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Woodroffe United Church offers you a West-end Ottawa church home within the fellowship of the United Church of Canada. We are a welcoming and caring community which includes a modern Church School program, an active outreach program, a dedicated pastoral care team and many opportunities for worship and spiritual growth.
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The Bazaar - Saturday, October 25 2014

Last Updated: 10 September 2014

Don't miss it! The Bazaar is back again on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is your chance to find bargains and treasures, whether you are looking for books, furniture, jewellry, baking, preserves, china, small appliances, clothes for adults and kids, toys, etc. If you know the bazaar, then you know that some of the 'etc' will be the best finds. Of course, the silent auction will be full of treasures and the Copper Kettle will be serving up coffee and muffins all day and lunch from mid-morning until we are done.


New Sermon recordings available!

Last Updated: 03 June 2014

I finally managed to get some new sermon recordings sorted out.  Converting them to a manuscript is proving to be much to time intensive, but it should be pretty quick and easy to post a new audio file from now on.  Click here to get to the recordings.


Nursery/Toddler Room & Church School Teacher Volunteers Welcome

Last Updated: 01 September 2014

Welcome back to everyone as we look forward to a new church year at Woodroffe. We would like to invite volunteers to sign up to help out in the Church School and share your talents with the children. If you would like to be a helper/assistant with the kids - we welcome your presence and bless you for giving us some of your time. The Nursery/Toddler Room could also benefit by some of your volunteer time - it only requires 6-7 Sundays for the whole Church Season when we get a good amount of help. Please think about adding your talent and/or time and contributing to our future young followers upstairs. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact Cathy Seaborn (Church School Co-Ordinator) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Joint Needs Assessment Committee (JNAC) Update

Last Updated: 20 May 2014

You have chosen your JNAC and in our first meeting we chose Co-Chairs [John Patton & John Seaborn] and a Secretary [Erin Bruce].  Over the next six weeks we will be working with Presbytery support to provide you with a Summary Report and recommendations for your approval.  

Read more: Joint Needs Assessment Committee (JNAC) Update

Local Outreach wants school supplies for high school students

Last Updated: 18 August 2014

The Outreach Committee is working with the Pinecrest/Queensway Health and Community Services Pathways Program, which is for high school students, to ensure that as many children as possible will be able to return to school in September with sufficient supplioes for their classroom activities.

The following priority items can be dropped off in the church office during office hours (9:00 - noon):

  • lined, loose leaf paper
  • 1.5 inch binders
  • highlighters
  • pens
  • pencils
  • pencil crayons
  • erasers
  • rulers
  • dividers
  • geometry sets
  • backpacks for high school aged sudents

Thank you for contributions to the Pathways Program!


Certificate of Thanksgiving for M&S Givings

Last Updated: 07 May 2014

The United Church of Canada's Mission and Service Fund has passed along their thanks to the Woodroffe congregation for their generous contributions to the M&S Fund in 2013. The M&S Fund supports national and global partners in their work, as well as local organizations such as Centre 507 on Bank Street, the Carleton University Ecumenical Chaplaincy, and Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy.

The Woodroffe M&S committee would also like to thank the congregation for their ongoing support of the Fund.

Read more: Certificate of Thanksgiving for M&S Givings

This week's notices

Congregation Meeting September 28, 2014

A congregation meeting is called by the Ottawa Presbytery to meet on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 11:15 am after worship for the following purposes: 1. To adopt a report from the Joint Needs Assessment Committee that supports moving to one full time minister with additional quarter time pastoral care; 2. To request Ottawa Presbytery declare two vacancies and approve a Joint Search Committee; 3. To elect members to the search committee; and 4. To give notice to the incumbent minister, the Rev. Matt Gallinger, of a change in pastoral relations due to changing ministry needs of the congregation. Procedures: This meeting is open to all, however, only those in full membership of Woodroffe United Church may vote on the decisions. Normally, voting for pastoral relations matters is by Ballot and the Ballot will be used to approve the recommendations of the Joint Needs Assessment Committee and for the Notice of a Change in Pastoral Relations; other votes may be decide by a show of hands. David Stafford, Pastoral Relations, Ottawa Presbytery.

Convenors Meeting for 2014 Bazaar

Bazaar Convenors are asked to meet in the Scout Hall for a short meeting at 11:15 on Sunday Sept. 14, 2014, following the service. Please note we are still looking for Convenors for Copper Kettle Kitchen; Frames and Prints; Parking, and Security. If you would like to volunteer for these roles, please attend the meeting.

Are You Ready to Formally Join Woodroffe United Church?

On Sunday, September 28th, we will welcome new members to Woodroffe. If you are enjoying worshipping here, please consider joining us formally. If you wish to become a member of the United Church of Canada and Woodroffe United OR transfer your UCC membership from another church you have attended in the past, please contact Matt Gallinger, or Sue Smarkala soon to discuss.

Crib/Toddler Room

If you have not already done so, we ask that parents/ guardians please register your children upstairs for the Church School and/or the Nursery/Crib Room. We are looking forward to learning and fun with the kids. If you have any questions, are looking to volunteer in the Nursery/Crib Room, or are interested in being a teacher/helper in the school - please contact Cathy Seaborn at cathyseaborn@outlook.com. All are welcomed!

Feed the Hungry

September is a DIFFICULT month for many of our families. After school supplies and fees are paid there is little money left for food. For the next few Sundays, until Thanksgiving, the Local Outreach Committee is asking the congregation to donate food items to help fill the shelves of our local food pantries to help with the increased demands. This is also the perfect time to donate fresh produce, vegetables and fruit.

Below is a list of the most requested items. Please consider adding any of these to your grocery order. You can bring your donation into the church any time this month and place it in the food box in the Narthex. Help make this the best food drive ever. Most Requested Items: Canned beans-any kind, Canned fruit, Cereal Diapers (larger sizes), Oatmeal, Pasta sauce, Salmon, Spaghetti/other pasta, Sugar, Tuna

2014 Bazaar - Saturday, October 25, 9am to 1pm

We need YOU to make the Bazaar a success. Please set aside treasures and baked goods to sell. Bring in your good quality items at the end of September and tell everyone you know that this is can't miss event!! To Volunteer: Sign up in the Narthex; or email wuc@woodroffeunited.org Please mark your calendars for October 19th following the service when we will be sorting items - with a free lunch provided!

Please NO sofa beds, microwaves, window accessories, text books, Readers' Digest condensed books, televisions, sporting goods, computers or unsalable items.

Sunday, September 21st Walk, Bike or Bus to Church

On September 23rd, the United Nations' Secretary General's Climate Summit will open in New York. Here at Woodroffe United Church, we will join faith communities around the world and pray for the protection of God's creation. Families are invited to participate by biking, car-pooling, or taking public transit to church on Sunday, September 21. Allow your action to mirror your faith!

United Church Women

Executive meeting to held Tuesday, September 16th at 7:30 in the Friendship Room