Fall Gardening Group Meetings

Fall Gardening Group Schedule

New volunteers are always welcome to our gardening group – no experience required; both experienced gardeners and beginners are welcome! You are welcome to just drop-in for one of our sessions, or for as many as you would like!

Our current schedule is as follows:

Saturday, September 16, 8am-10am
Wednesday, September 20, 8am-10am
Saturday, October 7, 8am-10am
Wednesday, October 18, 8am-10am
Saturday, November 3, 8am-10am

We want to thank all of our volunteers, and especially Catherine Byrne who brings both horticultural knowledge and experience in helping support and organize community initiatives.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Gardening meetings!

American Goldfinch

Message from the Board


August is such a bittersweet month. It signals the end of summer and the start of a new season whether it’s back to work, back to school, or just back to routines we had abandoned during the carefree months of summer. It can be an exciting time of year because it can be a time to start new habits or routines, perhaps make new plans for activities in the fall, or maybe you want to make time for some volunteering. We also want to soak up every last bit of summer before it escapes ’til next year. So enjoy and cherish the rest of the summer.

In September after our 10:30 Sunday services members of the Board will be available to hear any ideas, questions, or comments you might have about our church community. Make some notes while you’re enjoying the rest of your summer and bring the notes to any of the September services — “The Board will be in Session”. If you can’t make it you can also email anyone on the Board including myself: maryanne.alton@sympatico.ca

The Board also wants to share some staff changes which you may or may not be aware of. Karen Cornece, our general manager, is leaving at the end of September for health reasons. We will miss you Karen and hope you are able to take time to regain your health. We are now looking for someone to replace Karen.

We’re also looking for a Children and Youth Coordinator to work with children in our church community. If you know of anyone who might be interested please pass on the info. Here’s the link to both job postings. 

At our last board meeting in July we met in our backyard. Right in the middle of the meeting a pair of gold finches flew in and sat on our back fence. We paused long enough for everyone to get a good look. I hope you can find the time during your day to pause and witness the beauty which is all around us.

The board and I look forward to meeting some of you in person in September.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Mary Anne Lemm, Chair
on behalf of the Beach United Church Board

The Starbucks Foundation’s Neighbourhood Grant Recipient

As part of The Starbucks Foundation’s Neighbourhood Grants program, Beach United Church was selected to receive a $2,700 grant. This grant award is thanks to a nomination from our local Starbucks partner at 1960 Queen St. East, who recognized the food justice work at Beach United.

Through this unique program, The Starbucks Foundation invites Starbucks partners to nominate a local organization in their community. Since 2019, more than 10,000 grants have been awarded to local organizations, amounting to more than $15 million.

To learn more, please visit:  https://stories.starbucks.com/press/2021/strengthening-communities-through-neighborhood-grants/

We are so grateful for this grant, and want to thank our friends at Starbucks for nominating us – we are excited to continue our food justice work, and help provide nutritious meals to our community.

Big Band Music Night

Big Band Music Night

Join us on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 7pm-10pm for an evening of music by the Toronto All-Star Big Band and vocalists John Amato and Shannon McDougall in support of The Beach Cares refugee sponsorship program. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

In additional to the fabulous music, you can expect an evening with:

  • Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Silent Auction
  • Dance demo/lesson
  • Door Prizes
  • Gift Baskets
  • Cash Bar
  • and more!

Cost: $50 per person

Tickets are limited, so don’t wait!



The Beach Cares (TBC) is a church and community organization founded in 2015 to sponsor Syrian Refugees. It is a joint project of Beach United Church, The Anglican Church of St. Aidan and members of the local community.

If you’d like to support Beach Cares financially, please consider making a donation at the St. Aidan’s donation site. TBC welcomes volunteers for the ongoing refugee work.

We are seeking sponsors for our Big Band Music Night fundraising event, and silent auction donations within the Beach community.

Please contact Jo-Anne Laforty at jolaforty@gmail.com.