Fwd: Worship video

 Service for Sunday Aug 2,2020

Hello everyone. Here is the video should you choose to see instead of just read through the hard copy. I think that you will enjoy it. Blessings on this day to you. Peace , Kara




Kara McCluskie

Designated Lay Minister serving Kilsyth, Keady-North Derby Pastoral Charge

The United Church of Canada


Sunday June 28, 2020 Celebration of Kilsyth Anniversary Service

Kara McCluskie

8:38 AM (8 minutes ago)

Please find the worship video for this morning in this link. https://youtu.be/Zh-_2KpRJow

It is another great day that the Lord has made us! Rejoice and be glad! Peace, Kara



Kara McCluskie

Designated Lay Minister serving Kilsyth, Keady-North Derby Pastoral Charge

The United Church of Canada

Home Office Phone- 519-376-1936

Email- karamcc@bmts.com


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Sunday Service June 21, 2020

Kara McCluskie

10:56 AM (9 minutes ago)

As promised… the video for this morning's worship. https://youtu.be/ZoGFIX8PiBo


Next week's service will be our last before Kilsyth & Keady- North Derby UC communities take a break for the month of July.


Happy Father's day to all those fathers out there! May you be blessed today and always.




Kara McCluskie

Designated Lay Minister serving Kilsyth, Keady-North Derby Pastoral Charge

The United Church of Canada

Home Office Phone- 519-376-1936


Sunday May 24 Worship suggestions

Kara McCluskie

12:22 AM (13 hours ago)

Hello everyone,

I have completed my week of Continuing Education which was fabulous. So grateful to have been able to attend The Festival of Homiletics ( The craft of preaching) online! There were so many wonderful speakers and lecturers, all so different. The main theme was on Climate Change with many of the leaders making connections to Biblical scripture but also brought in connection between climate change and covid 19 . Lots of talk about covid and the huge inpact there has been from it on those particularly in the states.


You won't see my face tomorrow for worship but I would love to share with you the message from one of the speakers from early in the week named Rev. Dr. Otis Moss 111.

He is the senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He titled his message " Living With the Certainty of Uncertainty" ( sermon based on the road to Emmaus)

You will find it here near the end of this video.



Alternatively I share the link of a more local worship from Port Elgin United Church



And this is from Jasper United Church where a long time friend of mine who used to live in Owen Sound, Rev. Nancy Monteith, now serves. The scenery is beautiful in this video for last week!



You may have already found some favourites that you have been tuning into as well.

Blessings on your worship time.

Sending God's love and light to you.



Kara McCluskie

Designated Lay Minister serving Kilsyth, Keady-North Derby Pastoral Charge

The United Church of Canada

Home Office Phone- 519-376-1936

Summer Programming Ideas Zoom Presentation

From: Douglas, Kathy [mailto:KDouglas@united-church.ca]
Sent: May 23, 2020 7:10 PM

Subject: Summer Programming Ideas Zoom Presentation


HI folks

Hoping this is a helpful presentation.


Looking for concrete ideas for your community of faith?

Summer Programming for Children’s Ministry

Day Camps   *   On’ &/or ‘Off line’ options  *   VBS


Zoom Webinar Presentation4 different programs will be presented by experienced leadershipJen Auger-Norval United Church with VBS/Day Camp ModelJeffrey Dale-Camp Awesome- an Arts Based program w combination On and Off line programmingAlana Martin/Bailey Fleming- The GO ProjectDeborah Laforet- Oakville VBS Co-Op Team (Ecumenical Community VBS)//derbyunitedchurches.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/image002.pngimage002.png@01D6313C.6A17C5F0” class=”gmail-CToWUd gmail-a6T” tabindex=”0″ style=”cursor: pointer; outline: 0px;”>

Wednesday, May 27 @ 7-8:30PM

& (repeated) Friday, May 29 @10-11:30 AM

To Register and receive ZOOM link

Contact Kathy Douglas Faith Formation Minister,

For Regional CouncilsAntler River Watershed, https://arwrcucc.ca/Horseshoe Falls, https://hfrcucc.ca/   & Western Ontario Waterways  https://wowrcucc.ca/


519 441 0656 cell



Kathy Douglas (she/her)


“The Regional Council offices are currently closed due to Covid-19, but staff, working from their homes on secure devices, continue to be available by phone and email during regular hours Monday to Friday” Please be patient, however, if my response times are slower.

Faith Formation Minister,

For Regional Councils of

Antler River Watershed, https://arwrcucc.ca/

Horseshoe Falls, https://hfrcucc.ca/

Western Ontario Waterways  https://wowrcucc.ca/



519 441 0656 cell

Toll Free – 1-833-236-0280 ext. 5    

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 100, Carlisle, ON L0R 1H0

Map location: 1552 ON-6, Hamilton, ON L8N 2Z7 (Google)  


The United Church of Canada acknowledges that its building and Ministries from coast to coast to coast are on traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples.  

Sunday April 19 Service

Hello and blessings to all!

Here is the video link for Sunday April 19, 2020 ( tomorrow) as well as an attachment
for the hard copy of the order of worship/ full service with reflection.


Whispering your names in prayer…

in peace,


Kara McCluskie
Designated Lay Minister serving Kilsyth, Keady-North Derby Pastoral Charge
The United Church of Canada


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Maundy Thursday/Good Friday

Good morning everyone,


This is Wednesday of Holy Week and I would like to share some things with you today.

I have added a few attachments in this email.


Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. Please find the attachment for a Maundy Thursday service outline. I invite you to take part at your leisure sometime before  tomorrow evening. It is scripture and prayer based. As well, for each section there is a thought provoking question.


Good Friday– here is a link to a live streamed service at Islington United Church in Mississauga at 10:30 am on Friday morning. I have met Rev. Maya on different occasions and she is lovely…I have been enjoying their services the last few weeks. https://islingtonunited.org/2020/04/01/good-friday-service-april-10-2020-at-1030-am/


There are many ways that we can come to prayer. I have attached a finger labyrinth that can be printed (recommended) or just used on the screen. You can add this to your tool boxes as a means of connecting with the Spirit.


in peace,


Worship for Sunday, March 29, 2020

Hello everyone on this rainy Sunday morning.

I woke up to find that the magic happened over night and that my video was in fact uploaded for you onto YouTube, so here is the link for it should you wish to hear and see me share some words of worship.  ( ps…please ignore the ringing of the telephone… which I tried to as well!)


Sending God's love and peace from afar.


Connecting With You – March 27

Hello everyone,

Well, this has been a busy week for many as people scramble around trying to put procedures and plans in place and learn new ways of doing things. While we think of those who have been thrust into more action than they care to have and the stress that it places on them ( especially health care workers and other essential people ) , we also think of those who have been forced into a drastic slow down, companies and individuals alike.

I invite you to continue to pray for the world. Pray for countries and communities who have be hit hard with the virus thus far. Pray for those who aren't taking this pandemic seriously. Pray for those who are overly anxious.  Pray for families, friends and neighbours. Pray for those who you know well and those you have never met.

I have heard the words "unprecedented times" in many of the speeches shared by leaders. Unprecedented times yes, unknown times we are living in and very foreign to us, therefore patience and loving kindness is needed as we go into the unchartered waters.

I have spent a lot of time online this week connecting with colleagues and the wider church especially. My mind is swirling. I tuned into a "town hall" meeting that was called by our Regional Council , Western Ontario Waterways, on Wednesday. This comment that was made by one of the hosts stood out for me. " Even though the Church hasn't been recognized as one of the essentials, the Church IS very much ESSENTIAL. The work hasn't changed, just how we do it has changed." So, let's all come together to continue to do the work of the Church in whatever way we can.

There was much conversation. Part of the agenda was devoted to the theme of stewardship. We are all reminded that especially at this time it is ever more important to remember the support that is offered to many through the Mission and Service dollars that we are able to donate. Even though we are not presently meeting in the church buildings, there are ongoing expenses. There is much stress around finances for many but we are invited to think about our part as a disciple of Christ. Part of our Christian response is to live generously. So please, if you are able, remember your church givings.

There are a number of options for you.

1. Sending a cheque, or post dated cheques to your treasurer by mail

2. PAR , Pre Authorized Remittance- you can find a form and information here  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qlKsqL1XQsGsGq-y4J_Cek2HTHZBwMJu/view

3. Canada Helps online organization – https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/kilsyth-united-church/


If you are needing a phone call for any help in these areas, or just to chat, I am here, so please don't hesitate to be in touch with me. Stay well everyone!

I leave you with these words from scripture in hopes that it will bring some comfort.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7, NIV).

in peace,


Message from Sunday March 15 2020

Hello everyone,
Hopefully by now all of you have received communication letting you know that the Grey- Bruce Public Health Unit is now requiring all religious public places to close their doors for the time being until we hear otherwise. So… we will start to get into a new and different rhythm with regards to how we will do Church. 
For those who have computers I have created a YouTube channel where I will upload videos and you will be able to see and hear me share scripture, messages, prayers and maybe even some music. This is some new learning for me so I hope you will be patient 🙂 And if anyone is having difficulty with technology please don't hesitate to ask for help.
Here is the first video that I recorded yesterday at my step mom's house which is located at Leith.
Click on this link and it will take you to it. https://youtu.be/msUi72bgRp4
Make sure you have your sound up and it is unmuted so you can hear. I do hope that my words will be comforting. 

For those who do not have a computer, the hope is for me to have hard copies of messages dropped off in mailboxes by neighbouring fellow parishioners. Also if you would prefer to have a copy of the message sent as an attachment via email that will be doable as well. Details will continue to be worked out and other ways of hearing the Word will be shared with everyone in the days to come. This may also be an opportunity to see and hear other United Churches across the country who offer live stream recordings of their services.
Let's stay well connected. We are are a family. God's family, who are called to love and support one another especially in trying times. Holding all of you in prayer as we move together into experiencing and worshipping God in a new way. All will be well.
Sending peace and love from afar.

Online Worship options from United Churches across Canada



From: Kara McCluskie [mailto:karamcc@bmts.com]
Sent: March 27, 2020 8:17 PM
To: ‘kknd uc’ <kknd.uc@gmail.com&gt;
Subject: Online Worship options from Churches across Canada


It is sad and unfortunate that we are not able to be physically meeting together for worship with one another at this time. But.… this gives us an opportunity to reimagine how we might do Church in a different way. For 3 weeks I have been offering a short worship via a YouTube video which has been sent out through email to the parishioners of Kilsyth & Keady- North Derby as well as a hard copy of the wording that I have used. It is my hope to continue to do this weekly as long as we are still under the directive by health authorities to keep our buildings closed for public worship. There are also now many more options for online worship becoming available. I have added in this link for you to look at from the United Church Broadview magazine. https://broadview.org/church-services-livestream/ They have been collecting names of churches from all across Canada who are able to offer online live streaming of their full services. Lots of food for the soul!

Please stay well. God’s peace.

Pastor Kara