Rev. Murray Arnill – photos and information

On April 14tt 2014 the Reverend Doctor Murray Arnill passed away, and Trinity lost a beloved Minister Emeritus. His funeral was held at our namesake Trinity United Church in Uxbridge, Ontario, on April 26th and a meeting of North Bay Presbytery remembered Murray on the same day.

On May 15th there was a memorial celebration of Murray’s life and legacy at Huntington University, where the chapel was named after him. (See attached pictures).

Murray’s ashes will be interred in North Bay near the grave of our founder, the Rev. Silas Huntington (after whom the university is named). Plans for a summertime celebration at Trinity are forthcoming. 

Murray Arnill was born and raised in Sudbury, and was amongst the first graduates of Huntington University, where he was awarded the “Huntington Paddle” for his contributions to the life of the university. Since that time, Murray became a member of Huntington’s Board of Regents (1980), was awarded their Honourary Doctor of Divinity degree (1991), as well as being Chancellor (2005-2007) and University Chaplain (2007-2014).

In his ministry, Murray served at Onandoga, Manitowaning and Silverwater (on Manitoulin Island, while earning his M.Div from Emmanuel College, Toronto!). He then served Chapleau, Kapuskasing, and Trinity in North Bay. He was President of Manitou Conference in 1979-1980. Throughout his service to the church, Murray is perhaps best remembered for his caring ministry to the youth of his churches. He retired in 1996 after more than 30 years of service to the United Church–to enjoy travel, his wilderness camp, and his 10 grandchildren.

Murray was lively and gregarious, known for his laughter, his care, and his loveable foibles. He’s left his mark on so many people in and beyond the church. We pray that God will bless his legacy, his memory, and his loving family.


Summer Student Job Available!



Trinity and St. Andrew’s United Churches are seeking a student applicant for a 7 week summer employment position. The student applicant will provide assistance and leadership for a variety of activities and outreach opportunities occurring over the summer. Training and leadership will be provided throughout the course of the job. As a part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program this position is only open to a full time student who intends to return to full time studies in the fall.

Rate: $11.00 per hour
Time: 30 hours/week for 7 weeks between July 1st – July 20th and August 4 – 29th.
Application deadline: June 8, 2014

 Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist with programming and leadership for the Sunday School and Vacation Bible Camp
• gather and organize materials for the VBC in consultation with the Designated Lay Minister
• Organize and create an inventory of educational supplies
• Update a contact list for area churches
• provide assistance to the Food Shelf programs as needed
• provide administrative assistance to the Ministers and Staff


• Must enjoy working with young people (Early Childhood or School Age training and experience an asset)
• Team player; good people skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills (phoning, emails, public speaking)
• Adhere to main principles, vision and mission of Trinity and St. Andrew’s United Churches
• Ability to multi-task; good organizational skills; willingness to try new things
• Employment is conditional upon a clear criminal records check and child safety screening 

Apply by mail, fax, email or drop off resume with cover letter and two references to:

Lisa Blais, Designated Lay Minister
Trinity United Church
111 McIntyre St. E.
North Bay, ON  P1B 1C5



Trinity’s Vacation Bible Camp: Quest for Adventure! Registration now open.

Hello All!

Attached to this post you will find information and registration forms for Trinity’s Summer Camp.  This year it is called: Quest for Adventure!  We will be seeking the treasures of the bible through the Parables.  It promises to be a week of great adventure and fun.  The program is for children going into Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6.  Youth in Grade 7 and up are also welcome to attend as helpers.  (They still get to participate in all the activities but may have a few extra responsibilities).
Quest for Adventure runs August 18 – 22nd from 9:30 – 3:30 each day.  The cost is $50 and will include all activities, materials, lunch and snacks and a camp t-shirt.
If you need more information please feel free to ask.  Registration is limited to 50 children so please get your registrations in as soon as possible to guarantee a spot!

Trinity News for the week of May 25th.

Hello Trinity Friends!

This Sunday please join us for a special musical service at 10:30 am.  We are very happy to welcome the J.O.Y. Band to our worship service this morning! Following the service please join us downstairs for coffee and fellowship.

A special Stewardship letter will be distributed this morning – please make sure to pick yours up.

Please see below for some more announcements and upcoming activities.



We are now accepting résumés for this position which will be effective June 2014. 
If you are interested in a part-time paid position please submit your résumé by June 8, 2014. To apply for this job or for further information please contact Linda McClay Sheridan or Brad Stenning – call the church office to get their contact information.  (705)474-3310

A demonstrated knowledge of accounting software and book-keeping experience is a definite asset, but a desire to learn will also be considered.


A reminder that the I-DYG youth group will be taking a hike in Laurier Woods this Sunday at 1 pm.  All youth in grade 7 and up are welcome to join us.  Speak with Lisa Blais after church for more information.

AOTS Gift card orders are being collected today!  Please see Bill Brownlee after the service to submit your order or for more information.  The last day for orders before the holidays is June 8th.  Proceeds from the sale of gift cards help to fund youth programming – such as helping youth attend Camp and National Youth gatherings like Rendez-vous.

The Trinity Testosterone Men’s Canoe group will meet this Sunday after worship (over coffee).  For more information about the upcoming trip please plan to attend.

AOTS Ladies Night

Wednesday May 28th at Emmanuel United Church.  5 pm.  Special Guest Speaker: Rod Carley.  All women welcome.  Details to follow.

The UCW is pleased to invite you to a Potluck Supper – June 9th at Trinity.

The evening will begin at 5:30 pm with punch, followed by supper and the programme.  The guest speaker is Lillian Kluka, retired steamship captain. 

Neighbours Praising God

All are welcome to attend this year’s Neighbours Praising God event in Timmins on June 6th – 8th.  For more information and to register please visit the Manitou Conference webpage at