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Through a variety of short and long-term study groups and workshops, you are invited to come together with others to celebrate our connections to each other and our groundedness in God’s love and compassion.

Exploring Your Faith

Want to grow your spirituality? Looking for a safe place in which to ask your questions about the purpose of life and death and what it means to be fully human?

Through a variety of short and long-term study groups and workshops, you are invited to come together with others to celebrate our connections to each other and our groundedness in God’s love and compassion.

In addition to more traditional Bible study, you can;

  • participate in discussion groups on a variety of topics like Progressive Christian Theology, World Religions, and First Nations Spirituality.
  • find programs on everything from Grandparenting to Social Justice issues to the meaning of suffering, or seminars on such important spiritual resources as meditation and prayer.
  • explore the meaning of the sacraments and your connection to God’s creation, as you enjoy walks through nature, and consider your relationship to God’s wider world.
  • be assured that we do not shy away from questions about human sexuality, or the tough topics like the violence we find in the scriptures, or the ways in which the biblical message often contradicts the findings of science.
  • explore who you are and who God is calling you to be through writing your spiritual autobiography or ethical will.

Whether you are a seasoned traveler or just testing the waters, you are welcome to join in any of our study and discussion groups! Please contact the Church office or speak with our ministry team for more information about current offerings or to suggest a topic you would like to explore.

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Worship

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Bible Study

“THE DIFFICULT WORDS OF JESUS

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO HIS MOST PERPLEXING TEACHINGS”

by AJ Levine

 Six Sessions starting 10 a.m., Friday, September 23rd, 2022 in the O’Brien-Sproule Library Chapel, Siloam United Church.

If you are like most people, you have struggled with many biblical passages, including some of Jesus’ teachings. For example, want to follow Jesus?
Then sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, hate your father and mother,  and become a slave to others!

 In this study Amy-Jill Levine tells us that the name “Israel” means “to wrestle with God.” Likewise, she says, we do well to wrestle with God by exploring those teachings that confuse and disturb us and which, tragically, often continue to cause harm.

Remember that Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

This is what we will try to do this Fall.

You are invited to join Sheila for this fascinating new bible/video/book study by biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine. No previous knowledge of the Bible is necessary, but if you have a Bible, bring it along. If you don’t, we have plenty to share at Siloam. All you need is an open mind and an open heart! And if you can’t make it Friday mornings, join us for Sunday worship virtually or in person when Sheila will explore the themes of this book in a sermon series she will be developing to accompany the study.

Books can be ordered through the United Church Christian Resource Centre or Creation Bookstore at 900 Oxford Street East, 519 659 2610.

Please note registration for this study is limited, so please phone Erin in the office or write to [email protected] to pre-register.

Music

Siloam United Church is proud of the music legacy that has grown and developed throughout the years. Our Senior Choir that features up to 30 voices and performs each Sunday morning as music in song is an important part of worship.

Siloam also boasts a 3 octave hand bell choir, the Siloam Sounds, who often perform during worship and for special events such as concerts and even weddings. 

We provide a varied music program at Siloam. If you have a particular talent, and would like to participate, please contact us at the church office at 519-455-9201.Blythe 

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Youth and Young Families

More information coming soon.

Ongoing Outreach Initiatives

Siloam United Church supports a number of ongoing Outreach initiatives both financially and through volunteer participation. We are proud of our committment to reach out into the community and the world.

The United Church Of Canada Mission And Service Fund

The Mission and Service Fund of the The United Church of Canada supports mission work here in Canada and overseas. It also supports the Services of the United Church such as theological colleges to train ministers and church leaders, summer camps, benevolent causes and conferences. M&S helps to support ministry in isolated parts of the country, and to uphold our community outreach and presence in the urban core.Siloam generously supports the work of the M&S Fund through s substantial monthly pledge as part of our budgeted committment to Outreach.

Click here to learn more about the Mission and Service Fund

Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Siloam’s growing project is on 21 acres near Ballymote, that is generously donated by MaryJo Fraleigh. In 2021, $14,325 was raised by Siloam United Church for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Click here to learn more about the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

ELUCO (East London United Church Outreach)

The Life and Work of the East London United Church Outreach (ELUCO) 

East London United Church Outreach (ELUCO) is a United Church ministry that advocates for and supports people to build community in the midst of challenging circumstances. This ministry primarily serves the Marconi community of south-east London but also includes the ELUCO Food Cupboard at Gethsemane Gardens and the Welcome Wednesday Hospitality Lunch program in the Huron East corridor of north-east London.

Currently, through our budget, Siloam United Church pledges $12,000 toward the annual ELUCO approximate $100,000.00 budget

Marconi Community Program

The one paid full-time Community Outreach Worker develops programs to assist those in need to become more self-reliant.

  • to support family needs
  • to teach life skills
  • to increase self-esteem
  • to build community
Healthy lifestyles programs focus on;
  • music
  • lunch and breakfast for school age children during school year funded from May Court grant
  • exercise
  • exploring healthy choices
  • coping skills
  • mental health
  • budget planning
  • employment readiness
  • conservation
  • opportunities to discuss relevant issues of concern and brainstorm solutions to effect change
  • Collective Kitchen providing social time, team work in meal planning and preparation, and an opportunity to learn about other cultures
  • Moms and Tots facilitates short term themed programs to learn and grow healthy
  • sponsored day trips and camp registration to give families the opportunities they would not otherwise experience
  • Ready for School to help ease children beginning Jr. Kindergarten into school activities
  • provide backpacks, school supplies and snacks for back-to-school
  • post-secondary education scholarship fund to assist students in their first year with books and tuition
  • love and hope to families through hampers of food and gifts at Christmas as well as a lunch and party for families and other activities during March Break and holidays
After-school programs encompass;
  • reading buddies
  • homework help
  • cooperative games
  • crafts
  • cooking through a partnership with Growing Chefs Ontario
Nancy Howard, the Community Outreach Worker, is also available for counselling and support for individuals and families. She is an advocate at schools, court, Children’s Aid Society, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, London Middlesex Housing Corporation, Housing Access Centre, Housing Stability Bank, Union Gas and London Hydro. She works with colleagues in the Advocates Group to lobby for social justice for low-income families and is able to make referrals to various agencies to support families.

Siloam Urban Garden and Orchard Project

Siloam United Church in conjunction with Urban Roots London has cultivated the vacant land at the back of the property.

In 2021 we produced over 3000 pounds of fresh food for donation to the ELUCO food cupboard along with other local agencies. 
Next we are planning on adding fruit trees and fruit bearing bushes.   Click on the image to learn more about this amazing project.

 

Other ELUCO Programs
Welcome Wednesday Hospitality Lunch Program (since 2008)

The Welcome Wednesday Hospitality Lunch Program held at Rowntree Memorial United Church each Wednesday from September to June includes a social time with coffee and snacks from 11 am to 12 noon. A nutritious meal is served from 10 to 1 with more social time until 1:30.Games of crokinole, dominos and cards are played during the social time. Meals are prepared and served by ELUCO and Rowntree, Siloam and Valleyview Mennonite churches. Many volunteers from the community and the churches make this program a success.  This program is funded mostly by the churches who prepare and serve the meals.

Hospitality Meals

Siloam gathers a team of approximately 13 volunteers, five times throughout the year, to serve an “Out of The Cold” Hospitality Meal at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church (Wellington & St. James St.). Between 120 and 150 meals are served on each occasion to clientele who have “slipped through the cracks” of our social system.

If you have an interest in serving, please call the church office at 519-455-9201 for further information.

ELUCO Food Cupboard (since 1987)

A 50 year grant from The London Affordable Housing Foundation allows the ELUCO Food Cupboard to operate out of an apartment at Gethsemane Gardens,1461 Huron Street. Volunteers from Siloam and Rowntree United Churches open every Wednesday and Friday morning to residents in need from the Huron East area.  Food donations are from Siloam and Rowntree but cash donations are needed to purchase grocery items not donated.  A generous grant from the Sisters of St Joseph as well as a grant the Bank of Nova Scotia Retirees and individual cash donations fund this program.

London Interfaith Refugee Sponsorship Alliance

Siloam supports LIRSA financially and also offers non-financial support through the time and energy of volunteers who help refugee families cope with day-to-day living.

LIRSA is dependent on human resources in order to sponsor and support refugees.  The group encourages, welcomes and values the contribution made by individuals in whatever way they feel comfortable.

Every second, refugees somewhere in the world are fleeing from their homes and cities seeking safety.  Their plight is hard for many of us to imagine.  They leave because of fear or famine, but always with hope.

click here learn more about LIRSA

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