Newfoundland and LabradorNewfoundland and Labrador Conference is one of 13 United Church conferences across Canada, our conference being the most easterly.

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Spring Conference - East and West Districts

May 29 – 31, 2015
Memorial United, Grand Falls-Windsor Pastoral Charge

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You are invited to a

Dinner/speaker/Annual General Meeting of the St. John’s and Area Council of Churches.

When: 6 p.m., May 1, 2015

Where: St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Logy Bay Road

Speaker: Archbishop Martin Currie

Cost: $15.00 only. Purchase or reserve your ticket by Monday, April 27th , if at all possible, as caterers need to know numbers at that time.

Contact Ian March-MacCuish: marchmaccuish@nl.rogers.com  or

Marion Pardy: m-pardy@nf.sympatico.ca  for tickets

Particulars: The dinner will be hot and tasty; the Business will be brief; the Speaker will be informative.

Come and See.

Posted: 04/24/2015 - 05/01/2015


Hi there,

Warm Greetings!!

As the days get longer, and our part of the earth gets warmer, it is time to start thinking about camping - in particular- Church Camping!!! We are blessed in Newfoundland and Labrador Conference to have three United Church Camps: West Haven, Loon Bay and Burry Heights. These are beautiful places where magical things happen every summer - seeds of faith are sown and nurtured, new friendships are made, and fun is the goal every day.

This Sunday, April 26th, is "officially" Camping Sunday. However, I would invite charges to choose any suitable and convenient Sunday this Spring to celebrate church camping. Have a special service and celebrate this wonderful local ministry. On that day have your particular camp's brochures available and invite children and teens to go to camp this summer. Encourage adults to consider volunteering at camp. Finally, consider having a special offering to support your particular Camp.

Attached you will find the Camping Service for this year, including the message. Use it as is, or adapt it. Other resources can be found here:


Please remember to promote and celebrate church camping this Spring ... and pray for the Volunteer Camp Boards as they busily prepare for another great season!

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Roger Janes
Program & Leadership Development
NL Conference
10 Pinsent Drive, Suite C
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
A2A 2R6

Tel: (709) 489-5101
Fax: (709) 489-2473

E-Mail: roger.united@nl.rogers.com

Posted: 04/24/2015 - 06/15/2015


A new vacancy has been added to the Vacancies area of the website. Check it out!

Posted: 04/20/2015 - 05/25/2015


Dear Delegates,

Warm Greetings!! Happy Easter!!

Last week you would have received information, and a brochure, on a workshop that CD is sponsoring this Spring. It is an event geared for Lay People who do some occasional worship leadership and who may be interested in how to plan and lead a funeral service.

We are wondering if you might pass that information (and this e-mail) to all people on your charge who you think might be interested in such a course.

Here is a link to access the information online, and to register online:


Thanks for passing this along. It promises to be a great event!

Roger Janes

for West District Christian Development

Roger Janes
Program & Leadership Development
NL Conference
10 Pinsent Drive, Suite C
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
A2A 2R6

Tel: (709) 489-5101
Fax: (709) 489-2473

E-Mail: roger.united@nl.rogers.com


Posted: 04/16/2015 - 05/07/2015


The Winter edition of East District UCW's "News to Use" is available in the publications area of the website.

Posted: 04/07/2015 - 05/07/2015


Memo to Clergy:

“Be The Change”

Easter Greetings

I know that this is a busy time of year, but really what time of year isn’t. With so many things on your desk, so many files that need your attention, so many sermons/liturgies to prepare, I’m asking that you put all that aside for the next few minutes or so. I know I’m asking a lot but please try. The subject is “Youth in our Conference.”

In our policies and procedures, we are good at ensuring youth have a voice. We have made room on committees, asked pastoral charges to include youth at Board meetings, and we will have youth delegates to General Council.

What needs some time and attention is developing our youth networking for Conference wide events. The “Youth At Conference” planning team would like you to spend some time thinking about the youth in your pastoral charge: who they are, where they are. And then we want you to invite them to meet with you as a youth group or the youth and their parents. We want you to tell them about this opportunity to gather in Grand Falls-Windsor at the end of May. Ask permission to share their contact information with us and we will contact them directly.

If you were affected by involvement in a youth group or by youth events, share your story with them or share your story from the pulpit. It has been proven over and over again that the best way to involve people is through personal contact. We are hoping that the personal contact can begin with you.

At East District last year, I shared that if you fold a piece of paper (8½ x 11) in half and then fold that in half and if you could continue folding that piece of paper in half, after 42 folds the height of that stack would reach the moon. We want you to be the “first fold.”

For some reason, we are wired to think linearly, we need to put some effort into thinking exponentially. For all the work you have done with youth, we thank you and we look forward to strengthening those links in the future.



709-368-2194 709-745-2844 marchmaccuish@nl.rogers.com

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Posted: 04/01/2015 - 05/25/2015


Hello Friends,

The covenanting service for Coley’s Point-Grace United Pastoral Charge, East District and Rev. Lee Michelin will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Grace United Church. A warm welcome awaits all.

Posted: 03/31/2015 - 05/03/2015



Hello everyone,

The GO Project is a national youth program which has been operating out of St. James United in St. John's for the last 4 years. This year Go Project would like to expand its programs and run two Go Projects in each host area (NL). We are wondering if another congregation would like partner with St. James by hosting the second Go Project. The cost to your congregation would be $4000, to help cover salaries and insurance; volunteers for driving; billets for leaders; and the use of your building for the program. The benefits... Priceless! Go Project has sparked growth in our youth ministry, helped grow leadership abilities in the participating youth, given the youth and our host congregation a new sense of what it means to be church.

Below is a letter from Go Project founder Michael Shewburg outlining the changes for the summer of 2015. If you would like more information on the GO Project please visit www.thegoproject.ca or contact myself (susan@stjamesuc.org) or Michael at michael@islingtonunited.com.

Please consider becoming a Go Project host site.

Susan Sheppard

St. James United Church

St. John's, NL

709 722-1881.204

2015 Program Outline for Local Hosts

October 30, 2014

Dear Local Youth Hosts,

In 2015 we are offering small shifts in our programs that will help us to grow and change in our 8th year of offering youth programs. In years past we have aimed for 15 participants at each program, held in in six cities, each of which offers one program each summer across Canada. These programs were led by 1 coordinator and 3 site staff, with support from the Minister to the GO Project. Host sites made a financial contribution of $7500 for The GO Project to host a program in their local ministry unit.

Our strategic plan going forward for youth programs will focus on smaller programs, but more of them. We have learned from our experiences with sites which have smaller registrations that participants and staff can build deeper and more solid relationships. By offering more programs we can increase our revenue stream from host churches and by offering smaller programs we can reduce expenses such as removing 1 full site staff from each team and reducing the other contracts by one to two weeks of work from each contract.

We will aim for 2 programs in each of our host cities with a target of 10 participants (with a maximum of 21) in each program. By hosting the programs in the same city, we reduce expenses such as travel costs for moving a leadership team across the country. If a local host site is not able to host two programs, we would search out a nearby host to accommodate a second program, or consider not hosting a program in that area in 2015. By hosting 2 smaller programs, this will allow for a smaller and locally based leadership teams. These programs will be led by 1 coordinator and 2 site staff, compared to the previous model of 1 coordinator and 3 site staff. Host sites will make a financial contribution of $8000 (or $4000 per program). Registration costs will be increased in 2016 as the cost of hosting the programs increases.

Below is a chart that compares and contrasts the shifts in 2015 for local host congregations.

Below is a chart that compares and contrasts the shifts in 2015 for local host congregations.



1 – 11 Day Program

2 – 11 Day Programs

15-25 Participants

10-20 Participants

1 Coordinator, 3 Site Staff

1 Coordinator, 2 Site Staff

Coordinator Billet 8 weeks

Coordinator Billet 14 weeks

3 Site Staff Billets 4 weeks

2 Site Staff Billets 7 weeks

Local Contribution $7500

Local Contribution $8000

Volunteer intensive over 11 days

Volunteers spread out of 22 days

Hosting in your building either staff training or debriefing

Host both staff training and debriefing in your building

We have had initial conversations with each youth host and you are each in different stages of the conversation with your communities. We are hoping to begin to promote our 2015 programs and wonder if we can, in faith, knowing that details are still being worked out, promote the two dates in your location and/or city. The dates of the programs are: July 5-16, 2015 and July 22-August 2, 2015.

Thank you so much for growing with us please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Peace and Blessings,

Michael Shewburg
Minister to the GO Project

Roger Janes

Program & Leadership Development
NL Conference

Posted: 12/01/2014 - 04/28/2014


The March edition of "The Connector" is available in the publications area of the website.

Posted: 03/18/2015 - 04/25/2015


















General Secretaries Weekly Letter

Dear Friends;

This is the World Council of Churches (WCC) Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

It’s quite a mouthful, but I always love the idea of joining in prayer with people all over the world. (Or at least in the northern hemisphere. I note from the WCC website that the southern hemisphere does it during Pentecost. I’m not sure what that says about unity, except that it is something we Christians continue to work toward.)


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