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Check out our new "Little Free Pantry"
We opened our new "Little Free Pantry" on Easter Sunday. Drop by and check it out!
Most people think of Forest Hill as a neighbourhood of leafy trees, detached homes and people earning high incomes. What many people do not realize is that Forest Hill is also home to people on fixed incomes, immigrants and people who do not earn high salaries. These people may live in a home on a leafy street, an apartment building or in Toronto Community Housing. A characteristic they all share is the fact inflation is creating financial stress in their lives and may be contributing to food insecurity.
Church School Sundays at 11am
September - June
In-person Church School is offered September - June. Please bring your kids with you to church at 11am. They'll go out with Ann Fraser, a certified Early Childhood Educator, about 10 minutes after the beginning of the Worship Service.
We Recommend this new TVO Podcast featuring two members of our congregation
This new podcast is an important contribution to our country's conversation about the rules for Medical Assistance in Dying. It features Michael Fraser, who was an important volunteer in our congregation for years until illness so debilitated him that he had to stop doing most of what gave life meaning and joy. The podcast features interviews with Michael as he explains to reporter Rob Cribb how and why he came to his decision to seek Medical Assistance in Dying
It also features interviews with Michael's wife Ann, who is still an active member of our congregation. You'll hear her talk about the impact that Michael's illness and decisions had on her life.
The podcast is planned to have six 30-minute episodes. The first two dropped on January 26, 2024; the rest will be dropped weekly.
A gentle warning that this program explores sensative issues, and concerns that may hit listeners hard. If this raises concerns for you, you're welcome to reach out to our
Sermon Series for Lent
Some people will tell you that faith can’t be intelligent!
They will tell you the only intelligent faith is faith in things we can see, touch, examine, and rely on.
Is that true? What’s your faith based on?
We invited you to share your hardest faith questions, so that Rev. Steve could craft a series of sermons about them. Boy did you deliver! We had 19 questions from people of all ages, and we've sorted them into some broad categories. Here's the line up of topics and titles:
- February 25: "What is God Like?"
- March 3: "What Does God Want us to Do with our Money?"
- March 10: "What Does it Mean to be Saved?"
- March 17: "What Happens When We Die?"
- March 24: "Why Does God Allow Hate?"
- March 29: "What's Good about Good Friday?"
- March 31: "What is Resurrection?"
Accessibility Plans are moving forward
We're excited to report that we've been approved for a $100,000 Federal Government grant, which will allow us to move forward with the installation of our new Vertical Platform Lift. Plans are still being finalized, and approvals need to be completed, but we're hoping that this could be completed during Summer 2024.
Our Accessibility Project slowed down in 2019. After the construction of the outdoor ramp and basement accessible washroom, we didn't have enough funds in left the kitty to pay for the elevator, and the Sanctuary roof was leaking. The new grant from the Feds means we can move ahead again, and fulfill our dream of making the building accessible to those with mobility challenges.
Early in the New Year we'll be looking for some extra volunteers to help with this project. We need your advice on how to reconfigure the Kitchen, and a few more people on the committee to help manage all the moving pieces.
Thank you for your donations to the Welcoming Today; Building Tomorrow capital campaign, which made all of this possible!
We've Reduced our Carbon Footprint
The final report on our energy efficiency renovations has arrived, and we're excited to report that our natural gas usage is down 23% since 2015. That means we're emitting 12 metric tonnes less of CO2 each year than we did before we began.
Four major projects have made the bulk of the difference:
- installing a high-efficiency steam boiler in 2017
- insulating the roof of the Sanctuary in 2019
- covering the Sanctuary stained glass with plastic inserts in 2021
- adding timed thermostats to the Sanctuary in 2022, which allow us to keep the room cooler when it's not being used
We're grateful to everyone who donated to the Grateful and Loving It Capital Campaign, which made these renovations possible, and to the United Church's Faithful Footprints grant program, which contributed $20,000 towards the cost.