First United meets for worship every Sunday at 11:00 am. We have an active choir, as well as United Church Women and Men’s Club. We also host many weekly groups, as well as special events.
First United Choir
About two dozen members gather under the direction of Dr Gary Graham. Our repertoire features classical choral arrangements primarily accompanied by organ and piano. Between September and June we practice each week on Thursdays at 8:00 pm. New choristers are always welcomed.
United Church Women (UCW)
The UCW meets monthly from Sept-June. Meetings consist of worship, business & various programs. The UCW is presently sponsoring 3 children in Haiti through HATS (Hands Across The Sea). The group contributes financially to the church by various fund raising efforts such as a Christmas Bazaar, Carnival Chili dinner, spring and fall used clothing sale. For funerals, the UCW forms a choir and caters a reception after, if requested by the family. These are just some of the activities of this group.
Men’s Service Club at First United
The Men's Club operates from Sept-June. Our monthly meals are open to all men and feature Jiggs Dinner, Pan Fried Cod, Moose Stew, Rabbit Dinner and Roast Beef at an average cost of about $10. They’re held for the sole purpose of getting together and sharing a meal, and they quickly sell out. The Rabbit Dinner, two Carnival Breakfasts offered during Corner Brook Carnival (in February), and Shrove Tuesday Pancakes are open to everyone. (Again, tickets go fast.) The Men’s Club also runs Fall and Spring Garage Sales, and an annual Silent Auction held in November.
Between September and June a weekly bible study is held on Monday mornings at 10 am in the lower hall. Shorter bible studies of 4 to 6 week’s duration are held at other times during the year. Check here for more information of themes and scheduling.
Art Classes for Seniors
Held on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and facilitated by professional artist & art therapist Sandra Hewitt-Parsons. Art is a great way to relax, de-stress and connect with the rest of the community. We welcome life experience, but art making experience is optional. For more information, please call Sandra at 632-9464.
We started off with little skill and a lot of heart. We’ve improved on our skills and kept the heart. We practice every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the lower hall, usually playing traditional Irish and Newfoundland tunes. Come and join us!
Dinner and Kitchen Party
These are popular events. The Newfoundland Christmas party comes complete with mummers and an old-fashioned sing-along. St. Paddy’s Day features an Irish Stew dinner followed by a kitchen party. (Irish Stew is traditionally made with mutton; sheep are less common around here than moose… just sayin’.)
Art in the Church
Art Shows are held a couple times each year, usually in summer and early fall to coincide with the arrival of cruise ships. First United temporarily becomes Corner Brook’s largest gallery, with tea and scones served by the UCW. Exact times will be posted as far in advance as possible.
Several times each year First United hosts a sold out concert. Last year we hosted The Once, Gros Morne Music Festival, Ennis Sisters, Kevin Collins & Shallaway Youth Choir.