Art as Inspiration for the Mind, June 3rd

Art as Inspiration for the Mind

Saturday, June 3rd, 1-3pm

The impetus for this dialogue is that these issues matter to us all.

Engaging in the arts changes the course of your life and your brain. Beginning from childhood, the arts foster mental development, sculpt brain maturation, and lessen the effects of poverty and social disadvantage. As we age, art provides a buffer against cognitive decline, allowing us to maintain an island of humanity in the face of a sea of mental, physical and brain loss. 

Join us for this free event with music, dialogue & workshops hosted by Dr. Luis Fornazzari MD, FRCPC, Behavioural Neurology, University of Toronto.

Speakers and Performers at our Art as the Inspiration for the Mind event
Blessing of the Pets

May 7 – Blessing of the Pets

Sunday, May 7th at 10:30am – Outdoor Service

In church tradition, the Day of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, has become known as a day to bless animals. The link to St. Francis and blessing animals flows from his theological stance regarding the care of creation and a belief of the interconnectedness of all things.

At Beach United Church, we plan to engage in this tradition through an outdoor service on Sunday, May 7 at 10:30am.

Bring your pets! All are welcome – from cats to cockatiels; hamsters to hares!

Ecofair at Beach United Church on May 6th, 2023

EcoFair 2023 at Beach United

UPDATE: For photos and videos of our EcoFair 2023, please take a look at our Facebook and Instagram posts!

We are excited to be hosting an EcoFair at Beach United on Saturday, May 6th from 10am-2pm.

Entry is free and welcome to everyone!

We will have more information on our 35+ vendors, exhibitors and speakers very shortly and will feature them on our social media accounts (Instagram / Facebook), so please stay tuned! If you’re interested in why a church might be interested in environmental issues, please take a look at this blog post.

Ecofair 2023 Sponsors


11am: Lana Goldberg from Environmental Defence Fund on “A Gas Plant Expansion in the east end of Toronto?”

12pm: Paul Dowsett – Retro Fit Coach from The Pocket Change Project 

1pm Dr. Lori Stahlbrand from George Brown College on Food Sustainability


12:30pm: Nettie Cronish, organic chef, culinary instructor and cookbook author cooks up some delicious treats and you’ll get to sample

What else to expect!

  • Meet “Hot Dog” the Snapping Turtle  
  • Find out about Wildlife in the City
  • Arts and Crafts 
  • Fun Games
  • Bike safety check and minor tuneups
  • Spin the Wheel of Waste
  • Talk with Energy advisors & Retro Fit coach
  • Plant a native species seed
  • Spot invasive species
  • Bring your own cup for free tea
  • How to get Green Grants
  • Beekeeper and his honey
  • Zero waste take out 
  • Delicious Food from Animal Liberation Kitchen
  • EVs & chargers
  • Solar Co-ops 
  • Green paving 
  • Grow a Butterfly/Pollinator Garden
  • Jewelry from Recycled material
  • Find out how to Reduce Food Waste 

Sound of the Harp

Harpist Kathryn Merriam will be adding the beautiful sounds of voice and harp to the service on Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7 pm.

Kathryn moved many people by her playing at the Longest Night Service last winter, so we are pleased to welcome her back to help us connect to the deep emotions of Jesus’ last days.

Kathryn’s music explores themes of mindfulness, nature, spirituality, seeking, and marvelling at the universe, interweaved with peaceful sound-scapes and psychedelic-folk inspired textures.