Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
Spirituality. Arts. Action.
CFRUC is a safe place for all people to gather regardless of race, creed,
age, ability, cultural background, sexual orientation or gender expression.
If you are looking for a Sunday service we are offering them online and in person at 10:30 a.m. Streaming info is:
To watch via Twitch
To watch on YouTube
To watch on Facebook
Donations can be made to Canada Helps. Just click the button below!
or by etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Oct 1st we will be at Harrow United Church.
- Saturday, September 23 or (rain date) Saturday, September 30—we will be holding a “Pet Blessing.” at 3:00 p.m. Bring along Fido or Felix (or a photograph) and receive a blessing.
- On September 24 we will be marking International Peace Day (September 21) will the dedication of a peace pole in the morning, and an organ concert at 7 pm. (Wind Chamber – Michael Cutler)
- On September 29, we will be holding a concert “Songs of Hope and Resilience” featuring Adele Wilding, Bert Johnson, Karl Kohut, and Donna Fillingham, with readings by Marc Whitehead.
- This fall we will be marking our 140th anniversary as community of faith with a series of special events over the weekend of November 3-5. Please be sure to save the date.
With the increased costs of almost everything, some families in our neighbourhood are finding it hard to cover the costs of school supplies. If you would like to donate some basic items—paper, pens, notebooks, etc. CFRUC will deliver them to Gladstone School who will distribute them when there is a need. Contact email@example.com.
Free for neighbourhood use.
Manitoba Conservation and Climate provided funding for this project.
Accessibility With Ease Project
Phase 1 Update September 7, 2023
As we enter the month of September and CFR comes back to its normal active and multi-facetted life, we thought it would be a good time for an update on Phase 1 of the Accessibility With Ease Project, to let everyone know what was done over the summer, what still has to be done, and what are some of the extra things that we are planning to do. For those who have been in the building recently you will have seen some of these exciting developments first hand.
Substantial changes are being made in the washrooms:
- Counters have been modified to allow for a normal height sink, a lower height sink that is more suitable for a wheel chair, and a baby change table area.
- Some new grab bars have been added, and additional ones will be installed in the wheel chair cubicles for ease of use for people with mobility issues.
- Toilets have been replaced in the wheel chair cubicles with accessible height toilets.
- have been switched and have power door openers installed. These will be operated by switches that will only need a wave of a hand to open the doors, but the switches have not been installed just yet. That will happen very shortly. (Delivery issue)
A door has been installed at the end of the corridor to the Fellowship Hall.
- It will have a power opener as well. This door will allow us to have a meeting or other event in the Fellowship Hall without being distracted by people from other parts of the building going in and out of the washrooms. The switch to operate this door opener will also be installed shortly.
Work is proceeding on installation of power openers on other doors:
- The north door from the Narthex to the Sanctuary.
We will be getting a totally new look to the church from Nassau Street.
- The doors will be replaced with new doors similar to the original doors installed when the building was built.
- Along with that we will be repairing and refinishing the frames to the doors, to the transom windows above the doors and to the large window between the doors.
- The doors will have weatherstripping to keep the cold winds out, and frames to both doors and windows will be re-caulked.
- The north door (at the top of the ramp) will have a power opener. The doors will also be prepared for security features which will include camera and voice communication so that someone needing to get in when the doors are locked can ring a doorbell, be recognized by and communicate with staff or authorized volunteers, and the staff/volunteers can remotely unlock and lock the doors. This will not only make this entrance more accessible, but will improve security for the church. Unfortunately we did not have sufficient funds to purchase an access control system to make the security features work (see below).
All of this work is expected to be complete by the end of September.
We have applied for a security grant from the Federal Government to get funding for:
- An access control system that will operate the security features we are putting on the Nassau doors as part of the Accessibility Project.
- Surveillance cameras around the building to improve the security at doors and in our grounds and the daycare play area.
- We will send out another newsletter when we hear whether we are successful with the grant.
Exciting times! Watch for announcements about a dedication celebration coming soon.
CFRUC is a centre for spirituality and the arts in this community – a place where community can grow, gather and flourish.
The foundation of our church and congregation is service. We achieve this through community programming, supports to the arts and by participating in broader social justice initiatives. Our building and grounds provide a welcoming gathering space for community to connect, learn and enjoy the arts.
On average yearly, we host more than 10,000 attendees at public events. Our church facilities can accommodate a variety of functions including meetings, workshops and concerts. Wheelchair accessible spaces are available. We have added recording and live streaming capabilities to what we offer.
We maintain a Christian education program for children and youth. At the same time we look beyond our walls to support the needs of the children in our neighborhood. Along with our arts partners, we provide enrichment programming to children and youth. The Fort Rouge Child Care Centre is located in our building.
We believe in the positive impact of the arts and this message is central to our purpose. We provide arts programming and are a venue for musical, visual, literary, and performing arts events. Artfest is our lively annual festival celebration of the arts.
We have a vibrant 55 plus presence in our faith community – energized, action-oriented and engaged. Community-focused programming celebrates and connects seniors. Join a music class, walking group or simply visit us for coffee and socializing. We offer opportunities to explore the arts, engage in a variety of workshops, or become a volunteer!
We believe to be faithful is to be engaged with the world around us, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others and to seek justice and resist evil. As we live out this faith, we have found a variety of ways to reach out to support families, seniors and many arts and choral groups.
Reverend Marc Whitehead offers worship online and in person, if health regulations permit, every Sunday at 10:30 am. We interpret the Bible seriously but not literally and seek the Spirit in everyday life. We love music at CFRUC and our services are enlivened under Music Director Michael Cutler. We also offer special services such as Christmas Eve and Good Friday, as well as weddings, funerals & baptisms.
Crescent Fort Rouge has been active in creating online and in-person opportunities to – Nurture Your Spirit!