The announcements for this last week of September include:

  1. Condolences – Ethel Dillon
  2. Special Meeting of the 42nd General Council – September 30th, 2017
  3. Remit Implementation update
  4. MORE THAN FRIENDS Video Preview
  5. French For Ministry Course – Level 1
  6. SAVE THE DATE!  November 4th – Mental Health Work Moving Forward
  7. South Shore Presbytery–Fall and Winter Workshops, 2017-18
  8. Common Vision Concerts coming to three locations in the Maritimes

1. Condolences – 

DILLON, Ethel Catherine

Sympathy is extended to the family of Ethel Catherine Dillon, age 96 years, who passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Please click on this link for full obituary.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, October 15 at Bridgewater United Church, Rev. Ron Frampton officiating.

2. Special Meeting of the 42nd General Council – September 30th, 2017

Information for the September 30 special meeting of the 42nd General Council

Please follow the link for more detailed information on the September 30, 2017 meeting of the 42nd General Council

3. Remit Implementation update

Please follow this link to go to the General Council Remit implementation update page. Included on this page is the recent information document outlining the process as known to date.

4. MORE THAN FRIENDS Video Preview

Curious about the More Than Friends Marriage Preparation Video series? Want to watch one of the core videos and see the couple worksheet. You can! Learn more in this More Than Friends blog post:

5. French For Ministry Course – Level 1

Date:  November 6-10, 2017

Location: Mountain View United Church, 85 MacBeath Ave, Moncton, NB E1C 6Z3

Cost: $350 includes lunch each day

French for Ministry will help you improve your French language skills, practise the language in a safe environment, and acquire specific church vocabulary. You will become comfortable  welcoming francophones who turn up at your church, reading a scripture passage in French, and presiding over an occasional bilingual baptism or wedding. It will also be a chance to explore ways of introducing French into your local ministry. If you have always wanted to reach out to your French-speaking neighbours, you will find new resources and insights. Bienvenue!

To register click here! To apply for an individual learning grant click here. If you do not receive a confirmation email, it is likely that your registration has not been received. Please try again or contact the Conference Office for assistance 506-536-1334 or .

Registration deadline September 30th!

6. SAVE THE DATE!  November 4th – Mental Health Work Moving Forward

This is an invitation to any who have an interest in or a passion for dealing with mental health concerns in churches and the community at large.  The Mental Health Working Group of the Church in Action Committee of Maritime Conference is hosting a gathering on November 4th to move its work forward.  Mark your calendar!

The gathering will be held at the Maritime Conference Centre in Sackville, NB starting at 10:00 am and windup by 3:30 pm.  Light lunch provided.


1.) To begin evolving a plan for Maritime Conference’s strategic approach to offering mental health awareness-building, programming, and services in faith communities and beyond.

2.) To form a network of people with a longer term interest in supporting the work of the Mental Health Working Group of the Maritime Conference Church in Action Committee.

The discussions will center upon the priorities identified by Maritime Conference in May 2017 and how best the Conference, Presbyteries and Pastoral Charges can implement these priorities.   It is intended that at this gathering a core group will be formed to lead the Working Group’s work over the longer term; sub-groups will take up particular interests; and timelines for initiatives will be sketched out.

You can help make a difference!


7. South Shore Presbytery Fall and Winter Workshops, 2017-18

  • Sept 30, 9:30 to 3:30 – Theme for the Day: “Speaking the Truth in Love …”
  • November 18, 9:30 to 3:30 – Theme for the Day:  “Growing Up in Every Way …”
  • January 13, 9:30 to 2:30 (snow date is afternoon of January 14) –Theme for the Day: “As Each Part Promotes the Body’s Growth…”

Click here for details.

8. Common Vision Concerts coming to three locations in the Maritimes

Canadian Foodgrains Bank “envisions a world without hunger and believes that every person is created and loved by God and has the right to adequate food.” You are invited to join in this vision of ensuring more people have access to food.  “Common Vision” concerts help by singing to end hunger.  A central part of the Common Vision presentations across Canada features a medley of the hymns and songs of Saskatchewan poet, and former UCC Moderator, Walter Farquharson and BC composer, Ron Klusmeier.

In 2016, the first of these Canadian Foodgrains Bank national awareness events (Spring into Song) was presented in 41 Canadian communities, raising $80,000 to provide food for the hungry of our world.  This was a follow-up to the 2012-2013 Tour of a Lifetime which saw Ron and his partner Christina presenting 135 concerts across Canada and raising another $60,000 for Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Common Vision takes those two important initiatives to the next level.  Please consider attending one of the three concerts coming up in October or even hosting a Common Vision concert in your church or community!

Sunday, October 15 – 7:00 pm TRINITY UNITED CHURCH
415 Upper Onslow Rd & Meeting House Rd – Upper Onslow, NS 902-665-4769

Sunday, October 15 – 3:00 pm  DAWN OMAN ART GALLERY
298 Granville St – Bridgetown, NS 902-665-4769

Monday, October 16 – 7:00 pm ST MARK’S UNITED CHURCH
504 Bernard St – Port Hawkesbury, NS  902-625-2229

Click here for poster.