The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Crocker, Frederick Stuart “Ted;” Knight, John Sherman
  2. Fall Youth Forum
  3. Village in the East Workshops
  4. Fall Email Retreat – Earth Gratitude
  5. Godly Play Core Training for Storytellers & Doorpersons
  6. Upcoming Events at Tatamagouche Centre
  7. Continuing Studies at the Centre for Christian Studies
  8. Maritime Church Administrator’s Association Conference

1. Condolences – 

Crocker, Frederick Stuart “Ted”

We extend our condolences to Lori Crocker and her family on the death of her father, Frederick Stuart “Ted” Crocker, 89, of Windsor, N.S., who passed away on August 30, 2018. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, at the Windsor United Church. Further details can be found in the obituary at:


Knight, John Sherman

Our sympathy is extended to Elaine Gray and her husband Alan Gray on the death of Elaine’s father, John Sherman Knight, 91, of Pictou, N.S., who passed away on September 1, 2018. Visitation will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11th in McLaren Funeral Home, Pictou. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 12th in Pictou United Church. Further details can be found at:

2. Fall Youth Forum

September has arrived, which means Fall Youth Forum is quickly approaching! Held at Sherbrooke Lake Camp in New Ross, NS Sept 28th -30th. Links below for participant registration and facilitator application. Sign up today!

Fall Youth Forum Participant Application Form

Fall Youth Forum Facilitator Application Form

3. Village in the East Workshops

Liked the Blanket Exercise?  Want to go deeper in understanding Indigenous history, culture, and relations to settlers?

You will love the “Village” exercise!

 This workshop focuses on the social structures of “the village” – the traditional ways within indigenous communities pre-contact.  In this workshop every participant takes part in an exercise that demonstrates the wisdom and interconnections between traditional indigenous values, community and family structures, governance, spirituality and worldviews. Then it shows how the forces of colonization broke these down. Kathi Camilleri facilitates the exercise and extensive debriefing in a gentle, thoughtful, capable manner and also invites exploring revival and reclaiming those deeply held values that supported healthy communities, peoples, and relationship with Earth.

It is a valuable teaching tool for social workers, university staff and students, clergy, church leaders, really anyone who seeks to have a deeper understanding of the wide reaching issues affecting indigenous people in our area.

Kathi Camilleri will be in the Maritimes from Sept. 23rd – 30th. Workshops are scheduled for Nova Scotia Monday and Tuesday, Sackville, NB on Thursday, and in Fredericton on Friday and Saturday.  Look for an opportunity near you.

4. Fall Email Retreat – Earth Gratitude

Beginning with a Welcome Email on September 12. In this four week email retreat series, we celebrate the season of creation and deepen our thankfulness for the gift of life.

This Retreat series will invite you on a journey into the heart of gratitude. There will be wisdom readings to sit with, reflections to ponder, questions for journalling and taking you deeper, and there are gratitude practices to explore. You spend time with your retreat when you are able. Some participants like to set aside one block of time a week; others work on it a bit each day or integrate it with established practices. There is no right way. Choose activities that feel right to you to explore. I offer a variety of choices for different prayer personalities and time commitments. Based on the work of Diana Butler Bass, Robin Wall Kimmerer and various praise poets.

Learn more here:

5. Godly Play Core Training for Storytellers & Doorpersons

New Dates Fall 2018 in Halifax!  September & October

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 is offered by accredited trainers from Godly Play Maritimes and includes three modules, each with a key plenary session and stories from one of the Godly Play genres:

Module A: Friday, Sept 21st – 8:30 am -5:30 pm – Sacred Stories & Creating Sacred Environments
Module B: Saturday, Sept 22nd – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm – Parables & the Spirituality of the Child
Module C: Saturday, Oct. 27th – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm – Liturgical Action Stories & the Community of Children

All modules will be hosted at First Baptist, 1300 Oxford St., Halifax, NS

Certificate is awarded upon completion of all three required modules. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. However full registration is due in advance of commencement of program.

Cost: $350

Visit: to register and for more information.

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: $60 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.

6. Upcoming Events at Tatamagouche Centre

Click here for a list of upcoming events at Tatamagouche Centre and spread the news through your networks. A full list of the events can be found on the Centre Facebook page.

7. Continuing Studies at the Centre for Christian Studies

Reseed, rejuvenate, reconnect

Enriching, connecting and relevant to life and work in ministry, ordered or lay, Continuing Studies at the Centre for Christian Studies are at once soul-filling, spiritual and practical. Fall learning circles begin in October. Check us out today! Step away from the day-to-day to be fed and renewed.

8. Maritime Church Administrators Association Conference

Attention Church Secretaries!

Maritime Church Administrators Association is holding a one day conference on Saturday, September 22nd at Tatamagouche Centre.

Now is your chance to come and find out what we are all about!  We will be holding two workshops, our Annual Meeting and a worship service.

$35, includes snacks and lunch at the Centre.  RSVP to or call if you have questions – 902-895-8098