Church Life

Paint Workshop at BUC

Burford United Church (BUC) held a special Paint Workshop at the church on Saturday, 9th March, 2019.  Sponsored by the BUC Family Life and Community Outreach Committee, this workshop was well attended, with 32 painters taking part.

Each painter worked with talented Art Instructor, Jessica Matthys to create their own interpretation of a field of tall purple summer flowers. Jessica is a fourth year student in the arts program at Western University. She has been a workshop instructor for many years, working with both children and adults in studio and in outdoor settings.

At this workshop, Jessica’s mother Heidi Matthys, and our local girls, Noella and Tiana Austin, assisted the painters by keeping the water jars filled with clean water and the painters well supplied with paint. At times the room was completely quiet as each artist focused intently on their creations.

Break times allowed paint to dry in preparation for the next stage, and to allow participants to enjoy the sumptuous spread of edibles, coffee and tea.

The workshop came about because of suggestion by BUC’s Music Director, Ruth Storey, who had attended a Paint Workshop sponsored by the Norwich Historical Society at the Norwich Museum. She was impressed by Jessica’s leadership and the enthusiasm of the budding artists who attended.

A second workshop is scheduled for early June. Organizers are also tossing around ideas for a junior workshop, or an outdoor painting hike. “Anything is possible and there is certainly an interest,” said Susan Riach, chair of the Family Life and Community Outreach committee.

The purpose of the workshop builds on the rich tradition of BUC to “draw our circle wide, and draw it wider still, so no one stands alone while standing side by side.” (More Music #145)

 

World Day of Prayer 2019, hosted by Burford United Church

 

Sunday School

Congratulations to Nick Staples, Evan Hall and Matt Staples on reaching 40 stickers!

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Christmas Season

Sunday School students read a poem during service.

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Let’s Make Music students take part in singing during service.

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Walk to End MS

Brenda Herron completed her annual Walk to End MS, on 1st May, 2016. She is part of the Merry Strider Team from Woodstock, and walks for two of her sisters, Kathy and Cheryl, and for all who suffer from MS. The following is a special Thank You, from Brenda:

“A HUGE Thank You to everyone for your continued support and prayers in our battle against MS.  We had a rainy, cool day for the walk but it didn’t dampen our spirits!  My team, The Merry Striders, raised $18,500 for the walk and the Woodstock Chapter totalled over $65,000!  There is some exciting research being done in the field of MS right now and it would be an absolute miracle to someday find a cure for this awful disease.  Thank you everyone for always supporting me, checking in with me on how my sisters are doing and for your prayers.  It means a lot to us.”

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Brenda (r) and sister Kelly (l)

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Church Talent Show

BUC held their annual Community Talent Show and Dinner on Saturday, 2nd April, 2016. Sponsored by the Family Life and Outreach committee, this well-loved event was attended by approximately 60 people who enjoyed a delicious Mac and Cheese and Chili supper, then sat back to enjoy the show, with performances by the BUC choir, members of the church, and talented community members. In addition to an enjoyable meal and entertainment, we raised $350, which will go to support the local food bank. Thank you for your generosity!

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Let’s Make Music Club Spring Concert

The Let’s Make Music Club held their Spring Concert on Thursday, 31st March, 2016, at the church. Sponsored by BUC, the 12 talented performers entertained their audience and collected $177 in donations for the Help A Child Smile non-profit charity organization. This organization is dedicated to proiding opportunities year round for children who are treated at McMaster Children’s Hospital for childhood cancer.  Noelle Austin, a resident of Burford and a member of the Music Club, is a recipient of this organization and a cancer survivor.

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Cards and Letters for Syrian Refugees

On 9th February, 2014, we joined together to make cards and letters for Syrian refugees. We were small in numbers, but created many lovely cards that will brighten the day for Syrian children in hospitals, and in refugee camps. Along with a number of other churches and individuals, we collected 427 cards!

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Burford United Church Cares

Ruth Storey initiated this great project of colouring hands and creating a huge poster showing that BUC cares about our church, our community, our country and our world.

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