United Church Women

United Church Women

U.C.W. PURPOSE

To unite all the women of the congregation for the total mission of the church and to provide a medium through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, fellowship, and service.  

AURORA UNITED CHURCH WOMEN (A.U.C.W.)  

CONTACT:  Anne Ella-Arnold at a.ella.arnold@gmail.com or 905-727-1935  

 2018 EXECUTIVE:  

Past-President:  Helen Roberts

President:  Anne Ella-Arnold

Secretary:  Pat Innes Treasurer:  Leslie Stoangi

A.U.C. Council Representative:  Paula Hanna

Unit Leaders:  Pat Innes, Nancy Newman, Mary Smith  

2018 UNIT ORGANIZATION  

Seekers Unit: 

  • leaderMary Smith
  • monthly meetings from September to June on the first Monday (alternative date when there is a conflict with a statutory holiday)
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel
  • 16 members  

Grace Unit:

  • co-leadersPat Innes and Nancy Newman
  • monthly meetings from September to June on the second Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence—Theatre
  • 19 members  

UPCOMING MEETINGS  

Monthly unit meetings consist of worship, programmes which include guest speakers and outings, and fellowship.  Every woman of A.U.C. is welcome to attend the unit and presbyterial meetings.  

Seekers Unit: 

  • Monday, March 5, 2018 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel
  • Programme:  World Day of Prayer
  • Monday April 9, 2018 
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel
  • Programme:  to be announced  

Grace Unit:

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
  • Pickle Barrel Restaurant, Newmarket
  • Programme:  dinner out
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
  • Aurora Public Library
  • Programme:  A basic course in Facebook 

Executive:

  • Monday, March 26, 2018
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Home of Helen Roberts  

Presbyterial:

  • Monday, April 16, 2018 
  • 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Trinity United Church, 33 Main Street, Huntsville
  • Programme:  Annual Meeting  

2017 FUNDRAISERS

  • used book sale
  • Grace Unit loonie auction
  • handcrafted bag sale
  • sale of Cob’s Bread discount cards with the generous and much appreciated donation from Cob’s Bread  

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

  • Used Book Sale: It will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Trinity Anglican Church Main Floor Foyer, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora.  Donations will be accepted on the evening before and on the morning just prior to the sale.  All children’s books and adult paperbacks will be accepted—no hard covered adult books.
  • A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund:  donations continue to be accepted to put towards some aspect of the reconstruction of our church building; balance at end of 2017 was $14,845
  • Christmas Stocking Programme for clients of the Women’s Centre of York Region:  in December 2017, the members of the congregation filled 102 stockings with toys, clothing, and treats which were delivered just in time for Christmas
  • 2017 recipients of our donations
  • Aurora Food Pantry, Aurora United Church, Belinda's Place, Blue Door Shelters, Camping Opportunities Fund, Gran Aurora, Hospice King-Aurora, Inn from the Cold, L'arche Daybreak, Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers, Sandgate Women's Shelter, Three Hundred Sixty Kids, United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund, Women's Inter-church Council—Fellowship of the Least Coin, Yellow Brick House, York Region Street Outreach Crosslinks Housing and Support Services (Loft Community Services)  

LIVING WATERS PRESBYTERIAL  

A.U.C.W. is a member of Living Waters Presbyterial.  This organization meets four times a year bringing together the U.C.W. units from churches within the district.  Annually, A.U.C.W. pays presbyterial membership fees of $5.50 and national U.C.W. travel fund fees of $1.00 for each member of our two units.  

FORMATION OF THE UNITED CHURCH WOMEN ON JANUARY 1, 1962  

Prior to the formation of the United Church of Canada in 1925, two types of women’s groups were hard at work in the church both at home and abroad.  Guilds or Ladies’ Aids, later known as the Women’s Association (W.A.), had been organized for decades in many congregations to help build and maintain the church, to ensure the Christian education of the members, and to serve as needed.  Their focus was to support the home, the local church, and the community.  Most of these guilds went unrecorded.  And the Women’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.) had its roots in women’s missionary organizations in the late 1800s.  Although the mandate of W.M.S. changed over the years, the focus was always on education and world mission.  

When the United Church of Canada officially formed in 1925, the Women’s Association and the Women’s Missionary Society were continuing to work hard at their mandates.  In 1961 the W.A. had a membership of 215,387, and the W.M.S. had a membership of 96,444.  On January 1, 1962, these two women’s organizations amalgamated to form the United Church Women (U.C.W.).  The initial membership of the U.C.W. was 300,000, making it the largest women’s movement in Canada at that time.  

Since its inception in 1962, the Aurora U.C.W. has seen the existence of many units. Originally, they were simply numbered, then given inspired names such as W.H.O., Wohelo, Chimo, Serendipity, Genesis, Shalom, and Wellspring. The current units are Seekers and Grace.  

Service to others is a guiding principal for U.C.W. and its work throughout the years has involved fundraising to support church functions, charities, and outreach projects. Over the years members of A.U.C.W. have dedicated countless hours organizing and selling at rummage sales, Christmas bazaars, Fall Events, and used book sales, producing and selling chocolate Easter eggs, managing the Christmas stocking programme, and carrying out other projects to provide funds where needed.