NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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www.ucceast.ca 

Staff Directory

Emergency Response Memos for Regional Council 15 (RC15)       

Making Hope Visible – Podcast


To view upcoming programs at the Tatamagouche Centre please click here.
To view upcoming events at the Atlantic School of Theology please click here.

Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.


Condolences: Muriel Champagne

Condolences are extended to Rev. Deborah Ambridge Fisher (FSLDW),  and family, whose mother Muriel Champagne passed away on October 29, 2021.  The obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: Clayton Austin

Condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Clayton Austin who passed away on October 10, 2021.  Rev. Austin formerly served in both Region 15 and Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters. The obituary can be viewed here.


Covenanting Service between Linton Worrall, Rawdon Pastoral Charge and Regional Council 15

A Covenanting service between Linton Worrall, the Rawdon Pastoral Charge and Region 15 will take place at the Rawdon United Church Sunday November 28 at 2pm.  For those planning to attend proof of vaccination and masking at all times is required


Covenanting Service between Barb Blois-MacNaughton, St. Mark’s United Church (Port Hawkesbury), and Regional Council 15

St. Mark’s United Church, Barb Blois-MacNaughton and Region 15 will be holding their covenanting service on November 21, 2021 at 3pm at St. Marks United Church, 504 Bernard Street, Port Hawkesbury.  Must be fully vaccinated to attend.


It’s Your Call

It’s Your Call is a podcast from the Office of Vocation of the United Church of Canada hosted by Andrew Richardson and Karen Medland. Ever wondered about a call to ministry? Or wanted to hear the stories of those who have answered a call? Then join us here and learn more about how you might answer a call from God to ministry in the United Church of Canada.
https://open.spotify.com/show/6VwiRjP03j4SxJaEZgvPSg (also available on Apple podcast)


Interested in Pastoral Relations?

Region 15 has need of additional Liaisons to support and facilitate the work of Pastoral Relations. Liaisons offer training and guidance with local committees to prepare Profile materials and position descriptions, and to Search for ministry personnel to serve in ministry in local settings. Both lay members and ministry personnel are eligible to serve as Liaisons. Training sessions will be held in January by Zoom. If you are interested in receiving the training and discerning your Call to the role of Liaison, please contact Regional Minister David Hewitt dhewitt@united-church.ca


Boxing Day Service – Mission & Service Sunday

Long before Boxing Day became associated with sales and shopping, it was an occasion for generosity. It seems like a perfect Sunday to highlight Mission & Service.

View the Complete Boxing Day service: Mission & Service Sunday

Work is continuing on creating a video, a bulletin insert, and an announcement for the Boxing Day service, which will be posted on this page as they become available, so please check back regularly.
This service has been created as a series of short reflections that can be easily distributed among a variety of worship leaders.

We hope this service makes your Christmas planning a little bit easier and that it means you have more time to spend with your family over the holidays.


ATTENTION YOUTH 15-19!!!

General Council 44 is coming up, and with that, comes the opportunity for youth between the ages of 15-19 to participate in Youth Forum!  Along with that, Home Group Leaders are needed! Each region will get to have 4 participants (the other 1 from each region is your commissioner…please speak to me if you have questions about who that person is from your region) to the event that takes place throughout the year, starting in the winter of 2022.  As you’ll see, it is also an opportunity for employment!  Share both of these links far and wide.

Please email or phone Catherine Stuart, Regional Minister for Children, Youth and Young Adults, for further information, cstuart@united-church.ca 1-800-268-3781 ext 6158

Youth Forum Delegate

Home Group Leader


Invitation to Work Together in Response to Climate Crisis (Halifax Regional Municipality)

Calling all United Church members or groups who are passionate about the climate crisis!  We, the members of the Earth Spirit Action Team of St. Matthew’s United Church are reaching out to others who would like to work with us to find ways to respond to the crisis that we are facing. Our team has been working in our congregation for over 2 years to provide information and possible actions that we as Christian people can take.  We would like to network with other groups, teams or individuals in communities of faith in the HRM to explore how we can work together to build a stronger voice, to create ideas for action, and to provide support for one another on behalf of God’s creation. We hope you will join us.

If you are interested, please contact Elaine Murray at edamur50@gmail.com


How are the Children? Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention

There are hundreds of Palestinian children in Israeli jails – there is something Canada can do!”
Come, to a public witness of the treatment of Palestinian children by Israel’s military; ask Canada to stand up for these children’s rights

When: Monday Nov. 22nd, 12 noon to 1:00 PM (rain date, Monday Nov. 29th)
Where: in front of the old/Memorial Library, Spring Garden Rd., Halifax

According to UNICEF and ‘Defence for Children International Palestine’, a United Church partner in mission, every year an average of 700 Palestinian children are arrested, mistreated, detained and prosecuted in Israel’s military court system.
We care about children: our children, our grandchildren, all children. We are part of a nation-wide campaign, “Canada, Stand Up for Palestinian Children’s Rights”, a broad-based group calling on the Canadian government to take one step towards protecting the children of Palestine. Join us!


The Canadian Friends of Sabeel Virtual JGML 2021 lecture – with Alma Brooks and Dr. Rashid Khalidi!

Join us for our Virtual JGML 2021 lecture, to be held on December 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm (AST) – with Alma Brooks and Dr. Rashid Khalidi – as we discuss settler-colonialism, resistance, and solidarity from Turtle Island to Palestine. Please click here to register or to find out more information.


Take Action for Climate Justice

Follow this link to a printable pledge card that can be handed out to your church members to put on their fridge at home. We want everyone to be actively thinking of how they can help our planet. We would love to have a photo of your church members with their pledge cards for our climate work also, photos can be emailed to sheila.vs@outlook.com – UCC Eco-Justice Working Group, Atlantic


Congregational Escape Room Event Planning Session 

Please join us on Nov 18 (9-5) to plan and test an awesome all ages escape room/lockbox event for your congregation. Join experienced gamers and designers as we collaborate on this epic Christmas adventure! We’ll give you a supplies list to prepare, a full script including puzzles to solve, a slide show should you choose to host your event online, a template for a Christmas tree ornament to include in your box, a customizable budget AND a granting opportunity to cut down on your start up costs! It’s not too good to be true – if we work together!
Please note: only 10 grants will be given and active participation in the planning day is required.

This event will be both in person at Hope United Church in Halifax and on Zoom (participants will be able to be online and have time away to work on plans). A Zoom link will be sent out once we receive your registration.

Please email Annika Sangster annika.sangster@stjohnsunited.com with any questions about the day!

Planning day registration form: https://forms.gle/EeFjsAbMVgyoSJQLA
Grant application form: https://forms.gle/nNS1E3rtM5nigRX97


Vacancy – Communications Person for aUCC 

At this exciting time in the life of the Association of United Church Clergy, we are looking for someone who is proficient in social media and communication. This person would be responsible for managing social media engagement with United Church Clergy through various social media platforms and a well-established website portal (ie. no website design expected). The communications person will also manage registration for the bi-yearly events for the Association by creating Eventbrite invitations and tracking registration.

Proficiency in use of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Mailchimp and Eventbrite is expected. An understanding of the United Church of Canada and the working life of clergy is important.
3 hours per week, $24.00 per hour.   This is a one-year term to be renewed. Contact info@yoursanctuary.ca for more information and/or to submit a resume.