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Condolences – Richard Noble

Condolences are extended to Rev. Joy Noble (FSLDW), and family, whose brother Richard Noble passed away on September 20, 2023.  The obituary can be viewed here.

Covenanting Service – Welsford Pastoral Charge and Rev. Nathan Wright

All members of FSLDW Region are invited to attend a service to celebrate the new covenant between Welsford Pastoral Charge, Rev. Nathan Wright, and Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Region.

When: Sunday October 22, 2023; 4:00 pm
Where: Patterson United Church (6705 NB-101)

The service will be followed by a reception and lunch in the church hall.

Covenanting Service

Lawrencetown-Lake Echo Pastoral Charge is so pleased to announce the Covenanting Service of Shane Doucette. This special service will take place at St. David’s United, on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 2:00pm. All are welcome to attend, so please come out and share in this momentous time with Shane. Fellowship to follow after in church hall.

St. David’s United Church
2723 Highway 7
Lake Echo, NS

142nd Anniversary/Decommissioning Service – St. James Petitcodiac

The 142nd Anniversary/Decommissioning Service for St. James UC Petitcodiac, 22 Price Street will be October 22nd at 2:00PM. Please join us for this service with special music.

News from FSLDW Pastoral Relations Committee – October, 2023

Please click here to read the News from FSLDW Pastoral Relations Committee for October.

Hello from FSLDW President Elizabeth

This week I am living out our Region’s name of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters in travelling from my home near the Bay of Fundy, to the Dawning Waters of Summerside, PEI to the Gaspé Peninsula on the shores of the St. Lawrence.

The week is full of ministry celebrations.

Please click here to read the full Hello from FSLDW President Elizabeth.

A Pastoral Letter to our churches from the Justice, Mission and Outreach Just Peace Working Group

Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17 (NRSVUE)

Dear friends,
Many of us are confused, anxious and even afraid as we try to understand the situation in Palestine and Israel. Some of us have friends or families in the “Holy Land” and we are worried for them.
Members of our regions’ Just Peace Working Group (JPWG) is offering a Pastoral Letter to those of us who would like some background, insight, and ways to respond. Please click and read more HERE.

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:

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

Advent Planning

Advent will be here sooner than you think! Are you leading worship during Advent? Are you ready? If you are still wondering what to do during this Advent season, the Bermuda/Nova Scotia Faith Formation and Leadership Development Committee would like to offer you an opportunity to get together, to discuss ideas and to share resources. On Thursday October 19th you are invited to join a Zoom Advent Planning Drop-In session beginning at 10 am. For more information and Zoom information, please contact Rev. Sharon at

Mi’kma’ki Blanket Exercise October 28th 1:30 – 6:00pm at Sherbrooke Lake Camp

On October 28th, from 1:30pm – 6:00pm Sherbrooke Lake Camp and The Camping Association of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (CANSPEI) are hosting a Mi’kma’ki Blanket Exercise at Sherbrooke Lake Camp. Arrival between 1:30pm – 2:00pm with the session starting at 2:00pm with Sunshine. Developed by our host, the Blanket Exercise is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the history and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada.

During this 2-3 hours workshop, participants step on blankets representing the land and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The narrative shared by the host covers pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, resistance and much more. The exercise is concluded with debriefing through talking circles and folks with Mental Health First Aid and mental health training will be available to participants to support them as needed. Sunshine Paul-Martin, from Eskasoni First Nation, is a L’nu’k Language and Cultural Specialist in Millbrook First Nation who has been offering the Blanket Exercise with Kairos and independently for years. She will be hosting the Mi’kma’ki Blanket Exercise and sharing smudge and prayer with us on October 28th.

As both Sherbrooke Lake Camp, a United Church Camp of Canada, and The Camping Association of Nova Scotia & PEI (CANSPEI) strive to improve their Peace and Friendship with Indigenous communities, this workshop offers the opportunity for all in our faith and non-faith-based camping communities to reflect on the foundation of history to date in Mi’kma’ki.

This exercise invites youth and adults to join in learning together. If you’re interested in participating in this event, please Register Here to join us. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us. There is no cost associated with this for registrants as it is made possible through the Justice and Reconciliation Fund at The United Church of Canada.

Affirm Webinar save the date

FSLDW’s Affirm Committee will be sharing a webinar on Nov 15th at 2:00 with Rev Bea Gale as our guest. Bea is currently a Military Chaplain, and has been in pastoral ministry in both our Regions.

Save the date and watch for more details and registration.

Homes needed for Church items

St James United Church in Petitcodiac have a sale for their church building. Some items we would like to relocate, just for the picking up are;
Beautiful Royal Blue choir gowns (17) trim is white with gold embroidery
Voices United Hymn Books.
More Voices hymn books
Good news Bibles
Linen tablecloths
Dishes and other glassware
May be worth a visit.

Free Book Study!

Janet Gear has written “Undivided Love” which explores multiple expressions of spirituality within Christianity, and more explicitly The United Church of Canada. It helps in understanding the varied and sometimes conflicting perspectives that challenge us as we work together in groups! The United Church Foundation is hosting a book study with Janet in October.

Click here for more information and a discount code for the book.

Under November Skies – a song/video of Remembrance

Hi, there. It’s John Lindsay-Botten, writing on behalf of Joanna Butler, the chief creator of “Under November Skies” (I arranged the selection). A full letter of support is included here, intended for Church Ministers and Music Ministers/Directors, as well.
A showing of the bilingual YouTube video of the song on social media platforms and in worship contexts is free to use. To purchase copies of the song in various solo/choral options, please head to (where you can preview the video, as well).
In Love, Peace and Gratitude, John (and Joanna)

Solidarity Circles: A peer network of clergy, faith leaders and organizers interested in the solidarity economy.

Are you passionate about building a more equitable and sustainable future? 

 Please click here to read about this program.  If after reading about it, you still have questions, please be in touch with Andrew Richardson (Vocation Minister Atlantic Regions) if you have any questions:

Healing and Hope

Healing and Hope is a retreat by women in ministry, for women in ministry, to be held at Five Oaks Centre, 1 Bethel Road, Paris, Ontario. The dates are Monday October 30 at 3 pm to Thursday November 2 at noon, concluding with lunch.

Speakers will be: Rev. Tina Conlon, Davenport-Perth Community Ministry and President of Shining Waters Regional Council; Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Moderator, The United Church of Canada.

We are able to sponsor four students/interns for this event.
Costs will be:$405 for shared room, $475 for single room, though there are not a lot of singles. Meals are included in this price.

Please contact: for information on registration

Music Director Opportunity

St George & St Andrew United Church, Annapolis Royal, NS, is seeking a part-time Music Director/Organist/Choir Director. Duties include playing at regular Sunday services, for special services as required, and conducting a weekly rehearsal of forthcoming choral anthems and other music.

We have a two-manual baroque-style (with Swell) tracker-action instrument by Orgues Létourneau (Opus 28, 1991) and a Yamaha digital grand piano (CLP-695GP). The church boasts a strong music programme, with choral anthems as a regular part of every service, and many other musical events take place in our sanctuary due to its excellent acoustics.
For further information and details please email: