Welcome!

Learn, Live, Love, Lead
Spiritually Engaged, Community Focused.
Head Office
1700 Mazo Crescent
Mississauga, ON    L5J 1Y8

905.822.9834
office@christfirst.ca


Announcement

First United, Port Credit and Christ Church, Clarkson
Have amalgamated effective January 1, 2019.

All services and contacts will be through
the Clarkson Campus, 1700 Mazo Cres.
The Port Credit Campus, 151 Lakeshore Rd. West
is available for event bookings and may hold special services.

Please "Stay Tuned" for developments in this new Pastoral Charge!


Pictures
Final regular service at First United
First combined service at Christ Church
posted HERE


 

Information & Upcoming Events

Please check out the links below.

Newsletter    Weekly Bulletin    Calendar

Community Events


Future Planning Group - Update

Please contact Shawn Bausch for any further information,
or to express an interest in getting involved.
To download the slides from the presentation on May 13, Click Here!

 


Announcements


Morar's Musings

Random thoughts from
Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-hayes.

What is God calling us to open
ourselves to at “New" Church?

Christ First!

Curating Church


School Supplies

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.


The Compass

Walk the Walk for The Compass
Fundraising Walk
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).

Register: www.TheCompass.ca/WALK
email: Walk@TheCompass.ca

9:00 a.m. registration
9:30 walk
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

Audio Presentation, June 23, 2019


Coming Soon!
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 office@christfirst.ca

 


 

Important Dates

Summer Worship Schedule
August 2019 – Sundays at 10:00 am, Christ First Clarkson Campus, 1700 Mazo Cr.

We are grateful to the Rev. Debra McGill and the worship team at St. Stephen's on-the-Hill for leading worship for our two congregations in July.

August 25

The Happenings deadline is August 25th. Reports on summer activities are welcome as well as notices of upcoming fall events. We would also be interested in news of a more personal nature such as new babies, kids/grandkids off to university, new addresses, etc. Photos are most welcome. Submissions to go to pa.forde@gmail.com.

September 1

A First at Christ First on September the First
Barb Finlay is our Licensed Lay Worship Leader. A regular preacher at other churches in Mississauga (replacing preachers in times of illness, loss, continuing education and vacation), she will be preaching and leading worship here at Christ First on September 1. What a gift she is to the church!

September 8

September 8 will be the first Sunday for our new music team. Leanne Piller will be our Director of Music for the 10.30 service. Greg McCausland continues as Director of Music at the 9:02 Express. Sandy Garraway and Jane Wamsley have divided up the services to accompany our choir and inspire us with their music.

10.30 Choir Practice will start September 5. Our worship team have exciting plans for the fall!

September 15

Welcome back Chicken Barbeque
Clarkson Campus
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, mehern@cogeco.ca if you are able to help out.

September 17

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 joan.cobbold@gmail.com

September 18

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

All women are welcome to join in this fun afternoon. If you are interested, please respond to Tanya Swinbourne or Pat Skinner or the church office before September 1.

September 25

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.

October 16

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.

October 20

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.

Blessings, Morar

November 16

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.

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Spiritual Connections

Here are some useful links to other United Church Resources.