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So far we have raised $773,724 towards our $3,000,000 target! Thank you for your support.
Respecting our past with the creation of a much needed new archive space.
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The 2013 Conference Annual Meeting made the decision to extend the Conference Fundraising project to include a direct invitation to congregations (Pastoral Charges). This invitation was sent by letter mail in mid-June, addressed to the “Secretary of Board/Council.” Each letter contained specific statistical information unique to each Pastoral Charge, and offered some suggestions for ways in which a fundraising objective might be calculated. The approach is intended to be invitational, and asks each Pastoral Charge to consider their...read more
The Rev. Mike Mugford offers this Moment for Mission which he wrote for the Kingston Pastoral Charge inviting a pledge to the Maritime Conference Archives Fundraising Project. He offered to share it as a ‘good idea’ with the rest of the conference. Moment for Mission “Why on earth would we spend $3 million building a new Archives and Conference Centre when churches all over the place are without ministers, struggling to meet local expenses or even worse, closing their doors for good?!” It’s a fair question that deserves a...read more
Recently a cheque arrived from St. Andrew’s Kirk, a congregation on the Andrew Donald Pastoral Charge in Saint John Presbytery. It came with a story and a prayer! The Rev. Karen MacNeill explains: “This spring, our congregation invited people to make a donation to the Conference Centre in memory of Rev. Doug Woods. Doug was raised in our congregation and was sponsored into ministry from here. His sister still attends regularly. We gave people three or four weeks to consider what they would like to give, made sure that gifts...read more
Fundraising Project: Frequently Asked Questions Why has the objective for the fundraising project been changed to $3 million? I thought it was for $1 million? I’m hearing a lot about Archives. Why the sudden need to spend millions of dollars on Archives? Doesn’t the General Council maintain Archives in Toronto? Can’t we just send our stuff there? Why not just digitize it all and put it up on the internet? Why not cut back on other Conference expenses to make up the difference? I thought that you were looking for funds to...read more
A Conversation for 2 Written and shared by Edie Coughland, a lay delegate from Miramichi Presbytery, who “believes in this project from a personal perspective” and wanted to share her enthusiasm with her congregation. Voice 1 You know they have built a new archives center in Sackville? Voice 2 No who, and what does that mean? 1 Conference is who. Archives refers to documents or records relating to the activities of a business or organization: Keeping historic documents, in this case church documents. ...read more
Here are links to short videos which offer information and background about the Maritime Conference Centre and the work of Maritime Conference. They are posted here as You Tube Videos but a HD quality video for downloading is also available. Please contact Janice MacLean by email or telephone 506 536 1334 ext 4. Click here to view: Together We Are: (3.31). Words and Images profiling the work of Maritime Conference highlighted by the song “God Is. We Are. Not Alone” by The Message. Click here to view: This is My Building...read more
The new Maritime Conference Centre was a busy spot last week hosting groups as diverse as a local Naturalist Club to Chignecto Presbytery. The Conference Executive met on the weekend. A report will soon be posted on-line but we wanted to share the Report from Bermuda Synod. How did Bermuda Synod come to be part of Maritime Conference? Because of Commonwealth relations and the the American Revolution, the Methodist Church in Bermuda forged closer relationships with the Methodist Church in Canada than the USA. After Union in 1925, the Wesleyan...read more
Together We Are: The Maritime Conference, The United Church of Canada A Picture/Video Highlighting the Mission of the Maritime Conference. With thanks to The Message for their song, “God Is” written after hearing the sermon preached by The Rev. Matt Fillier at the Dedication of the Maritime Conference Centre. This video is posted on our You Tube channel. Please contact Janice Maclean if you wish a link to a downloadable file.read more
Congregational Records Listings in Archives If you are reading this through the weekly newsletter you may have noticed that Sarah Wallace, our Archivist, occasionally posts “Congregational Listings.” What is a “Congregational Listings?” It is a record of all the “stuff” in the Archives from a pastoral charge. Here are the listings from the Upsalquitch Pastoral Charge recently posted by Sarah. Read it here. I asked Sarah what is “typical” in a Congregational listing. Without missing a beat, she...read more
A Box of “Church Stuff” by Janice MacLean, Conference Minister for Christian Nurture & Enrichment I wonder how many boxes of “church stuff” are preserved in the back of how many closets? My uncle recently delivered one such box to be placed in the new Archives. It is stuff from my home church, The Alexander Grant Memorial United Church in East Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton. I know the history well. When I was 16 years old I used the newest technology of the day and created a slide-tape show of the history for the 50th...read more