First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council
With joy in our hearts and a song on our lips we, the First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council of The United Church of Canada, acknowledge that we are called by God to love and serve all creation as bold disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe that full participation in all aspects of our calling is the right of people of all racial backgrounds, creeds, ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions, economic statuses, abilities or any other lived experiences that have led to marginalization and oppression. Through our various shared ministries and paths of deep spirituality, we are called to uphold the varied gifts and skills in one another; to be accepting of change while honouring heritage and traditions; to resist bias as we seek justice. We are all God’s children. We are not alone. Thanks be to God!
Let your adventure in ministry begin here in the First Dawn Eastern Edge – the most easterly region within The United Church of Canada. A region whose borders are the same as the provincial borders. It’s a place that Microsoft recognizes as having its own time zone. And why not. It’s where the sun rises first. It’s the newest province with an incredible past.
The people here live in places like Lobster Cove, Leading Tickles, Come by Chance, and Goose Bay. The people here can be described as humble people who live off the land and the sea. The First Dawn Eastern Edge region embraces a geography covering a vast land mass of 405,212 km2. Comprised of the “Big Land” Labrador and the island of Newfoundland with a population of approximately 514,409.
First Dawn Eastern Edge Regional Council is part of the wider United Church of Canada, and joined the United Church before it joined Canada and has its own Act of Parliament. The region has 87 Pastoral Charges and five recognized ministries in chaplaincy services. There are 200 congregations and they are located throughout the island and Labrador.
We are very proud to be part of The United Church of Canada and feel very blessed to live out our ministry in this unique place.