The announcements for this week include:

  1. Region 15 Governance Handbook
  2. Climate Change Webinar, January 25
  3. Designated Lay Ministers Webinar, January 30
  4. Youth Forum Facilitators Wanted
  5. I@C Facilitators Wanted
  6. Winter Gaming Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre, February 8-10
  7. More Than Friends Leader Package Now Has More!
  8. Prayer Bench 2019 Subscription Packages

1. Region 15 Governance Handbook

Do you know that the Region 15 Governance Handbook is posted on the Region 15 page on the Maritime Conference website? It is found under the “About Us” section.  You can also access it by clicking here. In a couple of weeks there will be a recorded training session available to help you to become familiar with this living document. In the meantime, please take some time to read through it.

2. Climate Change Webinar, January 25, 4 pm
The Church in Action Environment Working Group invites you to join the Webinar described below. The annual U.N. climate change conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24) ended on December 15, 2018, and many are wondering what actually happened and what it means for climate action moving forward. Climate Action Network Canada (a United Church partner) is offering a free webinar with a full overview of all the top issues and events from COP24 plus ideas for what comes next. Various perspectives from Canadian civil society will be explored.

This webinar will take place on January 25, 2019 at 4 pm AT. Click here to register.

The United Church, KAIROS Canada, and the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund partnered to send two observers to COP24. Read observer Jessica Steele’s final reflections on the global climate conference here.

3. Designated Lay Ministers Webinar, January 30

A group of DLMs (Designated Lay Ministers) have set up a webinar for 1pm (EST), Wednesday, January 30th to discuss a draft document for establishing a DLM Community of Practice (A National Community of Practice Celebrating and Advocating for Designated Lay Ministers).  We have sent out emails to every DLM (in active ministry, retired, in training), using a list from the General Council Office.

In case you did not receive it, the email we sent out is posted on the brand new DLM FaceBook page or you can read it by clicking here.

DLMs are invited to apply to join our Facebook Group

Contact the interim planning committee through this email, particularly to RSVP your planned participation in the webinar:

Please share this info with every Designated Lay Minister you know!

4. Youth Forum Facilitators Wanted

Youth Forum is now looking for people to fulfill this important role of facilitator. Applications are due February 2nd, 2019.

Are you a Youth Forum alumni? Do you love working with youth? Do you want to have the best weekend of your life? Do you love to dance, sing, pray, eat, and party with 100 youth from the Maritimes and Bermuda?

Are you over the age of 21 or have completed your “gap year” (taken one year off from your last year as a YF participant)?

If you answer “yes” to any of the above, you should apply to be a Youth Forum Facilitator and lead small groups of teens in faithful discussions and be part of our wonderful family.

Go to to fill out the application.

5. I@C Facilitators Wanted

Together we are more! Be a leader with I@C

I@C is looking for a fun and diverse set of facilitators who enjoy working with Jr High aged youth for our program during the regional meetings.

Applications can be filled out online at
by the end of February (sooner is better!)

Please pass along to anyone you feel has gifts, talents and interest!

I@C 2019 Seek.Love.Walk.

6. Winter Gaming Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre, February 8-10

Register Now for the Winter Gaming Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre

February 8 – February 10, 2019.

Storm Date: February 22-24, 2019

A peer-led weekend get-away to play tabletop roleplaying games!

Whether you’ve never played a roleplaying game before, or you’ve been playing for years, this a winter retreat to gather with others to play some new and familiar games.

Some of the themes we will explore together:

  • how to make the move from player to game leader
  • how to build inclusion and community through games
  • how to support diversity, disability, and mental health through RPGs

Leadership of this retreat is a collaboration between the volunteers of Heroes and Adventurers and the Tatamagouche Centre.

Sliding scale registration cost – $150-$350 – as well as low-income bursaries available.

Deadline to register: Jan 31 – register before the deadline to reserve your spot.

7. More Than Friends Leader Package Now Has More!

Purchase a Leader’s Package and get 5 printed couple gift certificates, which you receive by mail. Support the couples in your community of faith by giving them a Couple package and help contribute to the creation of a healthy marriage. Visit the More Than Friends webpage:

8. Prayer Bench 2019 Subscription Packages 

Only available until January 31.  See the new resources for 2019 and compare packages. There is also a value package for Students and Learning Sites. Visit here to learn more: