Sunday Worship

A time for connection to our community of faith every Sunday at 10:30 am. Join us via Zoom or visit our YouTube page for past services.

All are welcome!

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 10:30 am 
Third Sunday in Advent, Joy
Pick Up Nativity 
Membership Reception
White Gift Sunday

We are the blossom, the sacred moment where the God people rejoice. The prophet speaks to the dry places, the wilderness shall be glad.  God prepares, breaks into our lives with the messiah coming. Be strong, ignite courage, bear burdens. The messenger is coming, Mary, John, beacon today. Prepare the way, Jesus is real, belong in the deep moments, hear in the heart, faith in action.

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This week...

  • Little Rainbow Fish Drop-In, 10:00 am
  • Noonday Prayer Online, 12:00 pm
  • Taize Labyrinth Walk Online, 6:00 pm
  • Advent Study Group Online, 3:00 pm
  • Yoga @ the Manor Online, 4:30 pm
  • Little Rainbow Fish Drop-In, 10:00 am
  • Santa Breakfast and Parade, 9:30 am
And Beyond...
  • Heart @ the Manor, December 13, 12:00 pm
  • UCW, Distillery Christmas Market, December 13, 2:00 pm
  • Youth @ the Manor, 7:00 pm
  • Advent Study, December 15, 3:00 pm
  • Executive Council, December 20, 7:00 pm
Little Rainbow Fish Drop-in
A drop-in playgroup for children 0 - 5 years of age and their caregivers. Join friends Wednesday (inside) and Friday (outside) at 10:00 am See Facebook for details
Noonday Prayer
Wednesdays, 12:00 pm
Join us via Zoom for a noon hour prayer and reflection. “The Desert Shall Bloom”
Meeting ID: 882 6384 1649, Passcode: 058815
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Taize Labyrinth Walk
Come and Find the Quiet Centre
Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 pm

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Advent Study Group
Searching for Bethlehem with Dr JJ. Join us on Zoom for a special Advent study group Thursdays at 3:00 pm, “Touch the Joy”
  • Thursday, December 8, 3:00 pm - John the Baptist, A Millennial Rock Star
  • Thursday, December 15, 3:00 pm - Mary Maiden, the Midwife and the Crone
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Yoga Online with Linda Nicolson 
A weekly hour of non-competitive, gentle, calming Hatha yoga, Thursdays at 4:30 pm
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Santa Breakfast
Saturday, December 10 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Please contact Suzi Morris for details:
Hello Manor Road families,
Now that we have snow on the ground it seems right to be entering the Advent and Christmas season and there are lots of opportunities to help you get into the spirit at MRUC. 

Saturday December 10th is our annual Santa Pancake Breakfast from 9:30 am -12 pm. Join us for a parade, pancakes, pics with Santa and local artisans and craft vendors. We're looking for volunteers so let me know if you're interested and available to help out.
Sunday December 11th during service we're having an impromptu Christmas Pageant so be sure to join us at 10:30 and you can be part of the story!
Sunday December 18th at 5 pm is our Outdoor Nativity with live animals. Bundle up and get ready for a live donkey, sheep, geese and a real baby Jesus. 
🕯Saturday December 24th at 4 pm is our family friendly Christmas Eve service. Light a candle with us and celebrate this sacred night. Every Sunday we have children's time at church so join us for service. There is something there for everyone at every age!
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions and I look forward to celebrating the season with you!
Our Superstars @ the Manor
Manuel: 25 years, we cross the milestone together
Gerald Martindale, our supply musician
Looking for Knitters
The Roehampton Shelter is looking for a group to do some knitting or crocheting for an afternoon, please contact the office at if you'd like to participate. Prefer to knit at home? The shelter is also looking for throw blankets for donation.

Advent, Week 3

Our Advent journey continues with Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem and where they found joy along their journey. Mary and Joseph lived in the small city of Nazareth. About a week or so before Mary was due to deliver this baby, Emperor Caesar Augustus and his government ordered that a Census must take place. This census was used to count people, as a way of keeping track of the population, and in order for this census to happen, everyone had to return to their respective hometown. Unfortunately for the expecting couple, this meant that Joseph and the very pregnant Mary would have to travel all the way to Bethlehem as it was Joseph’s hometown. While we do not know for certain, it is estimated that this journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem would have taken four to ten days with the very pregnant Mary riding on the back of a donkey. The path to Bethlehem would have been filled with hills, harsh weather conditions, thieves, and dangerous animals - it is a miracle that the couple made it to Bethlehem safely! However, Mary and Joseph weren’t the only couple who made the journey; the town was filled with people who had also come to be registered for the Roman census, not leaving anywhere for the expecting couple to stay. While their journey to Bethlehem was far from easy, the couple found joy in the special baby that Mary was carrying.


Where you see the joy in this story?
I wonder how Mary and Joseph felt about having to travel?
I wonder how Mary and Joseph stayed safe on their journey?
I wonder what items you would take for a long journey from one place to another?
I wonder what happens next in Mary and Joseph’s journey?

Poem of the Week From the Desk of Dr JJ
We are the Blossom
Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

November 2022

General Fund Offerings




Better or Worse

+ $2169.50

Mission & Service Offerings     




Better or Worse

- $267.00

From Congregational Care
As we navigate these challenging times, the Congregational Care Team is available to help with driving to appointments, shopping for groceries, banking, etc. To connect with a Congregational Care Team member, feel free to call:
  • Susan Johnson 416 481 3857
  • Betty Kelman 416 481 3609
  • Rev Dr John Joseph Mastandrea 416 809 6044
  • Don Reynolds 416 231 5647
  • Susan Logie 647 622 8166
Stay healthy and well,
Susan Johnson
Chair, Congregational Care Team
How can you support our Manor Road United Community of Faith?

1. By e-transfer from your bank to Manor Road United Church at
2. On our website using Canada Helps, at . Note, 4% of your donation is used by Canada Helps for administrative costs. 
3.  By mailing a cheque to Manor Road United Church:
    Attention: Marianne Eschker
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240 Manor Road East
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416 483 0695