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St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church

998 Indian Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5H 1R5

We worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM - You are welcome!

Phone: 905-278-9245      E-mail: office@ststephensuc.ca

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United Church Links

The United Church of Canada is Canada’s largest Protestant denomination. The Church, and many groups within it, have created web sites to focus attention on their work. On this page, we provide links to some of these sites, so you can explore these resources.

Click here to visit the main site of the church. It is a huge site, with many different parts, ranging from spirituality to mission work to administration.

Governance


The United Church is governed through a series of four democratically-based groups, known as “courts.” The detailed rules under which the Church operates is specified in a book known as The Manual.

For St. Stephen’s, the first court is our own Congregational Council. It consists of our minister, and the chairs of the various committees that operate the church.

The next court is called Halton Presbytery. This is a grouping of about 35 churches in the Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and Milton area. The Presbytery has certain legal obligations to fulfill, but much it its work focuses on supporting congregations in their missions, and supporting ministers in their callings.

The third court of the church is Hamilton Conference. This incorporates six presbyteries within south-western Ontario, stretching from Niagara Falls to Bruce Peninsula. The Conference hires several full-time staff members, whose time and talents are shared among all the congregations and presbyteries within the Conference.

The fourth court is the General Council. This Council meets once every three years, to decide overall policy of the church. Its debates can range from the very controversial, such as the position of the Church regarding important international situations, to the much more mundane, such as personnel administrative matters.

Between meetings, the leadership of the Church is supported by the General Council Executive, and General Council staff working in the Church Office in Toronto.

At each General Council, a new Moderator is elected. He or she becomes the head of the United Church.

Resources


There are many web sites that offer more information about the United Church, it’s beliefs and its work, and ways you can get involved. Here are a few - just click on a link and start exploring!


As a short summary of our beliefs, A New Creed is a popular statement. A longer, more poetic and complete statement can be found as A Song of Faith. Other statements produced by the Church, still honoured but written in older language, are A Statement of Faith (1940), and the Articles of Faith (1925), incorporated in The Manual.


The United Church has its own YouTube Channel. You will find hundreds of videos about United Church’s community projects throughout Canada and around the world, and messages from the Church’s spiritual leaders.


The United Church Observer is North America’s oldest magazine, and wins many awards for lively, entertaining journalism. Fiction, history, interviews, columns and lots more - it is a great read every month.


Looking for ideas for church school, or leading group discussions? Books about your faith? These and and lots more can be found at the UCRDstore.ca - the online store of the United Church Resource Distribution (UCRD) service.


Five Oaks is a beautiful country sacred space located near Paris, Ontario. Operated by the United Church, it offers many programs throughout the year, for people of all ages. These range from silent retreats to art classes and leadership training. Its facilities are also available to rent, for groups interested in retreats or other meetings.


Emmanuel College is part of Victoria University, in the University of Toronto. It is a theological school associated with the United Church, and offers courses for those interested in entering the ministry. It also offers programs for anyone interested in theology, including continuing education courses and lecture series.


The United Church’s General Council is the overall governing body of the church. It meets once every three years, formed by many elected Commissioners from across the country, to discuss topics ranging from social justice to administrative trivia. The last Council meeting was in Corner Brook in August, 2014. This site provides many reports about the discussions and debates.

Neighbouring Churches


There are several United Churches close to St. Stephen’s. Here are links to a few of their web sites:

First United Church: 151 Lakeshore Road West - (905) 278-3714

Christ Church: 1700 Mazo Crescent - (905) 822-9834

Sheridan United Church: 2501 Truscott Drive - (905) 822-9001


Information about other United Churches in Halton Presbytery can be found using the Church Finder on the presbytery web site.