Kingswood is registering and welcoming the Class of 2018 as this year’s incoming students arrive on campus. BBQ with parents was a part of the welcoming activities on a beautiful weekend. Welcome to all the new and returning students.
VBS continues to impact our churches as it has done throughout the summer. Last week Amherst, Corbett Ave and Truro (and perhaps others) held VBS with kids in all locations accepting Christ in their lives. Thanks to volunteers in all the churches that celebrated VBS this summer. You are all deeply appreciated and you are making Kingdom impact.
Halifax Metro and New Hope Valley both held baptisms last week as new life in Christ was both demonstrated and celebrated. This public witness to salvation is such a powerful testimony and inspiration to the families and churches involved. Across the district more than 400 were baptized last church year – lets stretch to 500 this year – every baptism represents an embarrassment to the devil. Onward and upward!
The district office will relocate from Beulah back to Moncton tomorrow – Tuesday. Today is a holiday of course, and we will be up and running in Moncton on Wednesday.
Our Nackawic church entered a float in the Festival on the Bend to celebrate the church’s 125th anniversary. They distributed some 600 bottles of water along the parade route. There was a near 100% involvement of the church folk in the project.
Westchester continues to demonstrate the resilience of a small rural church. They recently raised more than $7000 to put a new steel roof on the church. The funds were raised through outreach music evenings, recycling, craft/bake sales and donations. In early August, they hosted a benefit for a friend of the church battling lung cancer. They raised some $1400 and the crowd of 126 necessitated holding the event in the village fire hall.
Last week Dr Paul Borden was the guest lecturer/presenter for the Growing Healthy Churches Seminar at Kingswood. In addition to the students in the Masters program, several of our pastors as well as pastors from other groups were present for this focused, practical, on-point teaching. He is scheduled to return next August – watch for the date.
I was privileged to speak yesterday morning at the end of season morning service at Beulah. A great crowd was present as an excellent and unusual summer wound down. A hurricane (Arthur) at the beginning of family camp; a three day power outage; generators proving their value; substitute preachers due to a stranded evangelist; surprisingly strong crowds; record regular offerings; anointed services and an overall positive week, this was Family Camp at Beulah 2014. Summer services and rental groups rounded out the summer. See you at Beulah 2015.
DS September Sundays
7 – Havelock, NS pastoral installation
14 – Irving Chapel
21 – Sussex pastoral installation
28 – Dartmouth Hillside 40th anniversary
THOT: “One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff rather than a rattlesnake.” – Billy Sunday
ON SECOND THOT: “Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.” – Billy Sunday
NB/ME Children’s Ministry Huddle at Presque Isle Wesleyan on Sept 20 from 9 AM-3PM. Cost is $25 per person or $99 for for 4 or more per church. This includes breakouts, networking and lunch together.
One-day affordable event for your children’s ministry team. Sunday School teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers, children’s church workers and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas you can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers.
Get ready for a time of growth, renewal and fun.
Register your team today – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.
Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!