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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Sept. 13, 2011

· Choir activities resume
· Sunday School and nursery
· Kirk Spire
· Thanks for a Global Sing for Peace
· Community Activities

Choir activities resume
We’re back! Choir rehearsals resume on Thursday this week for handbells (6:15 pm) and singers (7 pm). New members are always welcome. Please contact Wayne Rogers, Minister of Music, at 429-1680 or humber@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.

Sunday School and nursery

St. Matthew’s Sunday School and nursery welcome children of all ages and provide age-appropriate activities for all.

Our Sunday School ranges in age from pre-school to junior high, with senior high students helping each week and meeting for their own classes twice a month. Each week’s lesson stands alone and reflects the same theme as the service. Children worship with adults until the Time with the Children, after which they troop downstairs with their teachers. Story-telling, crafts, and activities are planned each week. The nursery is supervised by teens of the congregation with Sunday School teachers nearby (if they are needed).

Kirk Spire
What do you want the congregation to know about the work you or your committee is doing? A new edition of Kirk Spire will come out shortly, and needs your input. Contact Barbara Bickle, bbickle@ns.sympatico.ca

Thanks for a Global Sing for Peace

Special thanks to Wayne Rogers and Rev. Betsy Hogan for their creative, thoughtful leadership in preparing music and liturgy for a Global Sing for Peace on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The Global Sing for Peace was created so musicians from around the world could speak in solidarity in commemorating the world-changing events of a decade ago. Sunday’s music – Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and René Claussen’s Memorial – featured the St. Matthew’s Celebration Singers, soloist Pamela Rogers, and percussionist Craig Reiner. St. Matthew’s was registered on the www.globalsingforpeace.com website and recognized in the official 9/11 concert program at Lincoln Centre, New York City.

Community activities
• Elderobics Forever Fit is an exercise program for older adults that is sponsored by the YMCA. Classes are held in nine HRM locations, including St. Andrew’s United, Bethany United, and the South Park YMCA. The fee is $3 per class plus an annual fee of $5. Sessions, which are led by qualified instructors, include a warm-up, low-impact aerobics, strength exercises, stretching, and relaxation. Call the YMCA, 496-1888 ext. 253, for information.

• Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City Sept. 15-18 will raise awareness about the plight of the world’s 43 million refugees and people uprooted by war and conflict. The Refugee Camp, which will be at Halifax’s Garrison Grounds, is an outdoor reconstruction of an actual refugee camp. Experienced staff from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders will guide visitors through a 40-60 minute interactive tour. For information visit www.refugeecamp.ca

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Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-9209
Sunday worship: 10:30 am
Choir rehearsals: We’re back! Choirs meet on Thursdays, Handbell Choir at 6:15 pm and Senior Choir at 7:30 pm

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