We are glad you popped by! We are working hard to keep our website current and up to date. Feel free to visit often!
Please join us for Sunday Morning Worship - 10:30am, Church School and Nursery Provided.
Pew pails, containing colouring and drawing activities for children to work on during the service are available in the narthex. Children join us in worship and midway through enjoy their own time of learning in the Jr. Church area.
All are welcome to gather on Wednesdays at 6:30 in the new chapel space in the Jr. Church area, for a Celtic Communion Liturgy (no sermon!).
The Church office is open Tuesday- Friday 9:30am-1:30pm
Feel free to call us at 519-524-2103, you will find Sheila Matthews at the other end of the phone, until our new office administrator arrives.
Our ministers are the Rev. Kate Ballagh-Steeper and the Rev. Kevin Steeper and are available via the church or after office hours at 519-670-1535.
We can now accept online donations from CanadaHelps. Scroll down to the "donate now" button to make an online donation with our thanks.
We are grateful to Kathleen Greer-Armour for her 7 years of service to the North St. United, and then Lakeshore congregation. Kathleen has other plans ahead. We will miss her friendly smile and greeting. She has left big shoes to fill in the office!
Life giving and loving God,
We bring to you our love, our concern and our prayers for the millions of people facing hunger and starvation in the region around the Horn of Africa.
We remember particularly those in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Yemen facing the combined forces of drought, violence and climate change.
We confess that our failure to care for creation continues to cause pain and suffering beyond imagining;
The world’s indifference and inability to address hatred, conflict and oppression threatens the well-being of millions.
We mourn that in many parts of Africa
lush lands are becoming barren;
water is becoming scarce;
people are displaced from their homes
and people are in hunger.
We lament that hunger and starvation is the world’s failure to give priority to the well-being of all people.
We pray that we remain aware during this unfolding tragedy.
that wisdom be our support and;
compassion and love our purpose.
We pray that we will not ignore those in need but hold out our hands in love, friendship and support.
We give thanks to our Mission & Service partners, including ACT Alliance working in this region to address hunger each and every day.
And we give thanks for the work of the United Nations World Food Programme and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which provides sustenance to people and communities in Africa facing extreme hunger.
Creator, help us to remember that our actions, no matter the size, matter. That each response is an answer to your call to care for those in need.
May our prayers and deeds bring about abundant life for all.
In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
If you would like to give to the United Church of Canada appeal for hunger relief:
In addition to your weekly offering, please designate "Drought Relief" on your offering envelope
Online, through this website, choose "other" on the Canada Helps page
or through the United Church of Canada webpage;
Support the Life and Work of Lakeshore United Church
You give financially but want to offer more?
There are always volunteer opportunities at Lakeshore!
Stewardship and Finance
United Church Women
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, just contact the Church office or one of the ministers.
Another way to give...
Loyalty Funding is another way to give that does not take money out of your pocket. Loyalty Funding provides the opportunity to purchase gift cards for stores you use regularly - like the grocery store, gas station and drug store. When you purchase cards, a percentage of each card is donated to the Church. The first $1000 raised supports our work with FOTOCAN and the Orphanage work they do in Latin and Central America. After that, the funds raised will be contributed to our General Fund to support the ongoing ministry of the congregation. Follow the link to learn more. The more members of the congregation who participate, the more money we raise!
The Welcome Project
A project of several Goderich churches and individuals to sponsor a refugee family
Things are changing in the United Church of Canada. .Click here for more information!
HUMANS OF LAKESHORE
New Humans of Lakeshore stories are coming soon! Based on "Human's of New York" by Brandon Stanton, this is an opportunity to learn interesting things about our church family.
I have lived in Goderich all of my life. As a kid, this church has been like another family. I always felt welcome. There were fun day camps and vacation bible school. That is why I have stayed involved in the church.
As an adult, sharing God's love and trying to keep the church together and giving back is important to me. That is why I like to take part in Christian Development and was involved in the search committee to try to get our church family to come together.
I have been involved in a few mission trips (Dominican Republic and Bolivia). It changed my perspective. I am a lot more grateful and appreciative of what I have. I feel more blessed.