Prayers for the People of Ukraine
We ask you to hold the people of Ukraine deep in your heart.
Protect them, we pray;
from political gamesmanship,
from being used and abused.
Give, we pray,
the nations of the world the courage
and the wisdom
to stand up for justice
and the courage too,
to dare to care―generously.
Lord, in your mercy,
take from us all
the tendencies in us
that seek to lord it over others:
take from us those traits
that see us pursuing our own needs and wants
before those of others.
Teach us how to live in love
and respect―following your example.
In your name and for your sake,
The invasion of Ukraine is costing precious lives and creating a humanitarian crisis as people flee to safety. The United Nations reports that a growing number of over a million people, displaced from their homes, are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Many have lost friends, loved ones, and property; struggle to meet their basic needs, and face an uncertain future.
United Church Mission & Service partners are responding to the rapidly unfolding crisis.
You can help. Right now, people urgently need shelter, clean water, food, and medical attention.
Please show your support by making a gift today.
Send a cheque or money order to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Please be sure to note “Emergency Response—Ukraine” on the memo line.
White Oaks United Church Update – COVID-19
June 15th – With the Province’s Government’s recent loosening of Covid restrictions, we thought a congregational update was due.
We have been very diligent about maintaining contact tracing lists, self-screening, masking and social distancing since returning to in-person worship. Conversations about protocols have taken place in many forums including zoom coffee time, committee and council meetings and social gatherings following worship. We have made the decision to stop checking for vaccination certificates and wearing of masks in the fall will be optional. All worship services for the summer months will be outdoors and no masks will be required. Worship services will move indoors if it is raining, masks will be optional.
We ask that if you are feeling unwell or have any of the Covid symptoms that you stay at home until you are feeling better.
Services start at 10:25 am, so remember to come a little early on Sunday morning to ensure extra time to settle before worship begins.
Be well, stay safe and keep connected.
Sunday morning worship is at 10:25 where we seek to connect God’s ways with our lives through scripture, music and prayer, sometimes with presentations of video, drama, and liturgical dance.
Everyone is welcome at our church! Our building is wheelchair accessible, and children are welcome to stay with their families in the sanctuary, with activity bags available.
Sunday July 3rd will be our first outdoor service for the Summer. During the summer services, we will offer lemonade, ice tea and cookies after worship in place of hot coffee and tea. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the outdoor set up and take down, and for volunteers to provide the refreshments.
Our services will not be recorded during the summer and will not be available on YouTube.
Your offering may be dropped off during office hours: Tues 9-1 Thurs 9-12 and Friday 9-12
Our minister will be on vacation the following Sundays July 24. July 31, August 7, and August 14.
We welcome Heather Walton and Christopher Mortlock to lead our worship services during this time.
Sunday July 24 Heather Walton
Sunday July 31 Chris Mortlock
Sunday August 7 Heather Walton
Sunday August 14 Chris Mortlock
Open to God
Joyfully worshipping in diverse ways
Seeking and finding God in all of life
Celebrating many ways of experiencing God
Open to New Life
Exploring questions of faith and spirituality
Cultivating life-changing experiences
Making a difference in the world.
Open to You
Embracing individuality and inclusivity
Nurturing strong relationships
We are a Congregation of the United Church of Canada, located in the White Oaks neighbourhood of London, Ontario. We are in the Antler (or Thames) River watershed, and this territory has been occupied by Indigenous peoples for millenia. We settlers and newcomers live here under the covenants of the London township and Sombra treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon covenant Wampum. We acknowledge these lands and waters as the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Attawandoran and Lunaapeewak peoples of Turtle Island. We seek to live in right relationship with our neighbours: the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, the Oneida Nation of the Thames and the Munsee Delaware Nations.