Rideau Park United Church Community
Life in our Rideau Park church community has many possibilities, and there are many ways for us to worship, pray, study, nurture, advocate and share our faith, hope, talents and resources with our community, country and the world.
Our Mission Statement
Rideau Park United Church is a family of people who joyfully proclaim a loving God as revealed in Jesus Christ.
As caring members of this church, we seek to do this by:
- joining together in worship, prayer and music;
- reading and studying the Bible;
- living a Christian life;
- nurturing both young and old in Christian education programs;
- seeking justice for everyone, and
- continually sharing our faith, hope, talents and resources with our community, country and the world.
For more than 65 years, we have come together at Rideau Park in worship, prayer and music. In addition to our weekly Sunday morning worship service at 10AM, we have many programs bringing together all ages.
- Music is a vital part of life at Rideau Park. Each year, our musicians of all ages give generously of their time and talents. They make up our children and youth choirs, our bells and chimes groups, and our Chancel Choir.
- During Advent, we hold a Christmas Bell Concert, our Children’s Pageant and our Christmas Celebration Concert.
- Prayer requests at Rideau Park are a common occurrence. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who make up our Prayer Chain. They give of their time and prayers for any and all who may need them, and uphold our congregation and the wider church in their prayers.
- Each week, we video webcast our Sunday service. It is available on the rideaupark.ca Home Page starting about 10 minutes before the service. There is also a Service Archive of past services.
Rideau Park offers many different ways to read the scriptures, as well as to study and to learn about our Christian faith.
- Monthly Meditative services offer quiet services of Taize chants, prayer, scripture, Communion/Agape meal and silence.
- Our Ministers and lay leadership lead fall, winter and Lenten book studies that explore different aspects of our faith, other faiths, and critical issues of our times.
- A meditation group meets Sundays at 9:10AM for 20 minutes for those who want to take time for quiet meditation and reflection.
- Healing Pathway is a United Church ministry of prayer for healing that is practised in six Ottawa congregations, including ours. Healing Pathway is available twice a month, Sunday evenings in the Parlour from 7:00PM to 8:30PM.
We strive to provide programs and activities that support a Christian life for the community.
- HearSay happens Thursday evenings. It is a shared meal that supports those families participating in the children’s music programs and brings our church family closer together.
- Our United Church Women’s group consists of five Units that meet for fellowship and mission. Each fall, UCW members organize our Fall Nearly New Sale, and our Christmas Treasures Bazaar (the first Saturday in November).
We offer diverse Christian programming that nurtures both young and old.
- An extensive Sunday School program offers all the children and youth in the congregation the opportunity to come learn about their Christian faith. Each year, the children in Sunday School use their artistic talents to create Christmas cards for a charity of their choice. These cards are sold during the Christmas season.
- The Harmony Club for seniors meets monthly and offers an interesting program, including guest speakers and a shared meal at noon hour.
A large and popular Rideau Park Euchre Club is open to all and meets Thursday afternoons.
- A library is available to help you in your discovery of a personal relationship with Christ.
- We have a Pastoral Care Minister and a support committee that oversees an active visitation program for those in our community who are no longer able to attend church.
- All are welcome to join our enthusiastic groups for Quilting Thursday mornings, Cross-stiching Monday mornings, and Knitting Monday afternoons.
Local community work at Rideau Park complements the United Church of Canada’s advocacy of justice for all.
- The Social Action and Outreach committee explores social justice issues, and supports several community organizations such as the Heron Emergency Food Centre, three Community Houses (Blair Court, Banff and Russell Heights),the Multi-faith Housing Initiative, and the South East Ottawa Centre.
- We provide food hampers and vouchers to over 150 needy families at Christmas through the Rideau Park Christmas Cheer Program.
- Refugee work at Rideau Park: dating back to helping the Boat People in the 1970’s to present day refugees from Syria and Somalia.
At Rideau Park, we are committed to being an active presence in our community, country and world by sharing our faith, hope and talents.
- We support those wishing to marry, have their children baptized, or have loved ones remembered.
- We offer meeting space to local groups, such as Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Ventures, as well as the Alta Vista Community Association, The Canadian Institute for the Blind, The World Day of Prayer Organization, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Ottawa Presbytery. View our links to many of these initiatives.
- We support the Carleton University Ecumenical Pause Table by providing refreshments to students during exam periods.
- We are strong supporters of the Mission and Service Fund, which is the face of the United Church of Canada nationally and around the world. Our contributions finance diverse ministries and missions across Canada and overseas.
If you want to learn more about specific programs at Rideau Park, contact the church office at 613-733-3156 or pick up a copy of the 2018-2019 Activity Booklet.