Welcome to the website of the Orangeville Charge of the United Church of Christ! Our charge consists of three churches, each with its oown history and identity, serving a common mission in the name of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you know Orangeville United Church for its bake stand at the carnival, or St. James for its ice cream festivals, or Zion for its chicken barbecues. We do like to feed people! But even more than feeding people's bodies, we are committed to feeding people's spirits.
We invite you to join us for worship at any of our churches on Sunday morning. Our worship is traditional, but informal, hope-filled and encouraging. We sing, hear God's word, and lift up our prayers for one another, for the community, and for the world. We also hold monthly services of healing prayer, recognizing the deep need of all people for the wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships.
We rejoice that, because of the small size of our congregations, we can truly share one another's joys and burdens. Mutual care is an important part of our ministry. But our care does not stop at our own doors. In the past several years our outreach as a charge has included support of a clinic in Guatemala, a collection of clothing for refugee children, a book drive in support of local literacy efforts, and a collection of suitcases and backpacks for foster children. Each of the individual churches of the charge supports its own ministries as well.
As followers of Jesus, we do our best to live out our calling to discipleship not just on Sunday's, but in every area of our lives. We live in gratitude for God's goodness and grace, and we hear the callenge to embody that goodness and grace as we encounter the world around us. We know that we are not perfect, and we do not have all the answers. But we trust in God to help us grow in wisdom, in mercy, and in love.
We welcome all who would seek to grow with us...and all who are simply seeking. Hope to see you Sunday! We will be enriched by you presence.
Blessing and peace,
Nancy Light Hardy