Regular Worship Services

Sundays at 10:00 am

     All are welcome!

Phone number: 705-458-9701

  Check below to see our news!


  Pastoral Emergency contact for month of September is

Scott Pearson (705)725-9013

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

Celebrations ~ Special collection for Global Medic- now on the ground in the Bahamas helping victims and survivors of hurricane Dorian.


Thank you to Scott Pearson for sharing his worship ministry with us.

Scott grew up attending Cookstown United where he sensed a call to ministry. He worked as a cabinet maker for a number of years and then recently returned to Tyndale University to complete a diploma in Christian Studies. Leading Bible studies for a number of years has helped Scott to see the value of applying God’s word in our lives.


Scott will be leading a Bible study on the sermon passages, Tuesdays at 7 pm, at the church. It will be for four weeks: Sept 10, 17, 24 & Oct 1. Bring your questions and be ready for discussion. All are welcome.


Please Note: Assignment based on the committee structure has been done for coffee and tea preparation on Sunday mornings and after service for cleanup. Each committee will be assigned a Sunday so please check the schedule posted on the bulletin board to see when your committee is scheduled. It will be up to each committee to trade Sundays with each other if that particular Sunday doesn’t work. Thank you! Anyone is welcome to stay after service to clean up if they want to.


We have choir chairs for sale.

Please speak with Paul Brett for prices and details.

705- 721-5148

Upcoming Events

BBQ and Bake Sale at

Canadian Equipment Outfitters
3399  9th Line, Innisfil
Saturday October 5th, 2019     10 - 3pm

Children's Halloween Dance

Countryside United Church
9 Robert St., Thornton
Friday Oct. 25th, 2019     6:30 - 8:00pm

Spaghetti Supper

$15.00 Adults -  $8.00 children under 12

Countryside United Church

9 Robert St., Thornton
Sunday Nov. 3rd, 2019      5 - 7pm

Christmas Bazaar
Bake Sale - White Elephant Table - Vendor Tables - Tea Room

Saturday Nov. 9th, 2019
9 - 2pm
Countryside United Church


Next Meeting Dates

Thurs. Sept. 26
~ Search Committee Training 6-9:30 pm

Snacks and beverages will be served.

Weds. Oct. 9 ~ Council Meeting at 7 PM in the hall.

Sat. Oct 26~ Church Clusters Meeting 10 am to 4:00 pm.


Upcoming Worship Services  - Please see worship section below

 Sponsor Sunday bulletin covers for 2019 and 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.

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. 


Spiritual Practices Retreat

Sat. Oct. 5th, 2019
8:30 am – Gathering and Refreshments
Scott Mission Retreat Centre – 3852 The Grange Sideroad, Caledon
Lots of wonderful workshops!  Adults and teens are all invited.  Space is limited and workshops fill-up quickly. First come first serve registration.  Workshops: Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Nia, Photography as a Spiritual Practice, Drumming, Native Wisdom, Forest Walk, Music & Meditation Circle
$50-includes three Workshops and bring a brown bag lunch. Refreshments provided.  For more information and to Register contact: 905-843-1035 or
See posted notices on bulletin board for more information




Save the Date

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.


St John's Anglican Church, Cookstown ~ "Senior's Lunch" Thursday, September 26 at 12 noon.  Lunch is $10.  If you would like to come for lunch please contact Diane Pettet at 705-458-2723 or Diane needs to know numbers attending by Sunday September 22.



My Year of Living Spiritually: New book this fall from Broadview journalist

Memoir explores spiritual practices & journey away fundamentalism


An award-winning writer for Broadview magazine (formerly the United Church Observer) has a new memoir out this fall that explores her experimental year of sampling more than 20 spiritual practices and also documents her journey away from fundamentalism to becoming "spiritual-but-not-religious."


My Year of Living Spiritually—From Woo-Woo to Wonderful: One Woman's Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life, will be published in October by Douglas & McIntyre. Anne Bokma, a longtime Broadview feature writer, wrote the magazine's "Spiritual But Secular" column for four years, which led to a yearlong blog called "My Year of Living Spiritually," now turned into a book.


Bokma writes about her whirlwind year immersed in spiritual practices and how they changed her life for the better. She sang in choirs, learned to be more grateful, danced with witches, went on a pilgrimage to Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond, tried magic mushrooms—and a whole lot more. She also details the struggles she encountered with her family when she left the strict Canadian Reformed Church, examines the impact of "religious trauma syndrome" and writes about finding a spiritual home—first in the United Church—and eventually among the Unitarians. 


The book has received positive advance reviews. Oprah magazine columnist Martha Beck, author of Leaving the Saints, calls it " engaging, entertaining, well-researched romp through the many variations of non-religious spiritual practice." Rona Maynard, author of My Mother's Daughter and the former editor of Chatelaine, describes it as "a candid, fearless odyssey of the heart and soul" And playwright Tracey Erin Smith, founder of Toronto's SOULO Theatre, says: "If you liked Eat, Pray, Love, you'll go wild for My Year of Living Spiritually."


The book will be released on October 26. Until then, it's available by pre-order at Indigo, Amazon and local booksellers. Anne will be hosting a book launch at First Unitarian Church of Hamilton on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-9 p.m. It will feature music, refreshments, a book reading and a book signing. All are welcome.


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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!