145 Initiatives

145 Initiatives

By Helen Hutcheson, on behalf of the Stewardship Campaign

In June 2018, the Church Council created the Stewardship Campaign, under the mandate of the Committee of Stewards. The purpose of the Campaign was to spark new life in the work, worship and outreach of the Church, with the ultimate aim of improving its overall financial situation.

One of the goals of the Campaign was to take a long-range view to the implementation of special projects. As such, the Stewardship Campaign group set an objective of achieving 145 new initiatives within one year. 145 was a significant number in the life and work of the Church in 2018 because Britannia United Church celebrated its 145th anniversary on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

This ambitious objective was achieved! Some initiatives were significant; others were routine. The 145 initiatives were accomplished by many individuals working diligently as a team. Together the initiatives are more important than the sum of their parts because of the vitality that they contribute to the Church.

The following is the list of the 145 initiatives that were undertaken, from June 24, 2018 to June 3, 2019. It is in no way exhaustive. You undoubtedly know of equally important initiatives that could have been added.

  1. Rev Jim announced, at the worship service on June 24, 2018, that members should greet someone in Church, preferably someone that they did not know.
  2. Door greeters were re-implemented by the Pastoral Care Team; there is always someone in the foyer to meet and greet people as they arrive for Sunday morning worship services.
  3. Members of the Congregation and guests were invited to stay for coffee and a social time following the service; this announcement was printed on the bulletin insert.
  4. A slide was created to invite members and guests to stay for coffee, and placed at the end of the series of the overhead slides used during the service.
  5. Summer coffee service was offered to the Congregation and guests, from July 1 to August 26, 2018.
  6. Pastoral care visits have been ongoing with Dori Jensen, the Chair of the Pastoral Care Team, and members.
  7. A Men’s Club was created; in general, 12 to 15 men attend monthly to socialize over dinner.
  8. Announcements were made at Sunday services about Preauthorized Remittance (PAR) to ensure that the Congregation was aware that members and adherents can continue to give when they are away.
  9. An article about PAR was published in the September 2018 Newsletter.
  10. Responsibility for communication activities for Church activities and events was clarified.
    • A list of churches and media outlets where the Church activities and events can be promoted is available from the Church Office Administrator.
    • The person responsible for an activity or event is responsible for identifying where advertizing should be placed and for providing the information to be posted to the Church Office Administrator who will then post/distribute it, as requested.
  11. Notices about the Strawberry Social 2018 were delivered to houses in the immediate neighbourhood of the Church.
  12. The Strawberry Social 2018 was advertised through posters, Facebook, a web banner, kijiji, local churches, community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen, Our Town and the Presbytery.
  13. The Strawberry Social poster was posted on the Queensway Terrace North and Being Neighbourly (Ottawa West) Facebook pages.
  14. The Congregation was encouraged by Rev Jim , at the service on August 5, 2018, to sit in a different seat in order to meet someone new.
  15. The Suzart summer program, hosted by Britannia United Church, performed Mary Poppins Jr.
  16. The performance of Mary Poppins Jr was advertised through posters, Facebook, local churches and community centre bulletin boards.
  17. Kelvin Stanke posted an announcement on the Britannia United Church – Ottawa Facebook page asking members to build the BUC Facebook page by inviting their friends to the page, as well as commenting, liking, and sharing posts.
  18. Kelvin Stanke proposed that advertising be sold to neighbouring businesses and members of the Congregation in the Church Newsletter, a suggestion that is under consideration.
  19. A stewardship series was planned and delivered (we normally just do a single service) on Mission, Service and Outreach; Spiritual Gifts; and Financial Giving.
  20. As part of the stewardship series, a skit was presented to the Congregation on the financial situation of Church.
  21. A special stewardship appeal letter was sent to the Friends of Britannia United Church.
  22. A pamphlet was created and distributed to households in and around Queensway Terrace North.
  23. The pamphlet was revised and made available to the public at the Old Forge, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, Lincoln Fields Metro and Carlingwood Library.
  24. The pamphlet is undergoing a third time revision for September 2019.
  25. On October 20, 2018, Susan Aiken and Helen Hutcheson made a presentation about their November 2017 trip to Israel and Palestine.
  26. A poster was created and the Israel-Palestine presentation was promoted through Facebook, web banner, kijiji, local churches, community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen and the Presbytery.
  27. A free-will offering at the Israel and Palestine presentation raised $130.
  28. A poster was created and the 145th Anniversary was promoted through Facebook, email, web banner, kijii, local churches, community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen, Our Town and the Presbytery.
  29. Articles were published in the September Newsletter to promote the Anniversary.
  30. A very inspiring intergenerational anniversary service was held on October 28, 2018.
  31. The service included a cake-cutting ceremony with Horace and Dorothy Duncan, and Jake Anderson.
  32. Photos and memorabilia were displayed.
  33. A slide-show presentation of photos showing the past life and work of the Church was created.
  34. The children sang a couple of songs.
  35. Members of the Congregation wore costumes and hats.
  36. A pen was gifted to all attendees of the anniversary service and potluck dinner.
  37. A time capsule was created by the Sunday School to be opened on Anniversary Sunday 2023.
  38. A very successful potluck dinner, with over 90 people in attendance, with an evening of entertainment (songs and narrative presented from each of the 15 decades that the Church had been in existence, over the last 145 years) was held on Anniversary Sunday, October 28, 2018.
  39. Souvenir serviettes, donated by a member, graced the tables during the potluck dinner to mark the 145th anniversary.
  40. Congregational members were asked to consider increasing their weekly or monthly offering by a multiple of 145: $1.45, $14.50, $145.
  41. The Congregation was asked to make a one-time donation in memory of a loved one, or a Congregation member who had passed or in honour of someone who is living, to celebrate their contribution to our Church or our faith. Over $7,000 was raised, with 55 doves were pinned to the display board.
  42. Children contributed donations of $1.45 each to the in honour of /in memory of fund.
  43. The editor of the newsletter, Peter Bain, went into the vaults and pulled out memorial issues commemorating events of Britannia United Church’s past for the perusal of members of the Congregation.
  44. Three youth from Britannia attended a youth activity on October 5, 2018 at Woodroffe United Church, with Trinity United and Kitchissippi United Churches. The youth made bannock and watched a First Nations-themed movie.
  45. The Inspired Hearts and Hands 2018 craft sale was advertized through posters, Facebook, web banner, kijiji, local churches, community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen, Our Town and the Presbytery.
  46. A poster was created and the Bazaar was promoted through Facebook, web banner, email, kijiji, local churches, community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen and the Presbytery.
  47. Community associations and businesses were approached for donations to the bazaar.
  48. The Sunday School children and youth made Christmas decorations for sale at the bazaar. The remainder were distributed after the service on December 2 for a free-will offering, with donations of $61.55 raised for the general offering.
  49. Multiple mini-signs were designed and posted by Kelvin Stanke, along Pinecrest Road advertizing the Christmas bazaar.
  50. Kim Little donned a chipmunk costume and beckoned traffic into the bazaar from Pinecrest Road.
  51. The Christmas bazaar brought in many customers from the community, raising $6,698.66 in revenue.
  52. The conveners of the bazaar jewellery counter, Dee McEwen and Maggie Taylor, sorted through the jewellery and identified valuable items worth $295.
  53. The bazaar revenue was calculated and shown for each sales area.
  54. A poster was created and the Community Christmas concert was promoted on Facebook and the website.
  55. The Community Christmas concert raised $1,400 for Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy (OWECC).
  56. A poster for the Christmas Potluck was created and posted at Foster Farm Community Centre, Boys and Girls Club, Old Forge, Metro grocery store, Carefor Health and Community Services – Clinic, Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Center and Loblaws at Carlingwood.
  57. Attendees of the Christmas Potluck were asked to wear a(n) (ugly) Christmas sweater or pyjamas which many did.
  58. They were also asked to bring a copy of the recipe of the dish that they had brought; attendees could then photograph their favourite recipes.
  59. Draws were held for prizes.
  60. 9 children and 2 youth attended the Christmas Potluck, with a total of 13 singing with the Sunday School.
  61. Event poster designs were used as website banners on the website (e.g. for 145th anniversary, Community Christmas concert, Yoga and Meditation, Garage and Used Clothing Sale).
  62. A member of the Congregation contacted the webmaster to obtain a copy of the poster for her apartment bulletin board.
  63. White Gift donations were made to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa.
  64. The Real You workshop for the Ottawa Police was a new renter hosted by Britannia United Church in 2018.
  65. Two-days of elections were held in Britannia United Church in 2018.
  66. The Benefit for Baba was hosted by Britannia United Church in 2018.
  67. ACORN was a new renter hosted by Britannia United Church in 2018.
  68. A Boy Scouts Movie Night was held in Britannia United Church in 2018.
  69. The Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy Annual General Meeting was held in Britannia United Church in 2018.
  70. A poster was created and the Games Night 2019 was promoted through Facebook, web banner, local churches, The Ottawa Citizen and the Regional Council.
  71. A Games Night was held on January 19, 2019 with 25 people in attendance.
  72. A poster was created and the Grass Under Fire concert was promoted through Facebook, web banner, kijiji, local churches, community centre bulletin boards and Our Town.
  73. The Congregation was encouraged to bring friends to the Grass Under Fire concert.
  74. The musicians of Grass under Fire donated their fee to the Church, thereby raising $850.
  75. The company from which Rev Jim ordered the Britannia United Church volunteer name tags donated them to the Church.
  76. This company had been given a good deal by the Rental Sub-Committee Chair, Verne Bruce, for hosting a vegan cooking course in the Church, and wanted to recognize the Church for its assistance.
  77. A grant in the amount of $3,767.50 was received from Ottawa Hydro, following the replacement of the Church’s lights by LEDs by Don Jackson.
  78. 250 cups of hot chocolate were distributed by a team of volunteers from Britannia United Church, coordinated by Eileen Ball, at the Queensway Terrace Community Winter Carnival at Frank Ryan Park, on February 10, 2019.
  79. A poster was created and Family Fun Day was promoted through Facebook, local churches, community centre bulletin boards and The Ottawa Citizen.
  80. Board games, hockey, skating and a chili cook-off were enjoyed by more than 20 participants at a Britannia United Church Family Fun Day on February 16, organized by Mary Lou Farrell.
  81. Gifts were donated to the chili cook-off winners by Busters, Verne Bruce and Critter Jungle.
  82. Kelvin Stanke prepared and distributed hot chocolate to all hockey participants from the Church and community at the Family Fun Day at Frank Ryan Park; it was also served at the Church service the following day.
  83. Melissa McEwen added the Bodhi Vegan event to the Britannia Church Facebook page; it was shared to the Queensway Terrace North and Being Neighbourly Ottawa West pages.
  84. A poster was created and Irish Night was promoted through Facebook, web banner, kijiji, local churches, community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen and the Regional Council.
  85. The Irish Night and ham dinner raised $1,285 in proceeds.
  86. At the suggestion of Kelvin Stanke, and with starter donated by Danielle Nicholls’ Mother, the Sunday School and Youth Group baked 4 loaves of bread to share with the Congregation.
  87. Ten starters from the Friendship Bread were distributed to members of the Congregation.
  88. Susan Aiken took several starters to distribute to volunteers at the Britannia Food Pantry.
  89. One loaf and 9 starters were returned to the Church.
  90. Dori Jensen, Chair of Pastoral Care, gave one loaf of friendship bread to a worthy recipient.
  91. Peter Bain solicited articles for the Newsletter on community and volunteer involvement.
  92. Peter Bain sent the Newsletter to Queensway Terrace North Community Association to inform them of to the activities of Britannia United Church.
  93. A poster was created and the Lenten Meditation and Yoga session was promoted through Facebook, web banner, kijiji, local churches, The Ottawa Citizen and the Regional Council.
  94. The Lenten Meditation and Yoga posts had several shares to community and personal Facebook pages.
  95. The Lenten Meditation and Yoga event attracted at least one individual to attend Church services.
  96. Melissa McEwen distributed the Lenten Meditation and Yoga to the Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy representatives at their meeting in the Church.
  97. 25 participants attended the Lenten Meditation and Yoga session, facilitated by Jane Dawson, on April 6, 2019, with a free-will offering of $265.50.
  98. The Bible Study with Deborah Suddard was advertized through a poster, Facebook, web banner, local churches, community centre bulletin boards and the Regional Council.
  99. An all-you-can-eat pancake brunch was organized after the Church service on March 24, 2019, at Stanley’s Old Maple Lane farm.
  100. Easter Services 2019 were promoted by poster, Facebook, local churches, community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen and the Regional Council.
  101. A pastoral prayer box was crafted by Elaine McCausland.
  102. Britannia United Church was invited by the Queensway Terrace North Community Association to participate in its planning process.
  103. The Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy published an account of its activities in the Annual Report 2017.
  104. An account was written in the Annual Report 2017 about the West End Villa.
  105. The Haitian Bible Group submitted an account for the Annual Report 2017.
  106. Friends in Song submitted an account for the Annual Report 201.
  107. Al-Anon submitted an account for the Annual Report 2017.
  108. BUC was well-represented at the Ottawa West End Community Chaplainy Annual General Meeting. Verne Bruce signed people in and coached from the side lines. Marilyn Bruce, as Secretary, and Marg Tyers, as President, presided at the front of the room. Wendy Gallant was presented as having joined the organizing board. The Community Christmas concert fundraiser ($1,400) in December 2018, organized by Rev. Jim, was praised.
  109. Kim Zidy (Zidichouski) promoted Britannia United Church activities on her Queensway Terrace North Real Estate promotional card distributed in the community.
  110. A poster was created and the Murder Mystery was promoted through Facebook, web banner, kijiji, local churches, Community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen, Our Town and the Regional Council.
  111. Melissa McEwen, Norm Toone, Dori Jensen and other volunteers ensured that tables were set up and arranged for the Murder Mystery dinners.
  112. The Murder Mystery raised more than $5,000 over two evenings, on May 2 and 3.
  113. Helen Hutcheson initiated a Used Clothing Sale to raise money for the Britannia Refugee Support Fund for Burundian refugees seeking permanent residency in Canada.
  114. A poster was created and the Garage and Used Clothing Sale was promoted through Facebook. web banner, kijiji, local churches, community bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen, Our Town, Used Ottawa, the Regional Council and EventBrite.
  115. Melissa McEwen distributed the Garage Used Clothing Sale poster to the Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy representatives at their meeting in the Church.
  116. The Garage and Used Clothing Sale Facebook posts had several shares to community and personal Facebook pages.
  117. Peter Bain sent the Garage and Used Clothing Sale poster and information to the Queensway Terrace North Community Association which posted it on its website, with a link on the Queensway Terrace North Facebook page.
  118. Peter Bain sent the Garage and Used Clothing Sale poster and information to Theresa Kavanagh, Councillor for Bay Ward, and the information was posted on the Bay Ward website and twitter feed.
  119. Theresa Kavanagh attended the sale and posted photos on her Bay Ward Councillor Kavanagh Facebook page.
  120. Multiple mini-Garage Sale signs were created and posted, along Pinecrest Road, and donated to the Church.
  121. A mannequin was lent to the Used Clothing Sale by the owner of Smart Bridal in Barrhaven for the display of a wedding dress which she generously pinned to the form.
  122. Lana Czelenski and Jessica Carey dressed up as cow and chipmunk, mascots, to beckon customers into the Garage and Used Clothing Sale.
  123. A video recording of Helen Hutcheson’s Minute for Mission on New-to-You Clothing for New To-Be Canadians was produced by Tom Harris.
  124. The video was posted on the Britannia United Church website by Adam Batson and played on a continuous loop during the Garage and Used Clothing Sale.
  125. Helen Hutcheson and Tom Harris presented a skit to raise awareness of the Garage and Used Clothing Sale among members of the Congregation.
  126. Norm Toone, Verne Bruce, Melissa McEwen and Aboud Shao set up the Garage Sale tables and items.
  127. A Bake Table was included in the Garage Sale, selling out before 11 am, and raising about $750.
  128. Edith Kenney baked 371 items, generating about half of the bake sale revenue.
  129. Extensive promotions attracted more than 1,000 customers to the Garage and Used Clothing Sale.
  130. The Garage Sale raised about $2,630 for the Church’s General Fund, twice as much as in previous years.
  131. The Used Clothing Sale raised nearly $1,860 for the Britannia Refugee Fund for Burundian refugees, enough to pay the permanent residency free ($550) for 3-4 Burundian refugees.
  132. Surplus Garage and Used Clothing Sale items were donated to the Salvation Army, Kanata United Church, All Saints Lutheran and St Stephen’s Anglican Churches for the Big Give, Goodwill Services, Christie Lake fundraiser and the Red Cross for Flood Relief.
  133. Melissa McEwen included photos from the Garage and Used Clothing Sale in the overhead projection at the worship services on May 19 and 26, 2019.
  134. The Committee of Stewards revised its Terms of Reference, including those of the Treasurer, creating a Treasurer’s Sub-Committee, consisting of the Treasurer, Bookkeeper, Office Administrator, Envelope Steward and Chair of the Board of Trustees.
  135. The Committee of Stewards created Procedures for the Planning and Management of Expenditures, a best practice, which it recommended be adapted by other Committees of Council.
  136. Jamie Hill shared information with the Committee of Stewards on a low-cost charity website, www.canadahelps.org, a way for non-profits to receive donations; this proposal will be further examined.
  137. The Memorial Garden Committee received donations to defray the cost of flowers for the Church’s flowerbeds.
  138. A poster was created and the annual Church Picnic 2019 was promoted through Facebook, web banner, kijiji, local churches, community centre bulletin boards and Our Town.
  139. A poster was created and the Strawberry Social 2019 was promoted through Facebook, kijiji, local churches, community centre bulletin boards, The Ottawa Citizen and the Regional Council.
  140. Tom Harris interviewed Rev Jim on the life and work of Britannia United Church.
  141. Chris Belot, a friend of Barry Meredith’s, recorded videos of the choir singing and Tom Harris’ interview with Rev Jim.
  142. Together, Barry Meredith and Chris Belot reviewed and selected slides and videos to use for a promotional video on the Church, and Chris Belot finalized the video.
  143. The video was posted on the Britannia United Church website by Adam Batson and played on a continuous loop during the Garage and Used Clothing Sale.
  144. The Church’s events are published in a Newsletter that the Regional Council sends out a weekly.
  145. Rev Jim and Valerie Baldwin invited the Congregation and friends to a luncheon following the baptism of their grandson.