Springtime Lunch & Learn: In 2006, the United Church of Canada adopted the Song of Faith as a “timely and contextual statement of faith.” If you are interested in exploring what the United Church believes, this learning group is for you. This group is brought to you by Glebe-St. James, Kitchissippi, Rideau Park, and Southminster United Churches. We meet from 12-1pm, so bring your lunch, we’ll put on the kettle. All are welcome.

  • Thursday, May 23: So God Creates the Universe (Rideau Park)
  • Thursday, May 30: With the Church Through the Ages (Kitchissippi)
  • Thursday, June 13: Finding Ourselves in a World of Beauty and Mystery (Southminster)

A Forum on Basic Income will be held in Ottawa on May 23-26. If you are interested in attending, please let Elizabeth Bryce or Lynn Sherwood know. For further information, please see: https://forum2024.ca/.

Forest Church is on Sunday, May 26 at 4pm. Come and join us for worship under the trees. We meet in front of the church and walk into Cunningham Forest together. Please dress for the weather!

This year, Multifaith Housing Initiative is holding their annual Tulipathon, an afternoon walk around Dow’s Lake, on May 26 from 2-4pm, to raise money and awareness about housing issues and solutions in Ottawa. Funds raised go directly to subsidize the rent for low income households in their units. It would be great to have more Rideau Parkers walking this year. If you are interested in joining our team, let ebryce@rideaupark.ca know, so we can get the word out to the congregation. Check out their website for more information – https://multifaithhousing.ca/tulipathon.html.

The SAOC is collecting personal care items for Confederation Court Community House throughout May. Donations can be left in the plastic bin at the top of the stairs by Beecroft Hall. In addition, we will be holding an in-person collection on Monday, May 27 from 1-3pm. For information about requested items, click here.

The UCW June General Meeting is on Monday, June 3, starting at 6:30pm in Beecroft Hall. Units 2, 3, and 7 are invited to come and bring either an appetizer or a dessert. Enjoy socializing with friends and exchanging stories of times past. This “Blast from the Past” evening features a collection of members’ photos, RPUC cookbooks, pictorial directories, etc.

Broadview subscriptions are now being accepted. A one-year subscription through Rideau Park costs $30 for 8 issues. That is a savings of 28%. Subscriptions will be accepted by e-transfer at accounting@rideaupark.ca (please include your address in the message area) or by cheque payable to Rideau Park United Church. For more information contact the church office. Deadline is June 20, 2024.

2024 Camp Awesome is open for registration at https://camp-awesome.uplifterinc.com/. Rideau Park’s camp runs the week of August 12-16. Financial assistance for camper fees is available – we want everyone who wants to come to be at camp this year. For information, contact Steve Clifton.

The United Church of Canada in our region runs three overnight camps, and are affiliated with another through a CGIT network. You can find more information about each camp on their website:
Camp Lau-Ren – https://camplau-ren.com
Golden Lake Camp – https://goldenlakecamp.ca
Rideau Hill Camp – https://rideauhillcamp.com
Camp Kalalla (CGIT) – http://kalalla.com

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Coffee and Conversation is available in Beecroft Hall after Sunday worship services.

Sunday School will resume in September. Our childcare room will continue to be staffed during the summer.

Meditation Group Online takes place Thursdays at 10am on Zoom. Contact Steve Clifton for an invitation.

Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm and sings Sunday mornings. New members are always welcome, both from the church and the community. For more information, contact Iain at choirdirector@rideaupark.ca. This group stops for the summer after May 30.

Cherub Choir is on summer break until September. For more information, contact Iain at choirdirector@rideaupark.ca.

Drums Alive weekly sessions will resume on Thursday, May 23 at 4:30pm, in the Sanctuary. For more information, contact Iain at choirdirector@rideaupark.ca.

Handbell Choirs: Adults practice Monday/Tuesday evenings and play at the church and in the community. Youth Bells practice on Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Gordon at handbells@pinetree.org. The handbell choirs have finished meeting until September.

Healing Pathway: Healing sessions are offered Thursdays from 12:30-2:30pm or there are shorter sessions after service most Sundays. To book an appointment, email healingpathway@rideaupark.ca, or speak to Sharon Sanderson or Brian Neal. Healing pathway sessions stop for the summer after June 20.

Euchre Club meets every Thursday from 1-3pm in the Parlour. Join us for a few hours of cards, fellowship, refreshments and fun; no expertise required! Contact Rod Hagglund for more information. The euchre club will stop meeting after May 30.

RPUC has Knitting and Quilting Groups: Knitting on Mondays from 1-3:30pm and quilting on Thursdays from 9:30am-12pm in the Parlour. For more information on both groups, please contact Doreen Hamilton at prayerchain@rideaupark.ca. These groups continue during the summer.

Tai-Chi Classes (For more information, please contact Eduardo at molon@eduardomolon.com.)
Saturday, May 18, 10:45am-12pm in Beecroft Hall
Saturday, May 25, 10:45am-12pm in Brackenridge Hall

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Oasis meets in person on Mondays from 8-9pm in Brackenridge Hall.
12 Steps to Serenity meets on Thursdays at 7:30pm in Beecroft Hall.
These groups continue during the summer.