St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin for Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018


  • Calendar
  • Thanks to ...
  • Thinking about ...
  • Memorial service for Doug Kirby
  • Summer at St. Matthew's
  • Can you assist our Refugee Family?
  • In the Community


Sunday schedule              Breakfast 8:30 am, Choir gathers 9:45 am; Worship service 10:30 am

Every Tuesday                   12:15 pm, lunchtime SummerSounds@Barrington concerts

Sun. Aug. 12                       10:30 am, Worship service led by Rev. Betsy Hogan


Thanks to ...

  • Rev. Margaret Sagar, who was the presider/preacher on Sunday. Rev. Betsy Hogan is on vacation until Aug. 12.


Memorial service for W. Douglas Kirby

There will be a memorial service for the late Doug Kirby on Aug. 7, 2018 at 2 pm at St. Matthew’s.  Doug, who died in December 2017, was a media libraran/archivist with CBC. The Kirby family has a long affiliation with St. Matthew’s and Doug was a member of the family team that volunteers for the Sunday breakfast program. Please keep Doug’s brothers, Jeff and Lee, and their families in your prayers.

 Summer at St. Matthew's

Summer Office Hours – The church office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8 am to noon.

Pastoral Emergency – Call the church office at (902) 423-9209. Phone messages are checked regularly.

Summer pick-up choir – Anyone who would like to join the sanctuary choir on Sundays is welcome to attend the rehearsal at 9:45 am. Just show up!

SummerSounds@Barrington concert series – Lunchtime concerts are on Tuesdays from 12:15-1 pm at St. Matthew's, sponsored by the church and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. Bring your lunch and enjoy the performances.

Aug. 07 Shawn Whynot, organ

Aug. 14 Karen Myatt, voice; Scott Taylor, piano

Aug. 21 Nicholas Higgs, voice; Tara Scott, piano

Aug. 28 Second Chances Show Band with Matthew Snow and Perla Isabel Canales

 Can you assist our Refugee Family?

Now that the Al Saghrji family have begun to settle in, and they have acquired considerable English skills, father Saeed is eager to find meaningful work so he may earn a living in Nova Scotia and make a real contribution to their adopted country. He has many years of Middle Eastern work experience in both Syria and Lebanon as a full-cycle accountant. Even if you have no employment opportunities at your own business, you may know of a position coming up elsewhere.  If you would like to consider his resume, or share it with business contacts, please email Saeed at . Blessings for your continued support of “our” New Canadians!

 In the Community

St. Mary’s Basilica Organ Recital Series – On select Tuesdays at 7 pm at St. Mary's Basilica, corner Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street, there will be 30-minute organ recitals. Admission is by freewill donation (suggested $5) and free parking is available in the Cathedral parking lot off Grafton Street. Aug. 7 – Robert Summerby Murray; and Aug. 28 – Patrick Salah.

Bereavement Support – Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the temporary offices of Halifax Hospice, 1471 Carlton Street at Spring Garden Road. It operates on a drop-in basis; there is no need to sign up. Sessions are peer-led, with counsellors who guide discussion as desired. For bereavement support at times other than Saturday mornings, call the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax at 902-446-0929.


 St. Matthew’s Activities


Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at

Caritas Service – Second Sunday at 2:30 pm for Victoria Hall Residence for Senior Women, now at the Caritas Building, Mount St. Vincent

Melville Heights Service – Second Sunday at 2 pm at Melville Heights retirement lodge

Choir Practices – On holiday for the summer

Daytime Bible Study  – On holiday for the summer

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – On holiday for the summer

Lunch Bunch Choir – On holiday for the summer

Potluck Church – TBA