A Thanksgiving Message from Pastor Karen

Blessings to you, the community of Innerkip United Church, during this season of Thanksgiving.

I am looking forward to joining with all of you in worship (in whatever form that will take) beginning November 29th, the first Sunday of Advent.  I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and share a little bit about myself.


I was born in Hamilton and grew up in Dundas, ON, the eldest of two children born to John and Marylyn Beattie.  I have a younger brother, Brian, who lives in Oakville with his wife and  two children.

I have a 20 year old daughter, Katie, who is currently studying at the University of Guelph.  My life partner, Jorge, works in medical research in London and I credit him for opening my eyes to some of the amazing and unseen intricacies of Creation.


I grew up in the United Church having attended Binkley United Church as a child and youth and, later, after I was married and was living in Flamborough, I transferred my membership to Millgrove United Church.

I began my working career in Advertising and then moved into marketing management and later into sales management in the paint and coatings industry, working for a couple of different national consumer brand companies.  That work allowed me to travel and see much of Canada.  It was around 2007 that I began to sense that God was calling me out of that work and into ministry.  My discernment path was intentionally long as I tried to figure out just where I was to go, as this was quite a shift from the work I had been doing to that point.  While discerning, I worked for two years as a Congregational Designated Minister of Christian Education at Appleby United Church in Burlington.  From there, I entered the DLM program and, well, here I am!


These past few years, I have discovered a passion for counselling ministry, studying part-time at the Toronto Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling Education.  I now have a small private counselling practice and am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).


My hobbies include singing women’s barbershop (a hobby I have had for over 20 years) and I currently am part of “Key of She” – a competitive women’s quartet.  I also enjoy cooking, knitting and long walks in nature.


I look forward to meeting each of you and sharing together  this next leg of our faith journeys.




Karen Willis, DLM

Worship Leaders This Autumn

October 5 Gerard Hamoen LLWL Westminster UC, Thamesford

October 11: Gerard Hamoen LLWL Westminster UC, Thamesford

October 18 Dawn Jones LLWL Norwich UC

October  25: Linda Humphrey LLWL Peace United , Plattsville

November 1 Gerard Hamoen LLWL Westminster UC, Thamesford

November 8: Gerard Hamoen LLWL Westminster UC, Thamesford

November 15: Gerard Hamoen LLWL Westminster UC, Thamesford

November 22 Kathleen Welch LLWL Norwich UC

November 29 Karen Willis DLM Innerkip United!

A message in the Time of COVID-19 and EASTER


Pastor Barb Dawson DLM had started our church on  the Lenten Journey which due to circumstances can no longer be done at Worship with us.
Here is her message for us!

Dear Friends:

Back on February 26th the global Christian community began it’s traditional 40-day Lenten journey that takes us to Easter Sunday. On March 1st, when we gathered for the first Sunday in Lent we had no idea how ‘uncharted’ this 2020 journey would be as word of COVID-19’s spread started to fill the airwaves. The pace of the virus and the changes it has activated has left our heads spinning, and filled them with worries about the health of our families, friends, local and global communities.

Throughout Canada, as well as many other countries, concerted efforts to ‘flatten the curve’, as a way of preventing the overwhelming of our health care system, has brought us all together in a common purpose despite our shared practice of being apart. People’s health has been and remains the primary concern but we know there are many secondary concerns impacting lives, particularly the economic fall out as we witness massive job loss as an unavoidable consequence of mitigation efforts.

Thankfully a variety of assistance efforts are underway to address immediate needs accompanied with an honest assessment around the need for long term support. We should be encouraged by this and by all the creative and loving ways that people are reaching out to one another. When weighed down by news of  infection rates and lives lost, we hear stories of kindness and we rebound, wondering what our reaching out story could be while still practicing social distancing.

Even as we seek to help in the ways we can, it is an important time for ‘self-care’. A time to recognize our own stress levels and the need to engage in various practices to lessen the anxiety. When I got home from service last week, I checked in with George to see what Keith, the minister at Avondale U.C. had shared. George had made notes.

Keith had offered 5 practices to ease the stress and anxiety that is bound to be there in times such as these. Here’s a summary.

  • Breath
  • Limit media time – get the information you need and shut it off
  • Stay in touch
  • Be kind
  • Pray – Keith added ‘if you don’t pray, pray anyway’

I have no doubt that George took those notes because he figured I could use their wisdom, particularly when it comes to reducing my ‘news’ intake. Despite the wisdom of this guidance I failed to heed it leading to a disrupted Sunday night sleep with my mind spinning endless tales, refusing to shut down. I now adhere to limited media time and am sleeping much better. Applying these 5 practices can serve to give us much needed balance in times of crisis as well as when life is running smoothly.

Sticking with lists, Hillhurst United Church in Calgary put out a list of ’10 Commandments’ that outlines necessary actions and attitudes that assists in the balancing of our communal life and concerns.

Here are the ’10 Commandments for Covid-19’.

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Don’t be a racist
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Don’t panic
  5. Provide for the vulnerable & isolated
  6. Love and check in on your neighbours
  7. Don’t profit from panic or hoard
  8. Respect those on the front lines
  9. Avoid negative social media. Be hopeful!
  10. Breathe deeply – from a distance

It feels strangely symbolic that this pandemic would take hold during this season of Lent with it’s focus on ‘trials and testing’. The wilderness story, which is central to this season, tells of Jesus testing and his trying time experiencing isolation, physical needs and temptation. It was during this time, often identified as ‘liminal’ time, that he discovered inner resources of wisdom, compassion and strength and applied them to his immediate situation and the ones yet to come. Jesus emerged out of that time, clearer about his own call to be an agent for change and a guide to others for doing the same. His ministry was shaped by that wilderness experience, it grounded him as he went about inviting and engaging others in the work of transforming systems of oppression and greed. Jesus ministry helped to inspire and mobilize a ‘people power’ movement that worked for peace and justice, through the sharing of resources and deepening of community ties.

We are in a transformative time with immense challenges ahead but such times afford us an opportunity to re-evaluate and revise the maps (worldviews) that have gotten us lost as a species. It will be a time to mobilize for change. It will require all of us and the sharing of our time, talent and treasure. Gifts are flowing already, coming from every direction to keep us afloat in these uncharted waters. In these times when we cannot meet together in person there a variety of ways to be a worshipping community.

As a small church live streaming is not an option but if you visit Avondale United Church’s website and click on the blue button ‘Listen Live’. The service begins at 10 a.m. You can sing along with hymns, join in with the Lord’s prayer and reconnect with the music of long-time friend and musical gift giver, Dan.

Click Link Below:

If you want to be inspired give Peace United Church’s website look at  – click on Peace News and get Chris’ latest essay. Chris writes beautifully and has a knack for getting to the hearts of things. The United Church’s website also has a variety of opportunities and information.

Last week I reflected on a couple of lines of the United Church Creed and as I conclude I’m thinking that perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on it even more,  particularly the opening line ‘We Are Not Alone’. We need to really let that sink in and be the word of hope it is, a word of hope that will sustain us in these unprecedented times.

Peace Be with You! Barb

Fish Fry Supper

Innerkip Community
Thursday, May 24, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
Adults: $17
Children 6 – 12 years : $7
Children Under 6 FREE

For Tickets, call:
Ken 469-3866 Pat 469-3332
Church Office 519-602-6692



Join us for worship,friendship and community in 2018!

Contact Us:

For Pastoral Care, please call the church office at

519-602-6692 or 519-878-3064

(Karen’s cell), or email


Mon – Thur 9 am-12:30 pm.



Innerkip United Church is regularly unlocked between the hours of 8:30 am and 5 pm.

If you wish to have an event in the church outside of these hours, please book the church with the office. Eastwood United Church is locked at all times except for special requests.

Dec 31 Joint Service at Innerkip at 11:00 a.m.
(Eastwood United Cancelled that morning)

January 7: Regular Worship Times: EUC 9:15 AM & IUC 11:00 AM


Link to PDF of this week’s announcements:  2017-12-22 Join us for worship: