At Rideau Park, we have a commitment to share our faith with others in the community by modelling Jesus’ love and acceptance. We also try to offer our members opportunities to make a difference in the community. Our community outreach is shared by many of the groups meeting at the church.
THE SOCIAL ACTION OUTREACH COMMITTEE oversees a variety of programs and partnerships with other social agencies, but the Christian Development Committee, UCW, Scouts, youth confirmation classes, Sunday School and other church groups are also engaged in projects benefiting the community and the world.
We partner with the Heron Emergency Food Centre, the Blair Court, Russell Heights and Banff Community Houses, South East Ottawa Community Health Centre and Multifaith Housing Initiative to address issues of poverty, health and hunger. Volunteers and donations from the church support their work with families in our area. Groups like the Harmony Club, Euchre and Seniors’ 50+ Fitness provide a place for seniors to meet. The Group for Friends supports disabled young adults with friendship and an evening out. Seasonal programs like Christmas Cheer hampers, and Amnesty letter writing, are a witness to our faith at work in the world. Environmental Action keeps us aware of how we can better manage our resources in caring for the world around us. We also host local community groups like AA/Oasis, CNIB and Stride.
Through the United Church of Canada, and the Mission and Service Fund, we are engaged in global ministry with church partners here in Canada and around the world. Our Mission and Service Fund givings provide emergency assistance in natural disasters, support schools and hospitals in underprivileged areas, interfaith dialogue and peacemaking in times of war.
In addition to the Healing Pathway ministry offered at Rideau Park, Healing Pathway is also offered once a month at Alta Vista Retirement Community (formerly called Alta Vista Manor), off Smyth Road. It has been well received by the residents. The time slots are usually quite full, with several regulars.
REFUGEE WORK AT RPUC: Rideau Park has a long history of working with refugees, both as a congregation, as well as ecumenically and with community partners.
On February 8th, 2016, a Syrian family of five arrived via Jordan under the Blended Visa-Office Referred (BVOR) program.
In addition, we are still supporting a Somali refugee, who came in April 2015 via a camp in Kenya, also through the BVOR program. In the future, we plan to bring some of her family members to Ottawa from a refugee camp in Uganda.
In January 2016, we also partnered with a constituent group, the Ottawa Syrian Family Sponsorship Project, who sponsored a family of six.
If you would like to support our Refugee program, you can write a cheque to Rideau Park United Church, and indicate “Regugee Fund”, or you can donate online through our website. In this case, click on Donate Now, then under Select Fund, choose #6, enter the amount, and in the Message for Rideau Park box, type in “Refugee Fund”. Questions? Contact Marilyn Law.
AFFIRMING MINISTRY: Rideau Park United Church seeks to be a welcoming faith community, inclusive of all, including those of different economic, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities. We have recently begun a study process with the goal of becoming an Affirming Ministry, as defined by the United Church of Canada. Interested viewers can explore a treasure trove of stories re: the LGBTQ experience in our community at the United Church IRIDESCE website.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: In honour of the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi, who had a special connection to all of God’s creatures, there is a tradition of blessing animals in a special service on the first Sunday in October. All of God’s creatures are welcome to share in a service of blessing. We generally meet in our side parking lot, at the Beecroft Hall end. (If it rains we sometimes move into Beecroft hall.) Pets should be leashed or caged or carried- whatever makes them feel safe and secure in the company of others. No pre-registration is required. All (species) are welcome! View our photo gallery.
SCOUTING: The Scouting co-ed program includes Beavers (ages 5 – 7), Cubs (ages 8 – 11), Scouts (ages 11 – 14), and Venturers (ages 14 +). For more information regarding Scouting, please contact the church office at 613-733-3156 ext 229. Here is a Scouts Canada link that explains the programs: http://www.scouts.ca/programs/ And here is the link if they want to join: http://www.scouts.ca/join/
GUIDING: Registration for the Girl Guides: Sparks (Sr. K & Grade 1) Mondays, Brownies (Grades 2 & 3) Thursdays, Guides (Grades 4,5,6) Wednesdays, Pathfinders (Grades 7,8,9) Mondays, please call 1-800-565-8111 or register online at Girl Guides Online Registration. Please note: Sparks, Brownies and Guides have their meetings at the church.
SELF-HELP GROUPS: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meet Monday evenings at 8:00 pm at the church throughout the year. For info, please call 613-237-6000.
FOOD BANK COLLECTIONS are made the first Sunday of each month. Donations may be placed in the box outside the Sanctuary doors.
PLAYGROUP FOR YOUNG CHILDREN: This playgroup meets through the year on most weekday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Closure dates will be posted on the Kindergarten Room door as needed. (Please note there will be no Playgroup during the months of July/August 2018 due to summer camps). We welcome newborns to kindergarten age children to share some unstructured play and conversation with one another. Through their interactions, the children learn much needed social skills and parents/caregivers gain a support network of others in a similar situation. Toys are provided and an honorarium of $1.00/parent or care giver is appreciated and will be used to purchase new toys. Drop in and enjoy the fellowship! Please Note: Parents/caregivers MUST supervise the children in their care at all times.
GROUP FOR FRIENDS: This is both an evening of fun and a support group for physically or mentally challenged people aged 18 to 40. It meets at Rideau Park for events such as dances and movie/pizza nights.
UNITED CHURCH SINGLES: This city-wide group of adults ages 30+ meets here in Beecroft Hall several times throughout the year on a Saturday night. For more information, please contact the office at 613-733-3156 ext 229.
PASTORAL CARE: Monthly services are led by Georgina Fitzgerald at Oakpark, Hunt Club Manor, Billings Lodge, Maplewood and Clementine Towers as well as occasional services at Perley-Rideau Veterans.
CARLETON CHAPLAINCY: Rideau Park helps provide volunteers and baking to the Exam Pause Table at Carleton University in December and April. New volunteers are always welcome!