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Children’s Day in Harvey, 1929

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Children’s Day in Harvey, 1929

While in search of some other photographs, I stumbled across these delightful photos from Harvey, N.B. It appears as if Harvey United Church had decided to celebrate Children’s Day in 1929. Note the lovely blossoms on the tree  beside the children (I can almost smell those blossoms) as well as the boutonnaires and bow ties on the dapper young men. Looks like it was a full house if the cars parked in front of the church are any...

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PUBLIC PERFORMANCE COPYRIGHT SITE LICENSE APPLICATION

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Christian Life & Growth, Notices | 0 comments

This is the tenth year that Maritime Conference has negotiated a video licensing agreement with Criterion Pictures and Audio Ciné Films Inc. We are able to offer a similar opportunity this year. Although the cost has risen slightly from last year, it remains a better rate than an individual congregation could negotiate.  You may wish to visit their respective websites for further information: http://www.criterionpic.com/ and http://www.acf-film.com/splash_en.php The combined cost for both companies to cover congregations in Maritime...

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“Heartprints” … Men’s Biennial Gathering – April 23, 2016

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in United Church Men | 1 comment

“Heartprints” … Men’s Biennial Gathering – April 23, 2016

The United Church Men of Maritime Conference will host the regular biennial men’s event at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst, Nova Scotia on the weekend of April 23, 2016.  Given the high degree of interest in welcoming refugees to Canada from Syria and other African countries, our UC Men’s theme for 2016 is “Heartprints” and in the spirit of Maritime Hospitality is open to men of all denominations. The cost of registration this year is being held at $45, with a $5 discount for early-bird registration of $40, for those...

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History of Red Bank Pastoral Charge

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

History of Red Bank Pastoral Charge

The Red Bank Pastoral Charge in Northumberland County, New Brunswick has three preaching points: Red Bank (St. Stephen’s), Trout Brook (Wesley), and Whitney (St. Philip’s). Presbyterian: The first Protestant church in the area was built sometime after 1791 at Wilson’s Point. Rev. John Urquhart began holding services there in 1802 and ministered to local families. Prior to 1875, services were held at Red Bank in a local hall until a church was built in 1875. Red Bank was served by the minister of Black River Presbyterian Charge,...

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Dashing through the snow in a four-horse open sleigh

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

I know there are lots of people out there who are not the biggest fans of snow, especially after the latest nor’easter to pass through. However, who doesn’t enjoy a sleigh ride?!? In the Methodist newspaper The Wesleyan (Vol. LXI, No. 8) on February 21, 1906, there is a lovely description of a winter fun day for the children attending the Jost Methodist Mission, based in Halifax. If you can close your eyes and picture yourself on that sleigh ride, perhaps winter won’t seem quite that bad…at least for a day. “A...

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Property Services

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Finance & Property | 0 comments

Property Services

Maritime Conference has entered into an agreement with Turner Drake and Partners, Ltd., real estate professionals, to offer assistance in dealing with property matters around the Conference. In addition to Conference work, property assistance can also be offered to congregations and Presbyteries by request. Some initial services may be able to be offered at no charge, while more involved work will result in fees according to a sliding schedule. To access this assistance, please contact Executive Secretary David Hewitt at...

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Archives Recipe of the Month-The Sandwich Edition

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Archives Recipe of the Month-The Sandwich Edition

Now that Christmas is over, it might not be a bad idea to try some lighter fare to counteract all the turkey, gravy, and pumpkin pie. Cue the sandwich, an elegant and tasty snack or meal. Just in case you were operating under the assumption that sandwich making was anything but an art form, here’s a primer on how to make a proper sandwich. Just imagine the look of wonder on your kid’s face when they see the checkerboard sandwich with a filling of dates, orange juice, and peanut butter in their lunchbox. You saw it here first...

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Happy New Year ca. 1911

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

Happy New Year ca. 1911

Happy New Year everyone! This calendar and photograph is from Boiestown Methodist Church in New Brunswick. 1911 was a big year. The Ottawa Senators won the Stanley Cup; Ronald Reagan was born; Hiram Bingham was led by a local to the ruins of Machu Picchu; and Dominion Parks now known as Parks Canada is established. Of course this is just to name a few events! It will be interesting to see what 2016 will hold. I’m sure it will be no less exciting than...

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Merry Christmas from the Archives

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 1 comment

Merry Christmas from the Archives

This is what the Christmas service would have looked like at Brunswick Street Methodist Church (now Brunswick Street United Church in Halifax) 128 years ago. Do you recognize all the songs? Merry Christmas...

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House, barn, and garden for rent

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | 0 comments

House, barn, and garden for rent

Don’t worry, this is not a classified ad! Not too long ago, the Archives received some records from New Richmond Pastoral Charge in Québec. One of the gems in the collection was the following letter written in 1848. A man by the name of James Dick was offering his house, barn, and garden for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (later to become St. Andrew’s United Church) to rent. My favorite part of the letter is the description of the never failing spring. What do you think, does he make a convincing case? The handwritten is...

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