The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Moira Moore
  2. Conference Annual Meeting Bus
  3. Archives Notice
  4. Conversations that Matter!
  5. Register Now for Ministries in French course – May 16-20, 2016
  6. Real Estate Consulting Services
  8. Stroll for Your Soul – 21 Day, 21 E-mails
  9. Berwick Camp
  10. Romero House Founder / Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner to receive Honorary Degrees at AST Convocation

1. Condolences – Moira Moore


Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Roger Moore and family on the death of his wife, Moira Moore, 74 yrs, who passed away on Saturday April 16th.  Granting Moira’s own wishes, there will be no formal visitation or funeral service. Cremation has taken place and at a later date there will be a private reflection and scattering of her ashes.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting:  Full obituary at:

2. Conference Annual Meeting Bus


This year in an effort to reduce costs and provide an alternative to carpooling, we are offering the possibility of renting a bus to bring people to conference – at no charge to those who take the bus.  This will only be possible if we are able to reduce the number of cars coming to conference.  The bus will arrive in Sackville, NB on Thursday at 12pm, giving folks plenty of time to check-in, grab a quick lunch and then head to the new delegates orientation.  The bus would leave Conference at 12pm from the Civic Centre on Sunday.  A bus could potentially come from PEI or Halifax/Truro area.  Please speak with the folks you usually carpool with and see if this is something you all are interested in.  To express your interest, please fill out the following form at no later than May 2 (please note that we do not have all the pick-up location and times arranged yet). Following the deadline a decision will be made and all those who showed interest will be contacted.

3. Archives Notice


The Archives will be closed from April 14 until May 11 inclusive.  If you have any requests please email and Sarah will respond to you when she returns from vacation.

4. Conversations that Matter!


At the Annual Meeting of Conference we will once again “open space” for important conversations.  Five years ago we tried this for the first time.  Over 70 topics were posted for engaging during the day.  People shared their ideas and passions  in conversations such as:

  • Ecumenism
  • Better Rural Public Transportation
  • Welcoming Youth and Young Families
  • Out of Our Bulidings Into the Community
  • Progressive Christianity – A Maritime Network
  • Giving Youth a Voice
  • Are We Forgetting the Basics: prayer and forgiveness?

… and so many more!


Many of these conversations led to bold actions – such as Maritime Conference becoming an Affirming Ministry!

You will find your invitation and more information about Open Space Technology on the Conference website with the materials for this year’s Annual Meeting.  What conversation is burning in your heart?

5. 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!

6. Real Estate Consulting Services


Turner Drake & Partners entered into a formal agreement with the Maritime Conference, The United Church of Canada on 21st May 2015 to provide real estate consulting services for properties located in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Gaspe coast of Quebec.  Those services include the following:


(1)        Planning.

(2)        Valuation.

(3)        Brokerage (Sales and Leasing) – 100 km radius of HRM.


Turner Drake has recently provided planning, valuation and brokerage services to The United Church of Canada, (individual congregations, Presbytery, Maritime Conference) including marketing and selling 5 properties in the Annapolis Valley, St. John’s United Church Halifax, and Camp MacLellan.


Because Turner Drake is in the unique position of having professionals on staff qualified in Planning, Valuation & Appraisal, Brokerage (Sales & Leasing), Property Tax, Lasercad® Space Measurement, Counselling, and Economic Intelligence they can provide a complete range of advice at reasonable cost.


Turner Drake & Partners Ltd. was founded in 1976 and provides consulting services across Canada from their offices in Halifax (head office), St. John’s, Charlottetown, Saint John and Toronto.


If you are beginning to think about professional real estate services, please contact David Hewitt, Executive Secretary,, 506-536-1334, for assistance.



Friday April 29, 5:30 p.m. – Sunday May 1, 3:00 p.m.

Trinity United Church of Canada  —  90 Spring Street – Summerside

For information or to register:

Registration fee: $175  ($120 program + $55 meals)

Registration deadline: April 22

Payment to: Maritime Conference Fund  c/o  Jennifer Whittemore

21 Wright Street, Sackville, NB E4L 4P8  (506-536-1334)

For more information and poster click here.

8. Stroll for Your Soul – 21 Day, 21 E-mails


Group Stroll. The Rev. Kathy Platt in Regina has a group of 15. They will meet weekly to walk around a local lake and talk about whatever the e-mails sparked.There are other congregations Strolling in NS, NB, ON, SK and AB. See for more information. We begin April 27th.


Individual Stroll: Stroll gift certificates have been sent to friends who will Stroll together virtually, to five sisters across the country who will Stroll apart but together, for birthday gifts, and just because. An individual subscription is $15 or with the coupon “friend” two can Stroll for $16. More information here:

9. Berwick Camp


The Berwick Camp registrars are now at work! Consider joining us for an enriching camping experience for all ages!

berwick camp 2Link to Brochure for Program & Pricing:

Link to Registration forms:


Link to Volunteer form:

Link to Camp Map:

10. Romero House Founder / Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner to receive Honorary Degrees at AST Convocation


Halifax, NS – During Convocation ceremonies on May 7, 2016, Atlantic School of Theology (AST) will award a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to nationally-recognized refugee advocate Mary Jo Leddy and to Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson.

For the full announcement click here.