Our Vision

Based on our faith in God and the role of Jesus Christ in our lives, our Vision for Barrhaven United Church is that we will be known within the community, and people of all ages and stages will feel welcome in our congregational family. Our church will be one that sustain its growth from generation to generation, representing the natural diversity of the population.

We envision BUC as having strong outreach into the local as well as global community while at the same time caring for each other. We will nurture staff and volunteers to make best use of their individual strengths and talents and maximize our collective potential. To help enrich the greater Barrhaven area, we will foster partnerships with other community leaders and strive to play a consultative role when dealing with spirituality and issues of community health and well-being.

In future years our church building will be filled to capacity during worship services and its potential capitalized through programs designed to increase the quality of life of community members. We will preserve our building to keep it clean, safe, and in good repair for use by all. We foresee a growing need to use technology and satellite facilities to increase visibility, bring the Church closer to the community, and adapt to the changing needs of society.

BUC will lead the community in worship, education, outreach, and pastoral care. Individuals and families will seek out our Church to gather and participate in joyful celebration.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

[John 8:12]

What’s Up With Visioning At BUC?

Survey Monkey Centered on BUC Families, Children, Tweens and Teens to be Sent Sat. Feb 27!!! 

Dear BUC Parents and Grandparents,

BUC very much needs the voice of families and youth for our visioning!  We also suspect that the planned  Sunday afternoon congregational visioning sessions may be difficult to incorporate into your already uber-busy lives.  Whether you can participate in the planned visioning sessions or not, we sincerely hope that you can give your time and thought to the BUC Family & Youth Survey Monkey that will arrive in your email on Sat Feb 27th.

The survey is entirely family-focused and is being sent specifically to parents and grandparents of children, tweens or teens from the BUC congregation to gain your perspective.   The survey has been developed with ‘family thought leaders’ and Rev Carla and we estimate that it will take 20-25 minutes of your time.

Your response by the end of the day Sunday, March 14th will allow us to bring your family’s voice into our reflections and overall focus and priorities for BUC over the next 5 years.

If you did not receive a family survey and wish to participate please do email Melanie Macdonald at bucmembership.chair@gmail.com

The Lead-up: February and Early March

As you will see in the slide deck (attached) visioning with the BUC congregation takes place over six Zoom sessions on Sunday afternoons beginning March 28th. In the meantime, during the months of February and March, 2021, Council will have two visioning sessions.

The most exciting activity during this time is that we are in the process of a round robin with various BUC thought leaders to do the work of developing four sets of question-lines focussed on 1) young families; 2) outreach; 3) community engagement; and 4) the ‘big tent’ that includes human rights, diversity, inclusion, affirmation, reconciliation, social justice and anti-racisim. These thought-lines in question form are based on our overall visioning questions: “What does God need from us”, “What do our local and broader communities need from us?” and “What do we need (or need to do) as a congregation?”. The idea is to start our visioning with the right questions which will, in turn, be used to guide survey monkey questions, break out room discussions and full congregation discussion when it comes to these particular areas. For example, a survey monkey questionnaire will be sent specifically to our young families later in February to help make sure their voices are part of our Sunday visioning sessions.

Melanie Macdonald, bucmembership.chair@gmail.com