The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Norman MacQueen
  2. Deadline Approaching for Applications to Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  3. Maritime Conference Learning Site Grant – note correct link
  4. Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya 2017
  5. More Than Friends Resource
  6. BE. A place for you
  7. Upcoming United in Learning Webinars

1. Condolences – Norman Alexander MacQueen


Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Lori Beth Sheffield-Bowles and family on the death of her grandfather Norman Alexander MacQueen, 92, of Sydney Mines, who passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the Northside General Hospital.  His funeral service was held Sunday, September 4th at the Gospel Hall, Yorke St., Sydney Mines, with Joe Bernon officiating.

Full obituary at:

2. Deadline Approaching for Applications to Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries


Maritime Conference of The United Church of Canada is searching for the appropriate candidate to fill a contract term position:  Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

This half-time term position will offer resourceful support to Conference youth and young adult programs and camping ministries, and their leaders; will nurture networking among ministries and leaders; will advocate for and promote the engagement of youth and young adults within the varied ministries of the church. The term for this position ends on December 31, 2017.

Skills and Experience required:

  • experience with Conference youth programs such as camps, Intermediates at Conference, Youth Forums
  • connections to youth and young adults and their leaders networks in the region
  • demonstrated event planning and promotions experience
  • knowledge of educational methods and current youth ministry resources
  • ability to work in team or independently
  • computer competency including skills for social media
  • strong communication skills

Maritime Conference staff work out of the Maritime Conference Office in Sackville, NB. Office hours are negotiable. Since this position involves travel throughout the Maritime Provinces, a valid driver’s licence is required.

This is a 0.5 FTE (half time) position at General Council salary category 6, the prorated salary in 2016 is $2184/month.

Detailed position description is available here: YAYA ministry position.

Deadline for applications is Friday, September 23, 2016. Applications should include a cover letter describing interest in this position, a résumé, and 2 references.

Start date: October 1, 2016

David Hewitt
Maritime Conference Executive Secretary
21 Wright Street, Sackville, NB, E4L 4P8.

3. Maritime Conference Learning Site Grant – note correct link


The Maritime Conference Ministry Personnel and Education Committee (MPE) has been directed to administer a small grant program to support active educational learning site ministries within Maritime Conference.  The grant is available to support congregations (and other units) that are offering a learning site ministry to a student working toward paid accountable ministry within the United Church of Canada.  There are two intake dates for applications each year, with further information and application forms available online.  Search for “Learning Site” on our website for more information.  For additional information please contact Rev’d Steve Longmoore, chair MPE, by email or 506-652-8429.

4. Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya 2017


GO, SEE, TELL the connections between global Mission & Service and United Church communities of faith by traveling with a delegation to visit our partners in Kenya, March 25 – April 4, 2017.

We are seeking applications from United Church members who are committed to animating and strengthening Mission & Service giving.  One Mission & Service Enthusiast from each Conference (13),  one UCW representative (1) (United Church Women), and one Conference staff person will be chosen to join this pilgrimage.  You can find more information and the online application process at

What a wonderful opportunity to deepen faith, make stronger partnership relationships, generate new insights into the possibilities for being church, and strengthen Mission & Service giving!

5. More Than Friends Resource


More Than Friends is an innovative, flexible, affordable, web-based marriage preparation resource designed to be adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith. It is available now for purchase. Visit the website to have a look at the Introductory video and information about purchasing this resource for Leaders and Couples.  See:  

6. BE. A place for you


“BE.” is a place for you. Come as you are, you are welcome no matter who you are, no matter your background, no matter who you love or whether or not you go to church.

RSVP today:

We are a vibrant, progressive, emerging and modern ministry, one that thinks outside the box, one that is based on our United Church values, one that does not meet in the physical traditional church and one that looks towards the future and the needs of its people.

Our focus will be on being together, being an emerging ministry, showing love to all, being with One, nurturing faith and gathering in community. We hope you’ll join us when we’re in a city near you.

These experiences are planned for September 23rd in Halifax, October 1st in Saint John, October 14th in Riverview and November 4th in Charlottetown. They will include sharing in food, experiencing a dynamic, modern worship experience and building intentional community of faith.

We are a group of United Church of Canada people who wish to enhance the experience and need for our communities. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

Check out our video

BE A place for you

For more info and for an event near you:

Check out our video:

7.  Upcoming United in Learning Webinars 


The United Church of Canada hosts/makes available free webinars on a variety of topics of interest to congregations, clergy, worship committees, outreach & social justice groups, Sessions, and others.

Some of the webinars are:
Sept 27 — The Benefits Story
Sept 28 — One Order of Ministry — Information about Remit 6

Sept 29Boundary Issues for Church Leaders