All are Welcome
Worship Service, Sunday 10:00am
Emmanuel United Church
22 Bridgeport Road West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 2Y3
We are members of:
Upcoming Worship Schedule
- December 10 – 10:00am, 2nd Sunday of Advent, White Gift Sunday
- December 17: 10:00am, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Christmas Pageant
- December 24: 10:00am 4th Sunday of Advent, Intergenerational Christmas Eve Mash-up
- December 24: 9:00PM Christmas Late Service
White Gift Sunday, December 10
Giving gifts for others, wrapped in white paper, is a tradition on White Gift Sunday. White paper is used so that no one gift stands out because of its fancy wrapping. Families give what they are able.
Our white gifts this year will be supporting several programs:
Gifts of money will go to the United Church Mission and Service fund. We pledged $20,500 for the year. Please help us meet this goal.
The Mitten Tree, outside the Fellowship Hall, contains tags asking for a gift for a child or adult. Please choose a tag, buy a gift and bring the gift with you on White Gift Sunday. Please tape the tag to your gift.
The gifts for adults will be given to The Waterloo Wayside Centre’s Sharewear. Sharewear is a program here at Emmanuel where people in need can “shop” for new and gently used clothing. The greatest need is for underwear (including long johns) and jeans (slightly used or new). Adult hats, gloves and scarves placed on the Mitten Tree are also given to Sharewear.
The children’s gifts go to the Children’s Needs Distribution Centre (CNDC). This program is operated by Highland Baptist Church. Its focus is on children and has been serving financially needy families since 1993 by providing children’s clothing and toys. Families in need are referred to the CNDC by local service agencies and parents make an appointment and come to the centre to choose one gift for each of their children. Some ideas for white gifts: dolls, trucks, Lego are good for the middle years, crafts and games are good for the older children. Toys requiring batteries are not a good idea. Also remember that many parents do not read English.
Child size mittens, hats and scarves placed on the Mitten Tree will be donated to the CNDC.
Your generosity can make a difference in peoples lives this Christmas Season.
When people come to Emmanuel for the first time, they always comment on how friendly and welcoming the people are – that is important to us. We are diverse, accepting and inviting.
Emmanuel United Church is among the oldest congregations in Waterloo – having started before 1850. Originally Evangelical United Brethren, it joined the United Church in 1968.
We are blessed with a wide range of ages and outlooks in the congregation. There are abundant seniors, middle-agers, young families, university students, teens and children. The membership at Emmanuel is approximately 400 with an average attendance of 150 people each Sunday.
Music is very important to us and an integral part of our services. We have active choirs, a wonderful pipe organ, a bell choir and are blessed with a beautiful sanctuary with outstanding acoustics.
Emmanuel also prides itself on investing in youth and children. Members are keenly aware that the presence of so many children is a gift, and the congregation is committed to serving them well.
Emmanuel has a history of outreach projects, including programs for people experiencing homelessness and/or economic struggles, refugee sponsorship, involvement with Habitat for Humanity, Vera’s Place (supporting Women on their road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction) and many other endeavours.
There are several groups within our congregation. Among them are Bible and Beers (our post-high-school and up group), Toothpix (senior’s social group), and the Youth Group. We put on many special events: dramas, music nights, square-dance, a Crokinole competition, Board Game nights and other gatherings that allow us to enjoy each other’s company.
In response to God’s love and guided by Christ’s Spirit, we journey together: a growing, nurturing, forgiving, and affirming community, joyfully celebrating our faith and reaching out to all with compassion and hope.
In response to God’s love, we celebrate the diversity of creation and commit to fostering and living out a safe community where all are welcome. We acknowledge all as children of God regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnic background, ability or economic circumstance. We embrace all in the life and ministry of the church family. We celebrate the blessings that diversity brings to our community, even as it challenges us to journey with Christ down roads we have not yet travelled.