ALSO we have online now at our YouTube channel, a CONVERSATION with John and David, about the online ministry and the future.   It's the first of these episodes, and we hope to engage everyone in further dialog.  Please have a view and send us your thoughts.  My email is   

Thanks,  Rev John


Please call the office at 519-986-3019 to find out dates for the tapings.

Broadview magazine subscriptions are due for renewal in October. 
The group subscription runs from November 2020 to October 2021. The annual cost is still $25.00, which includes tax. It can be mailed to us at PO Box 573, Markdale, ON N0C 1H0, or dropped off at the church if you prefer.

FUNDSCRIP – Next order date is Friday, October 30th  October promotions are: Shell (3%),

Golf Town (5%), Inspired Dining Card (Jack Astor’s, Canyon Creek, Loose Moose etc.) 10%.  

An order form is attached to this email.

Everyone is invited to an Outdoor Hymn Sing at Temple Hill United Church,

held each Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Thank you to the Annesley Woodworkers for the beautiful bent wood table that they made for the reception area of the Narthex. Stop by to see it if you are in the neighbourhood!

Annesley’s Online Auction was an overwhelming success!  It was a great way to have some fun while raising money for Annesley.  Final numbers will be reported soon.  Thank you to all who donated items and services, and to everyone who participated.  A huge thank you to Diane Lyons and Dale Beare, who worked many hours on the preparation of the auction, and to everyone else who helped them to make it happen.  More details to follow!

Annesley library is following the suggestions of the Walter Harris Library in Markdale. All books on the shelf will be presently unavailable unless requested and delivered personally. All returned books will remain in isolation for 2 days before being put back on the shelf.   Earth, Our Original Monastery by Christine Valters Paintner   Cultivating Wonder and Gratitude through Intimacy with Nature  Valters Paintner invites you to begin contemplative living by focusing on the Earth as the place where you learn your fundamental prayers, participating in each day in praise and experiencing the wisdom of the seasons. One review declares this book is both a proclamation of the holiness of nature and a practical guide to meeting God in ordinary and humble ways. Call Patti if you wish this special read delivered to your home. Our library is a gift of resources for support, comfort and education. 

Please keep it vital by using it.   

Reusable Cloth Masks- Nancy Edwards has sewn and provided several reusable (washable) masks, to be given to anyone who needs a mask. There are two sizes: Adult (14+), and  Children’s  (4-12).  If  you need masks, you are welcome to come to the church office to get them.  She also has a pattern and some elastic available, if anyone is interested in sewing some.  Thank you, Nancy!

Centering Prayer - Rev. John invited us all to take moments of quiet reflection. Consider joining others in silent prayer every Monday at 2. Twenty minutes of stillness without instruction or definition. Universal energy and individual peace is powerful. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry is an important part of Annesley's outreach. Warm and cozy shawls are given to those of the congregation and community who are bereaved or seriously ill. The appropriate yarn must be purchased. If you would like to help, put your donation in an envelope marked Prayer Shawl and your name and send it to the church office. If you know anyone in the community who would benefit from receiving a prayer shawl, please contact Jean at 519-986-2702

Annesley Gardeners will be back again in the spring – everyone is welcome!

It's been quite a unique and unusual 6 months or so since we were locked down, and forced to close the doors of the church.  As you know, many have opened, but opening brings with it some risk.  Risking infection for some of our vulnerable folks is just not good pastoral sense, and we have been slow and reluctant to re-open because of this.

I'm writing to let you know that today our Re-Opening Task Force has decided to press the pause button on re-opening, for an indefinite period.  We are watching closely the movement of our governments, and will keep a close eye on further developments as they occur.  But in the meantime, we feel that clarity with you about where we stand, is the most appropriate action.

Please do continue to support our Sunday morning Youtube services.   We love that you are enjoying it, even though of course we know it is not the same as being together in church!  

For now, may you have peace, and good health!

Rev John

COVID 19 Testing: Grey County Paramedic Services, in partnership with the Grey Bruce Health Unit are providing at-home COVID-19 testing for those that meet criteria but are unable to get to their local assessment centre.  Clients wanting this service must call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456 extension 3000 (Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to undergo screening to ensure eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, a visit will be scheduled to the home.

When the dust settles.
We will realize how little we need,
How much we have,
And, the value of human connection​​

With the declared State of Emergency in Ontario due to the COVID-19 pandemic, regular worship services and booked activities at Annesley will be cancelled until further notice, when another meeting will be held to review the situation.

If you require Pastoral Care, please call David Fries at 519-986-1499, or Rev. John at 519-270-5373.

We have a willing group of volunteers who will assist you with errands such as grocery shopping if you are unable to leave your home. Call the office at 519-986-3019 to make arrangements for this. 

Please don’t forget that Annesley United Church will still have expenses during this time. Members who are not currently on pre-authorized remittance (PAR) for regular church donations are encouraged to continue their donations by sending cheques to Annesley United Church, P.O. Box 573, Markdale, ON, N0C 1H0, or by credit card through  Annesley United Church- Markdale Pastoral Charge is listed, and Canada Helps will forward the donation to us.  Individual donations to Mission and Service can also continue to be made online through Canada Helps.  Also, don't forget the ongoing Coin Bank fund raiser. ​   

The Coin Bank Fund Raiser has returned!

Thank you in advance for participating in Annesley's second  "Pill Bottle" fundraiser.  The first, in 2017, was a great success. Filled with quarters, the little bottles hold over $25, with loonies, $50, and with toonies, almost $100! Just think that for roughly the cost of 2 coffees per week for 30 weeks, we can raise over $7,000. Think of that! With minimal effort we just effectively add a second sold out Turkey Supper to our Fundraising year!    We CAN do it!