Graduation Ceremony & End of the Year Bash
It’s time for a party! We will be celebrating the end of the year AND all our graduates in a Graduation Ceremony during the 10:30am service and after the service at the End of the Year SSYG Bash. This is a party taking place on the church lawn directly after the 10:30am service (weather permitting) on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th. Sorbet and ice cream will be provided along with games. Lunch will be a potluck affair. Please email Sarah Wicks-Potter at email@example.com to RSVP and let her know what you will be bringing to the potluck! You can also email Sarah or Elizabeth if there is another way in which you would like to volunteer (maybe planning a special outdoor activity close to your heart or being on dedicated clean-up duty; the possibilities are endless!)
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Kids’ Afternoon Out: Board Games or Movie?
Join us on Saturday, July 8th at Mount Royal United Church from 1:00pm-5:00pm for Kids’ Afternoon Out! This will either be a movie afternoon or a board game afternoon. MRUC youth and kids will get to vote on which option they want! Snacks will be provided. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP, ideally by July 1st. However, in June, please email Sarah to let her know whether July 8th is a date that works for you and your children and whether their preference is for a movie afternoon or a board games afternoon. At least one parent will be required to stay.
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We have been plotting for 2023. Please save the date for these events:
SSYG End of the Year Party & Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, June 18th (as well as a shout-out to all the fathers in our congregation for Father’s Day)!
Kids’ Afternoon Out: Board Games or Movie? on Saturday, July 8th
…. as well as more Kids Night Outs (KNO) and Young Adult Hangouts! More information and dates to come!
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On Thursday, May 25th, Sarah and Andrew joined with some of the young adults from Saint John the Evangelist, Scott and Thomas, for an evening of mini-golf followed by fellowship over McDonalds fries! It was very lovely that this ended up being an ecumenical event as well as a chance for young adults to spend time together. We are hoping we can partner with other young adults from churches in Montréal for future events this summer!
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For Christian Family Sunday, the Youth Group and Sunday School combined forces to help with coffee hour. We provide chips and salsa and lemonade as well as decorating some ladyfingers and frosting a cake (which says Happy M-Day!) No matter the makeup of your family, you are welcome and celebrated at MRUC!
On Saturday, April 29th, MRUC had a spring sale of books, plants, baked goods, coffee, lunch, jewelry, clothing .... so many things! Here are some snapshots from the day. It was lovely to have so many people come into MRUC and we thank all the teams and their hard work which made this event so successful!
We had a Sunday School & Youth Group Bakefest on Friday, April 28th. We ate pizza and decorated cupcakes which we then sold at the MRUC Spring Sale Saturday.
We rescheduled our Easter Egg hunt to coffeehour after the Easter service on April 9th! Eggs were hidden throughout the parlor and children and youth of all ages had the opportunity to find the eggs.
We were invited to participate in Youth Forum, a regional gathering of youth in the United Church of Canada.
On Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 5:00pm-8:00pm, we hosted MESSY CHURCH and A CONGREGATIONAL POTLUCK!
The theme was Holy Communion. Our Sunday School and Youth Group made the communion bread we will be using in the Easter service. There was also a palm cross making station, coloring sheets, and an opportunity to try to recreate Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”
Did somebody say pancakes? On Tuesday, February 21st, we all came together for our Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Supper with pancakes prepared by Doug and the Youth Group and soup and sausages prepared by Donald. Elizabeth provided us with desserts and decorations. It was a privilege to see our youth cook and prepare pancakes for us and we are very grateful to all the volunteers and staff who made the event possible. We hope everyone has a good and spiritual fulfilling Lent and that our Pancake Supper brought some joy as we prepare for Easter.
On Sunday, February 19th, SSYG had an Outdoor Snow Party and some Indoor Charades! It culminated in making and sharing hot chocolate with the congregation after the service, as well as other treats. It was a delightful way to spend a Sunday in February!
On Saturday, January 14th, 2023, from 5:00pm-8:00pm, we had a MESSY CHURCH and A CONGREGATIONAL POTLUCK! The theme was new beginnings and so we celebrated the Lunar New Year, 2023, and the story of Noah’s ark – a story which led to a new world.
On December 18th, 2022, we had our Christmas Pageant with contributions from the choir, the Sunday School, and the Youth Group!
On December 9th, we had a Family Christmas Day in collaboration with the Diocese of Montreal.
MRUC had boutique and bake sale Saturday, November 12! Kids had a Bakefest on Friday, November 11th and baked cupcakes, cookies and brownies to sell at the bake sale to support our church!
The SSYG Halloween 4 Hunger / Costume Party Saturday, October 29th from 1pm-4pm! There was pumpkin carving and other Halloween fun. They collected non-perishable foods for donation at the Multi-Caf!
The “Field of Dreams” MRUC Picnic at La Ferme Forget
Youth Group Excursion to Chinatown
On July 3rd, all Youth and Young Adults (ages 12 and up) were invited to an afternoon out in Chinatown. We had a marvelous time drinking bubble tea, eating bao and exploring the area!
Kids' Night Out - Pizza and Movie Night!
On July 2nd, all Sunday Schoolers were invited to a Pizza and Movie Night! At this event, we ate pizza, played games and watched a movie.
YA & YG Bowling
On May 21st, the Youth and Young Adults (12+) had a great time bowling.
Kids' Night Out - Pizza and PJ Party!
On May 14, all Sunday Schoolers were invited to a Pizza and PJ Party! At this event, we ate pizza, played games and watched a movie.... all in the comfort of our PJs!
Donald Buchan preparing his famous soup!
Special thanks to Don for thinking of this event and donating tons of food!
Don't miss out on Don's soup, bread, sides AND desserts!
Our Soup Sale Fundraiser was a success, raising just over $1300! Thank you to Susannah Clinker, her team of chefs that include Donald Buchan, Elizabeth Boivin and Sue Clinker and to all who purchased their lunch and made donations. Special thanks to Jessica Gauthier for sharing her seedlings and love of gardening with us all during the fundraiser and after church on Sunday.
All proceeds from this event will go towards offsetting church expenses. We are blessed to have such a supportive and dedicated community here at MRUC!
On April 24th, the Sunday School and Youth Group organized a Cupcake Fundraiser in Support of Voices of Children Ukraine. The sale was a massive success, selling out in under half an hour and a total of $400 was raised.
All proceeds will be donated to Voices of Children, an organization that provides no-cost psychological support to Ukrainian children who are impacted by armed conflicts. We are blessed to have such an amazing group of young people at our church.
Special thanks also goes to everyone who generously donated cupcakes for the sale.
Kids' Night Out - Movie Night
On April 18, all Sunday Schoolers were invited to a Kids’ Night Out. We had a great time watching Encanto, eating snacks, and playing a few games.
Youth and Young Adult Games Night
On March 8th, MRUC young adults and youth members (those aged 12-28) were invited to a Games Night over Zoom. We played ‘The Telephone Game’ and the top player won a $25 gift card to Chapters. These events are a great way to reconnect with past and present youth group members, over some friendly competition.
Mrs. Claus Bake Sale
Our Sunday School and Youth Group hosted a virtual Bake Sale. With the help of volunteer bakers, the children and youth at MRUC raised over $1,500 for Elizabeth House, a home for young mothers who need support.
Halloween Costume Party
On October 30th, all Sunday School and Youth families were invited to our Halloween Costume Party! The event took place at 3 pm in the Church basement. Each attendee was given their very own mini pumpkin to decorate after playing some ghoulish games. The price of entry for this event was one can of food per person! All cans that were collected were donated to a local charity.
Youth and Young Adult Murder Trivia (12+)
On October 27th, our Youth and Young Adults met over Zoom for a round of Murder Trivia. We had a great time reconnecting and competing for first place in the game!
Orange Shirt Sunday
On September 26th, all SSYG members were invited to an Orange Shirt Day event via Zoom. At this event, we discussed and acknowledged the history and legacy of residential schools. Attendees were given an orange t-shirt to decorate during the event which could then be worn on National Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. Thank you to all those who attended and all those that shared pictures of their posters.
Virtual Christmas Pageant
On December 20th the Sunday School and Youth presented this year's Virtual Christmas Pageant. Showcasing the voices of our youngest members in Sunday School, Youth Group and a number of musical presentations performed by the children. Check it out on our YouTube channel.
STORYTIME: “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey”
On Friday December 18th, Sunday School, Youth and leaders joined via Zoom to listen to a heart-warming story of grumpy gloomy Mr. Jonathan Toomey.
Virtual Christmas Cookie Decorating
On December 11, the Sunday School and Youth Gathered to decorate Christmas cookies. The cookies, icing and decorations were generously made and delivered to each child's home by Eliabeth Boivin. In addition to the delicious treats, each child received a beautifully made holiday themed face mask thanks to one of our memebers, Winnie Stewart. Thank you to all of those who particiapted and made such a wonderful night possible!
Zoom Mask-erade Scavenger Hunt
Our Mask-erade Scavenger Hunt of Friday October 30th was a success! The kids and leaders had a blast hunting for items around their houses and were all even able to enjoy some treats from goodie-bags that had been delivered to each child the night before! A very different Halloween - but definitely one for the books!
Each year as Christmas approaches, our Sunday School and Youth Group present the greatest story ever told.
Every Holiday season, the bravest of our members bundle up and set out to sing Christmas favourites to those in our community.
Annual Skating Party
Every winter, the Sunday School, Youth Group and Nursery meet before the service on Sunday and walk over to our local outdoor ice rink. Join us for skating, hot chocolate and more!
A fun filled night of pancakes, games, and entertainment to fundraise for a chosen cause.
Thirty Hour Fast
Our annual Thirty Hour Fast is one of the most anticipated Youth Events of the year! While fasting for thirty hours to fundraise for a chosen cause, the Youth engage in fun activities (they have been known to even play Laser tag all night!) before eventually crashing at the church for a sleepover. In the morning, the Youth help set up a donation-based luncheon before breaking their fast with the rest of the congregation.
Halloween For Hunger
Each year our church's Sunday School and Youth Group joins together in costume and giving spirits to collect non-perishable food goods to be donated to charity.