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February 2, 2020

The celebration of February as Black History (or African Heritage) Month begins this week. Officially recognized in Canada since 1996, this is a time to honour the contributions and struggles of peoples of African descent.

Worship Ideas
File 2019 Black History Month: International Decade for People of African Descent
A service of Word and Sacrament from The United Church of Canada / United Church of Christ
File 2020 Black History Month Service
A worship service marking the legacy of slavery in Canada and the British Commonwealth with the theme of “all are made in the image of God.” By the Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall.
File A History in Song
This hymn festival celebrating Black History Month could be used in the place of a sermon.
PDF icon Celebrating the Journey worship service for Black History Month
A worship service for Black History Month.
PDF icon Gathering at the Table worship service for African Heritage Month
A worship service for African Heritage Month
File How long will we have to cry? Black History Month service
A service of lament for anti-Black racism
File On Eagle's Wings: Black History Month Service
May we not grow weary but soar on eagle’s wings as one people, bound together in your love.
File Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship
An outline for worship in an intercultural context.
PDF icon Revival out of Helplessness: Worship
A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
File We All Belong because We Are Home
A liturgy for Black History Month.
File Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day
Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day. ...

A prayer for Black History Month that laments the past but calls us to a brighter future.

A prayer from Parables, Prayers, and Promises

A prayer of confession about racial justice - for individual or community prayer.

Minute for Mission
Our gifts for Mission & Service support work toward our commitment to be an intercultural church.
Related Material
File Black History Month
An introduction to the little-known history of Black peoples in The United Church of Canada, from 100 years of Union United in Montreal to the present day across Canada.
PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Black History Month
Features a prayer written in response to racial tensions in North America and the 50th anniversary of voting rights marches from Selma, Alabama.
PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Children’s Time for Black History Month
A bulletin insert to outline the story of The Freedom Quilt for Children's Time...
PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Stories for Black History Month
A bulletin insert to outline the importance of telling stories about Black heroes.
File Intercultural Hymn Service
A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
PDF icon Revival out of Helplessness: Bible Study
The story of the Samaritan woman at the well can help us reflect on racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
File UN Decade for African Descent
Join The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ USA in promoting recognition, justice, for people of African descent.
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