NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS (FSLDW)

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Staff Directory

Emergency Response Memos for Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters (FSLDW)

Making Hope Visible – Podcast

Spark Newsletter


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

Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters (FSLDW) Committee Interest form.


Condolences: Paul Andrew MacWilliams 

Condolences are extended to Rev. Kym Burke (RC15) upon the sudden passing of her companion, Paul Andrew MacWilliams who passed away on March 13, 2022.   The obituary can be viewed here.


Supporting Ukraine

Members of regional council have asked how we can help support the people of the Ukraine during this crisis.

The United Church has provided an opportunity to contribute financially, should you wish to do so, please see this link .
If you have a Ukrainian community in your neighbourhood, please reach out to them and consider offering support and care.
Host a vigil or worship service, to pray and acknowledge the range of emotions that we feel as we listen to and watch the news. This may also be a time to collect donations for the help and support through our united Church.
As people come into Canada as refugees, you may want to check with your local government officials to see what your congregation or community can do to help.

1 Corinthians 12:26 “when one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.”

We hold in prayer all those who search for peace. May it be so.
Rev. Faith March-MacCuish


How will we meet as a Region going forward? – Closes Friday

Read the memo from the Annual Meeting Planning Committee here. The questionnaire closes Friday, March 18, 2022.


Annual Meeting Registration is Open

Registration is open for the annual meeting. Please read the memo sent from the Executive Minister. Visit the annual meeting webpage regularly for the latest updates and information on the upcoming meeting.


Elected Members to Regional Council 2022

Please use the below link to complete the form for elected members to Regional Council for 2022.

FSLDW Elected Members form

View FSLDW Elected Members to Council Memo


Pastoral Charge Information Form

The 2022 Pastoral Charge Information Form can be found on our Regional Council website under forms.

If you have had your annual congregational meeting and have elected your governing body for 2022, please click on the below link to complete.  If you have not had your annual meeting, and have the same people serving in the governing body, we kindly ask you to still fill out the information forms.  Thanks to those Pastoral Charges that have already submitted their forms.

FSLDW – 2022 Information Form


Nominations are Open for President-Elect

Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council is seeking nominations for President-Elect. The President serves for a total of 3 years: as President-Elect, President, and Past-President. The President-Elect will serve as a member of the Regional Executive, leading our Region in its work and ministry, within the bounds of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Gaspé, Quebec. Serving as President of the Region offers many unique and exciting opportunities to engage in the work and life of the Region. More information on the role of President can be found here.

As this election will take place through the Annual meeting held online, and due to the nature of the online voting process, no nominations will be accepted from the floor. All nominations must be received by May 20, 2022 at midnight. Nominations are open to all members of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council, including ministry personnel and lay representatives. To submit your nomination, please fill out the form here. The nomination form must include the name of the mover and seconder of the nomination. The Nominee, the mover and seconder must be members of Regional Council.


Ally is a Verb: Regions’ East Anti-Racism Network Conversation Series

Check out the Regions East Anti-racism Network’s conversation series “Ally is a Verb”! The fourth Wednesday of every month at 7pm ADT, 7:30 in Newfoundland, we’re gathering by Zoom to learn how to take our actions beyond words. On March 23rd, we’ll be talking about celebrating Black history all year long. Join us for conversation and a sharing of resources! Please click here to register.


News From FSTLDW Pastoral Relations Committee – March 2022

  • Recognize and support the request for maternity and parental leave for Rev. Tara Ann Gourson from the Bideford Pastoral Charge beginning July 4, 2022, to January 2, 2023
  • Approve the request from Rev. Janice MacLean, Bridgedale Pastoral Charge, for a change in pastoral relations due to retirement effective June 30, 2022.
  • Approve the appointment of Mr. Barry Hendersen as Sacrament Elder in the Nashwaak Pastoral Charge effective immediately for a period of one year or until ministry personnel is in place.
  • Approve the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Karen MacLeod-Wilkie, retired in receipt of pension, to the South Shore Pastoral Charge effective April 1, 2022, and ending June 30, 2023,
  • Approve the appointment of the Rev. Doreen Bird-Daley, retired and in receipt of pension, to the West River Pastoral Charge effective March 1, 2022, and ending December 31, 2022,
  • Approve the request from Rev. Deborah Ambridge-Fisher, Forest Hills Pastoral Charge, for a change in pastoral relations effective March 6, 2022,
  • Approve the Community of Faith Profile of the Park Royal Pastoral Charge dated March 6, 2022.

The Regional Minister and the Board of Vocations of the United Church of Canada offer the following:

Admission Ministers Available for Employment

Are you in a Search process?  Did you know there are over 40 ministers from different denominations and living in foreign countries who have been approved to work within the UCC?  These ministers have completed background checks and interviews that have found them suitable for work within our context.

Hiring a minister who is immigrating to Canada can come with some delays but can also happen quicker than hiring a minister within our denomination.  It is also important to realize that you are only responsible for moving costs after they have landed in Canada.  Now that Covid travel restrictions are lifting, please consider hiring a minister through the Admission process.

For further information please contact the Regional Minister Kendall Harrison. kharrison@united-church.ca  1800 268 3781 Ex 6153


Weekly Conversations with Ministry Personnel

A few weeks ago your Regional Minister began again to host weekly coffee and conversations via ZOOM for all ministry personnel. These conversations are wide ranging and offer a good opportunity to both support colleagues and wrestle with the challenges of vocational leadership in pandemic context. It has proven to be a safe place to share, listen and learn.

These conversations will continue weekly into the future each Thursday at 10:00 am. As ministry personnel in mutual ministry you are personally invited to grab a mug of your best coffee of tea and join us.  Click for Zoom link


Annual Declaration of Criminal Records

It is that special time of year again…

As ministry personnel (including candidates in Supervised Ministry Education appointments or other appointments) you need to submit your annual declaration on criminal charges form on ChurchHub. This can be done now, and the portal will remain open until May 15, 2022.

It is essential that you fill out this form in order that you may remain on the registry of accredited minsters, be eligible for calls or appointments and for licenses for sacraments and marriages.

There is no payment required, neither does it require a lot of time. To fill out the form:

  1. Log in to churchhub.ca and click the “My Ministry Page” tile.
  2. Look to the right for the “My Professional Requirements” box and then select the “View” link next to “Annual Declaration 2022”.
  3. Enter the date of your last police records check. (Contact your OV minister if you do not have the date of your last police records check).
  4. Tick the appropriate box for your declarations and submit.

If you are having technical problems with ChurchHub, please contact ministry@united-church.ca


Called to be the Church: The Journey

Coaching and support to meet your stewardship needs

Registration is now open!

Create a stewardship team of 3-5 people from your Community of Faith (including your minister or key lay leader, where possible), and spend some focused time with a Stewardship Specialist and teams from other congregations. Be inspired by a program with a proven track record, and receive personalized coaching and on-going support that reflect your congregation’s unique mission, focus, and resources.

  • Cohort 1a:
    Wednesday, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EST
  • Cohort 2a:
    Thursday, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19 from 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Cohort 3a:
    Tuesday, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
  • Cohort 4a:
    Monday, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. EST
  • Cohort 5a:
    Wednesday, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18 from 9:30-11:30 p.m. EST

Spark Newsletter

Do you ever wonder what other communities of faith are up to these days?  Maybe you’re curious because you have heard there is a new minister around but how do you find out anything about them?  Do you have this amazing idea but who can you share it with?  Church anniversary is coming up but how do you let people know?

We are launching a newsletter!  It will be distributed to all churches but we don’t want to stop there!  We want you to have your very own Spark.  All you have to do is register!  You heard me!  Monthly Spark can be delivered to your email address and for those without technology, we are exploring  ways to get a paper copy (gasp) into your mail box.  So…click here and start discovering everything our Region has to offer!


Rural Routes Through the Holy:  Thrive Where You Are   

Rural Routes Through the Holy:  Thrive Where You Are    June 16 – 18, 2022, CampTa Wa Si, Johnston Point, NB.   Registration is now open at hemofthelight.com/ruralroutes  for this gathering to nurture community among rural congregations and places.  Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson will be our main presenter and rural café facilitator.  We’ll also have a good group of Tasters, 30 minute presentations on a variety of things so good we may want to go home and cook them up in our own communities.  Spiritual Memoir, Messy Church, Labyrinth, Healing Pathways, Coffee in the Church Woods and Sustainability Projects at the local high school are a few of the offerings, each given by someone who loves them well.   You can read more about the gathering online at hemofthelight.com/ruralroutes or on our FB page Please register as early as possible; accommodations in the area are filling up fast. 


The Postcard Project

The Postcard Project  Rural Stories, the third postcard in the series has gone out to those whose faith communities fall within the parameters of size and geographic range the price of stamps has suggested we set.  But anyone can read about and participate in The Postcard Project by clicking on the links offered here or by visiting our Rural Routes Facebook page.  Don’t forget to like or follow the page to stay in touch with resources and goings on.  We’d love to hear from you too so message the team or drop us a line at ruralroutesatlantic@gmail.com.


Point LePreau  Update and New Radioactive Waste Policy

Point LePreau Nuclear Power station: Application for unprecedented 25-year licence renewal (currently 5 years). Have your say before March 28th, using information and helpful tools at: https://crednb.ca/participate/
If the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission does not hear from the interested public, it could be 2047 before we next have any say!

New Draft Radioactive Waste Policy for Canada – open for comment until April 1st

In response to concerns by the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), the government has finally developed a draft policy based on consultations over 7 months, i.e., round tables and many written submissions. Council of Canadians and expert-citizen groups feel that the draft policy falls seriously short in numerous ways. Please read and consider signing this letter and sharing it widely. https://canadians.org/nuclear-waste