Community News

Job Posting for Minister of Worship and Pastoral Care

Posted by on Jan 19, 2021 in Community news | 0 comments

January, 2021   MacNeill Baptist Church in Hamilton Ontario is seeking a half-time Minister of Worship and Pastoral Care to work cooperatively as a member of our shared ministry teams.  The ideal candidate will be a theologically educated Christian with appropriate training and demonstrated skills in pastoral care.  This energetic team player, accountable to the congregation through the Board of Deacons, will provide a caring watch over the congregation, and create worship services using inclusive language designed to engage and attract...

read more

Two New Arrivals in Canada

Posted by on Dec 19, 2020 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Chapter 1: Noor is born  In July we received great news; Randa was pregnant!  Noor Al Atmeh, a son, was born October 12, Thanksgiving Day.  He is their first child born in Canada, and is a Canadian citizen! In this picture he is two months old. Chapter 2: Ibrahim arrives in Canada and is out of quarantine In the spring of 2018 Ahmad asked for help to sponsor his young brother Ibrahim Al Atmeh (18) to Canada.  The situation in Jordan was becoming untenable, and if Ibrahim returned to Syria he would be drafted into the army.  In December, we...

read more

Ibrahim has Landed!!!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Ibrahim landed at Pearson International Airport last night at 6:15 pm.  He arrived safely in Hamilton at the Visitors Inn at 9:30 pm.  He was visited briefly outside the inn by his brother Ahmad, sister-in-law Randa, nephews Saleh and Ibrahim and niece Sham; all masked and safely distanced. Earlier in the evening Ahmad and Saleh carried groceries to Ibrahim’s room to stock the refrigerator and cupboard. There were a couple of heroes; Dale who risked the possibility of quarantine to drive him from the airport, and Wael Ghuneim who waited over...

read more

Food for Ibrahim

Posted by on Nov 23, 2020 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Ibrahim arrives on Thursday Nov 26 and will stay at the Visitor’s Inn, across the road from the apartment building where Ahmad and Randa live.  Today members of the Newcomer Committee had a rethink about food supplies for Ibrahim.  After talking with Al, Ahmad agrees that it will be simpler for him and Randa to buy and cook food for Ibrahim since they know his appetites and preferences, and delivering the food will be easy since they live right across the street from the Visitors Inn where Ibrahim will be staying.  The refugee account has...

read more

Ibrahim is coming to Canada!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2020 in Community news, Refugee Sponsorship | 0 comments

Ibrahim Saleh Al Atmeh is coming to Canada!  After at least 17 hours travel, he will arrive in Toronto at 6:40 pm on Thursday, November 26.  This is great news even if he is landing in the middle of a pandemic hotspot. Much of the immediate planning is in place.  We have reserved a kitchen unit at Visitors Inn, directly across Main Street from the Al Atmeh’s building. We have arranged for an interpreter to meet with us at the airport, and another to assist at the inn.  Al will be at the airport to assist with documentation.  Dale Anderson has...

read more

Celebration of Life for Glenys Magill

Posted by on Nov 16, 2020 in Community news | 0 comments

On Oct 17 2020, we held a celebration of life for our dear friend Glenys Magill, who passed away suddenly in the spring.  It took place on the church lawn so that we could follow the COVID guidelines for gatherings.  Terry Dempsey and David Jones led the service and Glenys’s son-in-law did a lovely eulogy.  Her daughter Becky played Welsh tunes on the viola.  Along with a slide show in the narthex, there were intergenerational crafts, and a garden was planted with some 600 daffodils, complete with a dedication stone.  That will be...

read more

Protocols for a Safe Return to In-person Worship

Posted by on Sep 10, 2020 in Community news | 0 comments

  During Phase Three of Covid-19 Precautions The Deacons and Executive of MacNeill have taken the decision to reopen the building for Worship service as of Sunday October 4th, 2020. It is recognized that much may change by then and we will always adhere to the current directives provided by the Public Health, the provincial and federal governments and the municipality of Hamilton. The Deacons Board in consultation with the Management and Christian Education Boards of MacNeill Church, using the direction as outlined above, have developed our...

read more

News and Notes

Posted by on Jun 6, 2020 in Community news | 0 comments

June 7, 2020   Due to the Corona Virus crisis the to return to our regular worship is yet to be determined During this unprecedented time of crisis please continue to support our congregation financially.  Donations can be mailed to the church and we will process them. You can also donate directly on the MacNeill Website with the Donate Now button on the right side of the webpage.  Thank you for your continued generosity.   Zoom Semi-Annual Meeting   MacNeill will host a Zoom Online Semi Annual meeting to be held on June 18,2020 at...

read more

MacNeill COVID-19 Update

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in Community news | 0 comments

(April 9, 2020)   Hi Again Everyone!   Well – We are all in this together as the most recent saying goes. It’s been another incredibly difficult week in the world.  Your leaders enjoyed a ZOOM meeting experience this week!  Very exciting experience if you haven’t used the tool yet. Given the current federal and provincial directions we’ve heard, it should come as no surprise to hear we must maintain the suspension of services at MacNeill until further notice.  We are also unable to set a date at this time as the immediate future...

read more

MacNeill COVID-19 Update

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 in Community news | 0 comments

March 26, 2020   Further to our response to the COVID- 19 virus from last week – Mon March 16, 2020 – your leaders continue to connect and have made the difficult decision to extend the pause on our church services.  This decision remains in line with the Ontario Medical of Officer of Health, provincial and federal guidelines: According to the provincial guidelines, gatherings of more than 50 or more are significantly discouraged. All non-critical services and businesses must close by Tuesday March 24, 2020 at midnight   As...

read more