MINISTRIES AT DUNDAS CENTRE:
Church School: Sunday School for children ages 3-12 years meets during the worship service. Supervised nursery care can be provided during the worship service upon request. Contact the Sunday School Coordinator at 519-453-5432.
Senior Choir: An adult ensemble choir of 12 members under the leadership of Mr. Norman D. Abbott provides a ministry of diverse sacred music at regular Sunday Worship and special services such as Good Friday and Christmas Sunday. The choir also collaborates with choirs of other churches in the area in presenting musical events. Regular rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:30 until 9:30 pm.
Unified Board: Church activities are managed through the regular meetings of six committees of the Unified Board: Spirituality (includes Christian Growth & Development as well as Membership & Visitation), Stewardship, Property, Ministry & Personnel, Trustees, and Outreach & Social Justice). There are several subcommittees, such as Rental and Accessibility. Ad hoc committees are formed as required. The Board meets every month on the second Saturday of the month at 10:15 am; the committees meet at 9 am or at their convenience. The Executive of the Board (Chairs of Committees) meets as needed at the call of the Chair.
Scholarships: With the financial assistance of generous benefactors the congregation of Dundas Centre and its community can access educational opportunities in music through the Dundas St. Centre Choral Scholarship (proceeds of the Lottie Brown Choral Fund and the Alan and Jean Coote Choral Fund are administered by the London Community Foundation) See description below under 'Choir and Choral Scholarships').
United Church Women (U.C.W.): U.C.W. is celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2017. This group takes an active part in the life and work at Dundas St. Centre in fellowship, in worship and study, in community outreach, and in various fundraising projects. Members meet on a regular basis.
Social Justice and Environmental Awareness. The Outreach and Social Justice Committee organizes and hosts church events to discuss various topical issues, such as the terrible environmental cost of the overuse and improper disposal of plastic bags. These events usually include a talk by a local authority on the chosen topic and a potluck meal or coffee and dessert.
Sunday Breakfasts: Guest speakers address a wide range of topics following church breakfasts.
Church Library: The Taylor Library is open Sundays with a wide variety of religious books, magazines, audio-cassette and videotapes for children and adults.
Good Samaritan Cupboard: This is a social outreach program established in the 1950s. Clients are referred to us by Social Service and Health Care agencies in London and surrounding communities. Faithful and diligent volunteers provide clothing and household supplies to adults and children in need. Volunteers meet every Monday all year round (except for statutory holidays) to sort and refurbish donations of clothing, bedding and kitchen supplies and to fill orders for needy referrals coming from agencies such as The Men's Mission and My Sister's Place.
Out-of-the-Cold Hospitality Meal: In collaboration with volunteers from other churches and interested individuals, including students completing their volunteer hours, a hot meal is provided for those in need on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 pm starting the first week of October and ending the last week of May. Four teams of volunteers each with its own cook, prepare and serve a hearty soup, chili or casseroles with bread, fresh vegetables, coffee/tea/milk/juice and dessert. This program is coordinated with similar programs at other London churches so that those in need can access a hot evening meal on all days of the week.
Paper Rollers: Volunteers meet on the first and third Saturday morning of the month in the Sunday School Auditorium to roll newspapers for recycling. This is an excellent time for fellowship and the group uses some of the proceeds of their newspaper recycling to support abandoned and orphaned children at the "Home of Loving Faithfulness" in Hong Kong. The remainder of the proceeds is used in financial support of other outreach activities at Dundas Street Centre United Church.
United Church of Canada Mission and Services Programs: Our congregation provides financial support to national and international relief through the London Conference of Middlesex Presbytery. For example, we have contributed aid to the Bluefields Project in Nicaragua, water projects throughout the world, hurricane relief, tsunami relief support in southeast Asia, and earthquake assistance in Pakistan.
Lay Visitors: An ad hoc committee of lay persons coordinated by the Minister visit our sick and shut-ins bringing newsletters, flowers at Christmas and Easter.
Quintin Warner House (477 Queen's Avenue; 519-434-8041): Our church through personal contact and staff support, addresses the spiritual needs of the residents and graduates of this substance-abuse treatment centre sponsored by Mission and Services of London. Residents meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons for a game of volley ball in the church gym. There is also a Spirituality meeting for residents in the church Chapel on Tluesdays from 10"30 am to 12 noon. The staff and residents of Quintin Warner House routinely volunteer services to our church and participate in Sunday services. We make every effort to welcome them into an extended church family.
London Innercity Faith Team (LIFT): Our church is one of nine downtown churches on this ecumenical team that oversees the operation of three affordable housing apartment buildings with 75 apartments. Prospective tenants apply through the City of London's Housing Access Centre for two of the buildings - LIFT House, 446 Queens Avenue, and Elaine Lucas Place, 749 Little Simcoe Street. Tenants for Victory Place 446 King Street, come to LIFT from CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association-Middlesex). The original ideals of LIFT Council, now dissolved, of responding, in faith, to the social needs of the community we serve will be addressed by our LIFT Housing Committee.
We also provide space for the following social outreach groups and interact with them at the church on a regular basis:
St. Centre United Church Choral Scholarship Program
The Lottie Brown
Choral Scholarship originated in 1996 as a community outreach initiative
by church member Mrs. Lottie Brown and as a project celebrating the 150th anniversary
of Dundas Street Centre United Church. In the year 2000, an second
endowment, also in support of the choral scholarship programme at the
church, was created with funds generously donated by Dr. Alan Coote
and his wife Jean. Both endowments are administered by the London
Community Foundation. Interest from the endowments and contributions to
the local Choral Fund from private individuals and from the Choir have
been used to grant scholarships to 25 voice students since 1997, with
six being awarded in the 2006-2007 year.
- How to
apply for a scholarship. Applicants
must have sight-singing skills and be registered for voice lessons.
Scholarships are open to all voice students but priority will be given
to university, college and high school students. More
information can be found at: ChoralScholarAd2016.pdf