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

News from the Pews 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.

Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.


Condolences: Philip Flemming

Condolences are extended to Rev. Ellen Flemming, and family, whose husband Philip Flemming passed away on March 21, 2022.  The obituary can be viewed here.


Annual Meeting Registration

As the days are passing and spring is around the corner, our volunteers and staff are preparing for the Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting is happening on May 27-29, the theme is “We Are Not Alone: Reimagining Community”. The meeting will be held virtually on the 27 and 28, with the Celebration of Ministries on the 29 at Bedford United Church at 3pm.

Please note that the deadline for registration is May 6. If you have not registered we encourage you to do so as soon as possible as it is important for meeting preparation. It may also be of interest to members of your congregation to know that if they wish to sign up for the meeting they are welcome to join us as a visitor/guest.  Once Registered you will receive a confirmation email and other information as needed. We also encourage you to go to the Annual Meeting website for information and updates.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting. If you have any questions please contact the chair of the committee Jane McDonald or Jennifer Whittemore.

Sincerely,
The Regional Annual Meeting Planning Committee


Annual Meeting – Regrets Form

The Regrets form is now available on the website for anyone unable to attend Annual Meeting. Here is the link for your use.


Elected Members to Regional Council 2022

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

RC15 Elected Members Form

RC15 Elected Members 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.

RC15 – 2022 Information Form


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

Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education (A.S.T.E. Seminar)

The Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education (A.S.T.E. Seminar) that has often met in Truro each year, will be meeting this year at the Tatamagouche Centre in June. ( June 12 – 17, 2022).

Building Respectful Relations – Examining Canadian History from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples. We will learn about Mi’kmaq culture, values and history with presentations on past community life, life after colonization and life now for the Mi’kmaq including their hopes for the future. We will touch on the Residential School reality, MMIWG2S, the Act of Assimilation and songs, stories and poetry will be woven throughout our journey of learning together.

There is a registration discount for people registering prior to April 20, 2022.  View full details here.


The Maritime Church Administrators Association Invites Church Office Administrators to Join Our Association

Membership connects you to a network of other church administrators across the Maritimes. We can assist with common issues, share info on procedures and, of course, make friendships.
We get together to experience workshops that focus on our theme of Mind, Body, Spirit. Together we provide meaningful experiences and to develop education and support systems for church secretaries and administrators that will enable them to share ideas, concerns and resources, thus helping to exercise our ministry more effectively.

To join, go to our website at http://www.mcaas.org


Godly Play Core Training for Storytellers & Doorpersons – New Dates Spring 2022!

Part 1: Friday, May 6 from 4pm – 9pm AND Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 – 5:30pm
AND Part 2: Friday, June 10 from 4pm-9pm AND Saturday, June 11 from 8:30-5:30pm
Choose one of two training locations: Halifax, NS or Sackville, NB

There are a lot of things you can learn from a book or a lecture, but Godly Play is best learned from the inside out.

At a Godly Play Core Training participants
· experience and learn about the different kinds of Godly Play stories;
· tell a story by heart and receive supportive feedback;
· learn the fundamentals of setting up your own Godly Play space and program.

Training includes two parts, each with a key plenary sessions and stories from one of the Godly Play genres  Certificate of Accreditation is awarded upon completion of both parts.  Visit: godlyplaymaritimes.com to register and for more information.


Point LePreau  Update and New Radioactive Waste Policy

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


Visit the Mount of Olives where the Passion Story of Easter begins!

Join us on Saturday, April 2nd at 12pm EST / 7pm Palestine time, for a virtual tour of the Mount of Olives! Click here to sign up!

The Mount of Olives is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments and is regarded as a sacred place of prayer, worship and pilgrimage. Here, hope and the suffering of the cross come together.  View full information here.