Information & Upcoming Events
Random thoughts from
Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-hayes.
School is fast approaching and the annual drive to collect school supplies has begun! Please help us support The Open Door and Compass families by purchasing any of the many items needed for back to school. Paper, notebooks, pencils,
pens, thermoses, lunch bags, pencil cases, geometry sets or even socks and underwear are just some of the things
needed when kids start back to school. Two drop boxes are located at Christ First, Clarkson for supplies to be collected.
Walk the Walk for The Compass
September 21st, 2019
1, 6, 10 km. Distances
Location: St. Mark’s Church
130 Mineola Rd., E. Port Credit
You are welcome to walk or sponsor a walker (or both).
9:00 a.m. registration
10:30 - 3:30 a fun fair, silent auction and picnic.
Christ First Facebook Page
Christ First has a new Facebook Page. It is been administered by MaryEllen Richards. However, we need your assistance
-We would like photos of events and activities for both our website and Facebook page. They can be sent to the church office to be disseminated to the administrator of each site OR can be sent directly to MaryEllen and Al Hubbard ( for the website)
- We need to reach a wider audience. So if you are a Facebook user, INVITE friends to like a page. SHARE or LIKE items on our Wall Posts. Show your friends what Christ First is all about.
So check us out:
The New Facebook Page
A Refugee Family's Journey to Canada
The Transforming Power of Companionship on the Journey
Hussein & Alia Al Rmidain and children Mahmoud, Malak, Mariam, Mohammad
To give Wings to the Spirit in You
Centering Prayer. For an introduction to centering prayer, check out the videos HERE.
Caring for those with Cognitive Impairment
Do you live with, visit, or are you a friend of someone with short term memory loss, dementia, or stroke related symptoms?
Our series: “Called to Transform: Creating Faithful Communities for those with Cognitive Impairment and their Caregivers.” will start with a presentation at both Christ First campuses on October 20. Please see further details under that date on this page.
In order to provide these resources to renew ourselves and our neighbours, you may consider acting as a host for one of these events. All of these offerings are open to members, relatives, friends, and the wider communities of Clarkson and Port Credit.
Please contact the church office to express interest in any of these programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome back Chicken Barbeque
Following the combined 10:00 service
Tickets will be available from the Church office after Labour Day and after service Aug 31 & Sept 8th. $10.00 per single, $25.00 per family.
Volunteers are needed for setup, kitchen service during, and cleanup. Please contact MaryEllen Richards, email@example.com if you are able to help out.
A CHANCE TO RING THOSE BELLS!!
Bell Canto (our Christ First Hand Bell Choir) would love to welcome anyone who would like to give Bell Ringing a try, on Tuesday Sept 17 at 7pm in the Sanctuary. It will not be a regular rehearsal. It will be a fun one-to-one coaching session. Each of our present ringers will work with our visitors and teach you a few things about being "a ringer"!! Please consider coming out and giving it a try! For any more details, please contact Joan Cobbold 905-823-7079 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies - the Dorcas UCW Unit is planning to attend an event on Wednesday September 18, 2019. This is at the Old Mill, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto. Arrival: 11:30 am Buffet lunch in Main Dining Room Mystery: 1:00 (– approximately 2:45) pm Cost: $79.00 per person, HST and gratuity included Group rate: $74.00 per person HST and gratuity included
Sip 'n Serve
Sip and Serve will starting our Fall session on Wednesday, September 18, at 9:30 am in the Merigold Room. If you are newly retired and/or new to Christ First, please consider joining us on Wednesday morning. We gather at 9:30 for coffee/tea and conversation, then disperse to do odd jobs throughout the building. It's a great way to meet new friends and get to know the church building. If you have any questions, you can call the church office. Hope to see new faces on the 18th. Leslie Fagan 905-823-6286
Good Neighbours Presentation
Lianne Harris will return for another informative presentation, "Rogues & Rebels: How Canada Began", that will discuss in an entertaining way some of the characters involved in the formation of our nation. Everyone is invited to join us in the newly redecorated Merigold Room at 1 p.m.
October 4 & 5
The Fall Retreat for the newly formed Horseshoe Falls UCW will be held on October 4-5th at Five Oaks Center. The theme of the weekend is “Walking a New Path with our Lord” facilitated by Shenna Riley Marini. The fee for the weekend is $120.
Click HERE for full details.
Registration form can be downloaded HERE.
GOOD NEIGHBOURS FALL BUS TOUR with Mary Morton
Enjoy “The Wonders of Prince Edward County” with local guide Peter Brotherhood, and experience the remarkable beauty of the county. See the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world at the Sandbanks Provincial Park and admire the panoramic view of the Glenora Ferry and the mystical Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park. We will stop
at the nearby Black River Cheese Factory to sample their cheese. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Isaiah Tubb’s Restaurant ‘On the Knoll’. Bring your camera and binoculars. Mark your calendars now and watch for further details. The trip tickets will be available from John Hammill and Elisabeth Evans after August 20 at a cost of $ 99.00.
A Message from Morar
How can we respond to the call to express radical hospitality expressed by Jesus’ every encounter?
Radical: out of the ordinary, revolutionary
Hospitality: generous, caring, sustaining
Next fall, Christ First will host a congregation and community wide program aimed at assisting people to cope with cognitive impairment: how to communicate, how to navigate the system for care, how to become a truly welcoming community of support.
The United Church of Canada supports our belief that this is a way to reach beyond our doors and within to respond to the deep needs of our friends and neighbours. This support is expressed in a grant of $2400 from the Brian and Belva Piercy Fund, and the Peace and Justice fund at the United Church of Canada Foundation.
We are grateful for this grant which will help fund two performances of the acclaimed play, “I’m Still Here!” on October 20, 2019 at 10.30 at Christ First Clarkson Campus (during worship) and 3 pm at Christ First Port Credit Campus.
This will kick off our series: “Called to Transform: Creating Faithful Communities for those with Cognitive Impairment and their Caregivers.”
Note the date for the play and let your friends and neighbours know about this endeavour. More information to follow.
Treats ‘n’ Treasures Christmas Marketplace
Saturday, November 16, 2019
The 10th Annual Treats ‘n’ Treasures Christmas Marketplace will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ First Church, 1700 Mazo Cres., Mississauga, ON L5J 1Y8 (corner of Clarkson Road North and Truscott Drive). This event combines the former First United Christmas Marketplace and Christ Church Treats ’n’ Treasures, following the amalgamation of the two church congregations.