Congratulations Central Saanich UC in Saanichton, BC on your Affirming Ministry!

Central Saanich United Church, Saanich, BC

An Affirming Celebration is planned for June 27th, 2021

Central Saanich United Church

7180 East Saanich Road, Saanichton, BC  V8M 1Y4

All are welcome to a celebration of becoming an Affirming Ministry for Central Saanich United Church on Sunday June 27, 2021 

Time and location will depend on COVID-19 protocols at that time. If possible it will be in person, larger venue as the church has limited capacity and there may/will be social distancing rules in effect – possibly pre-registration required. Details are still to be determined.

Alternate plans will be:

Location:   Pre-recorded service posted on website on the morning of June 27th  


Church Phone:  250-652-2713

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Central Saanich United Church through this private form or email congratulations directly to   

P.I.E. Parade for 2021

All across Canada faith communities gathered together either virtually or safely physically distanced and celebrated P.I.E. Day 2021.

P.I.E. is a special day on or around March 14th each year that we can remind ourselves of the commitment we have have made to be Public, Intentional and Explicit in our welcome to 2SLGBTQIA+ folk of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Here are some of the highlights in song, photos, videos and some incredible fundraising efforts.

Thank you to everyone who participated and continues to enjoy P.I.E. everyday!!!

An Affirming Celebration in Pictures for Hinton United Church in Alberta!

Shining Waters Region Council celebrates being the first Regional Council to have permanent Affirming status!

David Hall of Silver Spire United Church and AU/SE Council member:

Happy P.I.E. Day from Grosvenor Park United Church

Photo Parade of P.I.E. Day 2021 Moments:

A P.I.E. inspired Song!

Here is a song written just days ago and his process, by John Oldham, songwriter (shared with permission):


( An Affirming Song of Inclusion and Acceptance)

We are Covenant people , sharing both our joy and grief.

We welcome ev’ry person who ongs for peace and relief.

As we “affirm” each other with our varied gender, views (and our sexuality)

we witness to the wonder – it is loving that renews. (of our shared humanity.)

(we’re created to be free.)

Everyone is holy, of great value, beauty, worth,

all precious, blessed and treasured and right from their sacred birth.

Diversity enriches and variety declares

we are all one family as both peace and love are shared/

We are a community called to reach out and embrace

another on life’s journey who is blessed with gift of grace.

Together let us venture on in solidarity

as we work hard for justice and for truth and liberty/harmony.

Song notes:

Honoring Ronan, Spencer, niece Justine, nephew Robert, and…..

John Wesley Oldham; # 8899; Sun, March 14, 2021; Verses1,2 -Journal entry during 10 a.m. zoom Affirming worship; I noticed the word ‘Covenant’ on the screen at the beginning of worship. Opening comments by minister Dawn evoked the lines, 2,3,4 of verse one. The first two lines of verse two were written during the video in which I heard the words “everyone is holy” and “blessed.” During the story read by Richard the last two lines of verse two came through.

Verse 3 was written at 3.10-3.11 p.m. direct to computer screen while on a break from tidying the house and watching curling. I had heard Darlene in our discussion time say that our our church is “a community that embraces us all.”

The metre is 14 14 14 14 or 7777D The melody is like an olde English folk song. Sung with the Eagle Drum.

Word changes at about 10 p.m. while watching men’s curling…

Adding Sparkle to Your Rainbow | Zoom Webinar Thursday February 25, 2021 | 7-8:30pm

As part of our Public, Intentional and Explicit commitment, Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble along with Affirming Connections are pleased to announce this special P.I.E. gathering … an Affirming Refresher presented by Affirming Coordinator Linda Hutchinson!

We’ll talk about these areas to add sparkle:

  • Your Vision Statement
  • Your Marriage Policy
  • Your Action Plan . . . Do you have one?  Does it need updating?  Are you engaging with the wider community?
  • Your relationship with building users, renters
  • Your language – Pronouns, Microaggressions
  • Broadening your scope . . . the call of all people who are marginalized

Bring your stories and your questions!

Linda Hutchinson, Affirming Ministry Coordinator to Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble

Presenter Bio – Linda Hutchinson

Linda, a United Church member by birth and by choice, has worked/volunteered at all levels of The United Church of Canada with children, youth and adults, mainly in the areas of Resource Ministry and Affirm United’s Affirming Ministries Program.  She is a member of Sydenham Street United Church in downtown Kingston, ON, an Affirming Ministry since 1999, was a member of the Bay of Quinte Conference Affirming Ministries Action Group from its formation in 2007 to 2018 when UCC restructured, and has been a Coordinator of Affirm United’s Affirming Ministry Program since 2012.  Linda and her spouse, Bruce, have two adult children and four grandchildren.

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We welcome a NEW Affirming Ministry: Forest Grove United Church, North York, ON

Forest Grove United Church – North York, ON

We are pleased to announce an Affirming celebration is planned for Forest Grove United Church, North York, ON on Sunday November 15, 2020

Celebration to be declared an Affirming Ministry will be held via Zoom at:

Forest Grove United Church

43 Forest Grove Drive

North York ON M2N 1Z4

Sunday November 15, 2020 at 10:30 am (online via Zoom)

Phone: 416-222-2781


Email for sending congratulations

Please send a note of congratulations to the entire faith community of Forest Grove United Church through this private form:

Celebration for Sherwood Park United Church, AB April 15

Sherwood Park United Church in Sherwood Park, AB will celebrate their declaration of becoming an Affirming Ministry on Sunday April 15, 2018 at 9:45AM at:

Sherwood Park United Church,
20 Fir Street, Sherwood Park, AB
T8A 1Z6
c/o Rev. Terrie Jackson

All welcome! A Saturday night event will also be held; please contact the congregation for details.

Please send a note of congratulations to Sherwood Park United Church by filling out this contact form: