Sunday Worship


Worship is a family oriented celebration of our faith in Jesus Christ. We like to think of worship as a buffet of traditional and contemporary styles of worship where all will find enough to go home well fed. There truly is no dress code in our church. We treasure your presence more than your appearance. Feel free to wear jeans and tee-shirts or your very best three piece suit.

Our greeters are pleased to welcome you and provide you with a worship bulletin and song books or other material you may need. Our Praise Songs and Communion Service are projected on the overhead screen but there is always printed material for those who require it.

Each Sunday begins at 10:00 am with children and adults together to share in “Gathering Music”.

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Sunday School


Staffed Nursery is available during Worship. Preschoolers and babies are welcome to stay in our worship but may also go to our supervised nursery at the same time as the Sunday School. Our nursery coordinator is an ECE graduate and has had a police records check.

There is no Sunday school or Nursery during the summer months.

Children are welcome to worship and remain in the sanctuary during the entire service.

Meet Our Minister


I felt very drawn by the Spirit to come and serve at Parkview United in Stratford. I am so happy to be here at our beautiful church, with its beautiful congregation, situated in this beautiful city!
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Parkview's History


In The Beginning….

1920’s Stratford was a reflection of society in North American. Economically, it was a time of opt... Read more

The East End Sunday School

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The First United Church Congregation in Canada

Union between the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregationalist congregations in Canada was a subjec... Read more

Work and Worship in the New Building

It was very apparent very early that the new East End Sunday School would soon outgrow the space ava... Read more

Laying the Cornerstone of Parkview United Sunday School

On Thursday Oct 29, 1925 the cornerstone was laid for the new Parkview United Sunday School. Unusua... Read more

Construction of Parkview United Sunday School

In December 1925, the building committee and trustees decided to ask for a loan of $18,000 from the ... Read more

The Manse

In 1929 a proposal was approved to build a manse on the land between the church building and Cobourg... Read more

World War Two

During the Second World War the church became a haven for people trying to cope with the worries and... Read more

Post-World War Two

On June 15, 1945 the church was filled with a grateful congregation to witness the burning of the mo... Read more

Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada

One of the longest fund-raising ventures that the women of Parkview became involved in was serving m... Read more

1961… The New Sanctuary

“Baby Boomers” is the term used today for children born between 1946 and 1965. The decades aft... Read more

Centennial United Church

The ties between Centennial United and Parkview United have existed for many years. Centennial Unit... Read more

The Social Networking Era

2011 saw another growth spurt in the congregation at Parkview with overall attendance up over 11% th... Read more

Accessibility


Did You Know?

  1. Wheelchair-accessible parking is available upon request. If you require a parking space closer to the church on Sundays because of physical limitations, please let Rev. Mary know so she can make arrangements for you.
  2. Wheelchair-accessible entrance and washroom – construction is finished and the church now has a push-button automatic door opener and accessible ramp at the main entrance door off of Parkview Drive. A brand new fully accessible washroom has also been completed and is located off of the lounge. A wheelchair/walker/stroller lift is located at the 6 stairs leading down to the lower hall and dining area, as well.
  3. Hearing assist units are available. Please speak to Rev. Mary if you require one.
  4. Printed material and song books are available in the Narthex for those who cannot make use of the screen. Large print copies of the Order of Service and the Voices United hymn books are available. Please let Rev. Mary know if you would like to have this service made available to you.
  5. Copies of the weekly sermon notes are generally available on the table in the Narthex or on the church website www.parkviewunitedstratford.ca and Parkview’s Facebook page. If you would like a large print copy of Rev. Mary’s sermon they can also be made available. Please let Rev. Mary know if you would like a copy.