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THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

 
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.

We invite you to browse our site and take a look at our stories and our life and work.

 

 


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Website Refresh

Thank you for all your input and recomendations! We will be developing the new site over the next couple of months and hope to have it available in early January,

Thanks!

Greg Forward
Webmaster

 
"GO PROJECT"

 

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.

2014

2015

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 - 02/28/2014

  
MOOSE DONATIONS FOR GC42

 

Please see below letter from the Local Arrangements Committee for General Council 42.

Regards,

Jennifer Taylor
Administrative Assistant
The United Church of Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Conference

Moose Donation for GC42

Posted: 11/03/2014 - 01/30/2014

 
MODELS OF MINISTRY RESOURCES

Hi there,

The planning committee for the Models of Ministry Event promised to share some of the resources we used this past weekend. Well, below are a couple of items from my workshop, "Sharing Resources." As well, for those of you who attended that workshop, there were also two hard copy handouts. If you have trouble opening the documents, let me know, and I will send in a different format.  In the meantime, in case you haven't had a chance to do so yet, please fill out our Evaluation Survey. Just click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P5NTHLT

Thanks again for your participation, and for your leadership.

Models of Ministry.Sharing Resources.pptx
SHARING RESOURCES.map.docx

!!New Materials Added Below!!

2014 Models of Ministry Notes.Lynda.pdf
Don'sModelsinMinistry Presentation.pdf
Models of Ministry responses.pdf
2014 Models of Ministry Flip Chart Materials.PDF

Roger

Roger Janes
Program & Leadership Development
NL Conference



Posted: 10/27/2014 - 12/30/2014

                                                                                                      
                                                      
MEL RALPH - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Mel Ralph

Mel Ralph, a retired United Church minister, has recently developed his own website which, among other areas of interest, includes his autobiography. That autobiography features his ministry in a number of pastoral charges in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. To log on to his site click here: www.melvinralph.ca



Posted: 11/03/2014 - 12/31/2014

  
MISSION AND SERVICE - CALL TO ACTION VIDEO

Check out the CALL TO ACTION on the Mission and Service section of www.stewardshiptoolkit.ca
 website. Please feel free to use this video in any and all meetings to promote the work of our Mission and Service.

• A 15-minute video narrated by the Moderator, Rev. Gary Paterson. Video is also available divided into 3 separate parts.
 • http://www.stewardshiptoolkit.ca/mission-service




Posted: 10/20/2014 - 1/30/2015

                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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