Our Traditions

After many years of gathering for worship and community building, Applewood United Church has many wonderful traditions that we share together. Some of these come from St Luke’s on the Hill United, or Bethesda United Church who joined together with the Applewood congregation some years ago. We try to celebrate God’s love in new ways as well, so we are always adding to our list of ‘traditions’! Some of our worship services and social gatherings are listed below. Watch for them in the Events Calendar or call the church office for the latest schedule of special events.

Annual Pancake Supper
On Shrove Tuesday, the tradition of using up rich foods such as eggs, butter and sugar before the season of Lent begins is celebrated with an amazingly delicious Pancake Supper. A large number of our Applewood community members become involved in making pancakes – and making this event a success. Warm fresh pancakes, real maple syrup, delicious moist ham, fruit salad and lots of good company! A fun night for everyone! Look for the next Pancake Supper on the Events Calendar.

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Church Picnic and Chicken Barbecue
As the summer draws near and regular programming goes on summer hiatus, we celebrate with a chicken barbecue and church picnic on the lawn (weather permitting!) There is always lots of good food, and games and activities for the children and youth. Usually paired with our Annual Congregational Meeting, this Sunday is a day to celebrate and make connections with the whole church community.

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Bless the Pets Sunday
Our pets are part of our family and do so much to enrich our lives. So occasionally we invite families to bring their feathered or furred, scaly or unusual family members for a special blessing, or to share a photo of a beloved pet. 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
As part of our Advent season preparing us for Christmas, we take time to remember those with needs for warm clothing, food and shelter. A large Christmas tree is decorated with our gifts, which are then distributed to local organizations that work with the vulnerable. It is a Sunday to wear bright colours, share with all ages, and celebrate the season.

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