Celebrating Advent and Christmas 2021

Join us as we celebrate Advent and Christmas at Camlachie United Church!

Sunday Services are at 10 AM, while Christmas Eve service is at 7 PM.

See the poster for details of each service.

Advent Sundays 2021 Poster

Church Services Resumed September 12, 2021


Church services resumed September 12, 2021, with the following protocol for attending Sunday Services.

Worshipping at Camlachie United Church

First and foremost: Welcome Back!

We have established some very simple guidelines to make your visit safe and enjoyable:

1.   Please wear a mask at all times and respect social distancing guidelines.
2.   Enter by the front doors where you will be warmly greeted and asked the standard Covid questions.
3.   The greeter will make a record of attendees, using member contact information on file.
        a. Newcomers will be asked to fill in a simple contact information form.
4.   Please use the hand sanitizer before entering the narthex.
5.   There will not be refreshments available in the church.
        a. If you bring your own, please take the container with you when you leave.
6.   The offering plate will be in the narthex for cheques only, or you may use your debit/credit card.
        a. You may prefer to make your donation on-line – see our website for information.
7.   Take a seat in the sanctuary, respecting social distancing outside your family bubble
        a. alternate rows of seats are taped off – please do not use them
8.   There will be not be a choir and no singing, but humming is encouraged!
9.   Washrooms are available, but limited to one person at a time.
10. Please leave via the front doors and avoid lingering in the narthex.

Last and most important: Thank you for coming! We hope to see you again.


General Guidelines for Church Users

As of October 31, 2021, all vaccine-eligible people entering the building are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The church remains closed for general use, but Church Committees and specific church-based groups are able to meet at the church. The Board has established the general guidelines for people entering the church for such purposes. Please refer to the following newsletter:

Important Reminders


World Day of Prayer – March 5, 2021

World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women
who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice.

We celebrate this day on March 5, 2021.

The service is now available by clicking HERE which is on the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada website.

You can find other resources at their website – www.wicc.org

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, we can learn how our sisters of other countries, languages and cultures understand the Biblical passages in their context. We can hear their concerns and needs and can join in solidarity with them as we pray with and for them. In this way, it is possible to enrich our Christian faith as it grows deeper and broader in an international, ecumenical expression.

If anyone would like to make a donation they may do so by donating online at www.wicc.org

or mailing a cheque to:

WICC, 47 Queen’s Park Cres E., Toronto, ON, M5S 2C3

Coldest Night Of The Year – 2021

Our church team,

Camlachie Cares

will be walking (perhaps virtually) in support of the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser on February 20.

It’s cold out there!

The Coldest Night of the Year is a covid-safe, family-friendly walk (perhaps virtually this year) to raise money for charities serving people experiencing homelessness, hurt, and hunger.

NeighbourLink Sarnia Lambton seeks to serve our neighbours in this community who struggle to meet their basic needs. We are a network of 23 local Christian churches who work together to put love into action by giving out of our financial resources and by volunteering our time and energy. Some of the services that we offer are running a Food Pantry, giving rides to necessary appointments, providing bedding, cribs, formula and diapers, granting financial aid in instances of dental and medical emergencies, rental eviction notices and utility cut-off notices. Additionally we link people in need with donations of gently used beds, furniture, baby items and appliances.

NeighbourLink Sarnia Lambton is very pleased to invite you to join us in helping our less fortunate neighbours in the Sarnia Lambton community by donating to our Third Annual Coldest Night of the Year Walk-Athon.

You CAN make a big difference in someone’s life!!

Please sponsor us and cheer us on! Donations can be done online at the link below.
Our team sponsor page can be accessed HERE.

Thank you for your support!

The Social Justice Committee

A Salute To Shrove Tuesday 2021

It seems so long ago when we last gathered for delicious hot pancakes, mouthwatering sausages, oodles of syrup, and delicious cookies and coffee.

But it wasn’t just the food we enjoyed; it was also the fun of being together, sharing laughter and stories or catching up with old friends.

Alas, with COVID-19 putting a damper on virtually everything, we are not able to fire up the griddles nor fry up the sausages this year – what a shame!

Instead, we have invented our

Salute to Shrove Tuesday

and an opportunity for you to participate in our

2021 Virtual Pancake & Sausage Supper.

As with our No Cook No Work Fish Fry Fundraiser last August, there are no pancakes, nor sausages; only memories of last year’s wonderful Pancake Supper, and if you wish, the option to make a donation to the General Fund to help pay church expenses.

Donations may be given online via e-transfer to


or by mailing a cheque to the church.

In either case, please put Virtual Pancakes in the comment field so our Treasurer can record your donation accordingly.

All donations will be recorded on your 2021 Charitable Donation Tax Receipt, which will be issued in early 2022.

Whether you choose to donate or not, we hope this fundraiser brings back fond memories, puts a smile on your face, and maybe, just maybe, brings out a chuckle or two when you review the poster.

Thank you for your support for the Fundraising Committee over the years, through volunteering or donating or attending our events. We think these events help us all feel part of our wonderful church community.

Enjoy the poster !

VIRTUAL Pancake Supper Poster 2021 02 16

COVID-19 Update – December 21 – Church Closure

With the move to Grey – Lockdown status, the church will be closed for services and meetings effective December 26 until January 23.


It is always the priority of our church to maintain a safe space for our congregation, the community and our staff. Please be advised that ALL activities scheduled in the church building have been cancelled or suspended for now.

Weekly church services will be recorded and posted on the church YouTube channel.


Rev. David Van Patter is available by his personal phone and email.

519-402-0179  vanpatter007@gmail.com

Office Manager Heather may be contacted via church email, or leave a message on the office phone.

camlachieunitedchurch@gmail.com  519-869-4720

The Board will continue monitoring the situation and make updates as necessary.

Be safe, be secure and be well, and we look forward to seeing you again.

Bible Study Group – January to May 2021

Bible Study Group

 An informal time for intriguing & enlightening discussion about the bible.

 Third Wednesday monthly at 9:30 AM

Jan. 20; Feb. 17; Mar. 17; Apr. 21; May 19

 All are welcome to an opportunity to learn more about the bible in a relaxed informal atmosphere. The group meets the third Wednesday each month. The discussion is currently about The Book of James – Camaraderie, Sharing, & Building Relationships. One chapter is discussed at each meeting, with these five meetings finishing the second half of the book.

 No registration required.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 519-899-4720.

Our building is fully accessible and fragrance free.

NOTE: COVID-19 rules in effect – mask required.

Please see and share this poster: Bible Study Poster 2021 Jan to May

Coffee & Conversation – December 2020

Your thoughts and needs during your grief journey.

Please join us

Tuesday, December 8th, 1:30 PM

All are welcome to an informal place to talk and listen to others who have experienced loss in their lives.

No registration required.

If you have any questions, please contact

Sue Johnson (519)869-2102


Audrey Jackson (519)542-7089.

Our building is fully accessible and fragrance free.

Please see and share this poster: Coffee and Conversation 2020 Dec 08 Poster

Advent & Christmas Services – 2020

Please join us for these services during this special season.

Regular Sunday Services are at 10 AM and will be available on our YouTube channel later that day.

NOTE: The Christmas Eve Service will only be on our YouTube channel and will be available before 7 PM.

We traditionally have many people attending this special service, but with COVID-19, we felt it was best to not hold the service in the church this year. Please join us in spirit as you watch this service with your loved ones at home.

See this poster for details: Church Services Poster Advent Christmas 2020

COVID-19 protocols are in effect – please wear a mask at all times.

All the services are available on CUC-YouTube-Channel


Neighbour2Neighbour Food Drive 2020

Camlachie United Church is one of many drop off locations for this rural food drive.

See this poster for details: Neighbor 2 Neighbor Food Drive 2020 Poster

Or go the the organizers website, found in the poster.