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Bethany Players

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Bethany Players

Bethany Players

  The Bethany Players, a drama group at Bethany United in Halifax, posing for a photograph, c. 1939. Front row (left to right); Lillian Farwell, Jack Mont, Nan Geizer, and Nita Geizer. Back row (left to right): Olin Gardner, Fred Feeney, Lillian MacKinnon, Nelson, Will harvey, Freda Duggan, and Con...

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William J. MacKenzie

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William J. MacKenzie

William John McKenzie was born on July 15, 1861 at South Side West Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He was the third child of Robert McKenzie and Flora MacRae. According to an anonymous biographer, William “grew to be of great stature, a man of 6’3’’ tall and of unusual physical strength. Mentally he was much above the average.” After attending a small country school, William obtained his license as a teacher at the age of 14 and taught in schools in the area until he was 19. Around this time, William decided to dedicate his life in...

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Rally Day at Saint David’s Presbyterian Church, Saint John

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Rally Day at Saint David’s Presbyterian Church, Saint John

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Polly Ervin: First Laywoman President

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Polly Ervin: First Laywoman President

Polly Ervin was born in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. She married Rod Ervin in Halifax and they eventually moved to Moncton in 1956. Polly was active in the UCW,  serving as UCW president for her local church from 1964-1965 and 1982-1983. She was president of Chignecto UCW Presbyterial from 1971-1973. Polly was also Chair of Chignecto Presbytery for two terms and a member of the Conference executive and sub-executive at various times. In 1980, Polly Ervin became the first laywoman President of the Maritime Conference. She served as President...

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Summer Fun: Camp Ta Wa Si, 1949

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Summer Fun: Camp Ta Wa Si, 1949

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Patching Up The Old

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Patching Up The Old

Patching Up The Old

Herman E. Campbell (1898-1987) was born in Portapique, Nova Scotia on 14 June 1898. He was educated in Colchester County schools; Dalhousie University; and Pine Hall Divinity Hall. On June 8, 1924, he became the last person ordained by the Presbyterian Synod of Nova Scotia prior to church union. Following ordination, he served the pastoral charges at Ingonish; Merigomish, New Glasgow: Trinity United Church; Stewiacke; and Brunswick Street United Church, Halifax. He also served in the Sussex and Bathurst pastoral charges in New Brunswick. Rev....

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Youth Choir at Port Hawkesbury (Cape Breton), 1945

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Youth Choir at Port Hawkesbury (Cape Breton), 1945

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South Shore United Church

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on South Shore United Church

South Shore United Church

Tryon-Hampton Pastoral Charge is located in Prince Edward Island.  In 1968, the United Church pastoral charges of Hampton and Tryon were amalgamated to form the Tryon-Hampton Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada. The congregation at Crapaud began to worship at Tryon and the DeSable and Appin Road congregations joined in services with the Hampton congregation in 1969. In 2006, the churches at Bonshaw, Victoria, and Hampton closed, and all congregations currently worship at Tryon. The new church is now called South Shore United...

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Bon Appétit!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Bon Appétit!

Bon Appétit!

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Different clothes, same great experience: Youth at Conference, 1945

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Archives Committee, Featured Congregations | Comments Off on Different clothes, same great experience: Youth at Conference, 1945

Different clothes, same great experience: Youth at Conference, 1945

Let’s take a trip back in time to 1945 when young people from all over the Maritimes gathered for the Maritime Young People’s Conference which took place during the annual Maritime Conference. The assistant secretary of the Young People’s Union described the experience for the readers of The United Churchman (September 26, 1945, Vol. 30, No. 39, p. 3): “For the first time it is my privilege to extend greetings to all the old and new friends of our Maritime Young People’s Conference through the pages of the United...

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