Port Nelson United ChurchAn Affirmed Church, 3132 South Drive Burlington, Ontario,
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ANNOUNCEMENTS - for the week of February 28, 2021

Annual Report 2020

Children and Youth Ministries Brochure

Adult Small Groups Brochure

Reaching Out Ministries Brochure

Caring Ministries Brochure

Music Ministry Brochure

A complete list of activities is available on the Events Listing page and our Worship opportunities can be found on our Our Sunday Morning page.


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To reach out to one another and our world as we grow spiritually in a caring, inclusive, Christian community enriched by meaningful worship.
This is what our church family tries to do and be in our community and world in our time. Our mission is built upon our wonderfully rich history in south Burlington, Ontario.

Our Story

Port Nelson's history is very much tied to the development of the City of Burlington. Like most communities, Port Nelson began rather informally when a small group of people who had been part of the former Trinity and St Paul's United Churches in downtown Burlington felt God was calling them to begin a new church in the Roseland area.

The first public gatherings of the new church were in the former Glenwood School, near the corner of Guelph Line and Glenwood School Drive. In April, 1952, we received our charter as an "official" congregation of The United Church – Canada's largest Protestant denomination. This ensured the church's long-term viability, and the congregation purchased land on Guelph Line at First Street in the area that was originally known as Port Nelson, prior to the incorporation of the City of Burlington. A small building was erected that is, today, used as the Burlington headquarters of the Red Cross.

Out of the hearts of fifty families arose the vision for Port Nelson United Church in 1952. We dedicate this work to these young families whose vision and sacrifice, and by whose example we are inspired.

Port Nelson United Church, 1957

The new and thriving church quickly outgrew this facility and, in 1957, built a larger structure a few blocks east on South Drive near Rossmore Boulevard in the developing and picturesque Roseland neighbourhood.

In just five years the congregation outgrew this facility and, in 1962, the worship space that is presently used opened.

Port Nelson United Church, 1960

Seating about 600 people, it has been the site of countless celebrations and markings of life stages for several generations of people. The Sanctuary space features a long central aisle, detailed stained glass windows that tell of the life of Jesus as well as contemporary church history, and a fine 3-manual 1962 Casavant organ which is the centerpiece of a long-standing program of musical excellence.



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Building Community was fundamental to early Christians and to the development of the early church. So it is at Port Nelson. A strong sense of community permeates Port Nelson. Jesus said, "Where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them." (Matthew 18:20) In the many ways in which we gather in community, Christ is present with us. At Port Nelson we believe that everyone has gifts to share. "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit." (1 Corinthians 12:4) Using our gifts demonstrates the Spirit of God at work and contributes to a sense of community.

Our Values

We affirm, include, and celebrate people of every age, race, belief, culture, ability, income level, family configuration, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation in the life and ministry of Port Nelson United Church. As followers of Jesus we believe that we are part of the body of Christ. The apostle Paul said that "the body does not consist of one member but of many" and all are indispensable. (1 Corinthians 12:14, 22-26).

Caring for one another is important and vital at Port Nelson. We seek to follow Jesus' encouragement to "Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31). We also follow the direction in 1 John 4:11 that, "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." The realization that we are loved inspires us to love one another. We are blessed. We share this blessing with others in the way we care.

Growing Spiritually
We recognize at Port Nelson that each one of us is on a journey through life and that many people have a deep desire to grow spiritually. We grow spiritually and experience the Spirit of God in our midst through inspiring word, uplifting music, thoughtful prayer, ongoing study, poignant silence and in other ways. The prophet Isaiah said, "See I am doing a new thing!" (Isaiah 43:19) With eagerness we continue to anticipate many new ways that we can help one another grow spiritually.

Reaching Out
Jesus encouraged his followers to "Feed my sheep." (John 21:17) Since its beginning, Port Nelson has been reaching out, giving resources, time, money, and skills to support those in need. We strive to follow the words in 1 John 3:18 that we should "not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." We are ready to discover, encourage, and support new ways of sharing God´s love.