Sunday services at Sydenham-Heritage – 10:30am         WORSHIP SERVICES ARE IN-PERSON AND ONLINE @ 

  • Masking: masking inside our church building is optional. As your church board we know this to be an emotional and very personal choice, so remember to be kind and respect each other’s decision to mask or not mask.

June/Summer Newsletter: has been sent to the printers and is expected to be in mail by this weekend. Watch for your copy.

SHUC Congregational Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, June 25th following worship service. This meeting has been called to review and discuss findings from Options Committee meetings. Please plan to attend this important meeting.

June 18, 2023. Food Grains 40th Anniversary, BBQ and Dessert Provided. Please bring Main Course Item and your own Dishes!!!!
September 14, 2023 “A Walk Thru Aging” 1-3pm Calder Hall . Speaker on dementia and Long Term Care. Sponsored by Stewardship Committee.

Summer worship
July 2 St Andrews @ 10 am
July 9 St Andrews @ 10 am
July 16 St Andrews @ 10 am
July 23 Sydenham-Heritage @ 10:00
July 30 Sydenham-Heritage @ 10:00
Aug 6 Sydenham-Heritage @ 10:00
Aug 13 Harmony @ 10 am
Aug 20 Harmony @ 10 am
Aug 27 Fairview @ 10 am
Sept 3 Fairview @ 10 am
Rev. Paul will be away:
June 26 – July 9: (continuing education)
July 10 – July 16: holidays
Aug 7 – Sept 3: holidays

The folding chairs in the balcony have been removed and are being offered for sale to the congregation.
They are sections of two with upholstered comfortable seats. We are asking $15.00 for each section of two. We have 5 sets left.
Touch base with any member of the fix-it crew if you are interested.

Want to know why people are talking about Miriam Toews’ “Women Talking”?
We will be having a reader response-based activity-driven book discussion of the novel followed by a viewing of the academy-award winning film at Sydenham-Heritage this spring.
Week Three: Sunday, May 28th 12:30-2:00 (pages 147-216)
Week Four: Friday, June 9th 4:30-7:30 (Film & Potluck)
Fellowship Room, Sydenham-Heritage United Church
A Smile & an Engaging Mind
Books are available through the Grand River Bookstore at Five Oaks.
You may want to bring a lunch for May 21st & May 28th sessions. Coffee will be provided. Hope you can join us!

Join the Ayr-Paris Band for the 2023 summer concert series
June 7th, 7:00 p.m. – Centennial Park pavilion
June 21st, 7:30 p.m. – Paris Legion
July 5th, 7:00 p.m. – Centennial Park pavilion
August 16th, 7:00 p.m. – Centennial Park pavilion
August 27th, 7:00 p.m. – Goderich Harbour Park bandstand
September 6th, 7:00 p.m. – Centennial Park pavilion
For more information click on this shortcut Ayr-Paris website

Soup for the Soul is a lunchtime meal program run Monday-Friday at St. Andrew’s United Church. Paid staff run the program with the assistance of volunteers. Take-out meals are distributed from 1-2 pm with an average of 100 clients per day.
St. Andrew’s is looking for volunteers to help during the summer months (June, July & August) as well they are always appreciative of financial donations to this ministry. If interested please contact Don Shilton, Board Chair at St. Andrew’s by email at

Looking for volunteers

LIFT OPERATORS – SHUC needs people to operate the lift to allow those who have trouble navigating stairs into our building. This need is for Sunday morning or special events. Training is available. Please contact Larry Eddy if this is an activity you could help with.

Please remember if you turn anything on (such as the coffee maker) you are responsible for making sure it is turned off and anything you dirty (such as cups) you need to clean and put away.

Updates from Worship:
Would you be interested in Greeting/ Ushering Sunday mornings? Would you like to participate in Sunday worship as a lay leader? If you answered ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ please contact a member of the worship committee or leave your contact information with the church office 519-753-1248… remember WE ARE THE CHURCH!

Recycling opportunities:
As you know the Fix-it Crew of Sydenham-Heritage collect papers to recycle to Hartmann Manufacturing to make egg cartons. The revenue from the sale of paper goes to help maintain the solar panels.
The Fix-it Crew would like to start a new fund raiser. It will begin collecting aluminum beverage cans. The money raised will go to funding the supplies for coffee hour after the church service. If this fund raiser is successful there will be no need to contribute to coffee and tea after church.
So save your aluminum tins, put them in clear plastic garbage bags and drop them off at church in the same area as you do the paper. Don’t forget to remove the pull-tabs because we have a drop off for those too!!

Remember along with newspapers & aluminum cans we are also recycling milk bags, pop pull-tabs & empty medicine containers – drop off containers for these items can be found outside the church office.

“OUR DAILY BREAD” June – August 2023
are available in the Sydenham Street entrance or in front of the office.


Please be sure to let the office know if you have moved, changed your phone number etc. so that we can keep our records up to date.


If you have an announcement you wish to put in the Sunday bulletin please be sure to have into the office by 10am Thursday.

Your Communications Team is looking for contributions of photos, videos or articles of interest

We would love to have your contributions of videos and photos that show life at Sydenham-Heritage, special events, services, field trips, dinners, auctions, concerts, anything that shows our church family interacting and working together.
Keep in mind that we will be sharing the photos/videos that you provide for this project on social media platforms, so you would need to consent to having your photos/videos shared when you provide them to us. For this reason, any photos/videos used will not include children.
If you would be interested in contributing please contact anyone on the communications team: Terry, Anne, or Rev. Paul

Music Director would like to hear from you….
If you would like to request a piece of music, please email the church or call the office (519-753-1248) and leave your request for Trevor.

Prayer Group. Please join me in a quiet time of Prayer, devotions and reflections.
A time to connect with the Divine and with each other.
Find the Zoom link on the church calendar.
Join us Tuesdays at 6:30 PM on Zoom.
Yvonne Wright

Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone in our church family who may be in need of Pastoral Care due to illness, the death of a loved one, etc. please contact Rev. Paul Shepherd at 647-700-7129 or let the office know by phone (519-753-1248) or email (


If you are working with any of our youth you are required to have a police check which includes the vulnerable sector check. The cost is $20 and will be reimbursed to you. Please see Aileen in the office to get a letter to take to the police station.


We’re looking for anyone interested in helping with running the sound & video systems for Sunday Services, Funerals, Weddings, drama productions etc. If you are interested please contact the office.