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Ste-GeneviŤve United Church (Ste-Genny's)

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We are a faith-community of everyday people, exploring, experiencing and sharing God's love within the vibrant traditions of The United Church of Canada. We are led by our Minister, Rev. JoŽlle Leduc, and an active Congregation, the "Ministers of Action".

We have weekly in-person worship services on Sunday morning, starting at 10:30. These services are also live-streamed on Zoom, and recordings are made available on our facebook page. Worship is for everyone. We have a special time for Children and Youth, the WoW Zone (Worship Our Way). We also have a VIP Family Spot at the front of the Sanctuary, shown here, where children can play under the watchful eye of a parent. We serve communion once a month. We have been blessed to have had several baptisms recently and are looking forward to the next ones. In months that have five Sundays we take part in joint worship services on the fifth Sunday at one of the other churches in our area. We also take part in similar joint worship services in the summer time.

In October 2022 Rev. JoŽlle Leduc started Imagineers. Worship imagineers are a group of people coming together to brainstorm ideas for worship for a season. This is not a committee with permanent members, but rather an ad hoc group that does not have to have the same members each time they meet. In October the Imagineers looked at Advent. In February the Imagineers looked at Lent.

Advent and Christmas are always special times. We usually get together the Saturday before the first of Advent starting off sharing a meal, then decorating the Christmas tree, the sanctuary and the narthex. We end the evening singing Christmas carols. We don't have a Worship Service on Christmas Day. Instead, we meet on Christmas Eve, starting off with a 30 min carol sing followed by the actual Christmas Eve Worship Service. Easter is a special time as well. On Good Friday we have a joint worship service with Roxboro United and alternate hosting that service.

We welcomed Gordon Simms as our new Music Director on November 20, 2022. We are looking forward to Gordon sharing his musical talents and leadership, and are eager to find out what surprises he has for us.

Our pulpit is inscribed with the letters VDMA. Have you noticed that, and have you wondered what that means? It is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase: Verbum domini manet in aeternum, which means: The word of the Lord remains forever.

Worship Activities from July 2 through September 3, 2023
Throughout the summer period the West Island and Riverside United Churches cluster have joint worship services at different locations. Services will be in person and online. On July 9 we will be hosting the cluster at Ste-Genny's. Details about the cluster worship services, including the link for online worship, are available here. As of September 10, 2023 we are back worshiping in person at Ste-Genny's.

Recent History
Rev. JoŽlle Leduc started with us on September 1, 2020. On September 13, 2020 she started offering an online Sunday worship service at 1:00 pm, followed by zoom fellowship, in addition to the regular 10:30 am in person Sunday worship, which was open to a limited number of people due to COVID-19 restrictions. When the Government of Quebec tightened the restrictions even more the beginning of February 2021, we could no longer hold in person worship and had 10:30 am Sunday worship online. We resumed in person worship, respecting the restrictions, the end of March 2021, and simultaneously broadcast this worship service live on zoom. March 2021 was also the time that Rev. JoŽlle Leduc started her maternity leave. We are blessed to have strong lay leadership and several of our members took turns leading in worship, while we also had a number of guest preachers, students from The United Theological College, a Licensed Lay Worship Leader and retired ministers.

During the summer period, July 4 - September 5, 2021, we took part in joint online worship services with other West-Island churches.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the church was closed from January 2 until February 6, 2022. Live, on-site, in person worship services resumed February 13, 2022, while respecting the latest restrictions. These services were broadcast Live Online on zoom starting at 10:30 am, followed by fellowship.

Worship Activities from July 3 through September 4, 2022
During the summer period the West Island and Riverside United Churches cluster held joint worship services at different locations, as shown in the schedule here. We continued to have worship services at Ste-Genny's throughout July. On July 17 we hosted the cluster at Ste-Genny's. During August and Labour day Sunday we joined the cluster for worship, either in person at the designated church, or online. Details about the cluster worship services, including the link for online worship, are available here. We also live-streamed these cluster services in the Sanctuary at Ste-Genny's. As of September 11, 2022 we are back worshiping in person at Ste-Genny's.