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Condolences – Rev. Lorna MacQueen

Our condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Lorna MacQueen. A celebration of life service will be held at St. Mark’s United Church, Dundas, Ontario, on Friday, September 15, at 11:30 am (ADT). A livestream of the service can be viewed here.

2024 Mission Support Grant Applications – Deadline is September 20

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: or mailed to the Regional Office.

A Reminder about 2023 Self-Assessment Forms

This is a reminder from your Faith Stories and Community Covenant Committee to please complete your 2023 Self-Assessment Form as soon as possible.
If you have already done this, thank you.
If you have yet to do this, please click here to complete the form.
Deadline for completion is Friday, Sept. 22nd, 2023.

Thank you.

President’s Monthly Message

Greetings to the Bermuda-Nova Scotia Regional Council, Staff and all Communities of Faith –

My Monthly Message dated August 12, 2023 to September 11, 2023 will be posted Friday, September 15, 2023 to my President’s Page.

Shauna MacDonald

IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR COMMUNITY: Join the fifth global youth climate strike

Millions of people around the world are taking to the streets to demand a rapid, just, and equitable end to fossil fuels. In Halifax, the youth are calling for all of us to join them in the fifth global youth climate strike on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.
For the love of Creation and our love for our children and grandchildren, let us stand in solidarity with the youth of School Strike 4 Climate.

When: Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at St Paul’s church/Grande Parade to stand and/or march with other churches.

Your presence is important to show solidarity with the youth and to support action leading to climate justice for all.

Click here to view a poster for the event.

Mini Music Matters for UCC EAST

Music Leaders are invited to a one-day conference Saturday Sept 30th at Knox United Church in Sackville.

This workshop day will feature time to worship together, mingle, share ideas, to share stories. We’ll form new friendships as part of our region music ministry network.

Our keynote speaker is Rachel Lutz, director of the “Halifax Newcomer Choir”. She will speak to us about offering welcome in our church ministries, with an eye to diversity and inclusion. In addition, there will be a hymn sing from the new sampler for Then Let Us Sing!

Pianists, organists, choir leaders, band members and choir members, in fact anyone who is interested in the church’s music is invited to attend.

You will need to bring your lunch or there are several nearby local restaurants for lunch out. Snacks will be provided. There is no cost for this event, but donations will be accepted to help defray the costs. Don’t miss out. For those who are coming from afar, an inexpensive accommodation option ($60/night) on either Friday or Saturday night is available in downtown Halifax at the Barat Spirituality Centre.

The day will begin at 10:30 am and conclude at 5pm. There is no registration cost to attend this event.

Please help us know how many people to expect please get your FREE tickets by clicking here. There is a complete schedule of the plan for the day on the Eventbrite listing.

For more information email

2024 Church Calendar

The United Church Bookstore is taking pre-orders for 2024 church calendar. Please submit your order to Leona at by September 29, 2023.

Stewardship Update

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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.

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.