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Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.

Annual Meeting Teller Volunteers Needed

The Annual Meeting Planning Committee is looking for teller volunteers for the upcoming annual meeting. Please fill out the form to let us know of your interest.

Workshop Space Requests Deadline

The deadline to submit your request for Workshop Space is February 28. Please click here to submit your request.

Childcare During Annual Meeting Information Gathering

The Annual Meeting Planning Committee is looking into the ability to offer childcare during the meeting. At this time the committee is collecting information on need. The information collected will be reviewed at the next meeting. Please complete the information gathering form by March 3, 2023.

Region 15 Pastoral Relations News — February 2023

  • Approved the Request for Change in Pastoral Relations of Sean Handcock of Hope United Church, Halifax, effective May 1, 2023.
  • Approved the Call of Sean Handcock to Sambro Jollimore Pastoral Charge, full time, effective May 1, 2023. Sarah Reaburn, Liaison.
  • Approved that the Appointment of Interim Minister Dale Skinner, full time, with Woodlawn United Church be extended to August 31, 2023.
  • Approved that the Appointment of Mary-Lynne Whyte, full time, with Woodlawn United Church be extended to December 31, 2023.
  • Approved the terms of Appointment for the United-Anglican Ecumenical Shared Ministry in Digby, NS, pending the approval of both congregations and the Anglican Bishop. Anglican priest Paul Jennings has accepted the position. Janet Sollows, Liaison.
  • Approved the Appointment of Gary MacDougall, retired, with Noel Pastoral Charge, 20 hours/week, February 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. Fay Smith, Liaison.
  • Approved that the Appointment of Natalie Buchanan with Pugwash Pastoral Charge, 25 hours/week, be extended to March 31, 2023.
  • Approved the Call of Jun-Hyok Chon to the collaborative ministry of Stellarton Pastoral Charge and Greenhill Alma Merigomish Pastoral Charge, full time, effective May 1, 2023. Donna Tourneur, Liaison.
  • Approved the Profile materials and position description for United Heritage Church and authorized Search for full time ministry personnel to begin. Donnie Morrison, Liaison.
  • Approved the Request for Change in Pastoral Relations of John Moses of Aylesford Pastoral Charge, effective June 1, 2023.
  • Approved the Profiles for Pugwash Pastoral Charge and Oxford Thomson Pastoral Charge, approved the collaborative ministry agreement and position description, and authorized Search for full time ministry personnel to begin. Ruth Gamble, Liaison.
  • Approved the Profile and position description for William Black Memorial Church, Glen Margaret, and authorized Search for 13 hours/week ministry personnel. Betsy Hogan, Liaison.
  • Approved the position description for short-term Supply ministry at Knox United Church, Lower Sackville, and authorized Search.
  • Next meeting: Friday, March 17, 2023.

Save the Date!

Calling all Youth grades 6-12!
There will be a Youth Event during this year’s Annual Meeting!
June 9-11th at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS
Stay tuned for more information and registration coming soon.
Please share this note with youth and leaders in your communities!
For more information, contact Catherine Stuart

Lent Pause & Practice

PAUSE & PRACTICE: Each Saturday in Lent you receive an email highlighting one spiritual practice. Your email will have a downloadable video recording. It is a simple video or audio recording giving background to the practice and outlining the process so you can try it.

You will also receive a sheet with a suggestion for a Pause before you begin your practice, and Prompts for reflection or journaling, along with a script highlighting what is said on the recording.

THE PRACTICES: Mindful Eating, Gospel Contemplation, Contemplative Service, Eco Divina, Centering Prayer, Active Prayer. Whether you are familiar with our six ways of practicing or learning a new one, this series provides space to Pause & Practice.

Learn more at the Prayer Bench.

Covenanting Service for Shubenacadie & MacPhee’s Corner United Churches

Shubenacadie Pastoral Charge of MacPhee’s Corner United and Shubenacadie United announce their covenanting service with Rev. Krista Elizabeth Winn on Sunday, March 26 at 3pm at Shubenacadie United Church, 2869 Nova Scotia Trunk #2 in Shubenacadie. Potluck dinner to follow.

Maritime Church Administrators Association

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

reVITALize Conference

reVITALize is a gathering for ministry leaders and lay people to REFRESH, LEARN, and BE SUPPORTED. Speakers talk about what is revitalizing them at the moment, and time is given for people to gather with friends and colleagues and meet new folks. All denominations and traditions welcome!

Conference Dates: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 1:00 pm – Friday, June 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Locations: St. Andrew’s United Church, the Atlantic School of Theology, and other locations in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Early Bird: Register on or before March 1st: $205 plus Eventbrite fee
Regular: Register after March 2nd: $225 plus Eventbrite fee
Learn more and register at

Rural Routes Through the Holy: 2023

This year Rural Routes Through the Holy is gathering at Camp Abby, PEI from June 15th – 18th. You can now register at Once there Just hover over the heading Rural Ministries to register, find links to accommodation and lots of information, speaker bio, and testimonials from last year’s gathering.

Rural Routes is a space of nurture for those in rural congregations and for the communities in which they live; a gathering with time for both structured and informal conversations, worship, education, play, prayer, and table fellowship.

Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson will again be our main presenter but there will also be Tasters, thirty-minute presentations given by a variety of people on a variety of things so good we may want to go home and cook them up in our own communities, among them Pop-up Church and Faithful Footprints.