2018 Father’s Day

Celebrating Father’s Today

History would tell us Father's Day began around 1909 in Canada. A day to celebrate fathers, grand-fathers and great grand-fathers.

Small gifts, cards and time together are the activities often used to celebrate the day.

At Visions United we honour the men in our congregations with words and music.

Neighbourhood Consultation Session

Invitation to local residents

Neighbourhood Consultation Session – Wed. June 13, 7 p.m., Visions United Church

You are invited to attend a consultation about the future of the church building owned by Visions United Church of Canada, and formerly known as Stilesville United, located at 1270 Gorge Road.

Visions United has outgrown the church building. To meet our growing needs and ensure sustainability, Visions is seeking a partnership with another like-minded organization, potentially at an alternate location. We’re exploring the possible future of the current church property without a congregation operating the facilities.

We know that for many this building represents many fond memories and a place of community gathering. We want to hear from you to understand your thoughts and concerns.

If the building is not to be part of Vision’s future, we want the community to understand the path forward and we want to understand what it means for those who have an attachment to the building.

We are looking to explore all possible uses of the property including:
- Partnership ideas to share the property with Visions United
- Interest in community ownership of the property
- Potential listing and sale of the property

This decision to seek a partnership and different location was not made lightly. The decision of what to do with the property and building will not be made lightly either. We understand it has the potential to affect people who live in this area.

Please join us in conversation:
Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m. at Visions United Church, 1270 Gorge Road
Light refreshments will be served.

Sincerely,
The leadership of Visions United Church

Hat Day!

Wear or bring a hat! May 20, we celebrated our Family of Faith on Mother's Day, also known as Christian Family Sunday.

Everyone was invited to wear (or bring) a hat - any hat that tells a story of you. Maybe it's a hat that was given to you... maybe it's a hat you wear running or fishing or gardening... maybe it's a nursing cap or grad cap, a ball cap or hockey helmet... maybe your hat has a logo that means something to you like your workplace, or favorite sports team or special place you visited... maybe you just like hats!

We will celebrate the diversity of our family of faith with our hats and the stories they represent.

Advent 2017

Advent Theme

This Advent our spiritual preparation for Christmas included an exploration of the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love through creativity and the arts. Each week we welcomed someone from our faith community who shared their creative gift and how their art form is an expression of their own spirituality and the Advent gift we celebrate on that Sunday.

The Congregation also participated in a congregational art project. Each week as part of our Advent Journey Supper Gatherings we coloured giant murals telling the story of the Advent journey to Christmas.

Hope

We welcomed Christine MacLeod as our Advent Artist-in-Residence for our December 3rd gathering.
 
Christine reflected on the gift of Hope and the creative expression of music. 

 

Peace

We welcomed Ruth Flanagan as our Advent Artist-in-Residence for our December 10th gathering.
 

Ruth reflected on the gift of Peace and Quilting. ("Peace by Piece")

Joy

We welcomed David Kelly as our Advent Artist-in-Residence for our December 17th gathering.
 
David is a Metal Art Fabrication Artist and welder by trade. He reflected with us on the gift of Joy.

Love

We welcomed Jim Slupsky as our Advent Artist-in-Residence for our December 24th gathering.
 
Jim spoke on behalf of his wife who was not able to attend. He reflected with us on the gift of Love and how its exemplified with their tradition of Bread making for the Advent season.

Supper Gathering Nov30

On November 30 about 50 people gathered for a meal, some singing and colouring.

Advent Journey Supper Gatherings – Thursday, December 7 - 5:30-7pm
Who: You, your family, friends, neighbors.
What: Supper (meal provided), singing, and conversation as we color our way
to Christmas.
When: Thursdays during Advent (Dec 7, 14, 21 at 5:30-7pm)
Where: Stilesville Campus. All ages welcomed.
Come once or come every week. RSVP each Wednesday by noon with
numbers & food allergies. Please bring your own plate, mug & cutlery to help
with our clean-up. This week's menu: Lasagna. We hope to see you there!

World Food Day

Visions Celebrates World Food Day

Seeds are sacred. Seeds are a constant reminder the Creating Spirit of God is always at work in ordinary and extraordinary ways. During our Spirit Gathering on World Food Sunday (Oct 15th) we created this sacred circle or mandala as a visual prayer.

We also celebrated our contribution to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank over the past year through our support of a Maritime Grow Hope project, partnering with the school in River Hebert.

Seed Blessing Prayer

We hold these seeds in our hands as a present and future gift.
Their existence reminds us of the power of dreams to grow in unexpected ways.
Their growth will help us celebrate Life, and Promise for a world where all are fed and all are loved.
May these seeds remind us all, that we, too, are sacred seeds planted in the Creator's garden.
Thanks Be for the gift of these seeds!

 

Taste of Syria

Taste of Syria

Syrian Dinner

A dinner, catered by 5 Syrian ladies from a "Taste of Syria", was enjoyed by 58 people on May 26, 2017, at Visions United. It was not a fund raiser, but rather all proceeds went to the caterers.  One of the ladies did a brief presentation on their experiences since coming to Canada 1 1/2 years ago.  Everyone attending agreed that it was a unique and most enjoyable evening.

Visions Recognized

The congregation of Visions United Church was very pleased to receive a certificate of recognition from The United Church of Canada.