The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Blake, James Allison; MacLean, Lana Belle
  2. Appointment of Office of Vocation Ministers
  3. Fall Youth Forum
  4. Election NB 2018 – Access to Justice Issues
  5. Affirming Ministry Celebration at Sackville United Church
  6. Village in the East Workshops
  7. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Atlantic LU 4: Better Get Ready! Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany
  8. United in Learning Webinar on Archives and Artefacts
  9. Faithful Footprints Grant Program Workshop at Wilmot United Church
  10. Fall Email Retreat-Earth Gratitude
  11. One Day Godly Play Introductory Workshop
  12. Upcoming Events at Tatamagouche Centre
  13. Maritime Church Administrators Association Conference

1. Condolences –

Blake, James Allison
Our sympathy is extended to Rev. Vivian Moores and her family on the death of her father, James Allison Blake, 94, who passed away on September 2, 2018. A funeral service was held on September 8 at Bethel United Church in Nash Creek, NB. Further details can be found in the obituary:

MacLean, Lana Belle
Condolences are extended to the family of Lana MacLean who passed away on September 6, 2018. The funeral was held on September 9 in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. The full obituary can be found at:

2. Appointment of Office of Vocation Ministers

Follow this link to read about the details of the appointment of the Office of Vocation Ministers who will be deployed to serve the regional councils beginning January 1, 2019:

3. 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

4. Election NB 2018 – Access to Justice Issues

Access to Justice Issues were circulated to the New Brunswick political parties regarding the Social Assistance Appeal process and the lack of access to Disability status and related Extended Benefits. The Action to Justice Coalition’s analysis and recommendations, as well as Party responses are now posted under Reports and Updates on the Maritime Conference website at  and can be shared with congregation members and the general public.

5. Affirming Ministry Celebration at Sackville United Church

Sackville United Church invites the churches of Maritime Conference to celebrate with them in becoming an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada on September 30th.  While we recognize that you may not be able to join us on September 30th perhaps you could use one of the vehicles mentioned in the letter below to send us your greetings on this milestone in our life together as a community of faith.

Please click here for further details.

6. 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.

7. Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Atlantic LU 4: Better Get Ready! Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany

October 26-28 at Tatamagouche Centre 

Instructors: Rev. Dr. Ross Bartlett and Rev. Heather Hemming
Program Cost: $250 (tuition, meals & shared accommodations) Single room: $300
Registration deposit: $150.00, residual amount due at program start.
Registration & deposit deadline: October 12, 2018
To Register:
Additional Info: Robyn at

Click here for poster

All those who are licensed or who seek to be licensed as Licensed Lay Worship Leaders are encouraged to register.

8. United in Learning Webinar on Archives and Artefacts

Do you have questions about church archives and artefacts? Curious about what should or should not be sent to the archives? Wondering about what are the possible options for church artefacts that no longer have a church home? Interested in how we can retain the history represented by church artefacts even if we cannot keep them all? To address all these topics and more, United in Learning is offering a webinar entitled “HELP! What do I do with all this STUFF?”

Full title: Archives: HELP! What do I do with all this STUFF?
When: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 2 p.m
Cost: $ 14.99 (or $9.99 if you pay on-line)

For more information and to register, follow this link:

If you are concerned you do not have sufficient computer capacity or internet access to participate, consider getting together with someone who does and having a webinar viewing party. If you will be in the Sackville, NB area and would like to join one of the presenters there please consider doing so. If you find the cost prohibitive to participation, the Maritime Conference Archives Committee may be able to help. If you are considering coming to Sackville, may require help with the cost or have any other questions please contact: Julielynne Anderson, Chair, Maritime Conference Archives Committee, at

9. Faithful Footprints Grant Program Workshop at Wilmot United Church

Stephen Collette of Faith & the Common Good is running an information workshop on the Faithful Footprints Grant Program at Wilmot United Church. With this grant United Churches can receive up to $30,000 in grant monies toward energy efficiency actions within their buildings. Stephen will be talking about energy efficiency in faith buildings during this 1.5 hour free workshop at Wilmot United Church in Fredericton, N.B., on Wednesday, October 17th.

Please pass this information along to your networks, and if anyone has any questions regarding the grant program or the workshop, please feel free to contact Stephen Collette at any time by phone 705-652-5159 or email.

10. 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:

11. One-Day Introductory Godly Play Workshop

Saturday, October 27 from 9:45am- 3:30pm:   Cost is $20.

at the Godly Play Space at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS

  • Godly Play is a creative approach to nurturing children’s faith.
  • It values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
  • It supports children in being more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

In this Introductory Workshop Participants will:

  • Experience a full Godly Play session and explore the Godly Play method.
  • Explore a Godly Play space.
  • Look at the pattern of a Godly Play session and the key elements of Godly Play
  • Discuss how to adapt Godly Play principles for use with Sunday School, in children’s stories, worship, and pastoral care.

This day is open to all whether you are a leader or parent or you just love hearing stories.

Leadership: Shawn Redden, Janice MacLean, Anne Pirie,  Godly Play Canada Trainers

Please register by sending your name and email to Janice, Acting Registrar for Godly Play Maritimes: EMAIL

Cost is $20 and please bring your lunch. Tea/coffee provided.

12. 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.

13. 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