Church Council

Function: To attend to arising business of the church after the annual meeting. Meets monthly to be updated on daily needs of the church and committee work.

Chair – Marnie Swayze

Past Chair – Brad Clements

Secretary – Dave Vernon

Treasurer – Donna Schaubel

Minister – Rev. Martha Lockwood

Function:  Marnie Swayze

Annual Report – available upon request


“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest; heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” Author Unknown

Purpose:  To glorify God and encourage His people in song!

Goal:  to develop soloists and special ensembles.

Contact:  Music Director – Aaron Albano

Members:  16, but the goal is to have 20 – 25

Meet:  7 p.m. Thursday nights from September to June

“The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”  — JS Bach

Community Ministries

“And what does God require of you?  To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  — Micah 6:8

Number on committee: 10

Meets:  the first Wednesday of the month, 11 am.

Function:  to address identified needs of the congregation and community

Outreach groups: Drop In, HERE with Central, KOATS FOR KIDS, Sew Together with Central

Special Projects: Christmas, Coldest Night of the Year, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Personal Care Bags, Toonies for Turkeys

Supporting Local Agencies:  Hope Centre, Niagara Support Services – Beatrice Manor, Open Arms Mission, Wish House

Contact:  Heather Grundy

Faith Formation & Worship Committee

Number on committee:  7, no vacancies

Meets:  2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Function: To oversee Worship and Christian Education, decorate the Sanctuary for special occasions, make sure Communion set-up is done.

Contact:  Heather Carey

Finance and Stewardship

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows abundantly will reap abundantly.  Each one must give as he has decided in their heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  — II Corinthians 9:6,7

Number on committee: 4, 2 vaccancies

Meets:  Monthly

Function:  to maintain the Church’s financial business including providing financial statements.

To offer support for fundraising and stewardship

Contact:  Donna Schaubel

Finance and Stewardship

Hospitality Committee

“Do not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another —and all the more as you walk the path of faith.”  — Hebrews 10:25

Unit 9

We are a group of dedicated, ladies within the church who are considerate, compassionate, devoted, talented and hard working.

Number on committee: 25, open to all women in the congregation

Meets:  1st Tuesday of the month, Sander’s Room, 10 a.m.

Function: Fellowship, support and help for activities within the church and the community.

Activities and Special Events: 

  • coffee preparation and clean up 1 time per month after Sunday Service
  • cater bridal or baby showers, funeral receptions
  • guest speakers
  • help with soup lunch at Hope Centre 4-5 times per year
  • help with fundraisers, super sale in October and garage sales
  • presentations by members on their adventures/travels
  • soup and sandwich fundraiser held in the spring and fall
  • yearly outing for members

Wish List: younger women to join our fun

Contact:  Jean Ann Zurbrigg

Ministry & Personnel Committee

Number on committee:  4, no vacancies at this time

Meets:  No fixed schedule: ad hoc

Function:  This committee is mandated by the United Church of Canada.  Its’ role is to act on behalf of the congregation as the employer of the staff, managing all employment related matters including job responsibilities, salaries and benefits.

It is responsible for supporting, overseeing and supervising ministry personnel and lay staff.

Highlights:  Continued ongoing maintenance of good and effective staff relations.

Contact:  Heather Adams

Pastoral Care Committee

“Do not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another —and all the more as you walk the path of faith.”  — Hebrews 10:25

Number on committee:  7, open to anyone interested

Meets:  when needed, 2-3 times per year

Function:  To visit, inform, keep connected and encourage those who are members of Central United Church but unable to attend in person.

Highlights and events:  Distribution of Poinsettias and Christmas remembrances

Contact:  Rev. Martha Lockwood

Property Committee

Number on committee:  8, anyone can join

Meets:  2nd Tuesday of the month

Function:  maintain the buildings and the property of the Church

Wish List:  Our committee would like to do as much day-to-day work as possible with members of the congregation or their friends.  We would like anyone with any skills to contact us.

Contact:  Arnold Mackler

Memorial Fund Committee

Number on committee:  2

Meets:  as needed

Function:  Investigate a request for use of memorial funds to see if the request meets the guidelines.

Contact:  Heather Carrey or Arnold Mackler