Welcome to White Oaks United Church!

Original Annual Report Artwork (1989-2008)

Summer Blessings!

Prayers for your upcoming time in the great outdoors.

Creator God, we hear your wilderness cry from the depth of our souls and long to answer. We seek you out in the silence and beauty of nature, in the sound of the birds, the rustling trees, the lapping water, and the crunching of branches. Our eyes and ears are opened to your presence in the newness of day, the brisk air, and the colours of the sunrise. Be with us in this time of storytelling and memories, guiding us along the forest’s edge into oneness with you. May we follow faithfully the way of Jesus in this and all the paths of our lives. Amen.

Prayers for the People of Ukraine

Lord God,
We ask you to hold the people of Ukraine deep in your heart.
Protect them, we pray;
from violence,
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 dignity
and respect―following your example.
In your name and for your sake,
Amen

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 their 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 optional. Worship services will move indoors if it is raining, masks will be required.

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.

Worship:

Sunday morning worship is at 10:25 am 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. 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.

Sunday July 24 Heather Walton

Sunday July 31 Chris Mortlock

Sunday August 7 Heather Walton

Sunday August 14 Chris Mortlock

Mission Statement:

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

Welcoming everyone

Land Acknowlegment:

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.

CONTACT US:

1901 Jalna Blvd
London, Ontario N6E 3V9
Canada