The announcements for this week include:

  1. French For Ministry Course – Deadline Extended
  2. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Orientation Event & LLWL Learning Units
  3. Staff News
  4. Mental Health Work Moving Forward – November 4th
  5. Common Vision Concerts Coming To 3 Locations In The Maritimes
  6. Liberatory Story & Play at Tatamagouche Centre – Nov 10-12, 2017
  7. Camp Wegesegum Town Hall Meeting – Oct 26th, 2017

1. French For Ministry Course – Level 1 – Deadline Extended

Date:  November 6-10, 2017

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

Cost: $350 includes lunch each day

Update! We have reached the minimum number of registrations necessary for this program to go ahead.  However, there is still room for a few more people! Please register before October 16th.

If you want to get 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 hereIf 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 October 16th!

2. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Orientation Event & LLWL Learning Units

For information about the upcoming Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Orientation Event (October 27-29) to be held at St. Paul’s United Spryfield see attached poster.

A revised brochure outlining 2017-2018 LLWL Learning Units to be held at Tatamagouche Centre is also attached here.

To register click here.

With questions email Robyn at

3. Staff News

Lorraine Horyl, after 27 years of faithful service, has indicated her intention to retire as of December 31, 2017. Lorraine has provided exemplary service in a variety of areas over her time with Maritime Conference, but it is certainly in the area of support for the Conference Personnel Minister and the work of Pastoral Relations that she is best known. As Presbyteries and Pastoral Charges have wrestled with the delicate work of finalizing changes in ministry personnel, Lorraine has provided gentle and persistent support and direction. We will miss her, even as she enjoys her well-earned retirement! There will be a time for recognition and appreciation for Lorraine at the Conference Annual Meeting in May, 2018.

Given the current state of transition in the United Church organizational structure, Lorraine’s position will not be immediately filled. Rather, administrative work will be redistributed among our current Conference staff. Further details will be provided once they are finalized.

4. Mental Health Work Moving Forward – November 4th

Register Now!  

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.

For more information and to register click here:

5. Common Vision Concerts Coming To 3 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 902-895-4188

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

Sunday, October 22 – 2:00 pm  TRINITY UNITED CHURCH
90 Spring Street – Summerside, PE  902-436-3155

Click here for poster.

6. Liberatory Story & Play at Tatamagouche Centre Nov 10-12, 2017 

with Game Designer Avery Alder

November 10-12, 2017 – Friday 5:30 pm to Sunday 5:30 pm


Game designer Avery Alder will introduce participants to tabletop roleplaying games and the transformative power of play. Exploring themes ranging from queer heartbreak to post-apocalyptic community to daring skyship adventure, participants will dive into playing a number of these games. Avery will highlight how games can be used as tools for better understanding ourselves, our relationships, and our collective struggles. Along the way, there will be conversations, skill-building, and time for reflection in break-out affinity groups.
Everyone will leave with the resources and knowledge to run games in their own communities. Learn how roleplaying games can be a force for reflection, transformation, and community!

Liberatory Story and Play will equip community leaders, youth, and support workers with unique tools for exploring and addressing issues of marginalized identity, community mental health, and collective struggle in a diverse and complex world.

Program Leadership Support provided by Rena Kulczycki

Program Cost: $375 (tuition, meals & lodging in a shared room)

$295 (tuition & meals only)

Can’t afford it?

Limited bursaries available! Please download the Bursary Form, fill it out, and email it back to us.


Thank you to the “Embracing the Spirit Innovation Fund” for financial support of this program!

Registration deadline: Thursday October 26, 2017

To register  click here or  call 902-657-2231

For poster click here.

7. Camp Wegesegum Town Hall Meeting – Oct 26th

Town Hall Meeting to discuss a possible week of residential summer camp for area children ages 9-12.
Please join us Thursday, Oct. 26th, 2017 at 7pm
At the Chipman-Minto Area Lions Club
6408 Route 10, Upper Salmon Creek NB E4A 1E3

Click here for more information.