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Vital Church Maritimes 2018 Conference - REGISTER NOW

Thursday, November 08, 2018 - Saturday, November 10, 2018
Truro Holiday Inn
437 Prince Street, Truro, NS, B2N 1E6

Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Hands






Theme: “Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Hands”


Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2018


Thursday, Nov. 8        – 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9             – 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10       – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Keynote Speaker:

The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, the Episcopal (Anglican) Diocese of Oklahoma.

As Canon for Church Growth & Development, Susan guides ministries of evangelism, church growth, church planting, new mission development, and oversees staff in Christian formation, communications, stewardship & development, and campus ministries.


Canon Susan has a wealth of faith community experience and education in both rural and urban contexts. Originally from Arizona, she was the church planter and rector of Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale. She is the author of the book, God Gave the Growth: Church Planting in the Episcopal Church (2015), and a founding leader of the Acts 8 Movement, a missionary society of passionate lay and clergy leaders who engage in congregational vitality through discipleship, evangelism and technology. Additionally, Canon Susan is a member of the (national) Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, chairing the Joint Standing Committee on Local Ministry & Mission.



Holiday Inn, Truro

The hotel is wheel-chair assessable, has plenty of free parking and complimentary High Speed Internet. It also features an indoor, heated swimming pool, fitness centre, business facility, as well as extensive food and beverage services available at the onsite restaurant and lounge. (Accommodation costs are not included in the conference registration fee.) To receive the discounted rate mention the group ‘Anglican Diocese of NS & PEI’ (until October 7).


Single/Double Guestrooms - $115


Easy Booking Link: click on the blue link and follow the reservation process to receive the special group rate.



Phone: 902-895-1651 (direct)

Or toll free: 1-877-660- 8550

E-mail: [email protected]

Address: 437 Prince St., Truro, NS, B2N 1E6



Open to: Anyone – lay people and clergy, from any Christian denomination

Conference Registration Fees:    Include refreshments, most meals and materials.


$140 Early Bird registration for entire conference (until October 1)

$150 for entire conference

$125 for entire conference for students

$50 for one day

$25 for one keynote talk


FINAL REGISTRATION Deadline is midnight November 1.


ANGLICAN FUNDING SUPPORT:   (for people in Diocese of NS & PEI)







Credit Card only

No Refunds.


Thursday, Nov. 8 – 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Ø  The Holy Spirit & Mission - (New Evangelization), David Deane, Associate Professor of Theology, Atlantic School of Theology

Ø  Rural Missional Communities, Greg Jones, Associate Executive Minister, Congregational Renewal, Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada



Tuesday is the New Sunday, Louise Knowles, Timberlea Baptist


Acts 29 (Sunday eve gatherings), Stephen Croft, Our Saviour Lutheran, Dartmouth



Making Change - Michelle Cockell, Parish of St. Martin’s, Western Shore


The Art of Introducing New Ideas, Tammy Hodge, St. Nicholas’ Westwood Hills

My experience around change in the church always starts with what God is revealing to her church. Who are we being called to care for, who are we not reaching and how can we better serve those we already call our church family? Then we look to what scripture has to teach us, discern what change might bring about a better outcome and then run with it. I believe God will empower our desire to love radically. 

Rector St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Fort-Sackville Regional Dean - Ordained to the Priesthood in 2009, my call is focused around the God of love: How we are loved by God and called to love in God’s name. My experience in the church has been, that our structures and church culture do not always support our ability to live out our mission share God’s love, so we should feel inspired and empowered by the Spirit to bring about change that will allow the church to share God’s limitless love of God with all people.



Friday, Nov. 9 – 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Ø  Habits for Highly Missional People (BELLS), Shawn Branch, Parish Development Officer, Diocese of Fredericton 



Benedictine Canon Community of St. Patrick, Chad McCharles, Mahone Bay


Contemplation in Mission, Sandra Fyfe, St. John’s Wolfville




Ministry with Older Adults, Cheryl Rafuse, Hatchet Lake & Terence Bay


Inter-generational Ministry, by T.B.A., Youth & Family Ministry VSST




Missional Stewards – Mike Briggs, Stewardship Officer, Diocese of Fredericton

Free Money! – Funding Support for Mission, by T.B.A., FMD VSST



Friday, Nov. 9 – 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Ø  Paths to Discipleship (The Game Plan), Ron Huntley, St. Benedict’s RCC, Archdiocese of Halifax; Leadership Coach for Pastoral Staff and Ministry Leads, Saint Benedict Parish



Ø  Making the Dream a Reality, Carl Fraser, Parish of Fall River & Oakfield

A hands-on session to help work out the next steps for your missional idea.




The Uke’s the Thing – Mel Malton, Parishes of Berwick/Aylesford

A ukulele is a small, friendly and inexpensive instrument. It’s easy to learn the basics and great fun to play in a group. The internet is teeming with uke-arrangements for every song you’ve ever heard. Starting a uke-group is amazingly simple, and a sure-fire way to connect with your neighbour. Singing and playing together, offering sing-alongs in care-facilities, at community events and in worship settings – this is the kind of ministry that has fellowship built in. Mel Malton offers a quickie tutorial and tips on how to start a group in your area.


The Rev. Mel Malton - Mel is rector of the Anglican Parishes of Berwick/Aylesford. Before entering the ministry, she worked for more than a decade in the professional theatre business as an actor and stage manager, touring shows throughout Canada and the United States. She is a writer, enthusiastic gardener and musician, and is delighted to be living and working in the lovely Annapolis Valley.


Open Door (for pedestrians) - Frances Drolet-Smith, St. Alban’s, Dartmouth




Prayer in the Park – Shirley Carras, All Saints Bedford


Beer & Theology, Katherine Bourbonniere, Church of St. Andrew, Cole Harbour



Remember to have lunch before you arrive on Nov. 8.

Hotel check-in is at 3 p.m.

This conference is scent-free. Kindly refrain from wearing scented products

Early Bird (until October 1) $140.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Monday, October 01, 2018
Entire Conference $150.00 valid from Tuesday, October 02, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
Students - Entire Conference $125.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
One day - Thursday $50.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
One day - Friday $50.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
One day - Saturday $50.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
Thursday evening keynote address $25.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
Friday morning keynote address $25.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
Friday afternoon keynote address $25.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
Saturday moring keynote address $25.00 valid from Tuesday, May 01, 2018 to Thursday, November 01, 2018
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