We invite you to join us for Sunday worship. You can take part in one of three ways:
in person at 10 am (doors open at 9:30 am)
through our new Livestream program. Pre-service music begins at 9:50 am. Just click on the Livestream button above.
anytime through our recorded program. Just click on the image below.
We offer a Sunday children's program called 'Spirit Kids'. The program begins with children and youth joining the rest of the congregation in the sanctuary before getting together in the youth lounge or outside.
What better way to kick off this joyous season than with a Messy Christmas? About 25 children, parents, grandparents, friends and family turned out Friday night for crafts, dinner, carols and a sacred story.
The kids decorated Christmas cookies, created felt mouse candy cane tree ornaments, tree decorations crafted from recycled Christmas cards, colourful pipe cleaner snowflakes and a Christmas angel painting made from their handprints.
Then they enjoyed a delicious homemade macaroni and cheese dinner with Rice Krispie squares for dessert.
Afterwards they went into the sanctuary for a Christmas story and to sing Christmas carols with Pastor Beth.
As the kids left for home they were given a gift of "Advent in a Box".
Advent in a Box is an Advent/Christmas take-home activity kit for children who attend Messy Christmas and the Sunday service Spirit Kids program.
Thanks to Children and Youth Program Coordinator Leslie Moffat for all her hard work and to the host of volunteers who so generously donated their time to make Advent and Christmas so special for the children and families of Cordova Bay United
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Volunteers make church and grounds sparkle
About 15 church members turned out Saturday morning for the annual fall clean-up — or as Property Committee chair Peter Hopkins likes to call it, “the church’s fall shave and haircut”.
Under cool but sunny skies, the volunteers did everything from trimming the tall cedar hedge along the west side of the church property to getting down and dirty by cleaning out the storm sewer drains in the parking lot.
They also tidied up the flower beds out front, picked up debris and leaves in the Carrot Seed playground, climbed on the roof to blow any stray leaves and ensure the drainpipes are clear, and raked leaves from the many lawns we have.
By the time the volunteers packed up and headed home the church and grounds sparkled.
Thanks to all those who gave so generously of their time and to the Property Committee for organizing the clean-up.
'Tis the season for angels
Every year Cordova Bay United Church supports the Angel Gift campaign for Our Place.
We provide gifts and Christmas greetings for those in need in Victoria's inner city.
Often, these Angel Gifts are the only gifts Our Place members will receive at Christmas.
This year we are donating 75 gifts totalling more than $3,000!
As well, the annual John Reischman and the Jaybirds bluegrass concert on Saturday in the church will make a donation to Our Place.
Paralympian Jessica Tuomela inspires Ethel Wilson women
More than 20 women turned out for Tuesday's Ethel Wilson Women's Group monthly meeting to hear Jessica Tuomela speak about her amazing life.
Jessica was accompanied by her guide dog Brandy.
Jessica has been totally blind since she was three due to retinoblastoma -- cancer of the eye -- and has had both her eyes surgically removed. The chemotherapy following her surgery left her deaf in one ear.
But these challenges have not stopped this amazing young woman from achieving great things.
Jessica is a four-time paralympian. She represented Canada as a swimmer in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympian Games. In 2000, she brought home a silver medal in the 50-metre freestyle S11 Class when she was just 17.
She retired from swimming in 2008, but in 2016 came out of retirement to take up the sport of paratriathalon.
In 2019, she captured bronze at the Paratriathalon World Championships. In 2021 she represented Canada at her fourth Paralympic Games when she took fifth in Tokyo.
In addition to her sporting accomplishments, Jessica has excelled in school. She became a Registered Massage Therapist, then moved to Scotland and obtained a Diploma in Performance Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.
She then earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
Jessica spoke to the women about the importance of "trust".
For instance, she must trust the opinion and guidance of others in so many things, like buying clothes. She must also trust her guide dog Brandy to not put her in danger.