Explore Spirituality

Find out where your spirit can take you

Fairlawn is all about providing a safe space for everyone to explore their spirituality. Join us every Sunday at 10:30 am as we express our spirituality through our church service with prayer and music, and at “Spirit Space For Kids.” Or, join us for the following:

Church Service on Sunday

Every Sunday at 10:30 am, people gather at Fairlawn Avenue United Church. Within the context of our church service, we explore what it means to be a spiritual person in today’s world, and ask some of the big questions that come up in our day-to-day lives. In addition to our Senior Minister, we have other excellent leaders, such as our Minister of Children and Youth, and occasionally one of the retired ministers from our congregation. We regularly invite guest speakers to further stimulate our thinking.

Sermon Podcasts

Listen to the Fairlawn Sermons through our sermon podcasts.

Music and Choirs

The music at Fairlawn is superb, led by Director of Music Eleanor Daley, a renowned composer whose music has been performed in places as far-flung as Australia, Lithuania, and  the United Kingdom! Our Senior Choir leads every service with music that enhances the experience, particularly for special services like Good Friday and the Service of Lessons and Carols at Easter. And if you are in your seat before 10:30 am, you will hear preludes performed by our soloists, alone or in small groupings, or by our Junior and Intermediate Choirs!
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Music Director, Eleanor Daley

Adult Education

Are you curious about faith and spirituality? Not sure what to believe? Fairlawn is all about providing a safe space for everyone to explore their spirituality, and an Adult Ed policy that emphasizes openness to spiritual exploration.

Fairlawn invites guest speakers, offers seminars and hosts learning series for adults seeking spiritual growth and practical presentations on living an ethical life in today’s world. Adult education is offered week nights, Sundays, and occasionally as weekend retreats—it’s always changing as we seek to offer sessions relevant to the needs of our community.

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Prayer Days

Prayer Days occur several times a year.  The chapel is open for the whole day to people wanting a quiet place of reflection and prayer, and brief Healing Prayer Services provide an opportunity to pray together and gather strength from each other.

Scan the spirituality calendar for ‘Prayer Day

Special Services

Special services round out the year at Fairlawn. Dates and times will be announced in Greetings and listed on the explore spirituality calendar.

  • Bring a Friend to Church, with a service of jazz
  • Special Music Sunday twice a year, with guest musicians
  • Social Justice Sunday
  • Pride Day service
  • Earth Day service
  • Community Christmas pageant, costumes provided and no rehearsals
  • Lessons and Carols at Christmas time
  • Christmas Eve Family services, and Candlelit Communion service
  • Heritage Sunday
  • Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and the glorious celebration of Easter

Several times a year, we celebrate Communion. All are welcome to participate in the sacrament. (Note: We provide gluten-free communion wafers so that no one is excluded for health reasons.)


People gather weekly in the chapel for Christian Meditation. Contact Carol Green

Spirit Space For Kids / Children & Youth Ministry

Each Sunday, children can explore their spirituality and learn about love and kindness through our Ministry of Children and Youth session called Spirit Space. There’s even a class for toddlers, as well as nursery for babies up to two years olds.

Can’t make it on Sunday? Join us for The Big Table at various times throughout the year for a fun kid-friendly session including dinner together.

Is the music in you? Fairlawn has junior and intermediate Choirs led by our celebrated music director, Eleanor Daley.

Join the Youth group! Created for teenagers (grades 9 to 12).

Contact The Minister of Children & Youth

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The United Church offers baptism to people of all ages.
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Confirmation class is where youth explore topics such as spirituality, the Fairlawn Call, living out one’s faith, ethics, helping others and social justice.
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Fairlawn performs all marriages allowed by the Ontario government, including same-sex marriages. Consultation with staff to celebrate each couple’s cultural and spiritual background is encouraged.
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Fairlawn Avenue United Church can help you plan a funeral or memorial service for a loved one. We provide staff, music, sound and video system, and reception rooms.
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Women's Spirituality Groups

Several women’s Spirituality groups at Fairlawn each meet once a month for fellowship and discussion. For information, please contact the church office.

Men's Group

The Fairlawn Men’s Group meets in the Fellowship Room at 10 am on the first Monday of each month (except July and August). The conversations are wide-ranging and always interesting and offer an opportunity for the men of the congregation to get together and discuss issues of mutual interest. Come on out and join us for a time of comradeship and discussion.

Contact Rob Metcalf

Child Care

During Sunday services, we provide a staffed nursery so that babies can be cared for in a safe environment while their parents take part in the church service. Our toddler room provides care for children who are mobile but not yet in kindergarten and need some room to move!

Children aged 4-12 sit with their parents for the early part of the service. Then the children leave after the Children’s Time and attend Fairlawn’s version of Sunday School called “Spirit Space.

Coffee Hour

On Sundays after church, we gather in the assembly hall for coffee and conversation.