Bayview United Church Mission Statement
As a diverse and inclusive Christian community, our mission is to empower individuals to connect with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and equip them to live their faith in just and compassionate ways that will help transform themselves, their neighbourhood and the world.
COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Statement – Worship Services Now Conference Calls
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Bayview United Church
I hope you are doing well as we all have to physically distance and self-isolate ourselves from one another due to the COVID-19 virus. These are uncertain times for us, for we have never experienced the effects of a world-wide pandemic before. In times like these we are blessed to have the comfort of our Christian faith that affirms we are never alone. Our God of compassionate grace and unconditional love is always with us to support and care for us. It is our faith that will help to carry us through, for we know that being together in spirit will make us stronger and we can ultimately look forward to brighter days ahead.
As you all know, we are no longer allowed to physically worship at BUC, but thanks to technology and with Brian’s expertise, we are able to worship as a community through a Conference Call. Each Sunday, until we are no longer required to self-isolate, we invite you to participate in our telephone worship ministry as a way of staying connected and being nurtured by our faith.
This Sunday, March 29th, the BUC Conference Call Worship Service will last for 30-40 minutes and will include prayers, hymns, scripture readings, a message and some special music by Karen, and our soloist Lauren. All you have to do is call 416-343-0138 and when they ask for the Conference ID enter 4835847# quickly. If you are calling long distance the toll free number is 1-866-602-5089.
The line will be open at 10:45 a.m. and you will hear Karen playing music until 11 a.m. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. You can call in any time starting at 10:45 a.m. You will be placed on mute. Your worship leaders will look forward to connecting with those who wish to share in this unique worship experience.
Our concern is for the well-being of everyone. We know that one of the gifts of being part of a church is the sense of community that we feel when we are together. As a result, we have also enacted our telephone tree. We have asked our callers to be in touch with the people on their list, perhaps once a week or as needed, to see how people are coping during this time of isolation.
Although we are unable to worship at the church, most of our expenses will continue. In order to help our finances, we invite you to mail your offering to the church or you can donate through CanadaHelps.org located at the bottom of this page. Or you can sign up for PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance). Click here to view the PAR application If you wish to sign up for PAR complete the PAR form and send it to Kaz Shikaze along with a voided cheque to Bayview United Church, 2609 Bayview Ave. Toronto ON M2L 1B5.
We also ask that you continue to support our Lenten Project that is going to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders this year. We ask that you include a note to let us know how much of your offering is designated to Doctors without Borders. You can begin to send in Lenten offerings after Easter Sunday. We thank you for your ongoing financial support of the church.
Please know if you need any pastoral support, I am always available by phone or email.
Please keep yourself safe.
Rev Cindy’s Prayer concerning COVID-19
The United Church of Canada statement concerning COVID-19
Sunday March 29, 2020 11:00am – 11:40am Lent 5 Worship Service CANCELLED. Connect to the conference call worship service by dialing 416-343-0138 or 1-866-602-5089, then enter conference ID 4835847#. Click here to view the March 29 bulletin.
Sunday March 29, 2020 – 12:30pm – Prayer Service CANCELLED.
Sunday April 5, 2020 – 11:00am – 11:40am – Palm Sunday Worship Service with Holy Communion CANCELLED. Connect to the conference call worship service by dialing 416-343-0138 or 1-866-602-5089, then enter conference ID 4835847#.
Friday April 10, 2020 – 11:00am – 11:40am – Good Friday Worship CANCELLED and replaced with a conference call. Connect to the conference call worship service by dialing 416-343-0138 or 1-866-602-5089, then enter conference ID 4835847#.
Sunday April 12, 2020 – 11:00am – Easter Sunday Worship Service tentatively scheduled. Check back here for updates.
Sunday April 12, 2020 – 1:00pm – Japanese Language Worship Service CANCELLED.
Sunday April 19, 2020 – 11:00am – Regular Sunday Worship Service tentatively scheduled. Check back here for updates.
Sunday April 26, 2020 – 11:00am – Regular Sunday Worship Service tentatively scheduled. Check back here for updates..
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings at BUC
Willowdale group A.A. meetings normally held at Bayview United Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays are cancelled until April 7.
Bayview AL-ANON meetings normally held at Bayview United Church on Thursdays are cancelled until April 16.
Please stay in touch with your sponsor or another member of your fellowships by phone, text, email or go for a walk together keeping social distancing in mind.
Kumon classes normally held on Mondays and Thursdays are cancelled until further notice. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Online donations to Bayview United Church
We now have a feature to allow you to make a convenient, online donation to Bayview United Church by using the facilities of the Canada Helps organization. Your tax receipt will be sent to you electronically from Canada Helps. To make a donation in the traditional manner, make your cheque out to Bayview United Church and mail it to:
Bayview United Church
2609 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
or use the link below
Photo credits: Kaz Shikaze, Chris Masuda, Eiko Watanabe, Jun Nogami, Dee Dee Yatabe, Brian Kai
Website updated on March 27, 2020.