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
AS OF March 9th, – 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. The general feedback we are getting is that folks wish us to move slowly and methodically as we make decisions relaxing current safety practices. We recognize that in general, our congregation falls within the “vulnerable” population, due to age, and that singing indoors perhaps increases risks for covid virus transmission.
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.
- Contract tracing is no longer being required.
- The congregation is moving towards full social time following the service. Gathering in groups for conversation before/after service is now allowed. We are not yet serving coffee and cookies but it will come in the future.
- More conservatively than Provincial requirements, we will maintain our requirement for TWO Covid vaccination shots for the time being. Once you have produced your vaccination status and your name recorded on our tracking sheet, you will no longer be required to show it. This practice will be re-evaluated in April.
- Masking, while indoors, will continue to be required.
- Our social distancing practices in the sanctuary will also remain for the time being. Currently there is no need for additional seating so this is a precaution we can easily maintain. If and when the need arises for additional seating, this will be re-evaluated. If you are comfortable sitting with friends, please feel free to do so.
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. Our pandemic measures are an act of love for our neighbours, so wear a mask, and social distance.
Our services will be recorded on Sunday mornings during the in-person worship service and posted to YouTube for availability later during the day. A link will also be sent out via email.
Offering may be dropped off during office hours: Tues 9-1 Thurs 9-12 and Friday 9-12
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.
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.