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Condolences – Barbara Reid

Condolences are extended to Rev. Peggy Reid (FSLDW), and family, whose mother Barbara Reid passed away on August 30, 2023.  The obituary can be viewed here.


2024 Mission Support Grant Applications

The 2024 Mission Support Grant applications are now available here.  Deadline for completed application and supporting documentation is Tuesday, September 20, 2023 and can be forwarded to: jwhittemore@united-church.ca or mailed to the Regional Office.


Celebration of a New Ministry: Covenanting Service

Sunday, Sept 10th 2023 at 1 pm.
St. Paul’s Pastoral Charge United Church of Canada
293 Etter Road, Mt Uniacke B0N 1Z0
902 866 2510
You are invited to join us as we celebrate and covenant with Jessie Crabtree at 1 pm Sunday Sept 10. There will not be a church service at 10 am. All are welcome.
This service takes place with the community of faith (St. Paul’s Pastoral Charge, Mount Uniacke); the Bermuda – Nova Scotia Regional Council United Church of Canada and Jessie Crabtree (SME). The Rev. Dr Ross Barlett will be offering the Reflection. Together we celebrate God’s presence and love and serve others.
As is tradition with St Paul’s, there will be refreshments afterwards.


Covenanting Service for Rev. Penny Nelson

You are invited to a worship service celebrating the new ministry between Rev. Penny Nelson and Avon United Church in Hantsport, NS. As Avon United steps into a new future of evangelism, community outreach and engagement, our congregation would appreciate your prayers and support for our new ministry!

When: Sept. 24th, at 2pm
Where: Avon United Church, 17 Prince Street, Hantsport
What to bring: we encourage you to bring a donation of non-perishable food items or toiletries to support the Hantsport Food Bank, and/or a financial donation to the Mission & Service Fund.


Stewardship Update

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An Opportunity: Organist and Choir Director

St. John’s United Church, Moncton, New Brunswick, is seeking a talented organist and choir director for a maximum of 8 hours a week. This is a contract position commencing September 2023. Applications will be considered until position filled. Details on our website www.stjohnsmoncton.ca

Please submit your resume and letter of interest to sjuc@nb.aibn.com with subject title “Search Committee”.


Continuing Education for LLWLs

Learning on the Way (Fall 2023) September, October, November 2023
“Creation, Remembrance and Power: Resources for lay leaders leading worship”

Three monthly ”live” Sessions, and forum discussion in between sessions. The “live” sessions will run for 90 minutes each. In these sessions, we shall be engaging lectionary readings related to three Sundays that occur in the Fall. The scriptures designated for those days could also be used for other Sundays during the year as well.


Online training for Licenced Lay Worship Leaders

Interested in becoming a Licenced Lay Worship Leader?
This program is offered over two years entirely online through 4 modules, each containing an introductory webinar that provides an overview of the topic for that module, six online sessions with others and your mentor, assigned readings in preparation for the module, assignments to be completed and shared with the group during the timeframe of the module.

The Fall unit focuses on Prayers and Music and the Season of Pentecost and runs from September to December 2023. Register before September 18th.


Clergy Labyrinth Retreat

Take sometime for yourself and your well being this fall. We are inviting all active clergy, student ministers and/or retired clergy to join us for a time of relaxation and centering as we seek to reconnect with the Holy in our midst.


Godly Play Doorperson Workshop

Date: Sat. October 14, 2023 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Christ Church Cathedral Fredericton, NB
Doorpersons are key figures in supporting children who gather in community. This workshop offers a unique way to experience Godly Play and find support in helping with children’s programs.
This 5-hour workshop will be offered at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Fredericton, NB. Leadership will be provided by experienced Godly Play trainers, Cathy Laskey and Anne Pirie.
We will explore principles and practices of Godly Play especially relevant for Doorpersons in supporting a circle of children, tending to the environment and attuning to relationships and challenges that arise. Participants may be part of a Godly Play program, and/or have an interest in leadership with children.
Register at: Godly Play Maritimes
Participant cost: $35 – bring your own lunch


LLWL Annual Gathering

The Annual Gathering of Licensed Lay Worship Leaders from Bermuda-Nova Scotia and Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regions will be taking place at the Tatamagouche Centre October 19-21. This event provides additional training/instruction, spiritual enrichment, and fellowship for LLWL. It is also appropriate for those considering the LLWL program.

Our instructors this year are Pix Butt and Ross Bartlett. Previous events have proved to be truly valuable and this one promises to be as well.

Registration is open on the Tatamagouche Centre’s website.


Godly Play Core Training for Storytellers – Fall 2023 – in Sackville NB

Training is offered in modules over two weekends at the United Church Fundy St, Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Centre, 21 Wright St. Sackville NB

Fri, October 27 (4 pm – 9 pm) & Sat, October 28 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
Fri, Nov.17 (4 pm – 9 pm) & Sat, Nov. 18 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)

Godly Play is best learned from the inside out.

Opportunity to learn about Godly Play and supporting children’s spirituality. You will experience a variety of Godly Play stories, tell a story by heart, and receive supportive feedback.

Godly Play is a creative approach to nurturing children’s faith. It values process, openness, discovery, community, and relationships. We will explore the principles and practices of Godly Play in the Environment, the Spirituality of the Child, and the Community of Children.

A parent’s writes about Godly Play: “The children know that to these leaders their faith, ideas, thoughts, and feelings are all valid and wonderful. They feel heard and important.”

Information and register at: https://godlyplaymaritimes.com/

We welcome participants who are new to Godly Play as well as
experienced Storytellers and Doorpersons who want to refresh their leadership skills. Maritime Godly Play Trainers: Shawn Redden, Cathy Laskey, Anne Pirie


The Legacy of Hugh Segal

Here is a short video that highlights some of Hugh’s gifts.


 

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