The announcements for this week include:

  1. New Archives Hours as of November 1
  2. Call for Nominations – General Council Nominations Committee
  3. Another Pastoral Visitors Workshop at Chignecto Presbytery, Maritime Conference Centre
  4. Living Nativity – An Advent Prayer Bench Small Group Study
  5. November Programs at Tatamagouche Centre-Register now!
  6. Paul Wattson Seminar & Lecture at AST, November 5
  7. Invitation: Spiritual Movement for Ecological Justice

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. Call for Nominations – General Council Nominations Committee

The General Council Nominations Committee has launched a call for nominations for a few key vacancies. People across the church are invited to express their interest, or nominate others who have the gifts to serve well in these leadership roles.

Commission on Faith and Witness
We are seeking one member to represent the United Church on this Commission of the Canadian Council of Churches. Click the above link for more information.
Closing Date:  October 31, 2018

 The Manual Committee
We are seeking two critical thinkers with plenty of church experience to join The Manual Committee. At least one of the new members will be a lawyer or have a law degree. Click the above link for more information.
Closing Date: October 31, 2018

Expressions of interest and nominations can be submitted using this simple online form by October 31.

3. Another Pastoral Visitors Workshop at Chignecto Presbytery, Maritime Conference Centre

Clergy and lay visitors (already visiting or newly interested) are invited to a Pastoral Visitors workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3rd at the Maritime Conference Centre, Sackville. We gather at 10:00am and are on our way at 3:00pm.

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 Anna Peters at or phone 506-383-1479.  There is no cost. Please bring your own lunch.

This workshop is supported by the generosity of the Maritime Conference, the Presbytery Christian Life & Growth Committee and the Prayer Bench ministry.

4. Living Nativity: An Advent Prayer Bench Small Group Study

I expect you have one, a favourite creche. At the beginning of Advent we unpack the figures and place them in their traditional poses. There they stand and witness to the story of incarnation. In this four week small group study, we take a closer look at the figures and how their presence in the story connects with the human spiritual journey.

We explore incarnation in the bigger picture of Love and as a practice of cooperation. We see how each figure can infuse the ordinary, and we ask who is always in the story and never in the creche. Our beloved figures they take us deeply into the mystery of incarnation and the Divine Longing at the heart of “the hopes and fears of all the years.” Love is fully here, and isn’t yet.

We never get tired of the story.  This Advent Small group study is written by: Janice MacLean, Host of the Prayer Bench and Nigel Weaver.  Cost: $29

Learn more about the Small Group Study and what you receive:

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

6. Paul Wattson Seminar & Lecture at AST, November 5

Paul Wattson Seminar & Lecture on Monday, November 5, 2018
Guest Speaker: Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina

Afternoon Seminar at 2 p.m.
AST – St. Columba Chapel
634 Francklyn Street, Halifax, NS

Lecture: On the Road Together: An Ecumenical Turn to the Practical at 7 p.m.
Saint Mary’s University
Scotiabank Conference Theatre
Sobey Building
903 Robie Street, Halifax, NS

The Paul Wattson Seminar and Lecture are brought to Halifax by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, and AST is pleased to be a sponsor, in cooperation with Saint Mary’s University. The seminar and evening lecture honour the memory of the Rev. Paul James Francis Wattson, S.A. (1863-1940), founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and pioneer for the cause of Christian unity. These lectures bring in an international leader in the field of ecumenism to speak on a current ecumenical topic. Because of its long history of ecumenical cooperation, AST was selected by the Atonement Friars as the Atlantic Canadian venue for this series.

7. Invitation: Spiritual Movement for Ecological Justice

To nurture our spirits and root ourselves in our local watershed as we continue on a path towards reconciliation”.

All are welcome to this time of learning and meditation!

A Partnership of the Environment Network of the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI, KAIROS Canada and Christ Church, Dartmouth.

Sunday November 18, 2018
Christ Church, 61 Dundas St., Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

11: 30              Optional Meditation & Movement
12: 30              Lunch provided
1:30 – 4pm      Main Session