Trinity Weekly Update – April 24th

Hello Trinity Friends!

The women from the UCW are busily preparing lunch for the monthly cafeteria style luncheon.  This is a fantastic lunch of sandwiches, soup, chili and more.  All are welcome.  The UCW luncheon is on the last Friday of the month (except during the summer months or December) from 11 – 1 pm.  
Saturday April 25th
Hope2Kenya is holding a pasta dinner from 5 – 6:30 pm.  $10 Adults and $5 children.  Hope2Kenya is a local grassroots organization that was founded by Sandy Foster to improve the lives of children in Kenya. The main focus of the group is to help people become self-sufficient in the areas of education, clean water and health care.  All are welcome!
Sunday April 26th
This Sunday we conclude our “worshiping with William” series.  We will once again be joined by some of the King Lear cast and crew, as well as our own Mustard Seed Players who will be sharing one of the songs from the upcoming musical.  Following the morning worship all are invited downstairs for a UCW lunch – good will offering – All welcome!
Later that day, the group of people who are walking from Cochrane to Ottawa for the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation in early June will be at St. Andrew’s United Church for a potluck meal.  All people are invited to come welcome and share a meal with the walkers.  The potluck is at 5 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church.  Donations of food or money to support their journey would be gratefully received.  For information on how to do that please contact the Manitou Conference Office (705)474-3350

* Maple syrup is available after church.  Proceeds help to support the Scouting Groups.
* Trinity Testosterone (Men’s) Canoe Trip – the sign-up sheet is posted in the Sunday School Hall.  Limited to 16 participants! For more information talk to Rev. Ted.
* North Bay Presbytery Youth Campfire-a-thon in support of Camp Lorrain.  While youth are “keeping the fire burning” at Chisholm United, donations will be collected here at Trinity to support them.  If you would like to support this camping ministry please find Lisa Blais after church.
Blessings on your week,

Trinity Weekly Update – April 17th

Hello Trinity Friends!
We have had a very busy few days here as the King Lear production has begun its run. The cast and crew have expressed their gratitude for how willingly and graciously the Trinity community has welcomed them and they have been amazed at how busy a place Trinity is. The buzz and excitement around all this has been wonderful!

This Sunday during worship we are joined by some of the cast and crew of King Lear who will share some of the secrets of the incredibly brilliant set design.

Next Sunday (April 26th) we will be joined by David Fox and other cast members from King Lear, as well as the cast from Mustard Seed who will be sharing a song from their upcoming musical. A UCW sponsored lunch will follow the service.

This weekend some of the AOTS are meeting for the annual AOTS roundup at Jackson’s Point. Later this week some of the UCW will be attending the Manitou Conference UCW Annual Meeting in Timmins. For more information you can contact Judy Biondi (contact info available from the office)

Friday April 24th from 11 – 1 is the UCW Cafeteria Style Lunch. All are welcome to this popular downtown lunch (soup, sandwiches, chili and more)

Hope2Kenya Pasta Dinner – Saturday April 25th from 5 – 6:30 pm. $10 each ($5 children). Why not come for dinner and a show? Pasta followed by King Lear!

Next Saturday April 25th, youth from North Bay Presbytery will gather at Chisholm United Church for a campfire-a-thon in support of Camp Lorrain. All youth in Grade 7 and up are welcome to attend. For more information contact Marcel at Pledges will be collected at Trinity to support our camp. If you would like to make a pledge, please fill out the pledge form located in the Sunday School room.

Tickets for the upcoming Glitter Dinner (May 9th) will be available after church from Doris-Rae Brownlee. Tickets are $40 each and include a $25 tax reciept. This is a fundraiser for Trinity United Church’s General Fund. Steak, Salmon, Chicken, Veg, Dessert and more will be served buffet style. Musical entertainment begins at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6 pm. There are a limited amount of tickets – get yours early!

Have a wonderful weekend! Hope to see you Sunday.


King Lear opens this Thursday April 16th!

Shakespeare’s “King Lear” starring David Fox

Trinity United Church, North Bay

Evening Show Dates: April 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 and 25th at 7:30 pm

Matinee Dates: Sunday April 19th and 26th at 2 pm. 

Tickets are $30   ($15 for Students)  

Available at the door or at Trinity’s Church Office.


King Lear starring David Fox opens April 16th

KING LEAR starring David Fox opens April 16 for 9 shows only!

The Watershed Shakespeare Festival Collective presents William Shakespeare’s  KING LEAR for 9 performances only at 7:30 p.m. from Thurs. April 16 to Sat. April 18 and Wed. April 22 to Sat. April 25 with two Sunday matiness on  April 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church (corner of McIntyre and Ferguson) in North Bay.  Tickets are $30.00 and $15.00 for students. Tickets are available at the door. To reserve tickets call 705-494-9673 or 705-474-3310. For more information visit  KING LEAR  is produced with the support of an Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts Grant, the Stratford Festival, Trinity Arts, Canadore College, the White Water Gallery and the Retired Teachers Association.  The production is sponsored by Near North Hearing, Stenning and Associates Financial Services and Frank van Keekan.

William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR is often regarded as Shakespeare’s greatest work, the masterpiece among masterpieces. It is a domestic tragedy examining the breakdown of family relationships on a huge canvas, yet drawn with a very intimate brush. The chaos in KING LEAR is the result of the inevitable dynamics that can emerge in any family situation.  Lear is not only a king, he is a family patriarch whose plans to divvy up his kingdom among his daughters backfires, causing a civil war that gets played out as a large scale family crisis.

In seeking to shorten the gap between the world of KING LEAR and ours, director Rod Carley is setting the story within the colonial aping of the British court in pre-confederation Upper Canada in 1837. He has garnered a national reputation for his adaptations of Shakespeare  and has directed 15 of the bard’s works. He was the 2009 winner of TVO’s Big Ideas/Best Lecturer competition for his lecture: “Adapting Shakespeare Within a Canadian Context.”

Veteran Canadian actor David Fox stars as King Lear. Mr. Fox’s professional acting career spans nearly 50 years, ranging from early 70’s collective creations at Theatre Passe Muraille to new Canadian work across the country to the Stratford Festival to film and television performances on such shows as Anne of Avon Lea, Mr. Fox is regarded as one of the finest actors in Canada and a proud Northern Ontarian. He last performed in North Bay in The Tempest for the Nipissing Stage Company a decade ago.

Award-winning set designer Frank Vona is transforming Trinity United Church into the 1837 world of Lear.  Costume design is by Peggy Haskins and Carley with an original score by Jim Harney.

KING LEAR features a cast of seventeen, including Hume Baugh as the Fool, Todd McGowan as Gloucester, Tim Nicholson as Kent, Maureen Cassidy as Goneril, Jennifer Ritchie as Regan, Kelsey Ruhl as Cordelia, Josh Bainbridge as Edmund, Ethan Chapman as Edgar, Rob McCubbin as Cornwall  and Rev. Ted Harrison as the King of France.

This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.

To arrange interviews contact Rod Carley at 705-477-1525 or