Rev. Catherine Stuart, President of Conference, expresses our thoughts and prayers in her letter to Sydney and Inverness/Guysborough Presbyteries on the damage and devastation from Thanksgiving Monday’s storm. It can also be found on her blog.

The announcements for this week include:

  1. Introducing New Conference Staff: Lauren King
  2. Fall 2016 Call for Nominations
  3. One-Day Introductory Workshop
  6. More Than Friends Resource
  7. Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya 2017
  8. Courage to Teach® Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre


1. Introducing New Conference Staff: Lauren King


laurenWe welcome Lauren King to the position of Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Lauren will assist in maintaining and supporting ministries with youth, young adults and their leaders. In this part time position, she will be working under the direction of Laura Hunter, Conference Minister for Justice and Stewardship.

Lauren has extensive experience in providing leadership for youth and young adult ministries within Maritime Conference, nationally and at General Council.  Camps and youth programs have been formative in her call to ministry and Lauren is keen to support these ministries. She has coordinated a variety of youth programs and leadership initiatives in the church and in other settings: in camps, in schools and group homes, serving as director, facilitator and trainer. You may recognize her as a facilitator at Youth Forum; site staff for GO projects in various cities; Design Team at Youth Forum GC42.  She serves on the Moderator’s Advisory Committee.

Lauren brings a commitment to listening and empowering voices of youth and connecting in community. We look forward to the unfolding of Lauren’s gifts in this ministry.

Lauren lives in Sackville, NB where she has been working as a farm mentor/supervisor with a local cooperative. Her creative gestures have been known to show up in CSA baskets.

2. Fall 2016 Call for Nominations


Greetings friends,

Your insights and connections are needed to find church leaders for a number of interesting roles in the current call for nominations:


Anglican Church – United Church Dialogue

Lay or ordered members with an in-depth knowledge of the United Church are needed to join this dialogue with the Anglican Church of Canada


Executive of the General Council, Francophone Ministries

The Executive is seeking a minister who is active within the francophone church and interested in leading during times of change.


General Council Planning Committee: Festival of Faith Coordinator

We are seeking someone who will serve on the General Council Planning Committee to help imagine and lead the creation of a new Festival of Faith component of the next General Council meeting.


Mission & Service Advisory Committee

The Mission & Service Committee is seeking two new members who will bring expertise in stewardship and marketing, including work with youth and young adults.


Permanent Committee on Ministry and Employment Policies and Services

This committee is seeking a young minister in the early stages of their career who can be an effective leader during times of change.


World Communion of Reformed Churches, Delegate

The United Church is seeking one person to join the delegation to the General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Leipzig, Germany, June 29 to July 7, 2017.


Please share these opportunities widely through your networks and directly to those whom you believe would be ideal for one of these roles.

In nominating leaders please consider the specific skills requested but also the church’s commitments to becoming an intercultural church and supporting new and young leadership.


Details on these and other employment and volunteer opportunities can be found here:

The nominations call closes on Wednesday, Oct 26.

As always, I am more than happy to assist anyone with learning more about these roles, or completing the nominations process.

Diane Bosman


Sat. October 15 from 9:45am- 3:30pm

at Trinity St. Stephen’s United Church, Amherst NS 

  • Godly Play is a creative approach to nurturing children’s faith.
  • It values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
  • It supports children in being more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

In this Introductory Workshop Participants will:

  • experience a full Godly Play session and explore the Godly Play method.
  • hear stories
  • look at the pattern of a Godly Play session and the key elements of Godly Play
  • discuss how to adapt Godly Play principles for use with Sunday School, in children’s stories, worship, and pastoral care.

This day is open to all whether you are a leader or parent or you just love hearing stories.

Leadership: Anne Pirie and Nigel Weaver Godly Play Trainers

Please register by sending your name and email to Fay, Registrar for Godly Play Maritimes: Email here.

Cost is $10 and please bring your lunch.





When: Friday October 21, 5:30 p.m. – Sunday October 23, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Tatamagouche Centre

Register: Robyn at   (please advise of any dietary or accessibility concerns)

Cost: $275 (includes all meals and accommodation) cheques payable to ‘Maritime Conference Fund’, send to Maritime Conference Office, 21 Wright Street, Sackville, NB E4L 4P8.  For additional payment options contact Jennifer Whittemore:  Phone 506-536-1334 EX. 6 or Email:

5. REGISTER FOR FALL YF 2016 in Debert, NS

November 11-13th at the Debert Hospitality Centre
– 130 Ventura Dr, Debert, NS B0M 1G0

Cost: $150 (remember to talk to you church, minister, youth group leader or presbytery to ask for sponsorship)

The deadline for registration is October 14. For more information see

6. 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:  

7. 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!

8. Courage to Teach® Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre
Nov 11-13, Fri 2 pm – Sun 1:30 pm


Educators at all levels are experiencing a great deal of stress and pressure due to the increase of internal and ex-ternal demands on the profession. The Courage to Teach® Retreat provides educators an opportunity for rest, re-newal, and re-engagement with their identity and integrity as teachers. Courage to Teach® is a well respected program of personal and professional renewal, created by Parker Palmer & the Center for Courage & Renewal. Brian and Becky are registered facilitators of these retreats. For more information please go to our website   For poster click here.

Leadership: Brian Braganza, Becky McKenna, BEd, PhD

Program Cost: $460 (single occupancy lodging, meals & material)