Experience Belonging

Enjoy the warmth!

Activities come and go, but our Fairlawn family is a community for life – there to celebrate your joys and to offer support when you need it.

Social

Book Club

We read and discuss inspiring contemporary and classic fiction and books on subjects that interest us. Open to everyone. New members are welcome at any time. We meet monthly on a Monday evening at 7:30 pm, except in the summer.

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Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour is held after church each Sunday at approximately 11:45 am. It’s a wonderful way to relax, meet new church members and chat with your friends.

Enjoy the warmth!

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Sign up to help out at Coffee Hour every once in a while — It’s fun!

Fairlawn Grill

The Fairlawn Grill is a special fundraising evening that doesn’t happen often, not even annually, but all who have participated look forward to its return! On the magical evening, we are offered a glamorous cocktail party, gourmet dinner in a stunningly transformed assembly hall, and fabulous musical entertainment. It’s hard to tell who has the most fun: the dinner guests or the many volunteers!

Family Activities

We have a large variety of activities for families, children, tweens and youth. Feel connected, meet friends, experience the important things in life.

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Girls' Night Out

Girls Night Out is a women’s group that gathers twice a year in a casual setting, usually fall and late winter, to provide an opportunity for these busy individuals to get together over a glass of wine. It offers an opportunity to meet other women in the church. It’s our chance to welcome new families, to help them make introductions, and give them names and faces to look forward to seeing at church on Sunday mornings. Watch for an announcement under Events to Experience Belonging.

Knitting

Knitters and novices are invited to join this group!  Bring knitting, crocheting, sewing, needlework, or whatever you are working on. Get on the distribution list to find out about our off-site, upcoming get-togethers.

Contact Eleanor Heinz

See the Knitting Events webpage for dates

Men's Basketball

Join the pickup game on Monday evenings for exercise and fun with friends. Contact Doug Crozier.

NOAH

NOAH is the name of a Fairlawn group of adults for fun and fellowship. We get together occasionally for potluck dinners, nature walks, bowling, guest speakers, etc. NOAH events are rare, but highly anticipated! They will be announced in Greetings.

Quilting

The quilters meet Wednesday mornings 10:00 am to mid-afternoon with a break for lunch together at noon. Drop in, try it out, enjoy the company, have lunch with us (bring your own), and find out how wonderful it is to quilt. Contact Sue Metcalf.

Trivia Night

Trivia Night is our annual fundraiser to add some fun to a long winter. Teams of six people compete in a hilarious game of knowledge and memory — and outright guessing — to multiple choice questions. A member of the Youth Group can be bought to help out with “Call a friend” support for those tricky questions of technology and pop culture! Details in Greetings by late January.

Tuesday Lunch Crowd

The Tuesday Lunch Crowd meets on the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 3:00 pm, September to June, for fun and fellowship.

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United Church Women

The UCW at Fairlawn Avenue United Church meets monthly, except for January, July and August.  At our meetings, we have variety of special programming and interesting speakers.  Our gatherings provide a setting for fellowship for women of the congregation. All are invited join us.

Contact Sue Metcalf

Young Women's Group

Participate in “Girls Night Out” — See the tab above.

Support

Connector

Contact Carissa Urquhart to learn about the different “Experience Belonging Support Services” at Fairlawn. Carissa will help you get connected to the most appropriate group(s).
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Affirming

Affirm United
“As an Affirming Ministry, we celebrate the diversity of God’s creation. We celebrate the richness of our community when we have diversity in age, gender identity, racial and cultural backgrounds, mental health, sexual orientation, ability, and family configurations. We seek to create a safe space with an open invitation to bring every aspect of your whole self into your participation within this ministry.”
~ Open Hearts, United Church of Canada

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Breast Cancer Support Group

Women meet monthly for support and fellowship. Contact the church office for more information.

Contact Shirley Joyce

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Helping Hands

This group provides short-term support, such as visits or phone calls during or following a hospital stay, delivering soup from the Soup Ministry, packing or unpacking in the case of a move, or whatever care is needed to assist on a temporary basis.

Contact Beth Jones

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Need a Ride ~ Give a Ride

Need a ride to doctor/dental appointments, medical tests/treatments, or to visit a spouse in hospital?  If you need a ride, give us 48 hours notice prior to the appointment.

Our volunteers are ready and waiting!

Contact Marion Boyce or Barb Warner

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Lay Ministry, provides support and compassion for those who from time to time experience difficulty in their lives.

Contact Sheila Corkill

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Fairlawn sponsors a Prayer Shawl Ministry to knit soft warm shawls to bring comfort and support to others. The prayer shawls are given to people suffering emotionally or physically or to celebrate special occasions—any time there is a need.

Contact us if you know someone who would appreciate receiving a shawl.

Contact Jan Schlee or Barb Warner

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Visitation

The role of the Visitation Committee is to make sure that our senior members are not neglected or forgotten. When you cannot come to church regularly, the Visitation Committee is here to visit you, send cards and flowers, and make sure you still feel part of the Fairlawn community. To use the words of our United Church creed, “We are not alone.”

The annual Visitation Tea takes place in the spring to honour our most senior members.

Contact Jannie Mills

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Services

Book Sale

Fairlawn’s famous book sale is held on the last weekend of April each year, and provides great bargains on gently used books (fiction and non-fiction), DVDs, CDs, and records. Watch for information starting mid January on when and where to bring your donations, and how to volunteer.

Community Partners

There are many external community groups that use the facilities at Fairlawn Avenue United Church.

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Contact them directly, or ask at the church office
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Fairlawn Art Gallery

The Fairlawn Art Gallery hosts exhibits of local artists throughout the year. For each exhibit, the highlight is the “Breakfast with the Artist” on a Saturday morning for a chance to discuss art with the artists themselves!

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a low impact exercise based on an ancient Chinese martial art. Tai Chi provides muscle tone, balance and mental stimulus.

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