Celebrating UU Volunteers

Canada’s National Volunteer Week, April 14-20, is when organizations take time to appreciate Canada’s 24 million volunteers. We are part of a collective volunteer movement which is critical to strengthening the well-being of our communities. This year’s theme is “Every Moment Matters; no effort is too small.” Your time, skills and kindness truly matter in reaching out to the congregation and to the larger community. The Volunteer Resources Committee invites UUs of all ages to celebrate with us at this special Sunday service, followed by a light lunch.

Service Coordinator: Jill Moats

Go to the Upcoming Services page

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Glückes genug (Perfectly Contented) from Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 5 by Robert Schumann, performed by Daniel Clark

Welcome and Land Acknowledgment

Jill Moats

Centering Music, with the Unitarian Universalist Church Choir

Meditation on Breathing by Sarah Dan Jones

Chalice Lighting

A Lifelong Sharing by Mother Teresa, read by Kitana Degen

Opening Words

Words by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Kitana Degen


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

The Monkey and the Elephant in the Jungle, read by Kitana Degan

Sing and Rejoice

as children and youth go downstairs for Religious Exploration

Stewardship Testimonial

Sonya Watson, introduced by Jill Moats


Words by Michael Hall, read by Jill Moats
Our Share the Plate Partner for April is Fort Whyte Alive.

The offering will be gratefully received, both right now, and continuing when our stream ends. To see donation options, please click here: https://uuwinnipeg.mb.ca/stewardship/give/

Offertory Music

Prelude, Op. 23 No. 10, Largo by Sergei Rachmaninov, performed by Daniel Clark

Joys and Sorrows

Andre Vanderstoep, Pastoral Care Coordinator

If you have a Joy or Sorrow to share in our upcoming service, please follow this link. Alternatively, Andre can be reached at 204-558-7464 or email him at care@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca

Pastoral Hymn

#1064 Blue Boat Home (sung seated)

Responsive Reading

Recognition of Volunteers: A Litany by Jay Libby, read by Barb Rudyk


Earth Teach Me from the Ute People of North America, led by Brian Klowak

Thoughts About Volunteering

Sonya Watson


#346 Come Sing a Song/Volunteer With Me

Thanks and Appreciation

Jim Gardiner

Closing Hymn

#1028 The Fire of Commitment 


Jill Moats

Please submit congregational announcements to worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca before 9:00 am each Sunday morning.

Closing Words

by Lauralyn Bellamy, read by Brian Klowak

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Following the service, please join us for community and refreshments in the sanctuary. For Zoom participants, please consider staying for conversation in our breakout room.

Transition for Breakout Room

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Sonya Watson and the Volunteer Resources Committee
  • Coordinator: Jill Moats
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Exploration (CLRE): Ana Castaneda Aguilera, with Debby Lake, Eveline Buehlmann and Amari Poponne
  • Childcare Provider: Paulina Hernandez
  • Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers:  Kristin Jimmy, Bromley Basford, Joan Carolyn, Ken Nicholson, et al
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead, Ann LeDuc
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Website Support: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershilll

To contact SunServ (Sunday Services Team), please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca

Want to help setting up on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.

Please refrain from taking photographs and making recordings during and after the service unless you have the express permission of all people involved. Also, please turn off electronic devices during the service. Thank you.