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Bermuda-Nova Scotia Regional Council Committee Volunteer form.

President’s Advent Message

Please click here to read an Advent message from Shauna MacDonald, President of Bermuda-Nova Scotia Regional Council.

Join us during Advent

You are invited to join the Justice, Mission and Outreach Committee as  we gather to light the Advent Candles each week during Advent. There will be time to reflect, pray, and join our hearts each week for just peace in Palestine and Israel. We will meet via zoom starting Wed, November 29th, and each Wednesday after, up to and including December 20th, at 8:00 p.m. AT, all are welcome.

For registration please click on link.

Annual Meeting 2024

The 2024 Annual Meeting will be held at the Dalhousie Agricultural College (Dal AC), Truro, NS, on May 10-12 (the meeting will open on Friday at 8:45am). Check-in will open Thursday, May 9, starting at 6pm for those travelling on Thursday. We will also have a gathering space available Thursday evening from 6-10pm for those who wish to catch-up.

Youth@Region (Y@R) will also be taking place the same weekend at Dal AC with the program starting Friday morning. There will be something planned for those youth who arrive Thursday evening. If you have questions about Y@R please contact Catherine Stuart. More information about Y@R will come out early in the new year.

We will be providing a service for congregations to use the Sunday of Annual Meeting. This will be sent to congregations in early April.

More details to come early in the new year on the Annual Meeting web page.

President’s Monthly Message November 12/23 – December 11/23

As we draw closer to the birth of our Lord and Saviour, my wish to every member of Bermuda-Nova Scotia Regional Council, Staff and All Communities of Faith to have a safe, healthy and joyous Christmas season and that 2024 brings new beginnings for each of you; whether you gather together in person or online, blessings upon each of you today, tomorrow and all of your tomorrows. Remember, we never walk alone. God is with us. Thanks be to God!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Shauna MacDonald

Bermuda-Nova Scotia Pastoral Relations News – December 2023

  • Approved the Call of Angela MacLean to Rockingham United Church, Halifax, full time, effective January 1, 2024. Susan MacAlpine Gillis, Liaison.
  • Approved the Supply Appointment of Natalie Buchanan Rutherford with Shubenacadie Pastoral Charge, 20 hours/week, January 1 to June 30, 2024.
  • Approved the Supply Appointment of Carol Joy Shatford, DLM, with West Bay Pastoral Charge, 20 hours/week, November 26, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
  • Approved the Supply Appointment of Sheila Redden-Smith, retired, with Berwick Trinity United Church, 30 hours/week, December 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024.
  • Approved the Renewal of Appointment of Don MacPherson, retired, with William Black United Church, Bridgetown, 16 hours/week, November 1, 2023 to November 1, 2025.
  • Approved the suspension of the second (half-time) ministry position at Cole Harbour Woodside United Church, while additional work to build the resourcefulness of the congregation takes place. The circumstances of the position will be considered again in 2025.
  • Approved that Bermuda Nova Scotia Region call a congregational meeting to inform Brooklyn Pastoral Charge of the minimal requirements for a pastoral relationship.
  • Next meeting: Thursday, January 25, 9:00 a.m.

BNS Region Liaison Training

Saturday, January 13, 2024, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Orchard Valley United Church, New Minas
130 Cornwallis Avenue, New Minas, NS B4N 3M7
(lunch provided)

In our current structure, the relationship between ministry personnel and communities of faith is called “Pastoral Relations,” and when Communities of Faith need to prepare for changes in pastoral relations, the Region is responsible to appoint a representative to serve as Liaison. Liaisons provide training, orientation and support for the work that is done by the Community of Faith. Please use this link to register for this upcoming training event.

Faithful Footprints Grant Webinar

Hosted by Faithful Footprints Prairies Regional Support Centre
When:  December 15, 2023
Time: 1:00-2:00 CST  – Check your local times
Location: Online – Click here for registration

The United Church of Canada‘s Faithful Footprints program offers inspiration, tools, and grants to help its communities of faith reduce their energy and carbon footprint. The program offers up to $30,000 in grants towards energy conservation and renewable energy projects (conditions apply).

Join us on December 15th at 1pm CST to explore how the grant program can help empower your community of faith to reduce the carbon and energy footprint of your faith building, while also supporting:

  • Reduced environmental footprint
  • Reduced building operational and maintenance costs
  • Increased revenue potential from rental opportunities
  • Enhanced comfortability and usage of building space
  • Redirection of financial resources toward community programming

Key takeaways from this webinar:

  1. Gain an understanding of the Faithful Footprints program, its mission, and how it aligns with the church’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
  2. Become familiar with the grant application process, including eligibility criteria, and the steps involved in securing funding for retrofit projects.

Save the Date

Our next FSLDW Affirm Committee Webinar will be on January 17th at 3:00. We will gather to learn about Mental Health and Resiliency. More details to follow in the new year.

Greetings Growth Seekers from Growth Animator Sharon

How about a prayer walk? Maybe this is a new spiritual practice for you, or one your community of faith has not done recently? In prayer walks, we are mindfully present, aware, noticing, listening and seeking God’s guidance, paying attention to what we may have not seen before, or God is showing in new ways. We want to know what God is calling us to do and to be in this present moment and into our future. Over the course of several prayer walks, notice what God is showing you about your neighbourhood around your community of faith. Prayer walks might reveal needs, blessings, suffering, opportunities, hope, new life, new people, potential community partners, ideas for outreach, ways to collaborate and connect. Three or four people might walk with intention seeking God to show you what you need to see and connect with. Someone might take photos or videos for discussion. Observe changes since Covid. Those unable to physically join in the prayer walk, can hold the group walking in prayer and take part in gathering discussions after prayer walks. Prayer walking on different days and at different times might reveal different information. You can be creative to your context, perhaps having an additional prayer walk in which individually, you seek to chat with people you meet. Notice the signs of Christmas being observed. Consider adding a walk inviting a carol sing in your neighbourhood. Invite the neighbours to join in. Bring new energy and awareness by having prayer walks in the neighbourhood around your community of faith. Perhaps your context needs a prayer drive in the area between your multiple points? Neighbouring churches? Do you want to talk more? You can reach me by email at or by phone 705 875-8837. Let’s grow together with deep spirituality, bold discipleship and daring justice.

Association of United Church Clergy

Your Association of United Church Clergy exists to help clergy thrive in ministry. We have some wonderful plans for 2024! To find our more and be added to the mailing list please email and include your name and email address. The aUCC wishes you and yours a blessed Advent and Christmas Season! Thanks for all you do!

Job Opportunity – Executive Director, Tatamagouche Centre

Tatamagouche Centre is seeking an Executive Director; For full details of the position, please click here.  The closing date for applications is December 20, 2023.

Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel

17 Dec – Guest speaker during and after worship at St Luke’s UC, St. Margaret’s Bay, NS

Bill Chambré is a member of St Andrews’s United Church in Halifax. He recently returned to Canada after a 3-month stint as a volunteer in Israel/Palestine doing human rights monitoring through (Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel). For the past 20 years, EAPPI has had a continuous presence of Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs), operating on 3-month rotations. EAs have come from 25 different countries, with Canadian EAs being funded by the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church of Canada.

In 2022, Bill was in the South Hebron Hills where he was primarily dealing with land rights issues as settlements expand and Palestinians are pushed off their land. This year, he returned and spent most of his time in Jerusalem where the issues being monitored included evictions, home demolitions, checkpoints and generally offering a protective presence for the Palestinian population under occupation.

Ministry of Supervision

The Certificate in Ministry of Supervision provides participants with the information and skills to mentor individuals preparing for ministry by equipping them for supervision including pastoral practices, leadership, reflection, feedback and spiritual guidance.   It is designed for clergy and lay individuals who are interested in supporting students and communities for supervised ministry education (SME), internships and field education. PREREQUISITES:  A minimum of five years of post-ordination or commissioning, experience in congregational ministry leadership OR equivalent lay leadership

Mark your Calendar Now!
The course will take place as a once a week intensive with three-hour synchronous class time on zoom each week. Here is the schedule — click the links to see the start times in each of Canada’s time zones:

Jan 11, 12:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Jan 18, 12:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Jan 25, 12:00 – 3:00pm ET
Feb 1, 12:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Feb 8, 12:00 – 3:00 pm ET

You can register at United in Learning or by clicking here.
For more information please contact Andrew Richardson.

Stewardship Update – December 2023

Please click here to read the Stewardship update.

Book a time to talk about stewardship
Are you thinking about year-end or wanting to make a stewardship plan for 2024?  Would you like to talk about legacy giving to your congregation, but don’t know where to start?  Do you have questions about growing giving to Mission & Service?

Roger Janes is your stewardship support person and is available to share resources, answer questions, or brainstorm with. Don’t know where to start? Book a phone or zoom conversation with Roger today using this link.

Job Posting for QML Camp Director

Camp-Quin-Mo-Lac, a United Church camp in southeastern Ontario, is currently seeking a new Camp Director, please click here to learn more about this opportunity.

Grief Radio – A Podcast About Grief

Grief Radio – A Podcast About Grief is a soon-to-be-launched podcast offering Support/Education/Links for training & research and upcoming events.  It is being launched by Rev. Ian Smith, a retired, ordained United Church of Canada clergy person residing in Ontario and Dr. Vivianne LaRiviere, residing in Nova Scotia.  To read the full details, please click here.