What we believe
As members of Siloam United Church, we seek to fulfill our mission in God’s world. We are guided by five Core Values that we strive to live by in our daily lives.
The presence of God is within our midst. We are not alone in our journey. Our faith and beliefs, as stated in A New Creed* of the United Church of Canada, guide our choices, activities and relationships with others. We value our Christian heritage, while embracing change to ensure our Christ-centred mission continues to be relevant in today’s world. We value the search for spiritual truth and provide many small group opportunities for people to nurture their faith through bible study, prayer circles, meditation sessions, workshops and seminars related to spirituality, healing and wellness. In addition, we often offer seminars on grief support, mental health, family relationships, including grandparenting and opportunities for children, youth and young adults. We also hold frequent workshops and conferences to help Baby Boomers and older adults in their search for spiritual meaning and integrity. With the help of God’s Spirit we take personal risks in our journey to understand our relationship with the loving God we meet in Jesus Christ. We acknowledge and welcome diversity in interpretation of scripture, and encourage dialogue among those holding differing opinions.
A New Creed
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
We are a multigenerational church family that provides programming and worship opportunities for all ages. As followers of Jesus, we welcome everyone with open arms, celebrating the gifts of all people, regardless of their age, colour, race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, abilities, marital status, family configuration, life experience and socioeconomic conditions.
Our congregation, and the United Church of Canada, are an important part of the fabric of our community. We put our faith into action and define who we are when we reach out to help others and support those in need. We believe that outreach is the glue that holds a community of faith together and defines who we are. As individuals, and as a faith community, we challenge situations we feel are unjust. We extend invitations to our neighbours to be part of our diverse community through a ministry of hospitality.
We welcome everyone with a warm greeting.We support others in our faith community in their time of need. We develop relationships on a personal level by participating actively in a wide range of programs and worship activities. We recognize and value the contributions made to the life and work of the church.
We share our time, talents and leadership to enhance worship for ourselves and others.We commit to supporting our Church financially. We endeavour to be fiscally responsible. We believe our faith grows through active involvement in all aspects of church life.
B.A., M.A., M.Div., D.Min. Lead Minister & Minister of Worship and Pastoral Care
Minister of Visitation
B.Mus., B.Ed., OCT - Director Of Music
Blythe has served as music director for sixteen years with congregations in the Greater Toronto Area and London. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano and choral studies. She enjoys performing professionally, teaching privately, and composing/arranging. She is also an educator with the public school board, teaching the arts and French as a Second Language (FSL). She has many passions, including visual art, learning languages, and creative writing. She also enjoys hiking and cooking with her partner, and relaxing with her cat and two dogs.
Blythe is a believer in music’s power to bring people together, as evidenced in her weekly rehearsals where singing, playing, and fellowship are essentially synonymous. Blythe is delighted to join Siloam’s most welcoming community. She seeks to continue building meaningful connections between music and worship at services. She is looking forward to finding ways to revive the joy and art of music-making in a world changed by the pandemic.
More info coming soon.
More info coming soon.
2017 Amalgamation – Arva & Siloam
On June 25, 2017, Arva United Church and Siloam United Church amalgamated to become Siloam United Church at 1240 Fanshawe Road East in London.
Like Siloam, Arva also has a long history of ministry in the area dating back to 1857. The amalgamation will sustain both ministries as they continue the legacy of their founders.