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
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.
On August 18 Henry Reinders will be joining us to tell us about the recent work of the Canadian Food Grains Bank.
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 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!
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.
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
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.
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.