Our Purpose and Mission Statement

Working to build God's dream. Help wanted!

We the people of Glen Rhodes United Church, are determined that our life together will be fully inclusive for people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, differing abilities, ethnic origins and economic circumstances. Therefore, we hope that God will work in us so that we will be a sensitive congregation, willing to share our faith and gifts in language and worship, in the life and work of our church and wherever God calls us to do justice in the wider community, with compassion, fun and laughter

Saturday, 14 June 2014

June 1 Multi-faith Cricket & Tea
What would bring Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Unitarians, Christians and others together for fun and community building? We've tried walks along the Danforth concluding with multi-faith song and prayer events. Not bad. But it's a bit hard to get to know people while walking along a city sidewalk. If everyone's moving at the same pace, one only talks to a few people close by. A bit difficult.
What about a game? What about a game of cricket, at which some of us (originally from South Asia) are expert, and other (raised in North America) are newbies? It turned out to be a hit, so to speak. Pictures to come.
Experts showed newbies how to hold the bat, hit the ball, and when (or whether) to run after hitting it. The day was sunny, warm and perfect. The school yard had a high fence to (mostly) keep tennis balls in. Smiles and more smiles. Applause at good plays, and good efforts. Loud drumming and colourful dancing from an energetic bangra group. Children flew kites. The preparations by the multi-faith planning group were impeccable, and it all ended with a fantastic spread at a tea in the church basement.
Participants were talking about "the next time" before planners had even considered whether or not to do it again. Thank goodness it was only a tennis ball (soft) and not a real cricket ball (wickedly hard), so there were no injuries. And while we may not have had in-depth conversations, we played together as teams and cheered wildly from the side lines.
Wish everyone could have been there to drink in the atmosphere of peace and joy.

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