Hillcrest Lodge, Orillia houses 28 seniors with special needs.
Council partners with five United Church camps serving 2200 children and youth annually.
Council's history is filled with partnership stories. Its early work was taken up under the auspices of the Massey family and helped define our church's commitment to strong local congregations and to practical social engagement. Many local congregations across Toronto, Sparrow Lake Camp, the Fred Victor Centre and the Massey Centre were all founded as a result of those initiatives. For 118 years our church has depended upon Council's unique capabilities to transform dreams into action; to build and rebuild a church that is real, relevant and reachable.
A Sample of Council's Ministry Partnerships
From our partners...
We want to thank TUCC for tackling a good piece of work on our behalf. Once again, this year we personally have benefited from programs connected with Council's Centre for Church Development & Leadership. Our congregation has also benefited from the Investing In Ministry Fund financing our building restoration. We wish you well for the continued good work of TUCC.
Ross & Jean Leckie, Ministry Team
Grace United Church (Brampton)
I want to thank you first for the invitation to the Annual Meeting of TUCC. The supper was delightful and the information sharing was truly informing. I was amazed at the work that TUCC does on behalf of Presbyteries and congregations. Thank you for the dedication of the staff and legions of volunteer who make possible the work in the many areas of ministry as set out in your mission statement.
Bryan Ransom, TUCC Corporation representative
I can't tell you how important and helpful it has been to have Toronto United Church Council's backing in our affordable housing project. We were able to commit when a commitment was needed to move forward, and then negotiate in good faith with the Town of Halton Hills. ...Having your support also greatly assisted in expediting the completion of the final construction tasks and avoided the need to seek other financing options which would be much more complex and likely significantly more costly. ...We look forward to celebrating the grand opening with Council. ...You really made a difference.
Brian Heinmiller, Board of Directors
Residences of St. Andrew’s (Georgetown)
Here at Grace United Church, we continue to participate in outreach effors that are compassionate, collaborative, and relevant. Each weekday morning approximately 90 people are provided with a nutritious meal, a gathering space in a caring community, and sustenance for the day. This is all possible because of the support of the present congregation, the wider United Church, and the foundation set by our ancestors in the faith. ...The food preparation and refrigerated storage appliances are now up to industrial standard. ...We want to thank the Toronto United Church Council for their contribution of $2,400 from its Community Relief Fund. ...Thank you for your continued efforts to help United Church congregations grow in wisdom so that they may faithfully live out their "calling" in these days.
Ross Leckie, Ministry Team Member
Grace United Church (Brampton)
Painswick United Church would like to thank Toronto United Church Council for all your support and leadership in 2010, it was greatly appreciated. At this time we would also like to thank your for the church development grants that were allocated to us.
Liz Collver, Secretary
On behalf of the Conference, I want to thank Toronto United Church Council for its part in the work we did together in the area of church development. Over the last 15 years, much has been tried and much has been accomplished. Thanks for the on-going staff and administrative support of the Council.
Painswick United Church (Barrie)
David Allen, Executive Secretary
Toronto Conference (The United Church of Canada)
On behalf of Trinity United Church in Huntsville, thank you to Toronto United Church Council for providing our congregation with a loan to replace our heating system. It seemed like an enormous task and expense at the beginning, but with your cooperation and the Congregation’s generosity, it has been quite pleasant. As the days get cooler, we are very grateful for our new system which should last for some years to come. We do appreciate that you are there to help Congregations and trust that if the need arises, we can call upon you again. Thanks again for all the help you have given us.
Doris Monahan, Chair of Trustees
Trinity United Church (Huntsville)
The support of Toronto United Church Council has been a vital component in enabling us as a local church to expand our ministry, and we could not have done all of this without the support of Council. Thank you once again for partnering with us.
Doug Smith, Finance Team
North Bramalea United Church (Brampton)
Thanks so much for the amazing support that Toronto United Church Council has offered us through the process of constructing our new building addition. We will make every effort to respond with the kind of faithfulness you have shown to us in Christ.
Norman Greene, Ministry Team Member
North Bramalea United Church (Brampton)
We express our gratitude for your support for our ministry at Metropolitan Church. The Toronto United Church Council has enabled us to open ourselves more fully to the community around us through the renovation of our church basement, thus centering our ministry in one building. This has had a marked effect on uniting our Sunday congregation with our mid-week clients and guests. Your investment in our life has also enabled us to secure this congregation's long-term viability. Thank you again for all your visionary work in the bigger picture. We appreciate your encouraging support.
Malcolm Sinclair, Ministry Team Member
Metropolitan United Church (Toronto)
Our interest is to establish a community effort to build affordable housing in Muskoka. This is our spiritual investment in our home community. Toronto United Church Council's cooperative partnership in establishing the Muskoka Housing Fund saved us time and a great deal of money. It also saved us the anxiety associated withmanaging the new fund. It allowed ust o continue tofocus on the local effort to make the project work. The people at the Council understood our intentions and worked with us until our needs were met. Council's support, creativity and financial experience was instrumental to the successful launch of the Gateway Homes Muskoka initiative.
Muskoka Housing Fund
Soon after the water crisis in Walkerton, new government regulations made life difficult for all of our United Church camps in Toronto Conference. Property manager Ken Pennock's know-how and leadership, and the fundraising help provided by Counil ensured that all of our camps incorporated the changes without missing a beat. Without their help, we'd have been in non-compliance throughout that camp season and longer."
Ted Meyers, Chair
Toronto Conference Camping Community