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Week leading up to
February 26, 2023
World Day of Prayer | Response to Alberni Institution findings | Congregational Meeting | Lent Movie Group | Farmers & Mental Health
World Day of Prayer
I Have Heard About Your Faith
Join people from churches across our community to pray for the world

This year's service was written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Taiwan, and prepared and adapted for use in Canada by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada.
Art by Hui-Wen Hsaio
Friday March 3, 2023
2:00 pm

Hosted at
St. John's Church, Elora
36 Henderson Street (corner of Henderson and Smith)

For more information contact Paul Walker at 519-846-5911
Response to Findings at the Alberni Residential Institution
Sproat Lake, Port Alberni   Credit: Wirestock
With deep remorse and grief, The United Church of Canada acknowledges the truth at the Alberni residential institution, which was run by the United Church.

Please see the United Church's statement here
Congregation Meeting
Sunday, March 5
Potluck Lunch at 11:30
We expect the meeting to begin at about 12:15.

Childcare Provided
You can join in-person in our Sanctuary or online using Zoom.
The annual report will be available at Worship this week.

Watch for a special email during the next few days. It will have a digital copy of the annual report and instructions for joining our meeting online.
Hope Springs needs Leaders
At our meeting we'll be choosing our first elected Board. These people will help form the church that Hope Springs will be.
For more information, please look at the leadership email we sent before.
Just click here.
Lent Movie Group
The Gospel of John
John’s Gospel is the final account of Jesus in the Bible. It builds on the earlier witnesses of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and was born from a lifetime of experiencing and reflecting.
Who is Jesus? What has he done? What life does he give to us?

These are some of what we discover within its pages.
Now the Gospel of John vividly comes to life in this faithful and powerful dramatisation. The film re-creates the era of Jesus during a tumultuous time that changed the course of history. It is based on the Good News Bible translation, narrated by famed Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, and stars Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus.
Online Group
Tuesday evenings
starts February 28
In-Person Group
Thursday afternoons
starts March 2
Connect with Greg to find out more and sign up
Stop the Stigma: Farmers & Mental Health
Part of the Spring Wellness Series by Stone United Church
This talk will discuss the unique challenges that farmers face, the mental health movement, and what is being done to help farmers.
Sat, 4 March 2023    10:00am-noon

Join In-Person or Online

In person at Stone United Church (5370 Fourth Line 5370 Fourth Line Guelph/Eramosa). Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. There will be a time for questions following the talk and light refreshments will be served.

If you wish to join virtually a link will be sent prior to the event.
Find out more and reserve your spot by clicking here.
This Week
February 27-March 5
Elora Preschool (Lower level)

Monday    7:00
Visioning Reference Group
(Bissell Room)

Tuesday    7:00 pm
Gospel of John film  (online)

Tuesday     7:15 pm
CW Singers     (Sanctuary)

Wednesday   7:30
Official Board    (Bissell Room)

Thursday    1:30 pm
Gospel of John film  (Bissell Room)

Thursday     6:30 pm
HSUC Choir   (Bissell Room)

Friday     8:00 pm
AA Group     (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday     10:30 am
Hope Springs Worship

Sunday    12:15 pm
Annual Meeting   (Sanctuary)
Ways to Help in Hope Springs
Our congregation is about people using and sharing their many gifts, so together we can join in God's work. There will be many, many ways for you to take part. Might one of these fit you?
  • Sing in the Choir
  • Join the music Praise Team
  • Greet people coming to worship
  • Read the Bible in worship
  • Lead prayer in worship
  • Run the tech system on Sundays
  • Prepare refreshements for after-worship fellowship time
  • Visit folks on behalf of the congregation
  • Be on the Children's Worship (Sunday School) team
  • Help lead Youth Group
  • Prepare the bread/juice for Communion
  • Serve Communion during worship
  • Count and record the Offering
We provide the training and support you'll need.

You can find out more by filling out a simple online form. Just click the button below. Or, you contact the church office (519-846-0122).
Let Us Know How You Can Help
Your Offerings Matter
Your offerings are an important way you share in our life and mission together. Here is information about how you can give.

You can give to 
  • our congregation's General Fund
  • the United Church of Canada’s Mission & Service
  • Project Welcome Refugee Sponsorship
  • our Building Fund

You can give by

Pre-Authorized Giving
Monthly offerings automatically deducted from your account. It’s easy! Please contact Jim Fairles to set this up. (

Made out to Hope Springs United Church. Please indicate if you want your gift directed to particular funds. You can send your donation here:
Hope Springs United Church
75 Geddes Street
Elora ON  N0B 1S0
Your bank's website will have information about how to do this. When signing up, please use this email address for the payee:

Canada Helps
This online service lets you donate using your credit card. Just go to our Canada Helps page by clicking here.
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Greg Smith-Young
Minister for Worship, Christian Formation and Pastoral Care
519.846.2542 (home)

Barb Smith-Young
Minister for Children and Youth
519.846.2542 (home)

Betty Weinstein
Music Director
Doris Detta
Office Administrator

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Treasurer and Bookkeeper

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Building Cleaner
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