Trinity this week – Lent 2

Hello Trinity Friends, This post contains a fair bit of information – please take the time to read through it and reach out if you have any questions.


The sympathy of the staff and congregation go out to John Sheridan and Linda McLay on the death of John’s daughter, Tracy. Our heartfelt prayers and sympathies go out to John, Linda and family during this sad time.

This Sunday, we continue our online worship service, joined by friends from Emmanuel United Church.  It can be found at this link  Trinity’s YouTube Channel  This week we welcome John and Joanna Powers who will share “Mad World” for our weekly Blues Lent.
As we continue our musical journey through Lent, I wanted to invite you to view the new 2021 Blues Lenten playlist on our YouTube page. Blues Lent 2021  If you’d like to suggest any additions to this playlist, please let us know and we will be sure to add it.  It need not be traditional blues music but music that elicits an emotional response that reflects the Lenten spirit.  Secular, spiritual, vintage or current – whatever sings to your spirit!


 The Annual Report can be found below .  Should you need a printed copy, please let us know and we will arrange for you to get one.  

There are a few announcements below to share with you.


A reminder of our Zoom Zoom Social and pre-Annual Congregational Meeting practice this Sunday February 27th at 1 pm.  Some general instructions were sent out yesterday – and the link is available by request. Please contact the church to get the link.


North Bay Scouts Fundraising

Maple Syrup!
The Scouting Groups of North Bay are again selling Hubbert’s Maple Syrup. See the attached pages for ordering information. You can also call Dave McKenney at 705-474-7847 or email at dmckenney@fibreop.ca to place an order. If we are back worshiping at Trinity you can also speak to me at Church.We are taking orders during the month of March for delivery in early April (as soon as the sap starts running) and another order in April for delivery in early May.

Plant a Garden! Our Scouting Group, now called “North Bay Group” is launching a new fundraising event for the spring. You can purchase groups of seeds starting at $10 and support Scouting at the same time. Go to the Scouting website listed below to see what is available. If you or a friend or family member are into gardening or would like to start, consider supporting the North Bay Scouting Group and order your seeds from  https://scoutseeds.ca/ Make sure to include “North Bay Group” at checkout.
If you need more information or to order syrup, contact David McKenney – you can get his contact information by calling the church.

Trinity this week – Lent 1 – February 21, 2021

Hello Trinity Friends,
As our lockdown continues until at least March 8th, we know that many of you are struggling with this challenging time.  Please reach out to us if there is anything we can help you with.  I would also like to draw your attention to some helpful resources posted on our webpage under the Covid 19 resource tab. They may be of some help during this time.  

Our worship service (and all previous worship services) are available on our YouTube channel and can be found here Trinity’s YouTube Channel This week we are joined by friends from Emmanuel United Church who will be joining us while their Minister, Rev. Roni is away on a family matter.


A reminder that the Trinity Fundraising Team is hosting another great event! Comedy icon Colin Mochrie hosts “Mass Hysterical”, a Comedic Cantata. The video is a collaboration between alumni of Second City Toronto and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. “Mass Hysterical” celebrates more than 1000 years of ecclesiastical music, taking a satirical, but loving look at the repertoire, the composers, the personalities and even the congregations themselves. The video is 1 hour 23 minutes in length. Click on the link to watch the trailer for free. https://vimeo.com/494280190
Pay $20 by credit card or paypal to watch the video.
Send an email ​to​ Darlene_laferriere@hotmail.com to let ​her​ know that you have participated. Trinity United Church will receive $10 for each purchase.
A fun evening of entertainment for your family or perhaps a date night! You provide your own refreshments.


​Also looking ahead, a reminder that​ we are looking for contributions for a collaborative New Creed video, jokes for Holy Humour Sunday, ​and ​nature photographs for Earth Sunday​.  If you’d like to contribute to either of those items be in touch with me (Lisa) at blais.trinity@gmail.com​

Take care, stay safe and be kind!

Trinity this week – Ascension Sunday – February 14, 2021

Hello Trinity Friends,As we have just heard the news that North Bay’s lockdown will be extended until at least the 22nd of February, we will continue to offer our services online. In person worship will be suspended until it is deemed safe to return to gathering together. These are challenging times, but we will continue to stay positive and look for ways to stay connected. You will find some creative ways to do just that in the Lenten newsletter which is posted below. In a couple of weeks, the Annual Report will be ready for distribution as well – Ross is being kept busy!

The worship service for this Sunday is available here https://www.youtube.com/c/TrinityNorthBay The service will be available beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday morning. The following Sunday we will celebrate the first Sunday in Lent with Communion. As we will be gathering from our own homes, please feel free to gather whatever creative elements you have on hand. Next week is the beginning of our Blues Lent series. Musical offerings by many of our talented North Bay (and beyond) community will offer a variety of music to highlight Rev. Ted’s messages. A Blues Lent playlist will be available that week as well. If you have music that you think lends itself to the Blues theme, please feel free to share it with Rev. Ted or myself and I will be sure to added to the playlist.

The staff is continuing to work (mostly) from home during our lockdown period. The phone lines are being checked several times a day, as are emails. If you need to reach us, please leave a message on the answering machine or send us an email. Please reach out to us if we can be of any assistance during this challenging time. I hope that this family day and Valentine’s weekend you will have a chance to connect with your loved ones – whether it be via zoom or by telephone call or other creative means. Get outside if you can to enjoy these lengthening days. Be well,

Trinity this week – February 7, 2021

Hello Trinity Friends on this blustery February day!
The worship service  will be posted on YouTube and ready for viewing at 10:30 am Sunday morning.  Pre-service music will be available for viewing at 10:15 am.  The link to watch this Sunday’s (and any other worship service) can be found here Trinity’s YouTube Channel
We continue to follow the Health Unit and the Province’s guidelines on when we will return to in person worship.  We will share any updates as they become available.  
If you need to reach a member of the Staff, please call the Church office or email the appropriate person. We know that a prolonged period of time away from our friends and family can be difficult – if you are in need of pastoral care or if there is any way that we can provide care or assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! 


Each week during our worship service we acknowledge and give thanks for the traditional lands on which we gather.  As part of the Reconciliation efforts that we, as a church try to be about, I want to share with you an educational opportunity from Kairos.  The Kairos Teaching and Sharing Circle is hosting  a series of online events  Each of these 2-hour Zoom-based, interactive sessions are led by an experienced KBE Indigenous facilitator/Knowledge Keeper. The cost for registering is $25 per session.You ​will​ find​ more​ information​ at this link  KBE Teaching and Sharing Circle

For those who love to sing (or enjoy listening to others sing), the Manitou Intentional Learning Community (MILC) is hosting an exciting event.

Join the Manitou Intentional Learning Community on Friday, February 19th via Zoom where we will be “Singing for our Lives.” We are excited to invite you to this engaging and reflective affirmation of welcome, justice and hope. Presented by Wendy and Andrew Donaldson, church musicians with vast Canadian and international experience, this event is a mix of music and spoken word featuring on-line performance, video and audience participation and drawing on multi-faith and multi-cultural wit and wisdom.

Watch, listen and sing along as through words and music, we explore themes of truth, reconciliation, stewardship of the land, turning stranger into “neighbour”, and ways in which out hopes are threatened by power, the lure of profit, lies, and fear.DETAILS: Friday, February 19th, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Please register online at http://www.manitoulearningcommunity.com/
For further information, please contact manitouintentionallearning@gmail.com


 ​Stay warm and stay safe!

Trinity this week – January 31, 2021 Baptism of Jesus Sunday

Hello Trinity Friends,

This Sunday join us for worship on Trinity’s YouTube Channel.  You can find the link to all our worship services, pre-service music and more by clicking on this link Trinity’s YouTube Channel

As we continue to adapt to our current situation, we have begun to organize our online worship services a little differently. Pre-service music will be available to watch on our YouTube channel beginning at 10:15 am on Sunday. The worship service will premiere at 10:30 am.  All pre-service music will be available to enjoy in the Pre-Service Music Folder on the YouTube page. If you explore Trinity’s YouTube channel you will find last year’s Blues Lent playlist available to watch as well – look for a 2021 playlist in a few weeks!

Below you will find a few announcements. Please remember that Trinity’s staff continue to work (mostly) from home. If you need to reach any of us, please call the church office or email the appropriate person. The Church answering machine is checked by Wanda several times per day.  

A reminder of the “Guess Who is Coming to Lunch?” gathering on Zoom TOMORROW (Friday Jan 29) 12 noon – 1pm     Hosted by the North Bay & Area UC Mission Cluster​ it is ​a social event for those wishing greater connection with others​.  All are welcome.   ​For more information or to obtain the link contact the Church office

AOTS GIFT CARDS The next Gift Card order date is scheduled for Sunday evening, Jan 31, 2021.  With the current Covid restriction in place, we can only offer 1 way to submit your order sometime between now and 4:00 PM Sunday Jan 31st.  You can deliver your order along with your cheque or cash payment to 241 Lake Heights Rd, and place it into the mail box.  Your cheque should be made payable to Trinity United Church AOTS.

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community is excited to be collaborating with the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Sudbury, to present Hate, Racism and Islamophobia in Canada: Where are we now? Where are we going? with Fareed Kahn, founder of the anti-racism group Canadians United Against Hate. The event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, February 3rd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register, go to  Meeting Registration Or http://www.manitoulearningcommunity.com/ and click REGISTER We hope that this gathering will enable participants to ask hard questions, and to raise our awareness of how we might each do our part to become more active in combating hate and racism in our lives and communities. ​

Stay well​!