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Worshiplude 2016

October 18, 2015

Greetings, Friends, as we head into the busy fall season.

Worshiplude 2015

Worshiplude 2015 – photo courtesy of the Ottawa Presbytery

Already I’ve been getting requests for information about WORSHIPLUDE 2016, so I’m sending out the information and registration package now.

I ask you to note that the venue for our Worship Celebration on Saturday night has changed from previous years. This year we will be gathering at Parkdale United Church, Ottawa.

Please be sure to read the information linked below carefully and feel free to contact me with any questions you have. The sooner you can get your registration information in, the easier it is for us as we plan this event.

I will send out more information as well as posters later this fall.

I look forward to another wonderful WORSHIPLUDE event this coming February! I hope you can be a part of it!

Rev. Hilary Merritt, Youth and Young Adult Minister
Ottawa Presbytery, United Church of Canada


Holy Spirit Awards 2015

March 25, 2015

Here are a selection of photos from our recent Holy Spirit Awards:

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“United in God’s Work” Comprehensive Report

March 17, 2015

You can find information on the Comprehensive Review Report at the following websites:

Camp Awesome 2018!

February 19, 2015

Our annual Camp Awesome will be held in July (dates to be announced shortly).   Contact Judy Wagdin      or call 613-838-5483

The Way of the Pilgrim: Confirmation Class

December 3, 2014

Faith and spiritual grow is something that blooms and matures throughout our lives. A tradition within the United Church is for youth to engage their faith in a meaningful way through study and reflection and decide if they wish to become full members within the church. Full membership allows one to vote on temporal and spiritual matters within the church. Membership is also transferable to any United Church across Canada.

With this in mind, a program has been developed to give those seeking to become full members within with the United Church a deeper understanding of prayer, of being a 21st Christian, and the development of “church” identity. The hope of this program of exploration is to equip people to continue the journey of becoming more fully the people that God calls us to be. The program runs from December 14th to June 2015.

This program has a number of components but it has a lot of flexibility.


  • This program is open to anyone 12 years of age and older.
  • Attend six classes of 1.5 hours each on Sunday from noon to 1:30PM. Bring your lunch. These will be scheduled throughout the year. The first class is on Sunday December 14.
    Each class will have a take home reflection assignment.
  • Attend at least two worship services during Advent and Christmas.
  • Attend at least two worship services during Lent and Easter.
  • Attend one Board meeting (meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:309:00PM. You only have to stay for the first hour).
  • Attend one other church committee meeting. There are many to choose from. Dates and time are listed in the bulletin.
  • Attend the Annual Meeting of St. Paul’s United Church in February of 2015.
  • Participate in one of the following: Messy Church, Outreach activity, church fundraiser or Food Bank event (i.e. prepare food hampers).

The hope is to take the class to Worshiplude in February at Dominion Chalmers United Church in Ottawa. Confirmation Sunday will be in June of 2015. Each pilgrim is required to stay for the coffee time after the worship service for a reception.

The aim is for each person to develop an understanding that church is worship in action in our community in and beyond. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or email Rev. Carla at 613-838-5397 or

December 3, 2014

“What’s Up with the Collar Rev?” by Carla Van Delen

December 3, 2014

“I once heard of a pastor who was offering a series of children’s sermons on the symbols of the church. On one Sunday the pastor was speaking about vestments and asked the question, “Why do you think I wear this collar?” To this question came the response, “Because it kills fleas and ticks for up to 5 months.”

You may have noticed that I have been dressing a little different lately. For worship services and occasions when I am out in the community I have decided to wear a clergy collar. I do so after much thought and prayer (about seven years worth). I realize that the choice to wear a clergy collar has both pros and cons. For instance, I know that some people who have had a bad experience with clergy or the church might judge me by what I wear. For some the collar will be a hindrance to getting to know me and what I stand for. My collar will define me before they even know me. However we are living in a time where more and more people have no experience with the church. They might know that clergy wear a collar and might be intrigued enough to ask me some questions. The fact that I get so many double looks as I am out and about in Richmond says that for many people seeing a woman wearing a clergy collar is not the norm. Also we live in a multi-cultural world where seeing women in positions of authority especially within a religious organization is ground breaking. It may seem the norm for women to be clergy in the United Church but it is not the norm in most of the religious world.

It has taken me a long time to come to the decision to wear the “uniform” of the church. Within the United Church there is no dress code for clergy. Some clergy dress casual, scruffy, business casual, etc. Back in the eighties there was a shift to wearing secular clothes as a way of visibly saying that there was no difference between clergy and the laity. Over the centuries it was felt that clergy had been set above and apart (often on a pedestal) from the everyday person. Our culture has gradually seen a shift toward casual dress in the workplace and in our leisure time. Even doctors and nurses have taken up casual dress which may have made it difficult to discern who was coming into your examination room to take your temperature. Oh and just to be clear, even though we most often associate the clergy collar with a Catholic priest, the collar was in fact invented by a Presbyterian. However culturally, there seems to be a turn in tide toward reclaiming the uniform. A uniform is no longer a dirty word.

For me the collar is a symbol just like anything else. I realize that when I wear it some people will be happy because the collar symbolizes for them familiarity, comfort and stability. For others though it might symbolize stuffiness, self-righteousness and judgment. For me it symbolizes publicly my faith, my role in the church, and hopeful I will wear the collar in a way that says, “I am open to discuss faith and spiritually. “ Truly it is amazing that one little piece of white plastic can symbolize so much.