UCW - United Church Women
The Wesley-Knox UCW page is currently under construction. In the meantime, here is a PDF with latest information about our very active Wesley-Knox UCW. You can view it here.
United Church Women
About UCW—United Church Women
As United Church Women—Christian women of faith—we believe in nurturing spirituality by reaching out with devotion and commitment to all of God's people; in promoting truth, justice, peace, caring, and sharing with respect for all in the community and wider world; in loving God and others by living generously and giving joyfully; and in affirming and strengthening ourselves creatively in study and witness through music, laughter, and solitude.
This year (2019), Wesley-Knox UCW will hold an exciting Spring Fashion Show on April 12 (scroll down for details). We are also planning and working on our Annual Christmas Bazaar which is held on the first Saturday in December (this year, on December 7) in coordination with Senior Choir’s Annual Christmas Concert and the Christmas in the Village event.
• UCW members and friends can often be found working together in the church kitchen where they prepare the apple pies, meat pies, and lots of other
goodies that we sell to support the work of Wesley-Knox, the national church, and a host of outside agencies.
Normally, regular UCW meetings are held in the Centennial Parlour. All women are invited to take part. Meeting times are:
• Unit 1 - first Monday of each month, 7–9 pm
• Unit 4 - second Tuesday of each month, 7–9 pm
• Unit 2 - an Easter meeting, a June luncheon, a Thanksgiving meeting, and a Christmas Dinner with AGM
In addition to the information on this page, UCW also has a public Facebook page here and is also referenced on the Faith in Action page here, and on
Women for Change, Zambia: Bursary Program for Women and Girls
• Access to education for everyone, regardless of income, is an essential part of securing greater justice, broad-based participation in society, and the eradication of poverty. Many children, particularly girls, face significant barriers to education. Women for Change, a Mission & Service partner in Zambia, is working to keep girlsin Zambia in school.
• For the next two years, United Church Women from across Canada will support Women for Change as they work to reduce dropout rates for girls. Learn more here.
The Bread Not Stones Initiative
In 2019, 1,420,510 children in Canada continue to live in poverty. "Bread Not Stones" is a critical United Church of Canada initiative to raise awareness and advocate with all levels of government to eradicate child poverty in Canada. The name is taken from Matthew 7:9: “If a child asks for bread, who among us would give that child a stone.” The United Church Women wholeheartedly supported Bread Not Stones as their 5-year national project from 2014-2018. This project, created for all members and adherents of the church, is currently led by our United Church Region 7 Division of Social Justice.
• Rag Dolls of Hope, created by Carolyn Pogue and the UCW women of Alberta, became the project’s powerful symbols. Every doll represents a child living in poverty in Canada. They touch hearts and speak volumes. Their certificates state what children in poverty and their families need most: affordable housing, food security, affordable child care, a living wage and a well-funded national strategy. These dolls are not for children. They are presented as compelling reminders of need to politicians and others of influence who are able to direct government funding.
In April, 2015, Linda Woods of Wesley-Knox and Laurel Kenney of First-St. Andrew’s began their Bread not Stones Initiative for London Conference (now Region 7) United Church. They soon expanded this project nationally. Special thanks to Ann Stokes, doll-maker extraordinaire, who has created more than 300 Dolls of Hope, and Liz Cooper, Cora Campbell, Eileen Cook and so many others at Wesley-Knox and beyond have also contributed countless dolls. The Bread not Stones website is a great source of photos and information about all that was done. Kevin White, a brilliant Wesley-Knox singer-songwriter, wrote and recorded the beautiful "Bread Not Stones" song. Roxanne Andrighetti, vocalist extraordinaire, joined Kevin on the recording. The song may be heard here.
During the first four years, Linda and Laurel spoke about their Bread not Stones initiative on some 85 different occasions. Their project was featured in the United Church Observer, Mandate magazine and several newspapers, and on the Dish with Donald television show on Rogers. They’ve met with approximately 60 politicians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
They’ve also addressed the London Mayor and Council and in November 2016, and invited 13 United Church delegates to join them when they were hosted at the Ontario legislature. There, 107 of their Dolls of Hope were delivered to every MPP's desk.
•••On November 21, 2017, Bread Not Stones was hosted by the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus at a very successful Breakfast and Panel Discussion. 360 Dolls of Hope from across Canada were distributed among every MP and a number of senators. MP Kate Young delivered a powerful video statement in the House of Commons about the work of Bread Not Stones. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a special video, also recognized the vital work of their project.
•••Federal MPs on Parliament Hill with their Dolls of Hope
The continuous advocacy of Bread Not Stones, along with teh advocacy of many others, has helped produce exceptional results. In the past four years, all levels of government have together invested billions of dollars in critical programs to help lift children out of poverty. The seven most important federal government actions are listed here.
•••Although the UCW’s five-year Bread not Stones Initiative has come to a close, Linda and Laurel continue to carry out this project’s vital work through the Region 7 Social Justice Division. In February 2019, Linda Woods and an invaluable team of helpers created “Sunshine”, a very special Doll of Hope, as a gift to Sesame Street to honour Sesame Street’s powerful project focused on the 2.5 million homeless children living in the USA.
Upcoming Events and Some Important UCW Notes...
This year, UCW will host its Spring Fashion Show on April 12 at 7pm featuring: Fabulous Finds Boutique with Natalie, door prizes, refreshments, music and vendor shopping. Tickets $10 in advance at Tuckey’s Home Hardware and at Wesley-Knox, $15 at the door.
Our Annual Christmas Bazaar on 11 am-3 pm, Saturday, December 7, featuring Decadently Delicious Baked Goods, Fabulous Frozen Food, Perfect Preserves, Women’s Fashion Boutique, Gently Used Clothing, Unique and One-of-kind Vendors with lunch available at the Wesley-Knox Café!
The Wesley-Knox UCW Facebook Page! Keep up on all the latest happenings! Visit it here!
UCW Executive 2018 Annual Report. The full report is available as a PDF here.