Weekly Message

View our latest online Worship here,

Sunday coffee by zoom continues – if you don’t have the link, and think you might like to join occasionally (or regularly) please contact the office and we’ll be happy to send it along.

Did you realize we have a re-opening committee?
Well, we do, and they have been working very hard to determine how and when both our rental and user groups, as well as our congregation, may be able to safely begin to once again use the building. In the past few weeks, they have been doing some cleaning, and have set up the Lower Hall with chairs and tables clearly marked to assist with maintaining appropriate
social distances.

At the present time, there is no timeline as to when Rhyme and Storytime or Sunday Worship may be able to resume. Both groups have many participants who are considered to be in the ‘vulnerable population’; in addition, health guidelines do not allow for singing (so important to both groups!), food (also so important!) and a variety of other factors to consider

A brief report from Cheryl Anderson on the Committee’s work to date:
Harrow’s re-opening committee has met weekly over the past few months and is working hard with our renters to ensure they have a safe return-to-meetings plan in place. We currently have 4 of our regular renters safely back and maintaining social distancing measures in the
lower hall.

Cleaning and sanitizing are key in keeping everyone safe so you will see hand sanitizing stations in the main entry, and the meeting rooms. Currently, the parlour and kitchen are and will remain closed to all renters.

Memorial Service for Neil Pineau
Neil was a beloved and respected member of Harrow United Church. He died during the early weeks of the COVID19 pandemic, and his family has been longing for the time when they could gather a few of his many friends and associates to a memorial service for him. The service will take place Saturday, August 22.

In keeping with provincial health guidelines, there will be 2 time slots to accommodate all those who would like to attend. The service will be held outdoors (tents with no walls, chairs and tables will be provided) at the property where Neil resided for the past two decades. Some will have
fond memories of our “Church at the Farm” services in his yard.

In order to plan appropriately, the family is asking: Please join our family to celebrate the life of Neil Pineau on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Please RSVP by email: neilcelebrationoflife@gmail.com                                 

or call/text 204-797-2297.

Neil’s full obituary can be viewed here:


Congratulations and welcome to Savanna and her parents, Cedrick and Emily. On Sunday, August 2 a total of 10 people, Savanna, her parents, godparents and grandparents, along with Susan Ketchen and I (Teresa) gathered in the sanctuary at Harrow for a baptism that had been months in the waiting and planning! Her baptismal gown had been made from a great-grandmother’s wedding dress. Several other members of the ‘Sunday coffee” crowd were able to view the baptism via zoom and to extend their greetings and welcome following the ceremony. We look forward to the time when we can all meet in person!

If you haven’t checked out Broadview Magazine (formerly the United Church Observer) recently, you might want to pick up a copy or check out their website. The National Magazine Awards Foundation website states: The Foundation recently presented the Editor Grand Prix award to a senior-level editor who demonstrated a high degree of excellence, making an outstanding impact on their magazine.

Jocelyn Bell of Broadview was the proud recipient of this year’s award. “The complete re-visioning of Broadview magazine in 2019 was a huge undertaking that required strong editorial leadership, and Jocelyn Bell delivered. The magazine’s look and feel, the quality of its content, and its digital presence are greater than ever,” said the NMA jury.

It is worth noting that, although Broadview and its predecessor The United Church Observer have consistently accrued a great many Church Press Awards, the NMA represents all magazines in Canada, so to receive the Editor Grand Prix award is something special.
Congratulations Jocelyn and all the staff and board of Broadview!

Yours in Christ,


(Rev.) Teresa Moysey

Harrow United Church

phone: 204-284-0079

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