St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin

Sunday, June 24, 2018




  Royal Tattoo Band benefit concert for St. Matt's on June 30 at 7:30 pm

  Information about Summer at St. Matthew's

  A speedy recovery to ...

  General Council 43 meeting July 21-17, Oshawa

  In the Community



Every week: Sunday Breakfast at 8 am, Worship service at 10:30 am

Sat. June 30   7:30 pm, Special benefit concert for St. Matt's (see notice)

Sun. July 1     9:45 am, Choir Rehearsal for Sunday

                      10:30 am, Canada Day worship service

Every Tuesday 2:15 pm, SummerSounds@Barrington concerts

Sun. July 15     Jazz Festival Service

Sat. July 21      Halifax Pride Parade, 12:30 pm for 1 pm

Sun. July 22      Pride Week Service


Royal Tattoo Band benefit concert for St. Matthew's

The Nova Scotia Royal Tattoo Band will perform a special benefit concert for and at St. Matthew's on Sat., June 30 at 7:30 pm. The Nova Scotia Royal Tattoo Band is a product of the North American Brass Band Summer School (NABBSS). Each year the band uses our sanctuary as a rehearsal space for the Tattoo, and its members are very grateful to use our building to prepare for the week of Tattoo performances June 26-July 2. This 60-piece ensemble of brass and percussion includes performers from all over the world, some of whom are in the most prestigious brass bands in the world. If all goes well, the concert will conclude with an arrangement of Charles-Marie Widor's Toccata from Symphonie no. V for brass and organ. Freewill donation to St. Matthew's United Church.


Information about Summer at St. Matthew's

Church open Tuesdays-Saturdays this summer – Matthew Fraser will be our tour guide this summer, thanks to student employment funding from the federal government. Starting July 3, in July and August the church will be open for visitors from 9 am-4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. As our student organist, Matthew will spend some of his time practising and playing, so bring your guests to see historic St. Matthew's and enjoy some music.

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.

July 03        The Maudes (Catherine Little, cello, and Anna Wedlock, violin)

July 10        Thistle Scottish Country Dancers

July 17        MaRISco Trio (Margaret Champion, Rick Gunn, Scott Taylor)

July 24        Lorna MacDonald, voice; Lynette Wahlstrom, piano

July 31        Brogue Saxophone Quartet

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


Halifax Pride Parade Sat. July 21 – Folks from St. Matthew's are invited to bear witness to God's expansive love by walking in the parade with our neighbors from St. David's, First Baptist, St. John's, and Bedford United. Meet at St. Matt's at 12:30 pm to walk down to the Marshalling Grounds on Lower Water Street. The parade starts at 1 pm.  If you prefer, you can join the parade as it continues up Spring Garden Road. If you'd like to participate, speak to Wayne Rogers, Minister of Music/Organist or Matt Fraser, organ student/tour guide.

Minister's vacation – Rev. Betsy Hogan will be on holiday during July. For pastoral care contact the church office at (902) 423-9209.

A speedy recovery to ...

 Wayne Rogers, Minister of Music/Organist, who is recovering from a medical procedure to install a pacemaker. Now he has a heart of steel to go along with his heart of gold. Wayne will be attending the national choral convention "Podium" in St. John's, Nfld, over the Canada Day weekend.


General Council 43 meeting: July 21-17 in Oshawa, Ont.

This is likely to be the final meeting of the General Council of the United Church of Canada, as the restructuring remits that passed will presumably be ratified, and it will become the National Council. Approximately 450 clergy, lay and youth representatives from across Canada will gather for the week to shape and direct out church's mission.

The worship and plenary sessions of General Council are on live feed throughout – at – including a live chat for people watching across the country and in Bermuda. Updates on the proposals that will be debated can also be found on the web page.

Do consider checking it out, if you'll have web access wherever you are that week. It is interesting to be reminded of the breadth and diversity of our church and its mission across Canada. The minister will be on holiday so she can watch obsessively without guilt!


In the Community

Canada 151 Celebration Concert  Fri., June 29 at 7:30 pm, Bethany United Church (7171 Clinton Avenue). Featuring The Chester Brass Band, George Morrison, conductor, with Ann Bradley, soprano and Shawn Whynot, organ/piano. This annual concert is always a big hit, and this year's will feature a glorious arrangement of O Canada, songs of Ann Murray, and much much more! General tickets $10, children $5.

Matthew Fraser Organ Recital – Tue. July 17 at 7 pm at St. Mary's Basilica. A 30-minute organ recital, part of a new organ recital series at our neighboring church. Admission is by freewill donation (suggested $5) and free parking is available in the Cathedral parking lot off Grafton Street.

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 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


Administrative Stuff

Church office: or  (902) 423-9209

Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209,

Sunday Worship: 10:30 am

Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680,

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