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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

3. Canada Helps online organization –


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.
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 []
Sent: March 27, 2020 8:17 PM
To: ‘kknd uc’ <;
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. 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


re : Public Health Grey- Bruce release – Closure of all churches

Media Release

March 17, 2020

Enhanced measures to limit spread of COVID-19


Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.


Although the likelihood of cases in Grey Bruce remains lower than other areas of the province, where these actions are currently most needed, the Medical Officer of Health of the Grey Bruce Health Unit strongly recommends the adoption and implementation of these measures. Early implementation of these measures adds benefit, and ensures consistency with the rest of the public health sector. 


The following establishments are required to close immediately:


•All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;

•All public libraries;

•All private schools as defined in the Education Act;

•All licensed child care centres;

•All churches and other faith settings;

•All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;

•All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies;

•Concert venues; and

•Personal Service Settings


Additionally, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is asking individuals to limit congregating in groups while maintaining safe social distancing (the lower the number of people, the less the risk of transmission).


"These facilities and businesses are among the locations where there is the highest risk for infection to spread," says Dr. Ian Arra, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health. "Any steps that we all can take to reduce social contact have the potential to help decrease the spread of the virus. While the risk in Grey Bruce remains lower than other areas, we are taking these enhanced measures to better help protect the health of our residents."


Should these businesses not close, the Medical Officer of Health can order locations closed, under the authority of Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.


We continue to encourage people to connect with trusted sources for information, including, publichealthgreybruce and



For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra,

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact Drew Ferguson at:

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269



Dr. Ian Arra

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

Grey Bruce Health Unit

101 17th Street East

Owen Sound ON  N4K 0A5

Phone:  (519)376-9420,  Ext. 1241  Fax: (519)376-0605



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Message from Kara on COVID-19

Hello to all!March 14, 2020


We are entering into March break which takes a lot of people out of their regular routines, especially those with children and those students in post-secondary schools. Generally it is a time for travelling to different areas. For some it is simply to a city closer to home in Ontario, for others it is to somewhere warm in the south. This year seems to be different for usthough. It is unfortunate that there have been many cancellations and disruptions which have caused people to make alternate plans in light of the COVID-19 global outbreak.

We might ask, “What can we do?” First and foremost, I invite you to say prayers for those who are feeling anxious about this whole situation. Some have family members that live in faraway places who are still in isolation;some are travelling in areas outside of Canada and are unsure whether they will be able to returnsome are sick and trying to recover from the virus. We also pray for people who have lost family members. We can all pray for the medical field especially in the hardest hit areas where services and supplies are limited and staff are over whelmed and over worked due to the volumes of patients

It is good for us to remember though that the outbreak in Canada and in Ontario is fairly low at this time; however the virus is out there, which means we all have to work together to stop it from multiplying.

I would like everyone to be aware that there continues to be communication from the wider United Church of Canada keeping us informed of process and procedures that are being put in place in order to help protect each one of us. We need to be aware of and protect especially those who are vulnerable within our Communities of FaithWe can reiterate the importance of frequent and good hand washing practices and as in the height of any other cold or flu season we must try to limit close contact with others. 

After speaking with some of the key leaders of each church in the KKND Pastoral Charge it was decided to proceed with some of the suggestedrecommendations in the latest Western Ontario Waterways email. When you come to the sanctuary at Kilsyth or Keady- North Derby you will find that the hymn books and Bibles have been collected from each pew and put in a central location at the back of church. It is the hope that we can forgo the use of these for now but should you choose to take one for the service,please leave it on your pew after to be wiped and returned to the unused pile. The greeter for the day will be there with a smile at the door, and a splash of hand sanitizer. As we meet, it only makes sense for us at this time to find other ways of greeting one another than a hand shake or a hug. I do hope that you will all have understanding around this.

These are interesting times but soon they will be behind us and part of ourhistory that we will remember and retell. In the meantime let’s all be vigilant and most of all offer extra care and compassion towards one another as the next weeks and months come

In times like these, we are reminded that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…” (Ps.46: 1-2).

Be well everyone! In peace, Kara

Services and Events for December 2019

Please feel free to join us

Keady-North Derby United– service time- 9:45 a.m.

Kilsyth United– service time- 11: 00 a.m.

Sunday December 1 – 1st Sunday of Advent – Candle of Hope- Communion Services

Saturday December 7– 1-4 p.m. “Whimsy Paint Day with Nikki” – Keady – North Derby United- Cost $ 45.00 Contact – Kara- 519-376-1936 to register

Sunday December 8– 2nd Sunday of Advent – Candle of Love

Sunday December 15– 3rd Sunday of Advent – Candle of Joy- Intergenerational White Gift Sunday- children’s presentation- please bring a non-perishable food item, there will be opportunity to bring these gifts forward.

Monday December 16– “An Evening of Christmas Music” with the “Intermediate Choir” and “The Little Big Heads” plus other special guests Kilsyth United – 7 p.m.

Sunday December 22– 4th Sunday of Advent – Candle of Peace

Tuesday December 24– Joint Christmas Eve service

Advent and Christmas Newsletter 2019

I would like the chance to introduce myself to you. My name is Kara McCluskie and I am the “new” minister at both Kilsyth and Keady- North Derby United Churches. My husband Brian and I live in Owen Sound and we have two wonderful daughters, one who has now moved to the Sunshine Coast, in B.C. and the other who is working her way through a business degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo ON. Cordelia, a stray cat who claimed us about

5 years ago keeps us company at home now that we are empty nesters.

This letter that I write is an invitation to you. It is my hope that you might consider entering into the stories of Christmas with either one of the faithful communities that I am currently serving alongside. I would like you to know that you are welcome anytime.

It is hard to believe that December is just around the corner and we have already experienced cold temperatures and some of the white stuff. I do have to admit though that I love it when the very cold days come and the frost builds up on the window panes. The patterns look like something that might have been created on an Etch-a-Sketch. Do you remember that popular toy? It was good to have around to help to pass the time. I remember trying to actually create something that was recognizable while other times it was just as fun to turn the knobs randomly and make lines that went every which way.

Often, lines from the frost on the windows don’t seem to have a pattern. Sometimes they are just clumped together in an abstract design, but sometimes there are those random lines that seem to reach off in a different direction than all the rest. Often life is like this. We get caught up in the frenzy and chaos and just when there seems to be no way out, an opportunity presents itself for us to sneak outside of the craziness for a short while. Sometimes I think that the Spirit knows when there is a need to slow down.

The winter season is often dull, grey and dark and gives us opportunities to stay put, to look out the window and ponder. God made it so for us, so that we might rejoice when the light comes. Advent is a time of longing for that light. It begins in darkness and then as we gradually approach Christmas we remember and share in the story of how the dark night was lit up by the natal star that shone brightly in the East urging people to follow it, urging people to discover what it was leading them to. While in the darkness, we are sometimes surprised at what we find.

We are given this invitation again and again, to come, to see and know the Christ Child….to go outside of the craziness and seek out this special light.  

Just as those of long ago lived in distressing times and longed for a saviour to come, we too have a yearning for a Messiah to come, to offer us peace and hope, one that will comfort us and help to heal the broken parts of our lives.

I invite you into this Advent journey. I pray that you find time to pay attention to the glowing light and what Advent’s light will reveal to you. As you approach this season on behalf of both faith communities, I wish you a Christ filled holiday and many blessings into the New Year. In peace, Kara McCluskie

Keady-North Derby United Church Mission & Service Fund Raiser

Join us on Tuesday July 30 and Aug 6 from 8-12 noon, for our "Treasures & Pleasures" sales to raise monies for  Mission & Service work of the United Church. You will find baking, crafts, perennial plants, toys, house and gift ware and other miscellaneous items.

 We are located in the heart of Keady next door to the famed Tuesday Keady Market. Looking forward to meeting you  there.

Announcements for May 5th 2019

Please keep in our PrayersDorothy, Murray, Hazel, and Valerie, (to add names or delete), please let Birdie know by Wed.


Come From Away trip is sold out. THANK YOU to everyone who is coming along for the trip. It will be memorable


Paisley Concert Choir – Rhythm of Life
Friday, May 24th, 2019 7:30pm at Immanuel Missionary Church, Paisley or Friday May 31st, 2019 7:30pm at Georgian Shores UC, Owen Sound.  Tickets available at the Door.  Adults $20 ages 18 and under Free


Plan to attend a film created by local people on climate change and how we might work together to create change in our community, called “Resilience: Transforming our Community.” Wednesday May 8th, 7 pm at the Roxy Theatre.

Holy Humour
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize on of the most quoted passages in the Bible – Psalm 23.  She gave the youngsters a month the learn the chapter, Little Ricky was excited about the task – but he could barely get past the first line.
On the day that the kids were scheduled the recite Psalm 23 in front the the congregations, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly. “The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all you need to know.”