Our Traditions

After many years of gathering for worship and fellowship Applewood United Church and its three founding churches have many wonderful traditions that we share together. But not to be stuck only in the past, we also try new ways to celebrate God’s love and so new traditions are always welcome. Some of our annual worship services and social gatherings are below. Watch for them in the Events Calendar or call the church office for the latest schedule of these happenings.

West Humber Collegiate Steel Band
The West Humber Collegiate Steel Band come once a year to brighten our winter season. Under the direction of Joe Cullen, these talented students will join in our worship service and provide uplifting, heartwarming spiritual music brought to life on the steel pans. Come out, bring some friends and be prepared to forget your winter blahs! It’s a must-do service!

Annual Pancake Supper
No this is not the Goods & Services Tax. GST is Great Shrove Tuesday, the old tradition of using up the rich foods such as eggs, butter and sugar before the season of Lent. Sponsored by the Elders, a large number of the congregation become involved in making this event a success. Warm fresh pancakes, delicious moist ham, fruit salad and lots of good company! A fun night for everyone! Look for the next GST Pancake Supper on the Events Calendar.

Church Picnic
Before everyone goes off for summer holidays, we celebrate the end of the formal church year and Sunday School with a church picnic on the lawn. There is always lots of good food, and games and activities for the children. It is an opportunity to visit and enjoy the fellowship of the members before the summer exodus begins.

Bless the Pets Sunday
Our pets are part of our family and do so much to enrich our lives. So once a year we bring our pets to church for a special blessing and worship service. A little barking is allowed; we all praise God in different ways. No special offerings from the pets, though, please.

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Mitten Tree Sunday
A much loved Christmas tradition from St. Luke’s-on-the-Hill, one of our founding churches, Mitten Tree Sunday is a multigenerational service with lots of mandatory congregational participation as we hear the story of the empty little spruce tree. Everyone wears Christmas colours and brings scarves, mittens and gloves to decorate the Christmas tree. White gifts are brought to place around the tree and all is donated to local charities. A stomping good time! A reminder of the true spirit of giving!