Gifts with heart

Giving a gift which helps people we don’t know, is a special kind of giving: one which comes from the heart. Historically, in the church, these gifts are called “white gifts” because they were wrapped in plain white paper, so that one present would not look better than another.

The story is told that a minister’s wife, in a small Methodist church in Ohio in 1904, initiated the idea to solve the problem of inequity of gifts given at the Sunday School Christmas party. Instead of focusing on receiving gifts, the focus shifted to bringing gifts to Jesus that could in turn be shared with people around the world who did not have much. All the gifts would come wrapped in plain white paper. No one would feel ashamed of their gift and everyone would share in the joy of giving to others.

At BUC our “gifts with heart” are in the form of a $5 bill, inserted into a white envelope, with a special message of peace and a beautiful image of snowflakes. These will be shared with the guests of the Thursday Interfaith Dine-in & Take-away Lunch Program, on December 23rd, when a special Christmas meal will be served.

Please click here to donate & add “white gifts” in the message box -

Thank you & advent blessings of joy to you all,
Karen Dale, in ministry with Beach United Church

MORE EVENTS & WEBSITE LINKS click the blue links to connect

Jazz & Reflection, Saturday, Dec. 11 with Heather Bambrick. Attend this event in-person, with proof of full vaccination
OR receive a video link to the concert on Monday Dec 13

IN PERSON Advent 3 Worship December 12
Register for in person attendance if you are double vaccinated by using the Eventbrite link
OR Phone the office between 9 am – 12 noon weekdays 416-691-8082
PLEASE NOTE: Registration closes at 11.30 am the Friday prior to the service you wish to attend. You must register for each Sunday, however registrations for multiple dates are accepted.

LIVESTREAM Advent 3 Worship December 12
The service will be live-streamed via Facebook on Sunday Dec 12 at 10.30 am, from the sanctuary of BUC. Worship leaders Karen Dale & Steven Webb will be exploring the theme “Endings & Beginnings”.
Here is the link to participate in the live-stream
The video will also be posted later on Facebook and the Spirit Connect webpage which also contains resources used in the service.

Poinsettia Delivery Dec 19: to friends who are unable to connect in person or on-line. Please donate towards the purchase of these plants, “In Memory & Celebration” of a person close to your heart. You can do this in person on Sunday Dec 12. Or send the name of your special person to and donate on-line Add Poinsettia in the message box. Thank you.

Christmas Services: Listening to Angels
Tuesday Dec 21, Longest Night 7.30 pm, with harpist Kathryn Merriam; a time of contemplation through music, word and silence.
Friday Dec 24, Christmas Eve 7.30 pm. The service will end outside with the singing of carols. No need to register for the 8.15 pm carol sing.
Sunday Dec 26, Boxing Day 10.30 am. Telling the Christmas story through the eyes of the dreamer, Joseph, who listened to angels.

Participation is these services is available by Facebook Livestream, recorded video and in-person for those who are fully vaccinated. Register through Eventbrite. NOTE this is a different link than for Sunday service.

Children & Youth: Find out about the Kindness Advent Calendar


Virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise on Sunday, Jan 16th from 2-5pm
Beach United is very excited to offer this experience so save the date!!!
It is recommended for 18 yrs and up. Registration details will be posted soon on the website. We are asking for a donation to cover the cost of the program which is offered by KAIROS Canada an ecumenical group working for ecological justice and human rights around the globe. The Blanket Exercise was created to respond to the 94 Calls to Action created by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For more information:

"The Blanket Exercise incorporates new interactive and engaging elements that visually and emotionally demonstrate the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada through colonization to present times. The vKBE is a live, participatory experience, not a webinar or lecture. Facilitation teams support participants via online features and special measures, and host virtual talking circles for the second half of the exercise."

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