The announcements for this last week before the Christmas holidays include:

  1. Holiday Hours
  2. Youth Forum Seeking Facilitators
  3. Prayer Bench Subscription Packages
  4. Archives and Artefact Beacon Newest Edition
  5. Maritime Conference Heritage Commemorations
  6. Pine Hill Continuing Education Bursary 2018-2019
  7. Promoting Wellness and EFAP to Employees and Employers

1. Holiday Hours

Maritime Conference Office will be closing on Friday, December 22 at noon and reopening on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 for the Christmas holidays. Voicemail and email will continue to work as normal, and will be responded to promptly upon return to work.  If your concern is particularly urgent during this period, please leave your message with David Hewitt, Executive Secretary, at or 506-536-1334 ext #1.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2. Youth Forum Seeking Facilitators

Maritime Conference Youth Forum is looking for some folks who are enthusiastic about youth ministry to be home group facilitators at the Spring 2018 Youth Forum event, which coincides with the Annual Meeting of Maritime Conference scheduled for May 24-27, 2018.

You would spend four faith-filled and inspirational days with youth between Grade 10 and age 19.  It is a transformational experience for youth and facilitators alike.

In addition to being fully present at the event itself, facilitators must be available for a training weekend in Halifax (likely the last or second-to-last weekend of April).

Apply online at the following site:

Deadline for applications is Friday, December 22, 2017.

More information on being a Youth Forum facilitator can be obtained from Larry Hale (Chair of the YF Planning Team) at

3. Prayer Bench Subscription Packages

A Prayer Bench Subscription package is ….

  • Order once and receive notice as each resource is ready.
  • The resources are yours forever. Use them when you need them.
  • Save! Your subscription saves money and helps the Prayer Bench.

See what’s NEW in the packages this year. Learn more and read testimonials.

4. Archives and Artefact Beacon Newest Edition

Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas! The newest edition of the Archives and Artefact Beacon is here! Click here for link.

5. Maritime Conference Heritage Commemorations

Check it out! Three new Maritime Conference Heritage Commemorations are up on The United Church Heritage Website! Click here.

6. Pine Hill Continuing Education Bursary 2018-2019

Annually, Pine Hill Divinity Hall at the Atlantic School of Theology offer a Continuing Education bursary for which Ordered Ministers may apply.

Applications must be made by February 1st, 2018 before commencement of study.

Click here for details and guidelines.

7. Promoting Wellness and EFAP to Employees and Employers

Support resources for United Church ministry personnel, employees and families.


New tools are being offered by the United Church of Canada to support our leadership and employees to assist with issues of stress and emotional health as well as other possible debilitating life situations.

Below are links to allow you to see these resources.  Please share this information with your clergy and lay employees.

May your Advent journey be filled with Peace, Hope, Joy & Love.


EFAP – December newsletter attached

Lifespeak – Launch postcard and launch email

See Attached Postcards – English postcardFrench postcard