The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Marilyn R. King
  2. Nurture Your Youth Leaders!
  3. French for Ministry
  4. Maritime Conference UCW Biennial – “Love in My Heart”
  5. Looking for Lent Resources?
  6. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses
  7. Breaking the Silence Guatemala Delegation
  8. “Heartprints” … Men’s Biennial Gathering

1. Condolences – Marilyn Ruth King


Our sympathy is extended to the family of Marilyn King, 83 years, who passed away on February 5th in Fredericton, NB.  Widow of the late Rev. Harold R. King, survived by her two sons, the Rev. Harold James and David King; daughter-in-laws Holly, Martha, and Rhoda; her grandchildren – Danielle, Alexander, Erica, Joshua, Alyssa, Brianna, Hannah and Michael; and her great grandchildren – Jack and Lily, Jordan and Andrew.

A celebration of her life was held at First United Church in Murray Corner, on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 11 am, the Rev. Roland Hutchinson and William Drysdale DLM presiding.

Full obituary online at

2. Nurture Your Youth Leaders!


Treat your hardworking youth leaders to a weekend with youth ministry friends Feb 26-28th.  Youth group leaders, Sunday School teachers, facilitators of children’s programs, camp leaders are invited to retreat together for inspiration and support. Find out more and register before Feb. 19th!

Click here for more information and to register!

3. French for Ministry 


In cooperation with the General Council department for Ministries in French, Maritime Conference is offering a week-long immersion course to assist in developing French language capability as well as to work on strategies for introducing ministry in French into your local context. Please see the poster, below, for more information. Online registration will open soon!

Click here for poster.

4. Maritime Conference UCW Biennial – “Love in My Heart”
     – April 22,23 and 24, 2016


The Biennial for the Maritime Conference UCW is fast approaching. The dates are April 22,23 and 24, 2016 to be held at Knox United Church in Brookfield, NS. Theme is “Love in My Heart”.

Click here for Registration Form.  Please mail completed registration forms to Dorene Matheson, PO Box 63, Brookfield, NS. B0N 1C0.

Registration fee is $25 which includes Friday supper and Saturday Lunch. The cost for the Banquet is $15. Registration will take place on Friday April 22 from 12:30 – 3:00 PM. Please make cheques payable to Maritime Conference UCW.

Workshops on Saturday are:
A) “Photography” with Chris Sandeson
B) “Move With Me” with Barb Burley
C) “Fashions for Seniors” with Morag/ Karen from “Elegant Steps” (Inglis Place)
D) “Crafts” with Brenda Moore
E) “Chair Yoga” – Leah Roop
F) “Music” – Emily Kierstead.

Registration deadline is March 15.

5. Looking for Lent Resources?


Lent is a time when we feel the call to focus, let go, or re-orient ourselves. Whether you have 15 minutes or much longer to commit, a Prayer Bench personal email retreat offers a written reflection and suggested spiritual practices to help focus in the midst of the distractions and demands of our day. See for more details. $25. If you can receive email you can do this retreat.


Gather a group of 2-3 and spend an hour with this Small Group Spiritual Study. The Trinity and Everyday Spirituality. Talks with the Rev. Dr. Rob Fennell, Leader Pages with process from the beginning to end of your gathering, Audio scripts and Participants Pages. See for more Info. $25

6. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses


This is the tenth year that Maritime Conference has negotiated a public performance copyright site license agreement with Criterion Pictures and Audio Ciné Films Inc.  We are able to offer a similar opportunity this year.  Although the cost has risen slightly from last year, it remains a better rate than an individual congregation could negotiate.  You may wish to visit their respective websites for further information: and

The combined cost for both companies to cover congregations in Maritime Conference will be $1.30 per person plus HST based on average Sunday attendance as reported in the Year Book.  The license will be in effect from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.

Please complete the application form if you are interested in registering your congregation for this license and forward it to Maritime Conference Office along with a cheque made payable to Maritime Conference Fund by Monday, March 14, 2016.  This is the ONLY opportunity to enroll for this year!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lorraine Horyl by email or by phone 506-536-1334, Ext 5.

7. Breaking the Silence Guatemala Delegation
     ​​April 30th-May 13th


There are still a few spots available on a Maritimes study tour​/delegation​ that will explore history, human rights and social justice in Guatemala.

​This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to learn more and deepen relationships with Guatemalan friends and partners.

​If you are interested in deepening ​your ​understanding of the social justice issues that Guatemalans face and how they are related to global struggles for a more just and peaceful world​, please consider this. ​

Cost: $1400 Includes the pre-departure orientation, in-country expenses, translation and the de-brief gathering on return.
Airfare and required health insurance extra.

Closing date for application February 14th.

For more information and an application​, contact Jackie McVicar <

8. “Heartprints” … Men’s Biennial Gathering
      April 23, 2016


The United Church Men of Maritime Conference will host the regular biennial men’s event at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst, Nova Scotia on the weekend of April 23, 2016.  Given the high degree of interest in welcoming refugees to Canada from Syria and other African countries, our UC Men’s theme for 2016 is “Heartprints” and in the spirit of Maritime Hospitality  is open to men of all denominations.

The cost of registration this year is being held at $45, with a $5 discount for early-bird registration of $40, for those registering two weeks ahead of the date. Download registration form here.

Registration begins at 9:00 AM, with things getting underway at 10:00 AM. (Registration and meet and greet 9-10 AM) at Trinity St. Stephen’s Amherst (coffee and sweets will be available).  Lunch is a home cooked turkey dinner with all the Maritime trimmings (the best chow in Amherst!). There is a morning and afternoon session as well as worship led by the Reverend Douglas Cosman from Sussex, NB. (we will wrap it up by 4:30 pm) .

Keynotes speaker this year will be the Reverend Major Charles Deogratias from the Canadian Forces who is currently stationed at CFB Gagetown in NB.  Attached is a backgrounder in PDF format called Heartprints.

You can view his 2010 Interview with 100 Huntley Street on You Tube here: