18th August, 2023 Announcements

You are welcome to join us for the August 20th Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. in person!

If you feel unwell, or cannot attend in person, the services are live streamed at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, and will be posted to the YouTube channel for future viewing. To watch the Annesley Sunday Services on YouTube:  Annesley United Church’s YouTube Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/c/AnnesleyUnitedChurch

Summer Services

All summer services up to and including August 27 will start at 10:00 a.m. Services will continue to be in person and streamed live.  THE SEPTEMBER 3RD SERVICE WILL BE AN OUTDOOR SERVICE AT ROTARY PARK AT 10;30 A.M.

Coffee Time and Sundae Sundays!

August 27th will be the final SUNDAE SUNDAY. Stay after the service for an ice cream treat and conversation!  Also, do you secretly wish to host a coffee hour?  Let us know if you would like to host coffee time for a Sunday.


Thank you to everyone who helped by completing the Collaborative Ministry Questionnaire. We have summarized the 31 responses, submitted Annesley’s results, and we will share them soon.

 Aaron Dimoff to perform at Annesley – August 26th

Renowned local Bass Baritone of Opera, Classical, Soloist of major choral works, Aaron Dimoff will be performing August 26th at Annesley United Church.  Aaron has performed in opera and choral performances in Calgary, Edmonton, Banff, Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton, London, Kincardine in lead roles. In his teenage years he was involved with Owen Sound in music theatre doing musicals. Aaron is returning home to provide an evening with the classics including opera arias, sacred music and music theatre solos. Plan to attend on August 26th , 7pm. Tickets are available at the Annesley office, Susan’s Deli, and Artemesia Cheese. You can also buy tickets online HERE: annesley.events $20 in advance (children under12 free), 25 at the door, or $15 for a ticket to watch online.

Concert August 19th – Granite Hill Bluegrass

Based out of southwestern Ontario, Granite Hill  is a band that  includes members with many years of experience in bluegrass as well as other musical genres. They entertain with a mixture of contemporary and traditional bluegrass material, including harmony vocals, dynamic instrumentals, and even a few numbers imported from country or folk. The Dimoffs are long time friends with Doug McNaughton. He is a master fiddle teacher who has taught the likes of Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster , The Becketts  Tyler and Linsey and also many Nashville fiddlers.  Reserve the dates of August 19th for a concert at 7 pm and they will also join us for Aug.20th Sunday worship. To attend on August 19th , tickets are available at the Annesley office, Susan’s Deli, and Artemesia Cheese. You can also buy tickets online HERE: annesley.events $20 in advance (children under 12 free), $25 at the door.

• Doug McNaughton is a master fiddle teacher and contest judge with extensive experience playing fiddle for country acts such as Marie Bottrell and Terry Sumsion.

• Norm Tellier is a veteran player in groups Clean Sweep, Northern City Limits, General Store and the Commercial Bluegrass Band. He is a two-time recipient of the CCBA “Mandolin Player of the Year” award, and sings most of the tenor harmony.

• Steve Greer has over 40 years of experience performing and recording with various artists. Steve’s 5-string banjo style compliments the Granite Hill ensemble, and he adds baritone harmony vocals on many numbers as well.

• Al Draper is one of the strongest lead singers in Canadian bluegrass today. He brings many years of experience on guitar and has a passion for music and bluegrass harmony. Al also handles the band’s sound requirements.

• Bill Carson has played bass in bluegrass bands Blackwell Sideroad and Northern City Limits in years past. His clear lead and harmony vocals add depth to the Granite Hill repertoire.


     To date, response received by myself to our Sunday School call for input/help has been zero. This is in no way meant to shame anyone. It may well be just a reflection of our Annesley reality. Over the past two years we have attempted to serve the various needs of the greatest number of folk by means of a gradually shrinking volunteer base. For the most part, we have met that challenge.

     But I believe that we owe it to our little group of young people, small as it may be, to at least take a hard look at the way forward. To this end, Reverend Kathy Underwood has offered to moderate a congregational conversation before worship (over coffee naturally) on September 24. We will explore “how to support our elementary aged kids, to grow in their faith — and avoid abandoning them.” Open to anyone who has attended Sunday School, taught Sunday School, or is interested in supporting the kids. Kathy points out that if we abandon their kids the parents will probably follow.

     A final footnote is to thank Steacy denHaan for keeping the little Sunday School candle burning over the past several years. She is taking a much deserved rest.

Join the Markdale Community Christmas Choir!

We’re excitedly preparing for our Christmas Concert on December 10th and 11th. Rehearsals start on Monday, September 25th, 7-9PM, at Annesley United Church. All voice types are welcome, especially tenors! High school students can earn volunteer hours. Let’s come together and create beautiful music. See you in September!       Contact Bill Legate – markdalechoir@outlook.com

FundScrip – Next order date is August 27th

Order forms can be found below, or at the office. Download an updated order form here:


Online Auction – October 6th, 2023

The online auction will be held on October 6th through Rockford Auction Centre. We will begin receiving auction donations on Tuesday, September 5th during normal office hours (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) up until September 22nd. Viewing of auction items will be available on Wednesday, September 27th. All donations must be accompanied by a donor sheet available from the office with a full description. Pick up of items will be on Saturday, October 7th. For further information please contact Diane Lyons at (519) 317-5717 or lyons110@ gmail.com or Dale Beare at (519) 270-0785 or dale.beare49@gmail.com. Volunteers will be needed. Thank you.

Annesley’s Summer Newsletter

Annesley’s Summer Newsletter is here:


The 2022 Annual Report

The Annual Report for 2022 is available HERE:

2022 ANNUAL REPORTDownload

Brenda & Peter Dimoff: CDs available due to popular demand

We have all been enjoying the music of Brenda and Peter Dimoff during the Sunday services. Many people have asked where they can get a copy of their CD, so Brenda and Peter have graciously responded by producing copies of the CD, as a fund raiser for Annesley!  For a donation of $20 or more to Annesley, you receive a copy of this wonderful CD.  They will be available each Sunday, or at the office during the week. 

Annesley’s email address is changing

Eastlink is discontinuing our email address at the end of the year, so we will begin sending and receiving most emails from : annesleyuc@gmail.com     E-transfers can be sent to annesleyunited@gmail.com

Movie nights are coming back

After a 3 year COVID break, movie nights will be returning to Annesley! More details to be announced.5

Grey County Cares

Support our Ukrainian refugees in Grey County by buying a button for $10 or more – donations go directly to Ukrainian refugees in Grey County. Sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Buttons are in the office.

Visioning Team’s Final Report

It is not too late to volunteer to help with one of the tasks identified in the Visioning Team’s Report. Your ideas and help are needed!

A Copy of the Visioning Team’s Final Report can be found here:


Prayer Shawl Ministry 

The 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 call the office at 519-986-3019.

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