In this time of great uncertainty, our building is closed and we are not holding any in-person gatherings, but we will be holding services online, with three gatherings each week.

As the 10:30 am Sunday service begins, we will invite you to light a chalice or candle at home. If you have Joys or Sorrows you’d like for the ministers to lift up during the service, please send them to our ministers by email.

To connect and listen to the service on your mobile phone, tap on the phone number that best matches your location (you may have to enter "#" twice):

To listen on your home phone, dial one of those numbers, and when prompted enter the Meeting ID "578891309#" then "#".

For an audiovisual experience on your computer or mobile phone, which will allow you to comment in the Joys & Concerns and attend a version of coffee hour after the service, please go to zoom.us/j/578891309.

We may have limited capacity for the number of telephone and audiovisual participants. If you find that aren't able to join, and/or if you just want to see and hear the service, please stream it on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/firstunitarianTO.


We will also hold two informal audiovisual gatherings each week. These sessions are open to all who wish to gather for a chalice lighting, a meditation reading, shared silence, and then a time for check-in and conversation.


 

This religious community has no creed, so becoming a member does not involve a declaration of faith or an allegiance to any code. It is important however, for members to support the principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism; as they are the foundation for how we relate to one and other. The absence of a creed does not diminish the importance of this decision, if anything even greater care should be taken in making this commitment.

Since its founding in 1845, generations of highly committed members have worked diligently to create what you now experience as Toronto First. Out of respect for what our predecessors have built here, please take the following steps before choosing to join this community:

  1. Attend a Newcomer Information Meeting
  2. Put the completed forms in an envelope and leave it in the “Membership” mailbox outside the office at least one week prior to joining, or submit to Member Services This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. Do your homework, ask lots of questions and get to know us. Enroll in fall or spring At First sessions.
  4. Carefully consider the responsibilities of membership:
    • Are you ready to choose a religious home and make a commitment to it?
    • Do you hope to give, as well as receive?
    • Will you readily share your time, talents, and financial resources?
    • Do you intend to nurture the belonging that you seek?

If your answers to these questions are yes, then:

  1. Contact the Member Services This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out the date of the next Joining Ceremony and get forms to fill in.
  2. Complete the forms at home:
    • New Member Autobiography (under 50 words)
    • Member Record
    • Pledge form
    • Skills and Interests Record
  3. Put the completed forms in an envelope and leave it in the “Membership” mailbox outside the office at least one week prior to joining, or submit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  4. Determine when you would like to participate in a Joining Ceremony. (Ceremonies are conducted twice a year during worship services. The ceremony can also be held in private, if you prefer.)
  5. Mark your calendar and invite your family and friends to attend the ceremony.

New Member Joining Ceremony

Before the service, New Members are treated coffee and snacks so they can meet their fellow new members, and hear our Minister, Rev. Shawn Newton, explain the logistics of the ceremony.


Get more information about the Benefits of Membership and Responsibilities of Membership.