Trinity United church is an inter-generational, community-based church located in Cannington, Ontario.
We were pleased to announce our exciting new beginning as part of a regional team ministry, under the name “United Community Ministry”, with the congregations of Woodville, Peniel, Cambray, and Oakwood United Churches. This is the culmination of much meeting, planning, working , and anticipation that grew out of the Presbytery initiated area Chat Groups in 2016, with UCM officially starting Sept.1 , 2018. Clergy for the transition year was Rev. Wanda Stride (to Dec 30/18) and Student Intern Minister Daniel MacDonald (to Aug 31/19), each serving at 60% time.
We welcomed St Andrew’s UC Beaverton into our UCM fold as a partner in March 2019.
We welcomed Rev. Timothy Dayfoot as our full-time UCM Interim Minister beginning July 1, 2019, to guide us into our next steps together in ministry. His appointment with us ends with his retirement on Jan 1, 2021. We are most grateful for his time with us and wish him well.
Beginning in Sept 2019 we welcomed Debbie Sherwin (Licensed Lay Worship Leader) as a contract Worship Leader for UCM under the auspices of Congregational Designated Ministry. Debbie served regularly in our Rotational Worship Schedule as part of our UCM Worship Team until her retirement on Aug 31 2020. We wish her well in her personal pursuits and look forward to worshipping with her on occasion as LLWL pulpit supply.
Rev Mary-Margaret Boone (retired) currently serves as Region 11 (ECORC) Supervisor to UCM effective Jan 6, 2021, while we are in Clergy Search mode.
UCM Council consists of two representatives from each congregation with executive as follows: Chairperson – Kerri Jebson, Secretary – Sheila-Mae Gidney, Treasurer – Ian Kennedy.
We collectively look forward to entering and exploring this new way of ‘being church’.
TRINITY CANNINGTON UNITED CHURCH AFFIRMING MISSION STATEMENT: (adopted Sept 30, 2018)
“As the people of Trinity United Church, we affirm and support the life
experience of all. We aim to provide a safe, nurturing environment where
we intentionally welcome all into the total life and ministry of the
Trinity family, including but not limited to: persons of any age, colour,
ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, intellectual and physical
ability, family configuration, social or economic circumstance or mental
health. All persons are invited to take part in every aspect of church
life including membership, leadership, celebrating life passages and
marriage. We are publicly committed to working and living together in our
journey toward justice for all of God’s people.”
Trinity United Church Cannington became an official Affirming congregation through Affirm United, on June 23, 2019, following more than a year of intentional study, and vote held in May 2019. We look forward to living out this commitment.
We welcome people of all ages at Trinity. Our services are designed so that anyone of any age can participate. As well many of our programs are multi-aged ie Sunday Morning Children’s classes, dramas, handbell groups.
We seek to serve our community, Cannington. We regularly open our doors for community events, and groups’ use of building, and try to participate fully in our community. Trinity is pleased to offer its newly renovated presentation space in the sanctuary as well as the lower hall with newly fitted kitchen for free use by non-profit groups and organizations; and by suggested donation for businesses and for-profit groups.
Trinity Cannington is dedicated to providing opportunities to engage with and serve our local community.
Check our Calendar regularly for the many opportunities that our Outreach Committee offers for participation in its initiatives/events to support community locally and beyond.
Trinity’s Affirm Committee meets regularly and offers an “Affirm Minute” in worship services for education and enlightenment; as well as keeping up with resources from Affirm United (www.affirmunited.ause.ca); and committed to furthering accessibility and equality in our faith community. Contact is Sharon Woodrow.
Currently, we offer the following annual community event suitable for all ages for fellowship, entertainment, and to highlight skills and talents found locally:
“Swing Into Spring” – usually held on a Sunday evening in late April or early May; a continuously served dinner from 5-7 pm, local artisans’ displays, guest concert performer at 7 pm. Proceeds to the Mission & Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.
We are a local expression of the worldwide community of people who follow Christ. Within that, we are a part of the United Church of Canada.
Our Board comprises volunteer men and women who are a part of our congregation. These people provide us with leadership, helping us stay true to our vision and mission as a church.
This group of volunteers, with five areas of interest (Worship, Christian Education, Outreach, Congregational Life, Finance & Property), meet on the second Thursday of the month (excluding July/August) at 7 pm for committees and 7:30 pm for whole board to address and attend to the many diversities and responsibilities of a community of faith. Contact is Chairperson of Board.
Meet Our Ministry Personnel
We welcome Rev. Timothy Dayfoot as our UCM Interim Minister beginning July 1, 2019 for approximately a one year period, and look forward to his expertise, leadership and guidance as we enter our next steps as a collective ministry. (Retirement Jan 1 2021)
Debbie Sherwin, an experienced and well respected Licensed Lay Worship Leader in our former Presbytery area, joins our UCM Worship Team in Sept 2019 as a CDM (Congregational Designated Ministry) Worship leader in our rotational worship schedule with our 6 partner congregations. (Retirement Aug 31 2020)
Chyvonne Pancer, Ministry Candidate, joins our UCM Worship Team for Jan to Mar 2020, as a temporary CDM Worship Leader. She is also well known and respected in our area for her pulpit/student supply work and we appreciate her time with us within her busy schedule.
Did you know that Trinity’s history goes back to 1828, one year after Cannington was settled? Check out the interesting facts and feelings, from research and voices of past congregants, combined in “The History of Trinity United Church 1895-1995” booklet. Copy available for borrowing from the office.