The Outreach Committee oversees six congregational programs that focus on service to our local and global community. Nancy Sprules is the Outreach Chairperson.
The Oasis in Kanata
The Oasis in Kanata provides information, education, and support for caregivers of those with mental illness to help them build capacity, confidence, and resilience as they assist their loved ones on their road to recovery.
The program offers free information sessions featuring mental health experts and speakers with lived experience; workshops and multi-week courses provided by mental health professionals, organizations, and associations; Caregivers Matter, a monthly support group facilitated by a professional Program Manager and trained volunteers; and an annual caregiver retreat.
The program's Web site and Facebook page announce upcoming activities and events for caregivers available locally and online from other mental health organizations and associations. The Web site also includes an extensive list of programs and agencies in the Ottawa region and online which provide assistance to caregivers.
Elise Laviolette, a professional mental health specialist, is the Program Manager of this community outreach initiative of Glen Cairn United Church.
Prime Time in Kanata
Prime Time in Kanata is an initiative of the Glen Cairn United Church. Building on the church's ongoing success of its outreach program, The Oasis in Kanata, the congregation decided to expand their outreach focus to include seniors. After extensive research, which included focus groups with seniors, it was determined that the issue was not a lack of information or service agencies available to seniors, but rather identifying the individual’s real need(s), finding the right information, and having someone provide guidance through the process. We also heard that person-to-person communication was the most effective way to identify needs and establish trust. Taking all this into consideration, it was decided to develop a program of life coaches for seniors.
Prime Time in Kanata was developed with a mission to provide an on-going, supportable and trusted program of life coaches for seniors. Our life coaches assist seniors in facing their unique challenges by helping them identify and articulate their particular problem, finding relevant information and someone to help, and following-up with the senior to monitor success.
For more information visit the Prime Time in Kanata website
Melinda Aspell, a professional social worker, is the Program Manager who can be reached at email@example.com or directly at 613-219-2494.
Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group
GCUC is one of seven member churches in the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group (KSRSG). We sponsor United Nations Convention refugees from around the globe to provide
- assistance in their current country of residence
- a safe haven and the opportunity for a new life in Canada, and
- settlement assistance for their first year in Canada.
Contact: Marg Friesen
Kanata Food Cupboard Team
GCUC is one of six churches that have been providing distribution and delivery services for the Kanata Food Cupboard for over twenty years. The Kanata Food Cupboard is a non-profit agency that supplies emergency food to self-identifying individuals living in the Kanata wards of the City of Ottawa.
Contacts: Keith Allingham, Georgia Dryden, and Dianne Astles
Monthly Outreach Appeal
The Monthly Outreach Appeal collects goods to support the work of other organizations in our local community and around the world.
Contacts: Cathy Turner and Holly Egan
Mission and Service
As a member congregation of the United Church of Canada (UCC), GCUC collects and remits funds that support UCC mission and service work in Canada and abroad. For a description of the programs funded by M&S, visit www.united-church.ca/funding/msfund.
Contact: Nancy Sprules
Other committees and individuals also reach out to the local and global community.
Friday Morning Coffee Hour
Every Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Come and enjoy coffee and good company. Informal, friendly conversation and usually some goodies.
UCW (United Church Women)
The UCW meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 pm in the lounge. Exceptions are June, July, and August, October, and in December we have our potluck at 6:30 pm. In January and February we meet at 2:00 pm in the lounge.
The UCW hosts the Cookie Walk, Craft Sale, and Silent Auction on the first Saturday in December.
Contact: Martha Townshend Colford
Lunch 'n Such
The Catering Committee of UCW provides a nutritious meal, fellowship, and entertainment or information to members of the congregation and their friends. Lunch 'n Such is held in the months of October, December, February, April, and June.
The Crafts group is an informal gathering of knitters, crocheters, and crafters. We meet for good conversation and help each other with our crafts. We work on our own projects or work together to create items for donation to various shelters. We meet Thursday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, September to May.
Contact: Vida Johnston
The Wheels of Fortune cycling group meets Wednesday evenings for short rides around Kanata, and Saturday mornings for rides around the Ottawa area. On Saturdays, riders wanting a shorter ride drive to the start point, and those wanting a longer ride go from Kanata to meet the group.
All abilities are welcome. The group will adjust to your pace.
Contacts: Wayne Johnston and Bill Samulack
Santa Claus Parade
As spectators crowd the sidewalks in front of the church, waiting for the annual Kanata Santa Claus parade to pass, church volunteers provide free hot drinks and homemade cookies to the chilled onlookers. Volunteers also distribute hundreds of business-card sized announcements of the UCW's annual Cookie Walk fundraiser and the Christmas church services.
Spring Rummage Sale
Every spring we host a Rummage Sale, Book Sale, and BBQ on the Saturday before Mother's Day