The announcements for this week include:

  1. Finance and Property Workshop
  2. Berwick Camp – July 29-August 7, 2016
  3. AST appoints David Csinos as Assistant Professor, Ministry Studies
  4. Register now for Ministries in French course – May 16-20, 2016
  5. Updates – Syrian BVOR/JAS/PSR
  6. Mission & Service Fund Thanks You
  7. Guess what? It is that time of the year again!
  8. United in Learning Webinars
  9. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses – Deadline March 14th

1. Finance and Property Workshop


Finance and Property Workshop, with a special focus on congregational property transitions, to be held at the Conference Office, Sackville, NB, on Wednesday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to all interested persons, but especially for members of Presbytery Finance and/or Property Committees. Lunch provided. Register here!

2. Berwick Camp – July 29-August 7, 2016


The dates for Berwick Camp this year are July 29-August 7th. You are welcome to join us for this unique, intergenerational camping experience. The guest preacher this year is Paul Scott Wilson. Please visit for more information on all that Berwick Camp has to offer.

Paul Wilson

Rev. Paul Scott Wilson is Professor of Homiletics. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada; has served several churches in full-time and interim capacity; and is a past president of the Academy of Homiletics. His research and teaching interests include the history of preaching, rhetoric and poetics, creativity and use of the arts, homiletical methodology, theology of and theology in preaching, and uses of narrative. He lectures and preaches widely in Canada, United States and Europe. He is a past recipient of the United Church of Canada’s Davidson Trust Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

3. AST appoints David Csinos as Assistant Professor, Ministry Studies


AST is pleased to announce that David Csinos has been appointed Assistant Professor, Ministry Studies, effective June 1, 2016. Click on this link for the announcement from Rev. Neale Bennet, AST President.

4. Register now for Ministries in French course – May 16-20, 2016


Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?
Looking for a safe environment to try your skills?
Searching for ideas and support to introduce french into your ministry?

This French course will be held May 16 – 20, 2016 at Mountain View United Church, 85 MacBeath Avenue, Moncton, NB.

Online registration is now live! Click here for poster and more information. To register click here Deadline for registration is April 29th!

5. Updates – Syrian BVOR/JAS/PSR


Many of you have been asking about the status of Syrian BVOR cases. We were informed by the government that there was a “pause” in releasing Syrian BVOR (Blended Visa-Office Referred) cases.  For over 4 weeks, the sponsorship agreement holders (SAH) have not received any new Syrian BVOR cases.

Please see the link to glossary.


The government is busy trying to settle the 25,000 Syrians who have either arrived, will be arriving, or will have been approved by Feb 29th.  There is no clear direction or instruction on the next steps.  We have no further knowledge of whether there will be any Syrian BVOR cases in the future. Please see link to article re Syrian refugees.  Please note that ongoing applications are not affected.  For those of you who have submitted applications in process, we will send you the notice of arrival (NAT) when we receive them from the government.

There will be other non-Syrian BVOR cases that will be shared; however, we do not know what that looks like either and are not sure how many will be shared.  These lists are sent to SAHs periodically.

Other considerations for your congregations is to sponsor a privately-named (PSR) case.  Attached is a Financial guidelines sponsorship chart based on family size.  PSR cases do not receive any government funding and the start-up costs and income support is the congregation’s (CG) responsibility.

Currently the populations of interest to the government are LGBTQ, Iraqi, Syrian, Eritrea and Tibetans.  Out of these populations, those under ministerial instructions are LGBTQ, Iraqi and Syrian.  There is no limit to sponsoring these 3 populations through the PSR program.

Of additional interest to us, as a SAH, are stateless populations such as Palestinian, Rohingya, and Uyghur.

Melodie Mui
Church in Mission/L’Eglise Unie du Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-268-3781

6. Mission & Service Fund Thanks You


Heartfelt thanks for your gifts to Mission & Service in 2015. Together, we support ongoing ministries and sustain trusted partnerships for the healing of God’s world.

Thanks to generous hearts we raised  $2.8 million in the Maritime Conference and Nationally we raised $24.9 million.  To get all of the 2015 M&S Givings totals click here.

Click on this wonderful Thank You video newly posted!

7. Guess what?  It is that time of the year again!


Conference Office is collecting the 2015 Pastoral Charge Annual Reports.  Please remember to forward one copy of your annual report to our office as soon as possible.  If at all possible, we would appreciate a scanned and emailed copy sent to  If you do not have the electronic capability to do this, then we would certainly welcome a hard copy sent to us by Canada Post!  Please note – we only need ONE copy for our files.

8. United-in-Learning: Webinars for Spring 2016

9. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses – Deadline March 14th


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.