News

  • We are saddened to announce the homecall of Rev. Dr. Floyd McPhee, Minister Emeritus of Parkwood Church, Ottawa and long-time member of the Presbytery of Ottawa, on June 23, 2022 in Ottawa. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Parkwood Church, also to be livestreamed, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall, and thereafter inurnment at Admanston Cemetery, near Renfrew, at 2:30 p.m. Please uphold his widow Claire and family in prayer. Memorial gifts to Parkwood Church, Ottawa or to CanHave Children's Centre, Inc., in care of 10 Chesterton Drive, Ottawa, ON K2E 5S9 will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

  • Sheila Selley...   The clerk has circulated notice of the passing of Sheila Selley, long-time representative elder for St. Andrew's church, Ottawa. The funeral service was held on Saturday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's. You can view Sheila's obituary here.

  • Doug Simpson...   The funeral for the late Douglas Simpson, who until recently was representative elder for St. Timothy's Church, Ottawa to the Presbytery of Ottawa, was held Monday, May 30, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Timothy's. You can view Doug's obituary here (complete with a much younger photo of our Doug!)

  • Cheryl Gaver...   A memorial service for the late Cheryl Gaver was conducted by the Presbytery of Seaway-Glengarry at St. Luke's-Knox Church, Finch, Ontario on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 1 p.m. You can view Cheryl's obituary here.

    A Gracefield Plant Sale & Camp Registration Event is happening on Saturday May 7 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Richmond Nursery, 5740 Old Richmond Road, Richmond ON (map). A variety of beautiful planters and hanging baskets is available, from $26. Order online here for pickup on May 7. This fun Spring event is also an opportunity to meet the summer counsellors and staff, and sign your children, friends, or grandchildren up for camp this summer. There will be face-painting and camp song sing-alongs! Click on image for more info.

  • Meg Patterson is looking for chaplains for Gracefield this summer. See her announcement on Facebook here.

  • The latest (April 2022 special editions) Ministry Animator newsletter from Cheryl Gaver, are now posted to the newsletter archive page here. The first special edition includes info on a Fall Prayer & Praise Event for Youth, Oct. 21-22, the second has news focussed on the Ottawa area..

  • (14-mar-22)   With the further easing of COVID restrictions in the Ottawa area, almost all churches have resumed in-person worship. As of March 14, 2022, 95% of churches in the Presbytery are now holding in-person worship. Numbers are as follows: sixteen churches are holding services both online & in-person, four churches are holding services in-person only and one church is holding services online only, Calvin Hungarian. Since this is the case, the "churches online" page has become less relevant and will be taken down shortly.

    `   Beavertales... the Spring 2022 edition of the Gracefield camp newsletter is now available. Lots of news is reported, including: 60th anniversary plans   ·   Spring fundraiser (scan QR code at right)   ·   prayer & praise report   ·   summer program offerings   ·   We're hiring   ·   In Memorian (Bill Kerr)   ·   "Tales from the GRacefield Loop"

  • Employment opportunities...
    • St. Andrew's Church Kent St. is seeking a part-time Christian Education Co-ordinator, 15-20 hours per week; term: Mar. 1/22 - Feb. 28/23, with the possibility of an extension. Details here. Deadline for applications is Feb. 16/22.
    • Parkwood is looking for a caretaker as of May 1/22. More info here.
    • The Ottawa Campus Chaplaincy is seeking a full-time campus chaplain to lead an ongoing campus ministry based at the University of Ottawa. More info here.
    • St. Timothy's Church (1400 Alta Vista Drive) is seeking an Office Administrator. This is a part time, paid position three mornings a week, 3-4 hours per day for general office duties. For further information please contact the church office at 613-733-0131 or email them at sttimsoffice@on.aibn.ca.

    Gracefield is hiring. They're looking for an Operations Manager - info here, and summer staff - info here. FYI: the summer postions are paid positions.

  • Barrhaven closed:   Presbytery at it's regular meeting on November 16 accepted the (amended) recommendations of it's Mission Committee
    • that Presbytery invite the worshipping community of Barrhaven Mission to move into St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, as a small group under the spiritual care of St. Paul's and
    • that Presbytery discontinue the present worshiping community and the outreach work of Barrhaven Presbyterian Mission.

  • Paul Wu was inducted into St. Giles church in Nov. 2020. He's been familiarizing himself with the ministry and history of the church, and in February he reached waaaaay out and called long-time member of St. Giles Pauline Brown, who lives in Jobat, India. 2021 marks 70 years since Pauline's commissioning to the mission field. Paul was giving a message on Peter's mother-in-law, about women serving the Lord, and that brought him to call and chat with Pauline. See a recent pic of Pauline in our photo gallery, including an excerpt from his sermon.

  • The 146th meeting of the Synod of Quebec & Eastern Ontario took place on Friday October 15 from 9:30 to 12:30, via Zoom. All presbyters on the roll of the five Presbyteries (Quebec, Montreal, Seaway-Glengarry, Ottawa & Lanark-Renfrew) were invited to attend. More info here, including reports.

  • now available for download: PCC 2021 Acts & Proceedings and (2021) Book of Forms here.

  • A Statement Regarding Residential Schools...  The PCC laments the discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools in Canada. A statement has been issued under the signatures of the moderators of the 2021 and 2019 General Assemblies reflecting our sorrow. Read the statement and more here.

    Miscellaneous

    • "NOT SECURE" got you worried? More info on websites and SSL Certificates in the webserant's report to the May 2019 meeting of Presbytery, available (in advance) here.

    • Presbytery QR codes, including background info, a QR code for the Presbytery of Ottawa, one for Presbytery Youth and a link to a QR code generator.

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