If you need access to the church building during the week, please contact the office at 519-753-1248 to make arrangements for access.

When visiting the church PLEASE be sure to SIGN IN. There are stations to do so at the following doors: Parking Lot, main Sydenham and Dundas. Stay safe and remember EVERYONE entering the building at this time for whatever reason – MUST wear a mask, use hand sanitizer & SIGN IN!

Sign wars in Brantford
Do you have a great idea for our church sign for sign wars? Someone please come up with something better than Rev. Paul’s which is: “This church is not full of hypocrites. We have room for lots more. Join us Sundays online at 10:30.”

Covenanting Services
It is a requirement of the Region that a Covenant be made between the Community of Faith and the New Minister.

Rev. Dr. Paul Shepherd has been with the Sydenham-Heritage Community of Faith since February 2020 and due to these unprecedented times, a Covenant Service has not yet been held. Neither was there a Covenant between Sydenham-Heritage (SHUC) and the Region.

Sunday, June 13th at 1:00 pm a Covenanting Service will be held to commemorate these two events.

This will be livestreamed via Zoom.  Guest: Rev. Randy MacKenzie

We trust that you will join in on this very joyful and meaningful service. Watch for updates!

Thank you from the Faith Profile Committee for participating in the first questionnaire mail out and subsequent call outs. The
response from our church family was awesome. Thank you to all who participated and shared your thoughts, ideas, suggestions
and comments.
The 2nd of 3 questionnaires has been sent out.
The Faith Profile Committee is looking forward to sharing the results of these questionnaires and will let you know when they will be posted on the United Church Hub and our own website.
Thank you for your support
We are the church together!
Members of the Faith Profile Committee

The 2020 Annual Reports are ready, however, due to COVID, the Annual Report is posted on our website. We will be printing a limited number of paper copies and if you wish one to be mailed/delivered to you, please either phone or email the office.


While we are unable to attend weekly Church services, please remember your weekly givings/offerings are still very important to the work of the church and the maintenance of the church building.

We would like to take a minute to remind you that now would be a good time to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) where your givings could be deducted from your bank account monthly and direct paid to the church’s bank account – if you’re interested in this method of contributing, call the office to make arrangements.

Also, you can drop off your memorial donations/envelopes/cheques/cash givings at the church office any morning during the week, just call ahead to ensure you have access (and remember we have a mail slot in the Dundas Street Door access).

Another method is to send us an E-Transfer with online banking. If this is new to you, just follow these steps:
1) You need to be set up for On-line banking.
2) After signing in to your On-Line banking account, the menu (normally on left side) should have an option for E-Transfer – click on it.
3) You will need to add contact (Sydenham-Heritage U.C.) and method of contact (church email address
4) Select the account you wish money to be taken from as well as the amount and insert in appropriate boxes.
5) Message is optional (can indicate where you want money to go e.g. General Funds, Benevolent fund, etc.).
6) Then you need to select a question from list or make up your own (e.g. “what is this for”) and then insert answer with no spaces in appropriate box.
7) Click Send.
8) Final but very important step is to send an email attention:  Treasurer ( with the answer.

You also have a another method to donate to the church.  Sydenham-Heritage United Church is now registered with which is an on-line donation platform that will allow you to donate to any Canadian registered charity.  Keep in mind that when you donate through this platform, your tax receipt will be from Canada Helps and that donation will not appear on your Sydenham-Heritage tax receipt, but your donation does go to the Church’s general account.

Click on the Donate through Canada Helps link below and you will be re-directed to their donation form.

Donate through CANADA HELPS


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.

What is a healing circle?
Accepting and expressing our deepest feelings are important steps in the journey towards healing and wholeness. A healing circle is a safe place to do just that.
Why healing circles for forgiveness?
Bad things happen to everyone. Our wholeness and happiness depend on our ability to forgive others and to receive forgiveness. Hardest of all can be to forgive ourselves.
If you struggle with offering – or receiving – forgiveness these healing circles are for you. In particular, if you struggle to forgive yourself you should feel free to come.
We will have 2 circles – please NOTE DATE CHANGE to Tuesdays, July 20, 27, and Aug 3. Choose either: In person (fellowship room) @ 2 pm if COVID restrictions permit (please register/confirm with Rev. Paul or the office in advance) or online @ 7 pm.

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.

Sydenham-Heritage United Church member Connie Pepper is looking for new accommodation for July 31st, 1 bedroom or similar. Please contact her (church office can supply contact info.) if you have any leads. Near the church preferred!

A Message from our Student Minister, Jane Baxter. Come and join together in The Prayer Group. We will take time from our busy lives to be intentional in prayer via zoom each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The online link is on the calendar found on the church’s website. If you wish to add anyone in our prayers (and have their permission), please contact me either by email or phone at or 519-761-8682.

Papers may be left at the top of the stairs or in the shed.
Anything else please ring the doorbell and ensure that whatever you are dropping off is marked as to who/what it is for and who it is from.

Thank you

“OUR DAILY BREAD” June-August 2021 are available from the church office.

Please call the office between 9am & 2pm Tuesday to Friday to arrange to pick up your copy or copies or to have it mailed to you.

Your Communications Team is very excited about an upcoming audio/visual project they have started working on and would very much like to include contributions from our church family in this process.

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

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 (Phone/Text/WhatsApp: 647-700-7129 – Email: 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.