Effective January 1, 2019, the organizational structure for communities of faith within the United Church changed from the Presbytery system. Hamilton Presbytery ceased on December 31, 2018. Ryerson now falls within the area known as –
Horseshoe Falls Regional Council
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Watch for further updates and correspondence as details are finalized.
Annual Reports are available electronically from the church office.
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 27th.
Hard copies of the report are in the narthex for pickup.
The February 3rd Sunday service at Ryerson sees The Rev Bert Radford making his farewell with a sermon entitled “An Open Door”. Bert has been a wonderful leader for Ryerson over the past year and a half. Ryerson enjoyed his added extras to the worship services, pastoral visits and hospitality, and visioning through Explorations – a look at new ideas. Bert will now enjoy more time for curling and canoeing. Please join us in saying ona ki wahi , until we meet again Bert, on February 3rd at 10:30am with fellowship to follow the service.
Ryerson is very happy to welcome our new full time minister, the Reverend Tim Graham. A graduate of Queen’s Theological College, Rev Tim begins his tenure here on February 5th. He comes to us with many years of experience in ministry and great enthusiasm. Welcome Rev Tim!
Please find our Ryerson history in downloadable format.
History was compiled by Norma Sheldrick in celebration of Ryerson’s 200th anniversary.
“Season of Creation”
The United Church of Canada introduced Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost in 2010. From September to Thanksgiving, congregations celebrate the fact that creation is an integral part of the whole Christian year. The “tree” logo was designed for this occasion and orange was selected as the corresponding liturgical colour.
Flowing within and outside the Elm tree is a blue Circle, a symbol of God’s eternity. It is blue, the color of the sky and heaven and symbolic of wisdom and clarity. A Cross of gold (worth, splendor, wealth and Jesus’ ‘royalty’) fills the Circle, both within and outside the Tree. It is an alisee patee cross, recalling the consecration cross of the very ancient church and thus the holiness of life. It also reminds us of a Celtic cross whose spirituality maintains the intricate link between humanity and nature. The square at the intersection of the cross recalls God as Mystery. The four colors also represent the four elements of creation: earth /brown, air /white, fire /orange and water /blue.
The colour orange was:
- the Early Christian colour for confessors, monastics, and matrons
- worn in some Russian churches during summer fasts; in Western rites, some mainline Protestant churches propose orange as a colour for fall
- some Orthodox Churches use scarlet, orange, or rust
SERMON TOPICS IN SEPTEMBER
Sep 9 Widening the Circle
We begin the season of Creation with Communion.
Sep 16 What were we arguing about?
Our arguments seem unimportant if Jesus is near.
Sep 23 Wisdom crying in the streets!
The Book of Proverbs speaks to the needs of society.
Sep 30 Rev Bill Shepherd
A solo piano concert featuring Ian Green, jazz pianist
May 26 @ 2pm
Funds raised will support Canadian Foodgrains
Thank you to the community for their generous support for our annual Trivia Night –
RBC Dominion Securities
Dodsworth & Brown
Stephen et Al Landscapers
Sonitrol of South Central Ontario
Scheiding & Associates
Ancaster Montessori School
Foundations Montessori School