The conference announcements will be sporadic over the summer due to staff vacation. Enjoy this wonderful sunshine!

The announcements for this week include:

  1. Are you planning a Stewardship Campaign this Fall? Wondering how to increase commitment to your congregation’s ministry?
  2. Godly Play Core Training for Storytellers & Doorpersons
  3. KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed at Tatamagouche Centre September 16, 2017

1. Are you planning a Stewardship Campaign this Fall?
Wondering how to increase commitment to your congregation’s ministry?

The Philanthropy Unit is planning three programs this September for ministers, Stewardship Committee members and Board/Council chairs to help you and your congregation get excited about funding all aspects of your ministry.

Ministers Talking About Mission and Service
September 19

Ministers are uniquely positioned to support individuals and congregations in their Mission & Service giving and congregational stewardship practices. We know that when ministers provide stewardship leadership to their congregations it makes a significant difference both for Mission & Service and for the lively discipleship of the community as a whole:

  • preaching and praying about mission, stewardship and Mission & Service;
  • modelling stewardship as the practice of supporting BOTH the local church AND Mission & Service;
  • guiding and working with your Mission & Service Enthusiast to plan and deliver an annual giving program.

Click HERE for more information

Introducing “We Sing Thanksgiving:” Narrative Budgets
September 25

Every congregation has received a copy of the stewardship package “Called To Be The Church.” In this webinar we’ll kick off this year’s theme: “We Sing Thanksgiving.”

Join us for an orientation to We Sing Thanksgiving giving program + first steps in preparing your Narrative Budget.

Start where you are! Take the first steps with congregational leaders successfully using the program.

In this 1.5 hour interactive webinar we’ll explore

  • how it can change the ways you talk about finances in your church
  • how to create a narrative budget that’s customized to your congregation
  • how to use this as a communications tool for stewardship campaigns, annual meetings, new members, and more

Click HERE for more information

How To Ask from the Pulpit
September 26

It can be tough to talk about money in a sermon. To some clergy it feels like begging for their salary; to others it’s hard to make the connection between the administrative needs of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In this webinar Dave Jagger and Roger Janes will share their experience of encouraging generosity from the pulpit and in other congregational settings, and describe how giving can be a spiritual discipline.

Everyone who attends the full webinar will receive a copy of Cliff Christopher’s book Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate! 

Click HERE for more information

2. Godly Play Core Training for Storytellers & Doorpersons

Register by September 10th, 2017

New Dates Fall 2017! Godly Play Core Training
for Storytellers & Doorpersons

September 22-24, 2017 at Sackville United Church, NB

There are a lot of things you can learn from a book or a lecture, but Godly Play is best learned from the inside out.

At a Godly Play Core Training participants:
· experience and learn about the different kinds of Godly Play stories;
· tell a story by heart and receive supportive feedback;
· learn the fundamentals of setting up your own Godly Play space and program.

Training includes three modules, each with a key plenary session and stories from one of the Godly Play genres:

Module A: Friday  10am-6pm – Sacred Stories & Creating Sacred Environments
Module B: Saturday 9am – 5pm – Parables & the Spirituality of the Child
Module C: Sunday 9am – 5pm – Liturgical Action Stories & the Community of Children

Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Certificate of Accreditation is awarded upon completion of all three required modules.

Visit: to register and for more information.

3. KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed at Tatamagouche Centre September 16, 2017

KAIROS Canada – Reconciliation in the Watershed

 September 16, 2017   Saturday 10 – 5 pm

$15 Registration fee includes lunch
Shuttle from Halifax available

REGISTER NOW or  call 902-657-2231

For schedule click here.

KAIROS Reconciliation in the Watershed

A full-day workshop hosted by KAIROS Canada to renew relationships with Indigenous Peoples and the watersheds in which we live

All are welcome to this day of learning, listening & action!

$15 Registration Fee

Includes Lunch

Bus from Halifax Available 

The bus shuttle will leave Halifax at 8 am at the St. Andrews United Church. Stops along the route are possible in Shubenacadie or Truro if requested in advance.

There is only room for 18 people on a first-come-first-served basis. Please indicate that you would like to use the bus when you register in the notes section.  The shuttle will leave Tatamagouche Centre at 5.15 pm after the workshop.

Thank you to the Mennonite Central Committee for the financial support of the shuttle.

For more information about Reconciliation in the Watershed