East Plains United Church

CHURCH NEWS

Sunday Bulletin for May 21, 2017.
Sixth Sunday after Easter. Mother's Day. Rev. Nicholson preaching: "To Comfort." PDF

East Plains VBS 2017
 To register for our VBS 2017 click the link. East Plains VBS 2017

Vista Orders.
 Future order due dates are May 28.   PDF

Joseph Wasswa 9yrs
 Joseph is the brother of Agnes and both attend the Tekera Mission in Uganda. Our church donates funding to help with their education. View Joseph's latest term results; he is doing quite well. PDF

Tekera Mission, Uganda.
 East Plains UC is sponsoring a young Ugandan girl by the name of Nanyonga Agnes who attends a vocational school in Masaka Uganda. View the letter she sent us dated October 2016. You can also view a video of her; go to our Wider Work page and click Tekera Mission. PDF

Hamilton Conference.
 Click the link for the latest news from Hamilton Conference. Hamilton Conference website.

Partnership West Family Support Network.
 Our Vision: "To expand our outreach to meet the changing needs of our  community as it responds to hungar."   Partnership West Family Support Network.

A complete list of activities is available on the Calendar page.

CHRISTIAN SEASONS AT EAST PLAINS

During the season of Lent, the forty days preceding Easter, a Lenten Study Group is held, led by our Minister, Rev. Alison Nicholson. We also organize a Valentine's luncheon and bake sale that raises money for various mission projects, one of which supports the education of a student in Uganda.

The Scout-Guide Thinking Day Service also takes place during this period. The founder of Scouting, Lord Robert-Baden Powell, and his wife Lady Olave, one of the founders of Guiding, were both born on February 22. This is in honour of them and is a world wide event open to all faiths.

Palm Sunday falls on the Sunday before Easter and commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry in to Jerusalem. Traditionally the children of East Plains march through the Sanctuary carrying palm branches and hear the story of Jesus arriving in Jerusalem on a donkey. The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated.

Maundy Thursday commemorates The Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. "Maundy" comes from the latin "mandatum" meaning commandment. Jesus Christ, at his last supper commanded:
"And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34.

East Plains celebrated this service on Thursday March 28, 2013 (the day before Good Friday) with the congregation of West Plains at West Plains UC (549 Plains Rd West, Burlington ON). Rev. Joyce Pearce conducted the service.

The Good Friday Service, March 29, 2013, took place this year at Wellington Square UC. It was a joint Worship Service involving members from local United Churches in Burlington; senior choirs from Wellington Square, Port Nelson, East Plains and West Plains participated in the service. Gary Paterson, the Moderator of the United Church of Canada was the guest Preacher.

Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, took place March 31 this year. As per tradition, East Plains held a special morning breakfast before proceeding to the sanctuary to hear the Easter message given by Reverend Nicholson.

Advent is a spiritual season of preparation and takes place the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Traditionally, East Plains holds two services Christmas Eve: the family service is early in the evening to allow the children to dress up and play out the birth of Jesus. Traditional Christmas carols mark this special occasion. The later service includes communion, quiet reflection and carols.