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.

Request for Photos – old and new!

Do you have a great photo of someone from our congregation? To coincide with St. Andrews-Chalmers 150 Anniversary next year, our planning committee is preparing a special surprise that will feature photos of our historic church building, as well as members of our congregation who currently attend, and attended in the past. The planning team would like to borrow your photos for a few weeks – please ensure that your name is on the photos so that they can be returned. Please speak with Lynda Davison, Patti Moloney or Jennifer Astop if you have photos to share.

Ways to give financially

Giving cash in the collection plate. We are thankful to those who begin their giving this way, or choose to give this way when visiting with us.

Giving by donation envelopes or cheque. Numbered donation envelopes are available from the church office at your request. You can email us or call during office hours. The church is a able to give receipts for tax deduction purposes. These are issued on a yearly basis in February. They can be picked up at the church office, or mailed to you.

Online through the church website or directly through the Canada helps website; look for St. Andrew’s Chalmers, Uxbridge.

Through PAR or pre authorized giving. This form of giving is administered through the United Church of Canada, and is a direct withdrawal from your bank account on a monthly basis. Forms are available from the church office, and donations can be changed or stopped at anytime with two weeks notice required to process the change.

PAR forms are available on the back table or the sanctuary. Speak to Betty Bingham if you have any questions.

Growing Together Fund Applications

The Session has approved an application form for the “Growing Together Fund”. Forms are available from the church office. Application for Mission, Outreach and Special Projects for 2018 will be considered according to the policy approved by the congregation, i.e. $2500 and under, approval is by the Session; $2501 and above, congregational approval is required. There will be four disbursements from the fund per year – February, May, August and November. All applications must be received by the end of the month prior to the disbursement month in order for the Session/congregation to have time to approve and seek the funds through the Trustees. An annual reporting of the funds disbursed will be presented to the congregation.

150th Anniversary Celebration Cookbook

In 2019, St. Andrew’s-Chalmers will celebrate 150 years of our historic church building in! To coincide with this special milestone, our planning committee is preparing a wonderful custom cookbook that will feature family-favourite recipes from our members. The cookbook will be professionally published and is certain to become a treasured keepsake.

Please submit 3 of your favourite recipes so you can be represented in our church cookbook! Submissions can be made online at (username: standrews / password: chalmers). Submission forms are also available at the back of the church and in St. Andrew’s Hall (on the bulletin board). All recipe submissions are due by June 15, 2018. Please speak with Bev O’Hearn if you have questions.

Quaker Hill Cemetery

The Trustees are planning on doing some upgrading to the SACPC Cemetery-Quaker Hill. A landscaped pathway and Cremation Wall is planned for the site. If you are interested in knowing more about the proposed changes, or would like information regarding the purchase of a niche please speak to Bill Cornelisse.


Community Sunday Planning Committee

In November 2017, our church hosted a weekend event with Dr. Ken Callahan and discussed ways to reach out to the community and grow our church. We committed to planning 2-3 “community-focused” services, which will focus on special themes that directly tie-in with our community. To help plan and facilitate these special services, we need a planning committee of 3-4 volunteers. If you are interested, please sign up in the Hall or speak with David Phillips.

Children’s Sunday School

There is a sign up sheet on the Children’s Ministry bulletin board for Sunday School Teachers, LIT’s and Shepherds for the rest of 2017. Our goal is to only have volunteers signed up one Sunday a month.

A reminder to all those involved in Children’s Ministry and who have children in Children’s Ministry that there is now an after Sunday service program where the kids will stay until parents are ready to leave. Parents must come to the Sunday school room to pick up their children.

Thank you to all those that serve our children and provide care and teaching for them.