The announcements for this week include:

  1. New Archives Hours as of November 1
  2. Pastoral Visitors Workshop – Truro Presbytery
  3. Upcoming Webinars with United in Learning
  4. Maritime Progressives-November 15 & 16
  5. November Programs at Tatamagouche Centre-Register now!

1. New Archives Hours as of November 1

Beginning November 1, the Archives’ new hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at

2. Pastoral Visitors Workshop: Truro Presbytery

Clergy and lay visitors (already visiting or newly interested) are invited to a Pastoral Visitors workshop on Saturday, Nov. 10th at St. Andrew’s United Church, Truro. We gather at 10am and are on our way at 2:30pm.

We consider recent shifts in pastoral care, especially in changing times and within part-time ministry; we explore what makes a visit “pastoral;” and with the assistance of an experienced panel, we reflect on practical strategies to common issues and learn helpful practices to support and nurture a pastoral care team within a community of faith.

The first 30 participants registered will receive 4 sets of 10 seasonal Pastoral Visiting Cards (a Prayer Bench design) to share with those visited. Cards include a photo, scripture, brief reflection and Prayer. Pastoral Visiting Cards are also available for sale.

Register with Kim Curlett at     The cost of this workshop is $10. Lunch is provided.

3. Upcoming Webinars with United in Learning 

Distance Learning for Church Leaders in The United Church of Canada

Register Now!

The following webinars are coming up this fall:

What You Need to Know about Pastoral Relations Right Now
October 1, 2018 1:00 pm 10am PT

Personal & Professional Boundaries for Church Leaders
Introductory course — Oct 18 or Nov 24
Refresher; Social Media — Oct 23 or Nov 14
Refresher: Finances & Gifts — Nov 29 or Dec 7

Webinars for Church Treasurers
September 25, October 30, November 6, November 27 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific

Disabilities and the Church
October 9, November 13, January 8, February 5, March 12 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific

A Giving Program That Works – Loving Our Neighbours 2018
October 10, 2018 1-2:30pm ET / 10-11:30am PT

Racial Justice Workshop
November 17, 2018 (12pm – 4:30pm ET)
November 20 & 22, 2018 (12pm – 2pm ET)

4. Maritime Progressives – November 15 & 16

Maritime Progressives are meeting on November 15 & 16 at Tatamagouche.  This will be a brief check in time to see where people are, to reflect on some of the events/ readings/ ponderings we’ve been having, and reconnect the group. Bring resources to share. We’ll have musicians Dana Pardy and Kevin Parks with us. If you’ve not been to our other gatherings, please feel free to join us.

Register by emailing Pix at   Please e-transfer half of the registration amount to Pix at the same address.

Date and time: Arrive 11:00 am on November 15th, leaving just before lunch on November 16th.

Registration Deadline: October 31

Cost: double/triple booking – 125.+hst; single booking – 150.+hst (these are limited… first ask/pay first receive)

Lunch, a snack, and dinner will be provided on Thursday and breakfast and a snack will be provided on Friday. Please note any dietary needs.

5. November Programs at Tatamagouche Centre – Register now!

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, Registration & deposit deadline: October 12, 2018. Additional Info: Robyn at

Leading Innovative and Engaging Youth Programs (LIEYP) – November 5-8
A high-level training in youth engagement and program planning to enhance their abilities as youth workers, mentors, social workers, employment counselors, teachers, volunteers or recreation staff.

Bringing Role-Playing to Everyone – with Avery Alder – November 23-25
A weekend intensive delving into the art of running roleplaying games for diverse audiences and skill levels with award-winning, queer, game designer, Avery Alder.

Courage to Lead Retreat– November 29-December 1
Are you actively engaged in creating a more just, peaceful, and ecologically responsible world?   Are you passionate about your vocation or cause, but trying to sustain yourself in the midst of heavy demands and the urgency you feel about making a difference? This retreat is a rare opportunity for renewal, deeper connection with kindred spirits and committed peers, and the chance to explore questions of importance to you.

For more information on Tatamagouche Centre, visit