.

See our calendar for more details.

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ADDRESS: 2489 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville, ON L6L 1H9

Walton United would be thrilled to be a part of your special wedding day! Weddings are a wonderful celebration of love blessed by God.

Our Wedding Officiant-Minister is a full-time Ordained Minister, licensed by the United Church of Canada and the Province of Ontario. His career is to be a Minister. We have no weekend clergy who do other things, rather than Wedding Officiant-Minister, Monday to Friday.

Weddings @ Walton United Church

We offer each couple the choice of eight booklets of different services, plus various websites to use for ideas to choose your personalized service. You are free to completely write your wedding ceremony.

There is the option of lighting candles, giving roses, blowing bubbles, drinking from the Unity Cup, lighting of a Unity Candle, using wedding programs, flower girls throwing silk flowers when they come down the aisle, plus other personal ideas you may desire.

Your service is your service, not what someone else has used. Our wedding services are usually 20-35 minutes long but can vary to meet your taste. We usually book our services 1½ hours apart rather than the common custom of 1 hour apart.

If you choose to have a rehearsal, they run 45 minutes to one hour long, instead of the usual 20 minutes. They can be the day before or earlier in the week. This is to help you and your party feel more at ease.

There is considerable written material, such as “How to Usher”, sent to you well before the service, to help familiarize you and your attendants with the wedding day plans. Every Bride and Groom gets a copy of their service for their wedding album.

All our staff constantly strive to make your service your statement of your love and commitment that you would love expressed on your marriage day.


Walton is very blessed to have so many talented musicians in our community!  We have three choirs at Walton, involving approximately 80 members.

Chancel Choir

The Light Shines All Over the World – written by Marilyn Lightstone, arranged by Linda Fletcher

The Adult Choir rehearses every Thursday at 8:00pm from September to mid-June.

The choir sings an anthem every Sunday and most services also involve Adult Choir ensembles, duets, or solos.  The music ranges from Baroque to Contemporary and is always challenging and stimulating.  Throughout the year, the Adult Choir presents special music on Sundays such as Spirituals, favourite hymns, Christmas music, Easter music, Handel’s Messiah, as well as evening concerts and carol services.

The choir also performs one or two secular concerts each year. These have included: The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gilbert and Sullivan, Cole Porter and George Gershwin, British Music Hall, “The Full Bronte” and other comedy shows.

The Chancel Choir was invited to be a part of VisionTV’s theZoomer Holiday special.


The choir enjoys regular fellowship “treat-nights” as well as a Christmas Party and a year-end barbecue.

Youth Choir

 

The members of the Youth Choir range from grades 6 to 12 and practice Thursday from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  They sing 3 Sundays per month during our Sunday service.

They learn the basic skills of sight-reading and harmonizing through the various SA (Soprano/Alto) and SSA (Soprano/2nd Soprano/Alto) songs, most of which are contemporary. The choir also presents a spring concert and joins the Adult Choir in our Annual Carol Service.

Walton’s Youth Choir has sung in movies and as backup singers for 2 Eric Nagler recordings, both of which were nominated for Juno awards.

The choir has won two ‘First Place’ awards at the Peel Music Festival and many of its members have won individual awards as well.

Junior Choir

 

The Junior Choir (children in grades 1-5) provides an opportunity for younger children to participate in the music program at Walton.

They practice once a week on Thursdays from 7:15 pm to 7:45 pm and they sing an average of twice per month at the Sunday service.


If you are looking for a place in which to worship God through music and are interested in joining one of our choirs, please contact the church office at office@waltonmemorial.com or 905-827-1643