The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Rev. Ronald Maund
  2. Godly Play Core Training for Storytellers & Doorpersons
  3. Refresher for Godly Play Storytellers and Doorpersons
  4. Our Committees Need You!
  5. Youth Forum Seeking Facilitators
  6. Third Party Neutral Conflict Resolution-Module 1- to be offered in February
  7. Attention Church Secretaries/Administrators!
  8. United Church Men’s Spring Rally 2018

1. Condolences – Rev. Ronald (Ron) I. Maund

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Ilene (Norrie) and family on the death of the Rev. Ron Maund who passed away on Tuesday, January 30th at the Moncton Hospital.  Ron’s funeral will take place at Park Royal United Church, 11 Christie Drive in Charlottetown PEI on Friday, February 2 at 2:00 PM with the Rev Kevin MacKenzie presiding and the Rev Bill MacLeod assisting.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Ferguson Funeral Home here in Moncton. Full obituary available online at

2.  Godly Play Core Training for Storytellers & Doorpersons
     New Dates Spring 2018!
     3 Saturdays: March 24, April 21, May 5 – 8:30am-5:30pm
     Nashwaaksis United Church, Fredericton, 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: Saturday, March 24th – 8:30 am -5:30 pm (Storm date April 14) – Sacred Stories & Creating Sacred Environments
Module B: Saturday, April 21st – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm – Parables & the Spirituality of the Child
Module C: Saturday, May 5th – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm –  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. Refresher for Godly Play Storytellers and Doorpersons

Come again! Godly Play Storytellers and Doorpersons are invited to attend the Core Training as a refresher.  Join with a new cohort of storytellers and share your experiences and refresh your skills. Choose one module or come for all three! Cost: $50 per day module includes lunch and snacks.

Complete registration form for Core Training and note in comments to the registrar that you are attending training module(s) as a refresher and the date you originally completed Core Training.

Visit: to register and for more information.

4. Our Committees Need You!

Serving on a Conference committee is a wonderful opportunity to serve the church, meet new people, and learn new skills. We need volunteers to serve in many different roles. If you would consider volunteering your time, please fill out the Committee Interest Form on the Conference website:

5. Youth Forum Seeking Facilitators

Maritime Conference Youth Forum is looking for some additional 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 Moncton May 4 to 6.

Apply online at the following site:

Deadline for applications is Friday, February 9, 2018.

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

6. Third Party Neutral Conflict Resolution-Module 1- to be offered in February

AST welcomes the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution back to campus this term for a second offering of TPN1, the first module towards a Third Party Neutral Conflict Resolution Certificate. This is a prerequisite for all of the other TPN modules, so if you missed it when it was offered last fall, this your opportunity to take part in this 5-day training unit.

Third Party Neutral Conflict Resolution Certificate

WHEN: February 19 to 23, 2018
WHERE: AST Campus, 660 Francklyn Street, Halifax, NS
COST: $1,600 plus HST / Not for profit rate is $1,150 / FT Students $600 / PT Students $850
REGISTRATION: Register online

The Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution and AST have partnered to bring this program to the AST campus. Known as TPN, this unique, comprehensive and accredited four-module program (160 hours), will teach participants how to uncover the sources and dynamics of conflicts, clarify intentions, and facilitate the development of solutions toward reconciliation.

TPN 1 is the first training module (of four), and participants will receive a 40-hour certificate, upon completion. (A 160-hour Third Party Neutral Program Certificate is issued upon completion of all four modules. Please refer to the CICR website for further information:

TPN 1 is the prerequisite for all of the other TPN modules. In this first module, participants will:

  • Explore the spectrum of conflict resolution.
  • Examine the layers of conflict with an emphasis on deep-rooted / identity-based issues.
  • Discover the core attributes of community-based conflict resolution.
  • Learn the core principles for being an effective Third Party Neutral.
  • Practice various techniques, including guidelines for mediators, the mediation process and process checklists.
  • Be introduced to facilitation, group dynamics and framing of issues through role plays.

Trainer: Patricia Brady, B.A, M.Ed, CCC, Certified Mediator (FMC) and Accredited Peace Professional

  • As a certified mediator and facilitator with more than 15 years of experience, Patricia is an expert in conflict resolution. Passionately dedicated, she has taught all four modules of the TPN program since 2010.
  • Email Patricia Brady

Project Coordinator: Marilyn J. Sweet, M. Div (AST1992) TPN (2015) Q. Med (2017)
Email Marilyn Sweet

7. Attention Church Secretaries/Administrators! 

Maritime Church Adminsitrators Association’s annual conference will take place the weekend of April 27, 28, and 29, 2018.

Our mission statement:  To provide experiences and to develop support systems for Church Administrators that will enable them to share ideas, concerns and resources, thus helping them to exercise their ministry more effectively.

New members welcome.

30th Anniversary Celerbations – this year marks our 30th year in existence… we encourage past and present admininstrators to join for a fun afternoon on the 28th at Tatamagouche Centre.  Special guests:  local author Sheree Fitch and special guest musicians Rev. Valerie Kingsbury and Chris Bowman.

Know of a past secretary?  Administrator?  Please let them know!  All information can be found on our website: under the Annual Conference tab.

8. United Church Men’s Spring Rally 2018

When: April 21, 2018 
Where: Trinity St. Stephen United Church, Amherst, NS

United Church Men of Maritime Conference are excited to invite men from across the Maritimes  to our Spring Rally.  “Ross Lockhart will play a key role in preparing leaders able to respond effectively to what God will do in a church and world beyond our capacity to anticipate. We can think of no minister who is likely to be more helpful in producing effective leaders ready to serve a church that serves the world in Christ’s name.” – Dr. Stephen Farris, Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall.

The cost is $45 and includes Muffins and Coffee and a full turkey dinner.  Pre-register before April 15 for $40!

For more information and to register click here.