For Adults/Seniors



LA BELL ENSEMBLE is an adult handbell choir that provides music for weddings and offers its gifts of music frequently out in the wider community. Practices are held on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m.  For more information, please contact Marcia Gosse

TOUCH OF BRASS is an adult handbell choir that plays in church regularly as well as at special events in the community. Practices are held on Mondays at 7:15 p.m.  For more information, contact Marcia Gosse.

RINGING PRAISE is an adult handbell choir for beginners who are interested in learning to play bells. Practices are held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Marcia Gosse.

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP TEAM: This intergenerational group provides music and liturgy for worship scheduled throughout the year. For more information, please contact the office at 613-733-3156 x229.


RETREAT TIMES AND QUIET DAYS: During the year there are opportunities to go on retreat or to spend a day in quiet. These are opportunities to step away from agendas and routines and to spend some time with God. If you would like to know more, please contact Steve:

LECTIONARY BIBLE STUDY meets on Wednesday mornings (9:30-11:00 a.m.) to explore the lectionary text for the coming Sunday worship service. Led weekly by the minister preaching on the Sunday, participants engage in conversation about the meaning of texts for their daily living, adding to the minister’s reflections about the text.

LENTEN STUDY: Included in the options for Lent is a time of study, and special places and times for prayer and reflection. We also have a labyrinth located in Beecroft Hall at this special time of year.

MEDITATION GROUP: Meeting in Room B-9 in the lower halllway 9:10 a.m. on Sunday mornings; all are welcome to join in the practice of Christian meditation. Meditation is good for mind, body and spirit.

PORTABLE LABYRINTH: We are grateful to the family of the late Margaret Speakman, as a bequest she left to the church was used to purchase our labyrinth. It is 30 feet wide, is hand painted on poly canvas and it is a replica of the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral. During Lent it will be available. For more information or to see about borrowing the labyrinth, please speak to Rev. Steve Clifton (613-733-3156 x225 or

PERSONAL PRAYER AND DEVOTION: This is not something scheduled at the church, but an invitation to be intentional in making time to catch our breath, to recognize all we have been given and reflect on how far we’ve come, to more fully develop our mind and spirit, to seek out the richness of maturity and the wisdom it can bring, encourages us to reflect upon the past with compassion, embrace the present, to live fully in each moment and to step into each new day with a sense of purpose and wonder, enjoying each for the priceless gift it is.

See alsoPrayer Chain

Groups to Join

SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE: Rideau Park can seem like a big community where it is difficult to get to know people. One way of feeling more connected is to join a smaller group of people who share a common interest or experience. There are many such groups in the congregation. Speak to one of the ministers if you would like to find a small group that matches your interests.

HARMONY CLUB: The Harmony Club for seniors 60+ meets once a month, usually on the last Wednesday. Our fall program starts on the last Wednesday in September.  Our program format is: from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, cards and conversation; at noon a delicious luncheon is served; and an interesting program follows at 1:00 p.m. (usually 30-40 minutes). The membership fee for the year is $6. Wheelchair accessible. New members are welcome. For more information, please call the office at 613-733-3156 x229.

UNITED CHURCH WOMEN meet in unit groupings. These groups provide spiritual nourishment and lifelong friendships. There are six units that meet either at the church or in homes once a month, except in the summer. Please refer to the UCW flyer available in the Sanctuary (and online) for a description of the function of the UCW, or contact our UCW President, Nancy Begg-Durkee.

EXERCISE: The 50+ Exercise Group is starting its fall session in early September 2017. It takes places from 9:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m, at Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive. Please join us and get moving, strengthening, and stretching,  All levels of fitness (male and female) are encouraged and supported by Faiza, our experienced Seniors' Fitness Instructor (SFIC). Keep fit for walking, hiking and biking during the fall. Fees are $60.00 for 10 weeks (20 classes), payable at the first class. Still not convinced? Come by and give us a try. Drop-in fee is $5.00. For more information, call the church office (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m) at 613-733-3156 ext 229  

GENTLE YOGA: "Relax After Work",
5:30 .pm, -OR - "Enlighten Your Mornings" Fridays, 9:00 a.m, are starting September 08. Join one or both of our NEW Yoga classes depending on your schedule. Yoga enahnces any other excersize routine as well as stretching and strengthening. Certified Yoga Instructor, Lynda Spalding, will lead beginner to advanced (male and female) students through a gentle flow mat class. Fees are $25.00 for 8 weeks (1 class per week) or $50.00 if taking 2 classes per week. Drop-in fee is $5:00. For more information, call the church office (Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm) at 613-733-3156 ext 229

EUCHRE CLUB: If you would like to laugh, talk and play some euchre then please come to our Thursday Euchre Club gathering. Euchre club meets every Thursday from September to mid-June at 1:00 p.m. for cards, refreshments, jokes, stories, and general fun. A minimal donation is requested to help defray our refreshment expenses. For information please call either Steve Shipley or the office (613-733-3156 x229).

QUILTING: If quilting is an interest of yours, come on Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon to piece together many wonderful quilts that are sold as fundraisers for the United Church Women. Bring your lunch and stay to visit following the quilting bee. This group meets all year round. for more information, contact Ruth Ebertz or the office (613-733-3156 x229).

COUNTED CROSS-STITCH GROUP:  This group meets occasional Monday mornings at 9:00 am.  New members are welcome!  Instruction and beginners' kits will be provided. For more information, call Judy Pare or the office (613-733-3156 ext. 229).

THE CIRCLE is a UCW group made up of women who are interested in journeying together as they explore their Christian faith. The group typically meets in the church Parlour from 9:30 a.m until 11:00 a.m on the third Monday of the month. Each year a book with a faith development theme is selected by the group, to help focus the discussion. The contacts for this spirituality group are Janette Hamilton-Silcoff at and Doreen Hamilton.  For more information, call the office at 613-733-3156 ext. 229.


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