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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Archives Recipe of the Month

I was all set on posting some more recipes this month but as I was reading through some Young People’s Union records for another project I came across a reference to a placemat. Is it bad that my first reaction upon seeing this was “PLACEMAT!!!” Anyway, the placemat, menu, and the rest of the assorted material is from the Maritime Conference Young People’s Convention 1956 banquet held in New Glasgow. So sit down, introduce yourselves to Mr. and Mrs. Davidge; examine your placemat while you wait, and enjoy your turkey...

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Dance, and enjoy yourself!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Dance, and enjoy yourself!

I was rather intrigued by the following document as I have not come across too many church records that reference dance unless of course you count the pre-1925 newspaper articles that bemoan the evils of dance. I found this in a session minute book from River John-West Branch Pastoral Charge in Pictou Presbytery. What do you think, would the rules for church dances look any different today than they did in 1972? And which lucky parents out there have had the privilege of chaperoning a...

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Children’s Spirituality Workshops

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Christian Life & Growth, Events | 0 comments

Children’s Spirituality Workshops

Children’s Spirituality Conference October 3-4, 2014 Maritime Conference Centre Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Willhauck FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER   Here is information about the Workshops. Workshop #1 Being Spiritual Grandparents ‘Guided by the past the future needs us.’Whether we are grandparents by choice or by biology our relationships with children matter. “The spiritual vocation of the grandparent is to delight in the grandchild.” This workshop will offer an opportunity to explore the joys and challenges of being...

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A Snapshot of St. James, Dartmouth in 1837

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

A Snapshot of St. James, Dartmouth in 1837

Normally I don’t spend much time reading through minutes unless I have to but I stumbled across an interesting book the other day. It was entitled “Minutes of the Synod of Nova Scotia in Connection With The Established Church of Scotland When Met at New Glasgow, on the 9th Day of August, 1837. Try saying that 3 times fast! Sounds thrilling, huh? That was my first reaction until I started thumbing through the pages. It turns out that most of the book consists of reports from Presbyterian ministers on the status of their church. Each...

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A spirit of friendly rivalry has been engendered

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

A spirit of friendly rivalry has been engendered

I don’t know, perhaps I’m the only person who finds it an interesting topic but I’ve always been fascinated by reports and photographs of church sports teams, especially those pre-1925. The following is a report from St. Andrew’s Kirk Badminton Club circa 1915 (later became part of St. Andrew’s and St. David’s United Church in Saint John, NB). Even during this early time period they allowed women to be members of the club. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Monday or Tuesday evening. Now if only I could find a...

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World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Church In Action, Events, Notices | 0 comments

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel September 21-27, 2014 The theme this year is: “Let my people go!” (Exodus 9:1). The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) , encourages faith communities around the world to consciously participate in this week of prayer and action: pray for the release of those unjustly imprisoned; pray for the freedom of all who are oppressed by forces of occupation; pray for the liberation of all of us from the evils of prejudice, hatred, and violence. During this...

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History of Wesley Methodist Church (Hamilton, Bermuda)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Wesley Methodist Church (Hamilton, Bermuda)

Rev. George Whitefield was the first Methodist minister to visit Bermuda. He arrived in Bermuda in 1748 from the United States due to poor health. He did not have a license to preach in Bermuda but he didn’t let that hold him back as he preached in fields and homes. His stay only lasted two months but the seeds of Methodism had been planted. In 1799, the English Methodist Conference sent Rev. John Stephenson to Bermuda. He was soon accused of “inflammatory preaching” because people were afraid that his messages would incite a...

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Archives Recipe of the Month

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Archives Recipe of the Month

Ever wonder how to go about putting on a massive summer tea for your friends, family, and community? Never fear, the members of the Woman’s Association of Upper Canard United Church have eliminated all the guesswork! The following is a list of the supplies required for a scrumptious tea. It looks like this would be enough for 125 people, that is if everyone was polite and only took one strawberry shortcake. All I can say is that we’re talking about a whole lot of potato salad and you can never go wrong with that. It’s quite...

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Gaza: Put Prayers Into Action

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in All News, Church In Action, Committee News, Notices, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gaza: Put Prayers Into Action

In response to the current, on-going tragedy in Gaza, there are things we can do to show our deep concern for those facing daily fear, death and destruction. We can speak up for life, peace and justice for both peoples. Please join our partner churches through Kairos Canada and respond to the attached invitation to put our prayers for peace into action.     Speaking up in response to the violence in...

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Difficult to break myself into a habit not acquired early…

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 2 comments

Difficult to break myself into a habit not acquired early…

Maybe it’s just me but reading through old diaries is a fun way to while away some time. Not only do you feel like you get to know the diary writer but there’s always a bit of an adrenaline rush from reading what originally not many other people would have had a chance to look at. The Maritime Conference Archives has quite a few diaries from ministers and contrary to what some people may assume, these diaries prove to be an interesting read to say the least. The following pages are from the diary of one Charles H. Paisley. Straight...

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