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

The oversight of the life and work of our approximately 200 congregations is exercised by our East and West Districts, while Conference co-ordinates and oversees matters that effect the combined interests of the two Districts.

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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


Church bulletin notice:

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL SERVICE. We hope you will join the Jewish Community Havura for its annual Holocaust Memorial Service on Sunday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Wartime Experiences of a Jewish Child. Our guest speaker will be Lisa Hurd, a Holocaust survivor, local actress and long-time resident of St. John’s. Lisa and her parents escaped from Vienna in 1939. She came to Newfoundland from England in 1968 with her husband and four children. She will share some of her early life story, which until now only her family and closest friends knew.

The service will be held at the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation auditorium on the Memorial University campus. Free parking in lot 18 behind the Queen Elizabeth II Library off Prince Philip Drive, and lot 15 B next to the School of Music. $2.00 parking available in lot 17 in front of the Bruneau Centre. The service is co-sponsored by the Atlantic Jewish Council and the Scholarship in the Arts Programme, Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland. A campus map is available online: http://www.mun.ca/campus_map/index.php

Posted: 02/23/2015 - 04/13/2015



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 - 03/28/2014


The March edition of "The Connector" is avilable 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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