Regular Worship Services

Sundays at 10:00 am

Services at the church building are CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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Phone number: 705-458-9701

  Below are our news and events!

Announcements for the bulletin may be left on the Church voice mail at 705-458-9701 or by e-mail: by Wednesday evening.

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Pastoral Relations Commission approved the short term appointment of the

Rev. Sung-Ran Kim, beginning March 22, 2020 as the minister for Countryside United Church. 

Emergency Pastoral care (Funerals, Hospital Visitation)

Please contact Rev. Sung Ran Kim until July 31st @ Phone # 647-882-0427.

Below are the Pastoral emergency contacts while Rev. Sung Ran Kim is away

Rev. Sungmin Jung from August 1 to 9

Rev. Richard Moffat from August 10 to 16

Cellphone # 647 233 7775.

Telephone # 705-730-6837

Countryside United Church Gathering

Sunday, July 26th 2020 we will meet at 10: 00 a.m. in the parking lot of the church.

Please, bring a lawn chair and water. Please wear a mask.

We will be physically distancing in the meeting.

Rev. Sung Ran Kim is looking forward to meeting you in person.

In case of rain, we will inform you of a rain date.


Please Note: The worship service for 26th of July will be uploaded to You Tube by Friday, July 24th as our administration assistant will have summer holidays from Saturday July 25th to August 10th 2020.


Rev. Sung Ran Kim will be on holidays from Aug. 1, 2020 to Aug. 16, 2020.

If you have missed any of the worship services with the Closed Caption (CC) – you can view or review them once more with the CC on Aug. 2, 9, and 16 in summer. They are available on our Facebook page and on the Church website.  Rev. Sung Ran Kim hopes that reviewing of the worship with CC once again in summer could give our members some different meaning.


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Shining Waters Regional Council

Camp Awesome     

Join us online this year for a fun and educational line up of programming for your child. We hope to see you there!
Programs include:

  • Dipping into the world of drama and exploring their artistic side
  • Music fundamentals where we learn the basics of music and spending time together sharing our musical interests
  • Moving and shaking and enjoying getting active with fitness programs
  • Learn a new language or practice what you already know in French or Spanish
  • And much, much more!
See our website for more detailed program information and to register your little camper for a summer of fun together apart.
Click the link below.



Hi Folks,  We just received this information from Shining Waters UCW.


Camp Big Canoe is offering a virtual camp and if anyone is interested they can check out the website:  or click on the links below.


Thank you the UCW


Virtual Camp Programming NOW!

CAMP EVERYWHERE! is a new program from Camp Big Canoe that is delivering interactive and active virtual camp activities for children!

Some of our awesome Camp Big Canoe Staff Family have teamed up with creative, insightful, fun and wacky camp-style programs designed to encourage positive social interaction.

There is live and interactive programming every weekday at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 8pm; Saturdays at 11am and 1pm; special events on Sundays at 7pm. There is even a trivia night for all of you parents, alumni and staff every Friday at 8pm.

Camp Everywhere! schedule and info →

          Next Meeting Dates

Change of Date Notice: AGM MEETING(due to Pandemic date to be announced)

Our Annual General Meeting will be after a shortened service and then meeting downstairs with a finger food lunch. If the committee assigned coffee & snacks could do the beverages and desserts please and the other congregation members could bring different finger foods (e.g. veggies, dips, sandwiches, pickles, chips, etc..) Thank you all!

Weds. September 9, 2020 - next Council meeting at 7 pm. Contact Gary Cleland for details. Please Note - no council meeting for the month of August.


Upcoming Worship Services  - If our region stays at Stage 3 for Covid 19, we plan to use the sanctuary in September (after Labor Day ). No Services in the church building at the moment.

 Sponsor Sunday bulletin covers for 2020!

You are invited to sponsor a week of bulletins to honour a special day/event/person and to help cover the costs of bulletins for our church. (please leave your memorial/honour information with the church office by

                   calling  705-458-9701 and leaving a message or send by email to                       Cost is $10.00 for 50 bulletins payable: By cheque to: Countryside United Church or by cash.

Please enclose cash/cheque in a marked envelope to: Don Shannon –Bulletin Sponsor. May leave in the collection plate or mail to: Countryside United Church Office, 7 Robert Street, Thornton, ON L0L 2N0 – please see poster to sign up for the Sunday you want to sponsor. Please print legibly.

Mark your Calendars – Date set for Countryside United Church Christmas Bazaar ~ Saturday, November 7th, 2020 @ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please Note: If you have moved or changed your email address, please keep the Church office informed of your new mailing address, phone numbers and email. (please leave your information with the church office by calling 705-458-9701 and leaving a message or send by email to Thank you!

  Please collect Milk Bags

Please continue to collect milk bags for weaving mats to send to S. America. If any folks are interested in helping with weaving…our Irene Graham of the Baxter Living Faith Presbyterian church would be happy to show you how - individually or your group. 


Exciting News - As of March 1 2019, The Thornton Community Food Bank is going to be a branch of The Good Shepherd Food Bank of Alliston. They will continue to run their own food bank with just a few changes so they can align with Alliston. In joining with Alliston, they will have access to more resources, become a part of The Ontario Food Bank Association, will broaden our food choices to include more fresh fruit and vegetables all year around, bur will have a limited choice of frozen meats. For more information – speak with Wendy Kerr or Sarah Elines at The Thornton Community Food Bank.

Events in the Wider Church

Your Rural Assistant - Uniting You With Small Town Talent.

A social enterprise catalyzed by EDGE Ministry, The United Church of Canada. Think of us as matchmakers! We recognize that many small businesses, social enterprises, and nonprofits are struggling as the day-to-day tasks can be time consuming. We also understand that there are people in rural and small towns throughout the country that are underemployed or unemployed. Why not connect them?! Communities of faith across the country know these people in their communities and can spread the word of this new initiative. We're hoping to build a network of local, authentic, qualified applicants to fill roles as needed. So, we've partnered with Contact North to provide any necessary training to ensure applicants have the updated skills to be successful. We want these matches to work! We're here every step of the way to help make this happen. Have questions? Check out our FAQs. For more information or to get involved, please contact Carrie Frostad  or learn more about this initiative here. We have some great job opportunities waiting for the right candidates!


The Community Events Calendar is a public listing for events affiliated with The United Church of Canada and/or communities of faith within our region.   

For the most current listing see Events on our website.

 Regular Worship Services

Sundays at 10:00 am

7 Robert Street, Thornton, ON L0L 2N0

Phone number: 705-458-9701 



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                                                           Countryside United Gift Cards

                  Please consider ordering in advance for any birthdays, anniversaries, or other gift occasions.

                           We generally stock most food, gas, Canadian Tire and select specialty cards

                              Please consider larger denomination cards to last between order dates

                     Call or email Margaret for cards at 705-458-4414

                              Cheques made out to CGCF (Countryside Gift Card Fundraiser)

                                      Thank you for your continued support of this fundraiser!