Holy Week & Easter
Please join us for these special services during
Holy Week and Easter Sunday. 
All are welcome in-person or online.

Wednesday, April 13th - Midweek Breath
8pm 30-minute Guided Meditation on Zoom.
(New to Midweek Breath? Find more info on our website by clicking here.)
Click here for the Midweek Breath Zoom link.

Thursday, April 14th - Maundy Thursday
8pm 30-minute Communion Service on Zoom.
Have your own bread and wine/juice available.
Click here for the Maundy Thursday Zoom link.

Friday, April 15th - Good Friday
10am In-Person & Online Worship (YouTube Only)

Sunday, April 17th - Easter Sunday
8am In-Person & Facebook Live Sunrise Service
(light breakfast to follow)
10am In-Person Intergenerational Service
Good Friday Worship, April 15th
Good Friday - A Cup of Sorrow
....In these days of war and forced displacement and ongoing covid infections, our world seems enveloped by pain and sadness. The story of Jesus' death speaks to us more deeply than ever. At our Good Friday service, we'll hear the story again and we'll consider how this story touches us today. 
Watch Friday's Service Online, Live at 10am EDT
.....Join us in live, online worship this Friday at 10am. You can find the service on our YouTube channel only. The service will be saved through the weekend.

Join us for In-Person Worship at 10am
.....Our first in-person Good Friday service in our new building. Come. Witness the story. Feel the presence of God, who journeys with us in our pain and sorrow.
Easter Sunday Worship, April 17th
Full to the Brim - An Expansive Life
....Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! With all this world of ours is dealing with it will be good to take some time to celebrate life! There are moments of joy and laughter and life. Come celebrate this Easter Sunday.
Watch Sunday's Service Online, Live at 9am EDT
.....Join us in live, online worship this Sunday at 9:00 am. You can find the service on Facebook Live or our YouTube channel. The service will be saved at both locations through the week.

Join us for In-Person Worship at 10am
.....In-person Intergenerational Worship for Easter Sunday! Email Jennifer Stinson if you would like to join our volunteer team and help us provide a safe and warm welcome to all who gather. Pro Tip: Arrive before 9:50am to be treated to a warm beverage and cookie that you can take to your seat!
In-Person Worship Update
Please Wear A Mask
.....With the increase in COVID cases in the province we have decided that everyone entering Norval United Church is required to wear a mask. This simple act will help keep everyone safe, especially those who are immunocompromised and those who are vulnerable to this virus.
Thank you for showing your care for others by wearing a mask.
"Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others." Philippians 2:4
Youth & Young Families News
We are so looking forward to celebrating Easter together with you this weekend! Here are some opportunities for you to share Easter as a family:
  1. In-person Sunrise Service outdoors, 8 am, only 20 minutes long. There will be muffins after.
  2. In-Person Easter Worship, at 10 am. Worship will be with families in mind: kids can stay with their parents for the full service. Crafts will be available in the sanctuary. Nursery will be open for any who are too restless. There will be an Easter Scavenger Hunt after! (find Jen in the Chapel to start).
  3. Online, Jen will be posting an Easter Mindful Moment for kids at 9 am on YouTube and Facebook.
Let us celebrate together, Christ is Risen - Love is Alive.

Kids Choir Resumes April 24th

Kids Choir is on pause this Saturday and will resume on April 24th.

For more info email Deb Hopper by clicking HERE.

Save The Date - Fri. Apr 29th
Family Movie Night

We'll gather at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary for a great family movie.

Pajamas, blankets, and stuffies always welcome!

For more info email Jen Auger by clicking HERE.
GFORCe 3 - Sponsoring families from Afghanistan
Can you help?
.....After successfully sponsoring the Hajjar family from Syria we are pleased to be part of GFORCe3. (Georgetown Friends Of Refugees 3)
.....2 families, totalling 9 people have been identified and are presently hiding in Pakistan. They have been accepted into the Canadian government's Operation Afghan Safety program which should expedite their immigration.
.....It is money that is needed now. The team needs to raise $67,000 to be able to submit the application. We suggest you give via e-transfer or a cheque directly to Norval United since these donations are processed without fees. We'll forward donations to GFORCe3. Click here to be reminded of the e-transfer process.
Help us make a different in these lives. Elizabeth Ivany is Norval's contact on GFORCe3.
From the Affirming Ministry Team

.....Norval United has begun the process of becoming an Affirming Ministry. To read more about Affirming Ministry, the process and team members, click here.

We Need Your Input by April 22nd
Affirming Ministry Survey
.....The Affirming Ministry Team want to hear from you. They created a survey to determine where Norval United Church is, as a community, as we begin the process of becoming an Affirming Ministry. The survey will take 10-15 minutes of your time, and your thoughtful and honest feedback is appreciated. Hard copies will be available in-person on Sunday, or you can fill one out online by clicking here.
Ways to Serve
Join a great team and put your faith in action!
Sunday Morning Volunteers
Bruce Cunnington and Heather Fraser have been doing a wonderful job of looking after our Sunday morning coffee, tea, and cookies and would love to grow the team! Training will be provided and coffee grinds premeasured. If you can help 1 or 2 Sundays a month, please contact Heather Fraser. You can email her here.
From 3 John 1:5 - Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible.
Other Opportunities
.....Here are a few other excellent opportunities:
  • Welcome Team (a great way to get to know people!)
  • In-Person AV Team (help run the tech in the Sanctuary)
  • Food Truck Fridays (help set up and welcome and engage the community who come out)
Consider these or other ways you feel called to participate in the life and work of NUC! Contact Jennifer Stinson at office@norvalunited.ca, 905-877-66122, or in-person on Sundays.
Local Events
Spiritual Practices
Do you love to sing old familiar hymns?
.....Guidelines in care homes now allow us to sing with masks on and we know sharing music is a healing, connecting experience for many. Norval UC reached out to local residences and Carolyn Maule has offered to help lead services which so far will be offered at Mountainview, Extendicare and the Bennett Center.

Mountainview: 2pm - Wed. Apr. 13th, Wed. May 11th
Extendicare: 2pm - Sun. Apr. 24th, Sun. May 15th
Bennett Ctr: 11am - Wed. Apr. 27th, Wed. May 25th

Masks and rapid tests will be required for each visit.

For more information please contact Carolyn at carbraun@aol.com or call the church office (905.877.6122) to leave your contact information.
Moderator's Easter Message

In this year's Easter message, Moderator Richard Bott asks:
Who are the messengers of the risen Christ today?
What keeps us from believing their message and acting on that belief?

To watch this short video, click here.
Walking with Intention
.....The NUC Walking Group will be not be walking together this Sunday, but will be back on April 24th. Come walk together on Sundays after church, or walk in your own neighborhood on your own schedule. Join our Facebook group to share your photos and prayers along the way. We can also keep track of our steps together on Pacer. (use group code: Q42449275)
"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; speak up on their behalf, and give thanks for them."
1 Timothy 2:1

Here are some recent
prayer requests:
Continued prayers for the family and friends of Kathryn Stewart.
May God's love be felt in the ongoing support they give each other.

Brayden Thornhill: Praying for my friend's mom who is recovering from a car accident and for my friend who was in labour Sunday morning. Healing and new life to celebrate!

Anna Laing: Praying for my sister-in-law and mother-in-law who are both in Credit Valley Hospital.
Roy Bartlett: Praying for my sister, Joan, who is dealing with cancer.

Prayers for all who are recovering from COVID, including Fred Paul's grandson and Florence Paul's niece.

Offering a constant prayer for peace in Ukraine, and throughout the world.