Come to church on Sunday as we at Aylmer United Church celebrate Black History Month.
Every February since 1996, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. For 2018, the theme of the Government of Canada’s Black History Month campaign is Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision. Black history month is also celebrated in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, and the USA.
I quote from a United Church of Canada Minute for Mission:
"Let us take time to remember African-Canadian history, the struggles and the haunting legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Black people have been part of the United Church from its beginning and continue to play a vital role in the church today. We celebrate this history by sharing the story of Union United Church in Montreal, Quebec.
This church was created in 1907 and was known as Union Congregational Church. From the start Union led the way in reaching out to the Black railway porters and their families who were segregated from the rest of Montreal, offering them a place of worship and a place to call their own.
We sing thanksgiving for the foundation of Black people who have led the way toward The United Church of Canada becoming an intercultural church, a church where all are welcome!"
See you Sunday!