Orange Shirt Day 2018



Phyllis Webstad was six years old when the new orange shirt she excitedly chose for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Residential School in Williams Lake, BC was stripped off her back. She never saw the shirt again. This happened in the early 70’s and Phyllis was the third generation of her family to attend this school.

Phyllis says ‘the colour orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt I was worth nothing’. It took Webstad 40 years to find a way to re-frame her experience to fight racism and bullying under the motto “Every Child Matters” – and by using orange.

On September 30, 2013, Webstad organized the first Orange Shirt Day in Williams Lake to acknowledge the harm that Canada’s residential school system has left in generations of Indigenous families and their communities.

And every year on September 30, Canadians are asked to wear orange as a sign of support. Every year a growing number of people participate in the event – from reserves to schools to businesses.

On Sunday, September 30, 2018 the community of Uxbridge will again mark Orange Shirt Day. St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Mamawi Collective and the Uxbridge Library are planning a day of activities to mark this date and everyone is welcome. The day will begin with a community church service at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church and members of the community are invited to attend.


At 12:30 p.m.  the community is invited to meet in Centennial Park (behind the library) to join in a walk to Elgin Park to mark the occasion. Once at Elgin Park the Meat Merchant will be on hand offering the option to purchase bison burgers and more for those who are hungry. Beginning at 2 p.m. Jacob Charles (First Nation Cultural Tours) along with the Ashunyung Singers will be present at the bandshell for the afternoon’s education and entertainment program. They will be bringing Indigenous artifacts, small drums, the big drum and giving us their history. These will also be used for the singing and dancing which will take place – Men’s Traditional dance, Grass dance, Women’s Fancy dance and the Jingle dance.


While adults are participating here, children will be able to join a program being offered by the library that is geared directly for them. There will be crafts, stories, games, etc. In case of rain, activities will take place in the buildings in the park.


At 6 p.m. there will be a dinner at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Tickets for this dinner are $25/person and limited to only 100 tickets. Tickets will be available at the library. Following the dinner at 7:30 p.m., there will be a speaker, Matthew Stevens, Cultural Coordinator, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the community is invited to join this program, even if they were not able to get a dinner ticket.


A limited number of Orange Shirt Day tee-shirts will be available for purchase ($15) at the library. Please join us again this year to learn more about Indigenous history and culture and how we may walk together on the path to reconciliation.

Orange Shirt Day Update!

MEDIA ADVISORY – MP Jane Philpott To Speak at Uxbridge Orange Shirt Day Dinner September 30th

Uxbridge, Ontario, August 28, 2018 – On Sunday, September 30, 2018, Uxbridge again will mark Orange Shirt Day.

In addition to the events at in Uxbridge’s St Andrews-Chalmers Presbyterian Church and Centennial and Elgin Parks, the day will culminate with a dinner at St Paul’s Anglican Church, 59 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge at 6 PM followed (7:30 PM) by an address by Matthew Stevens from Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are pleased to announce that the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister for Indigenous Services, and MP for Markham-Stouffville will be joining us and making her remarks after dinner as well. Ms Philpott is formerly Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. She is formerly Minister of Health as well as a strong advocate for global health. She was appointed Minister of Indigenous Services in August 2017.

Tickets for dinner are $25 (limited to 100) and are available at Uxbridge library. The community is invited to join the program after dinner, even if they were not able to get a dinner ticket.

Evangel Hall

Our congregation will be serving the supper at Evangel Hall on Sunday, October 14. There are signup sheets posted in the hall for volunteers to serve the meal as well as for those willing to make dessert or a main course. Financial donations for the meal are also gratefully received.

The Mission Committee is continuing to collect personal hygiene products for Evangel Hall. Items such as toothpaste, soap, deodorant etc. are appreciated. A Collection Basket has been placed at the back of the church. Thank you for your support. Kathy and Blair Banks

Sunday School

Sunday, September 16 th

–   New kids program using the “Spark” curriculum

–   Hot dogs, Ice Cream Sundaes and Special Activities

Monday Evening Volleyball

Volleyball for adults will begin again on Monday, September 10 at 6:45 in the hall. This is a mixed, non competitive group and all are welcome to come out for exercise and fun.

Meat Pie Assembly

Looking for volunteers for the “Meat Pie Assembly”, being held on Saturday, September 29 th from 9am to 1pm. These are meat pies created for our Ladies Association Bazaar and Bake Sale, and are a good fundraiser. For further info speak to Betsy Convery or Bonnie Boyd.

Ladies Association

The Ladies meeting will be on Tuesday, September 18 that 7:30 pm in the Ladies Parlour. Josie Wittmer was our intended guest speaker at this meeting. She sends her regrets.  Josie is now not able to join our September meeting. However, Joyful Johann, aka Ms Clerk of Session, has stepped up to the plate and will find time in her busy schedule to start the Ladies’ busy Fall of with a devotion. All Ladies are invited to join us. Come and find out what the Ladies are all about. Oct will be Basketeers. November 24 th will be our Bake/Craft etc. Sale and spreading Christmas Cheer. It’s Fun for All and All for Fun, Fellowship and food 😇

Refreshments will be provided by the Mother and Daughter team of Cheerful Cathy and Jolly Jennifer.

Adult Sunday Classes

Adult Sunday Classes will begin on Sunday, September 30 th at 9:00am in the south meeting room. The study will be on First and Second Thessalonians. The books should be here shortly.


Alpha sessions start October 11th, 2018 on Thursday’s for 5 weeks, 6pm-7:45pm. Sign-up sheets will posted in the hall.

This is a great opportunity to attend or if you already taken Alpha to invite friends, family & neighbour’s so they too can experience God’s goodness. We will eat a wonderful dinner, watch a video and have a brief discussion.

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian Faith.  Each session looks at a different question, and is designed to create conversation.  There’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s just an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.

Check out Alpha’s website for more info HERE