The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Rev. Wayne Mitton
  2. Annual Meeting Registration
  3. IAC and YF Applications Are Available
  4. Kate Rodd appointed Executive Officer of Communications
  5. Task Group Appointed
  6. UCW Biennial 2016 – April 22, 23 & 24, 2016
  7. The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture
  8. Book Launch And Celebration
  9. Finance and Property Workshop
  10. Ministries in French course – May 16-20, 2016
  11. “Heartprints” UC Men Biennial Gathering – April 23, 2016
  12.   “From Emmaus to ‘Canada Park”

1. Condolences – Rev. Wayne Mitton


Our deepest sympathy is extended to Janet and family on the death of her husband, the Rev. Wayne Mitton, who passed away on March 9, 2016 in the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Funeral will be at a later date.

2. Annual Meeting Registration


The registration forms for Annual Meeting are not live yet.  We are waiting for the Mount Allison Meals and Accommodations form to be posted so you can register for both at the same time. Thanks for your patience!

3. IAC and YF Applications Are Available


Applications for Intermediates at Conference and Youth Forum Applications are available from your presbytery Christian Life and Growth convenors. Pastoral Charges should contact their presbytery for the applications.

4. Kate Rodd appointed Executive Officer of Communications


A Message from Nora Sanders:

I am pleased to announce that Kate Rodd, one of our long-time colleagues here at the General Council Office, has been appointed Executive Officer of the Communications Unit.

Kate has been a member of the General Council staff since 2001. Most recently she served as Acting Executive Officer of Communications, in addition to her role as Multimedia Producer and Communications Strategist.

Kate is a skilled and creative communications professional and advisor with expertise in traditional and social media, marketing, corporate communications, corporate social responsibility, media relations, print production, television/video production, and event management.

She began her career in print journalism, including serving as Contributing Editor for The United Church Observer from 1985-1994.

When describing her approach to strategic communications, Kate says, “Writing and clear communication, grounded in detailed planning and research, are my passions.”

Kate’s appointment is effective April 1, 2016.

5. Task Group Appointed


The Permanent Committee on Ministry Employment Policies and Services has appointed a Task Group to review the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Policy and Procedures.

Here is a link to the policy for reference:

The Task Group has identified a number of groups within the church who will be contacted in the coming months for input to the review process.  That group will include Personnel Ministers, Conference Committees with responsibility for the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Policy as well as Presbytery Chairs and/or Officers of the Court.

If an individual or group would like to provide information to the Task Group to assist in the work of the review, they are welcome to send an email to

Please let your congregations, Presbyteries and any other ministries within your Conference know about the task group and the review.

If you  have any questions please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Thank you.

Kathy McDonald

6. UCW Biennial  2016 – April 22, 23 & 24, 2016

Knox United Church, Brookfield, NS

Theme:  “Love in My Heart”


The Biennial for the Maritime Confererence UCW is fast approaching. Last chance for registration!!

Click here for UCW Biennial Registration Form.

Please mail registration forms to Dorene Matheson, PO Box 63, Brookfield, NS. B0N 1C0. Registration fee is $25 which includes Friday supper & Saturday Lunch. The cost for the Banquet is $15. ($40 total)

Registration for the weekend:  Friday April 22 from 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Cheques should be made payable to Maritime Conference UCW.

Registration deadline is March 16. 

7.  The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture

Attached is a promotional flyer for a book, The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture, that was produced with support from a United Church Local Initiatives Grant.



You are warmly invited to a BOOK LAUNCH AND CELEBRATION for Both Sides of the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis, Theological Imagination, and Everyday Discipleship, edited by Prof. Rob Fennell of Atlantic School of Theology. Contributors include Maritime Conference minister Wayne Smith, AST students Michael Tutton and Allen Robertson, AST faculty alumnus Laurence DeWolfe, and King’s College Chaplain Gary Thorne.

When: Wednesday, March 23rd, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Where: AST Library, 624 Francklyn Street, Halifax

Please help spread the word!  (Poster attached)

9. 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. Please register to attend by clicking this link:

10. 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!

11. “Heartprints” UC Men 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. Register now ….. Click on this link!

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.

His 2010 Interview with 100 Huntley Street is on You Tube:

12. “From Emmaus to ‘Canada Park”

Sunday April 3rd, 7:00 PM

St Andrew’s United Church (sanctuary) 1390 Robie St.


The Sunday after Easter, come hear Heidar Abu Ghosh, who was born and raised in the Palestinian village of Imwas, widely understood to be the site of the biblical village of Emmaus. In 1967, at the age of 14, he became a refugee when the Israeli army expelled him and all residents of Imwas, Yalu and Beit Nuba – all later demolished. Now, on the ruins of those villages, sits “Canada Park”, a recreational site established and maintained through tax-deductible donations of Canadians. How is this happening? How are we implicated in this past and on-going injustice? How can we make a difference?

Click here for poster.

Sponsored by: Independent Jewish Voices–Canada; United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel; Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace; Students Against Israeli Apartheid-Dalhousie, Canada-Palestine Association; Kairos Halifax