To view OVUC’s Advent/Christmas 2019 Services and Events, please click on the following link:
Advent & Christmas 2019 — Worship Services and Events.
Our Advent Newsletter is also available for download. Please click on the following link:
Orchard Valley Newsletters
- During the fall/winter/spring session, we offer an informal 9:00 am service, and an 11:00 am service that is more structured, both at Orchard Valley.
- During the summer session (July & August), we offer a 9:30 am worship service at Orchard Valley United Church in New Minas and an 11:00 am worship service at the Covenanter Church, in Grand Pre.
All God’s children are welcome at each service.
Men’s Fellowship Luncheon – All men are most cordially invited to our Christmas Luncheon at noon on Friday, December 13. Cost is $5. Please sign up on the appropriate sheet in the Narthex. Our speaker is Ms. Dale Sanford. Dale will tell us all about the new Valley Hospice. For more information, please speak to Dave Murphy, Ian Godfrey or Chris Seymour. Thank you.
The Advent season is one of wonder. For so many it is a time of hopeful anticipation and promise. The longer nights and the gray clouds seem to provide the perfect background for the lights and the tinsel. But for many, Christmas is a harsh reminder of life that once was. So, we gather not so much in hopeful anticipation, but in the cloud of despondency. While so many are ready to sing, “Joy to the World,” at Blue Christmas we gather as those who mourn. We gather to carve out a time of quiet reflection. We gather to shed tears if they come, to hold hands if they are available, and to know that we are not alone.
Whether this is the first Christmas without someone you love, or if you seem to be hurting from loss for as long as you remember, we gather to be reminded that it’s okay to mourn, even at Christmas.
Orchard Valley United Church is located at 130 Cornwallis Avenue in New Minas. All are welcome to attend.
Christmas Eve Service at the Covenanter Church in Grand Pré – The Covenanter Church will once again be the scene of a very special 11:00 pm Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, December 24. Following a well-established custom, folks from a number of different localities and churches will come together for this quiet, contemplative service, filled with familiar scripture passages, favourite poems, traditional carols, and special music. There is no sermon. The Rev Don Sellsted and Rev Tim McFarland will lead the service. Ms Caroline Burton will contribute special music, as will choir members and friends of OVUC under the direction of Ken Hassell. Everyone is welcome
Coldest Night of the Year – The Seekers Youth Group is participating in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk again in February 2020. Please start saving your refundable bottles and cans for us, and stay tuned for more information.
Tellers are needed! There are many folks that have contributed over the years in counting following Sunday services. A big thank you goes out to those who have helped along the way. This year the numbers who are able to help has dwindled. We are in need of new folks to sign up. It is the goal that we try to keep folks to 4 or 5 times a year, however, we need enough individuals to make this happen. A sign-up sheet is posted in the foyer or speak to Heather Bishop or Theresa Perrin. Thanks.
Weather Cancellations – In the event that one or more of our Sunday Worship services is cancelled due to weather, a message will be left on the OVUC phone and website. We will also do our best to send out an email (but cannot guarantee this option will be available). We also endeavour to place cancellation messages with all the local radio stations. In the event of a power outage, your first source for cancellation news should always be our phone line – 902-681-0366.