The Bancroft Carlow Pastoral Charge is a 4 point charge of the United Church of Canada. Two of our churches, St. Paul’s United Church and Carlow United Church are open year round with regular worship services held Sunday mornings. Our other two churches, St. Andrew’s located in L’Amable and St. Matthew’s in Baptiste Village are open during the summer months. St. Andrew’s is used for alternative types of events such as a Strawberry social, music evenings and cross cultural programs. From Father’s Day to Labour Day, 2019, St. Matthew’s will be holding services Sunday evenings with food, music, stories and fun based on the Chautauqua shows.
Our churches are a place to worship and experience the joy of a welcoming community. We often have times to eat together. St. Paul’s has a choir led by our music director who plays our beautiful baby grand piano and the organ. St. Paul’s, Carlow and St. Matthew’s are accessible and are well integrated into the needs of the community. St. Paul’s, Carlow and St. Andrew’s have active The United Church Women groups and are always open to new members. St.Paul’s UCW have a Prayer Shawl program whereby they knit and crochet prayer shawls for people who are in need of comfort.
Outreach is an important part of who we are. In 2018 we sponsored a Syrian refugee family. We provide grocery cards to those in need of food and financial support to community agencies such as North Hastings Community Trust, St. John’s Helpers (weekly community lunch), Bancroft Community Transit and youth and children’s programs We have provided wood, gas cards and beds to those in need. Part of our Outreach is to organize events for the community such as Theology on Tap (a theological discussion group that takes place at the local tavern), sponsoring films in conjunction with our Indigenous community and lunches. We support PFLAG and are allies for LGBTQ2 Spirit.