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”.
We have a small multi generational Praise Team made up of singers and guitar players that lead our “Gathering Music” two weeks out of every three. The remaining Sundays we sing hymns from “Voices United” or “More Voices”.
The first fifteen minutes of worship are focused on the children. The Opening Hymn, Gospel Lesson and story time with the minister are designed with them in mind. After the story time with the minister, the children may leave for Sunday School and Nursery although children are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary for the entire service.
A collection of our monetary donations is made each week during worship and each person is expected to give only as they are able. Please do not miss church because you have nothing for the offering plate. Your presence is an offering in itself.
Communion is observed four times a year and all who profess a faith in Jesus are invited to share. This includes the children even though their level of understanding may not be the same as their parents.
Worship is enriched by the many gifts and talents of our own members, from the choirs and praise team to the guest speakers and volunteers who read scripture lessons, to those who greet and welcome you at the door.Our worship continues in the lower hall twice each month where we gather for food, fun and informal conversation.
Please take the opportunity to discover if Parkview United Church is the place for you to grow your faith in Jesus Christ.
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!”
Hello from Parkview United Church! I would like to introduce myself.
I am relatively new to Stratford, having moved here just two years ago in November 2016, and I am relatively new to my ministry at Parkview United Church, officially beginning my role as minister January 1, 2017. I have served in other United Churches prior to coming to Stratford, a total of fourteen years as a United Church minister.
I feel very privileged and happy to be here in Stratford. Our city is a beautiful venue in which to live and having much to offer – a place to explore, to learn, have fun, and grow. Our Parkview United Church is the same - we are a very lovely and beautiful church offering a place to explore, to learn, have fun, and grow. We offer a warm and friendly environment where we explore and share our Christian faith. Our congregation offers a “true family feeling” – times of fun and great fellowship for all ages. We have young families with little children, youth, adults and older seniors. We offer a place to learn about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and how that relationship becomes a vital and important part of your life. We grow, expand and explore together! All with God’s laughter and joy!
I invite you to attend our church. You are most welcome to come! We preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and share His love with all.
Love in Christ,
Rev. Mary Fletcher
Please contact me anytime.
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Did You Know?
- 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.
- 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.
- Hearing assist units are available. Please speak to Rev. Mary if you require one.
- 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.
- 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.