I have children.  Is there a church school or nursery at Northwestern?

There is a staffed nursery for infants and toddlers every Sunday morning from 10:30 until 11:30, except in July and August. There is also a carpeted corner at the back of the sanctuary where infants and toddlers may play with quiet toys, under the supervision of one of their parents or another adult.   The church school runs every Sunday from early September through to mid-June, for children 3 to 11 years of age, with volunteer teachers.  Children join in the worship service in the sanctuary beginning at 10:30 and then, after about 15 minutes, proceed to Sunday School together.  There are opportunities for youth to assist in the church school and to get together at other times during the month.


How do I make my offering through pre-authorized payments?

We encourage those who would like to contribute financially to Northwestern United, to consider doing so with pre-authorized monthly payments.  Forms for PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) are available at the church.


How can I become more involved in the church life of Northwestern?

There are many opportunities to be involved, from singing in the choir, greeting at the door on Sundays, reading scripture or leading in prayer in worship, working with the UCW (United Church Women), serving on a Committee or on the Church Council, helping in Sunday School or with Youth Programs, taking part in any of our Adult Study or fellowship groups and much more.  Just ask around if you’re looking for ways to become more involved.


I am not a United Church member. Can I still worship at Northwestern?

Yes, definitely! We determine to be an inclusive community. At Communion we have an 'open table' and invite worshippers - of all ages and faiths -- to join in sharing the sacred bread and cup.  If you find that worship at Northwestern nurtures your spirit, supports you in your journey, or helps you wrestle with faith questions, you are welcome!   People are not required to be members of Northwestern United Church to be involved in our worship and in most areas of our congregational life.  However, each year a number of individuals, of various ages choose, after some study and reflection, to formally join The United Church of Canada.  We welcome  any questions you might have if you are interested in exploring this path.


What’s the style of worship at Northwestern?

The best word to describe our worship style at Northwestern is “blended.”  Rather than labelling our worship as “traditional” or “contemporary” we bring many elements into each Sunday service.  At one moment you can be grooving to Bach played on the pipe organ; the next moment you’re meditating to an upbeat gospel number from our wonderful choir (or vice versa!).  We sing (and love to sing) hymns of a variety of styles and periods from soaring traditional hymns accompanied by the pipe organ, to quiet more meditative numbers, to upbeat hymns from a variety of world cultures.  We enjoy “Voices United” - the current hymn book of The United Church of Canada.  We are blessed with a number of gifted instrumentalists in the congregation (ranging in age from about 6 to over 90!) who regularly contribute music for services and other events.   We strive to be inclusive in the language and imagery of our worship, drawing on the deep wells of Christian tradition while also striving to expand our spiritual horizons.  As a congregation that tries to be inclusive of all ages, on any given Sunday you can see members from our very youngest to those “of riper years” involved in various ways in worship and witness.      

How do I become a member of The United Church of Canada?

One becomes a member of The United Church of Canada through a local
congregation.  Although people are not required to be members of Northwestern
United Church to be involved in our worship and in most areas of our
congregational life, many people come to a point in their spiritual journey
when they desire to make a commitment not only to the local faith community,
but through it to the larger denominational family, which for us is The
United Church of Canada. Some at Northwestern have made this commitment as
adolescents through "Confirmation". Some adults have "transferred" their
membership from other United Church congregations, and some, from various backgrounds, have made this commitment through "Profession of Faith." Adults who were not baptized as children may become members through adult Baptism.

"Profession of Faith" and adult Baptism are not as imposing as they sound!
The United Church of Canada admits as members those who make "a credible
profession of faith." That could be as complex as the Nicene Creed or as
simple as
"Jesus loves me, this I know..." Mostly, those who want to be
members of Northwestern United (and The United Church of Canada) are
those who have found a spiritual “home” - who have felt
blessed, challenged
nurtured in the things of the Spirit - among us.


Contact Information


Office Telephone:



Postal address:

Northwestern United Church

241 Northwestern Ave,
Ottawa, Ontario  K1Y 0M1


Email:  nwunited @ cyberus. ca

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