Rummage Sale

Spring Rummage Sale: Saturday, April 21, 10am-1pm


Donations accepted after March 19th

We want your clean, gently used items!

Our top ten request are: Jewellery, Art Work, Current Books & Movies, Designer Clothes for Men & Women, Small Appliances, Stereo Equipment, China, Scarves and Designer Handbags; Lego, Designer Shoes & Boots

Please drop off your labelled bags or boxes downstairs beginning on March 19th, and jewellery at the church office.


Come and shop on Saturday, April 21st 10 am – 1 pm

Bargains Galore!
Clothing for all, Shoes, Jewellery, Notions, Linens, Housewares, Small Electrical Goods, Toys, Books, Sporting Goods and more….

Questions? Contact Lenore at 416-481-111 x260

 

 

 

Mindful Lent

You are invited to participate in a variety of opportunities to experience mindfulness through Lent.  Try different ways to live in the moment and be awakened and inspired by your thoughts and feelings.

Preparing for Mindful Lent: Tues February 6,  7-8:30 pm

Play “Mindfulness Scrabble” and begin the Lenten journey with candles to light your way. Led by Paul Hutchison, ESG Lead Minister & ESG members Christine Lawson & Janet Walker

Lent Worship Services:  Sun February 18 – Sun March 25,  10:30-11:30 am

Participate in worship services that incorporate mindfulness into music, reflection & prayer.

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop:  Tues February 20,  7-8:30 pm

What’s all the buzz about mindfulness? What is it, why do we do it & how do we practice it? Led by John Callaghan, a meditation practitioner for over thirty years and workshop facilitator for the past twenty years.

Jazz Worship: Sun February 25 and March 11,  10:30-11:30 am

Enjoy the sounds of the Brian Barlow Jazz Quartet. Listen to improv as an exercise in mindfulness as the soloists connect to each other in the moment.

Prayer with the Songs of Taize: Tues February 27, 7- 8 pm

Taize is an ecumenical religious community in central France, founded by a Lutheran layman during the second world war. One hundred brothers, both Protestant and Catholic from thirty countries, want the life of the community “to be a sign of reconciliation in our world.” Taize has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, and every year more than 100,000 youth from all over the world are welcomed.

Join us for an ecumenical service of reflective prayer nourished by singing, scripture, silence, & the lighting of candles.  Led by Don Parsons, ESG Pastoral Care Minister. Musical accompaniment by Tina Faye, pianist & organist, Laurie Hamilton, flutist in the North York Symphony Orchestra and Bryan Estabrooks, baritone lead at ESG.

Rev. Don Parsons wrote: ‘I have been fortunate to participate in four week-long experiences in Taize…….Taize has transformed my spiritual life, and enriched my ministry’

Camino to Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Experience & Communion : Sun March 4,  10:30-11:30 am

Life is a Pilgrimage and….Pilgrimage is a Life

ESG member Ken Smee will talk about his experiences on the Camino and the opportunity for new beginnings.  Communion will be shared.

Ken writes, ‘A pilgrim is a traveler going to a spiritual place, and walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Spain gradually transforms a walker into a pilgrim. What is it like on the Camino? In many ways, the Martin Sheen movie “The Way” shows what it is like. Walking about 25 kms each day provides lots of opportunity for mindfulness, or even meditation as you go along—you just have to make sure that you don’t get lost as a result of missing a turn on the trail! I will reflect on my Camino experiences, about new beginnings which can arise from going on what always turns into a pilgrimage.’

Yoga, Chant & Meditation:  Tues March 6,  7-8 pm

Come and experience a Gentle Yoga class, Kundalini Yoga mantra chant & a Yoga Nidra meditation.  Led by ESG member Heather Parker.

Mindful yoga involves bringing awareness to your breath, movement, posture, thoughts and emotions as you move through a series of yoga poses. Come and experience a gentle yoga class with a focus on coordinating movement with breath. We will begin with a series of poses, paying attention to the sensations in the body as we move. We will then focus our minds with a Kundalini yoga mantra chant, and will end with a yoga nidra meditation. Please bring your own mat if you have one.

Labyrinth Workshop & Walk: Mon  March 12, 7 – 9 pm

Take a spiritual walk on the Labyrinth to quiet and centre yourself & bring contemplation.  Led by ESG member Cathie Stewart.  Labyrinth available during Church hours March 12-16.

Loving Kindness Meditation: Tues March 27,  7-8 pm

Experience a guided meditation focusing on sending love to friends, family & the people who challenge us. Led by ESG member Patti Thompson.

Compassionate Justice Speaker Series

Speakers in the 2017-2018 program will continue to address a
comprehensive range of social justice issues and concerns. Free admission. Lunch provided at 11:45 am, with the speaker following at 12:30 pm

View the 2017-18 Compassionate Justice Series Poster

Sunday, February 11  at 12:30 pm

Rebecca Jamieson

The 4 R’s of Reconciliation: Recovery, Revitalization, Restoration and Reciprocity

Rebecca Jamieson, Tuscarora, is the President-CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic, a centre of excellence for indigenous community-based education at the post-secondary level. Rebecca has been involved at all levels of First Nations education in a wide range of roles. Indigenous institutes of higher learning have a unique role in reconciliation. Learning, grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and living, facilitates the 4 R’s and has the potential to contribute significantly to a sustainable future for all who share this land.

Light lunch at 11:45 am before the presentation. Missed a speaker in the series? Listen to past events online at esgunited.org

 

Compassionate Justice Speaker Series

Speakers in the 2017-2018 program will continue to address a
comprehensive range of social justice issues and concerns. Free admission. Lunch provided at 11:45 am, with the speaker following at 12:30 pm

View the 2017-18 Compassionate Justice Series Poster

Sunday, January 14 at 12:30 pm

David Crombie

Former Mayor of Toronto, Provincial and Federal politician, and teacher

Social Justice as a Political Priority

David Crombie has taught politics and served at three levels of government in both political and advisory capacities. He looks forward to engaging a panel of representatives from our political parties along with audience members in a hearty debate over the most urgent issues of social justice in Canada today.

 

Advent and Christmas Services

Advent Worship:                        Sundays at 10:30am

Four Sundays prepare us for Christmas, or “Christ Mass,” a celebration of Jesus’ birth.

 

Dec 3 at 10:30 am    Advent 1  is HOPE

An evergreen Christmas tree and advent wreath reminds us of God’s constant presence throughout the seasons and our lives. HOPE is kept alive in the gift of Jesus.

Dec 10 at 10:30 am     Advent 2  is PEACE

Our ESG children and youth create “Cookies-in-a-Jar” for sale after worship as a fundraiser for their Christmas charity. Advent Gifts will go to Toronto Urban Native Ministry, Massey Centre Teen Mothers, Fred Victor Mission Women’s Drop in Centre and ESG Thursday Drop-In Program. PEACE comes through justice.

Dec 17 at 10:30 am      Advent 3  is JOY

Come in a nativity costume or choose one when you arrive. Everyone gets to participate in our Christmas pageant. JOY is felt in remembering our Christmas story.

Dec 21 at 6 pm      Longest Night

With hope, believe that there more to Christmas than being a consumer. In candlelight, take a moment to breathe in peace. Despite our state of mind, remember that joy is possible. In quiet contemplation, glimpse signs of God’s love.

Dec 24 at 10:30 am    Advent 4  is LOVE

In song and story, we will sing all our favourite carols and hear the familiar Christmas story in a fresh voice. LOVE is all around us as we celebrate our anticipation of Christmas.

 

Christmas Eve Worship: Sunday, December 24 at 5pm and 9pm

 

Family Christmas Eve Worship: 5pm

Join us for a family-focused Christmas Eve worship. Sing Christmas carols. Join the manger scene. Let the Christmas story come alive.

 

Christmas Eve Worship: 9pm

After all the rush to Christmas, take a moment to embrace the season in a quiet, contemplative candlelight worship service. Remember once again that the birth of Jesus brings hope, peace, joy, and love to the world and to our hearts.

 

Christmas Season Worship: 10:30am

 

Dec 31      Christmas in song: We will sing all our favourite carols and hear the stories that inspired them.

 

Compassionate Justice Speaker Series

Speakers in the 2017-2018 program will continue to address a
comprehensive range of social justice issues and concerns. Free admission. Lunch provided at 11:45 am, with the speaker following at 12:30 pm

View the 2017-18 Compassionate Justice Series Poster

Sunday, November 19 , 12:30 pm

Doug Saunders: International Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail
Canada’s crisis of underpopulation and its geography of inequality
Doug Saunders is the international-affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail. He served as the paper’s London-based European bureau chief for a decade. Drawing on best practices he’s studied across Europe and North America, he will look at what needs to be done to turn our cities into more effective platforms for immigrant integration, innovation, economic equality, ecological sustainability and population growth.

 

Christmas Party and Carol Singing

Come Deck the Halls with Song

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm

Location: Eglinton Room

This event is a long standing tradition at ESG. Everyone is welcome. (Singing voice not required; no auditions!) Fun and delightful. Hosted by Not Just Couples Club! Join us for a wonderful evening of socializing, sweet and savoury snacks, and libations as we get into the holiday spirit with enthusiastic caroling. A donation of $20 and an item of non-perishable food are requested.

Send your RSVP to ChristmasMerriment@esgunited.org.

Hosts: Peter & Barb Long; Peter & Penny Wilkins; Doug Dicks & Carol Laschinger