Orchard Valley United Church has cancelled all in-person worship services, events and meetings for the foreseeable future.
We offer video-recorded worship services and Lenten reflections (under the Worship Services tab), and Spirit yoga sessions (under the Small Group Ministries / Yoga Church tab). We also offer our Easter Newsletter, for your reading pleasure (under What’s Happening/Newsletters). Please feel free to leave a message on our phone line with questions or comments: 902-681-0366, ext 1.
Sherbrooke Lake Camp – The families of young people and/or the families themselves sponsored by Orchard Valley will be able to rent cabins at the camp towards the end of the summer. Please consider making a donation towards ice, propane or transportation costs. If you could help with transportation, please let Andy Pitter know (902-542-1545; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Search Committee Update – The work of your Search Committee takes both challenging and prayerful effort. The selection of a church employee is meant to be a lasting relationship and needs to be done with the spirit as our guide and source of wisdom. When the disciples were not successful in their fishing, Jesus instructed them to cast their net onto the other side of the boat. In order to best find someone to join our church family, we have expanded our net by gaining approval to seek a candidate from all forms of ministry including lay ministry. We believe that the skills required can be found in this wider net and be in alignment with the values of our faith. Please keep our committee and its members in your prayers.
Invitation to Participate – Do you love to read, or have a flair for the dramatic? Is poetry something you love to share with others? Do you love to read stories for children to enjoy? If you have answered yes to any of the above, or if you have something unique to offer to our weekly recorded services, Rev. Don and the Worship Committee would love to hear from you. We would love to expand the already fabulous group of people contributing through reading scripture and poetry, reading to or engaging our children and youth, and sharing a Minute for Mission. If you would be interested or willing to share your talents, please reach out to Rev. Don or Theresa to share your interest in participating. Your church family would love to see you, and we would love to welcome you to our weekly creative worship endeavors!
Donating to OVUC – For those in the congregation who would like to continue supporting the church financially while we are experiencing our temporary closure, we have several ways you can donate:
- Mail your post-dated cheque(s) to the office (OVUC, 130 Cornwallis Ave, New Minas, NS B4N 3M7);
- Drop your offerings into our mail slot. It’s located on the outside of the OVUC building, on the left corner. This is a secure, internal mailbox;
- Click the DONATE button on our website;
- Transfer funds to us via bank e-transfer. Please contact the office for details; or
- Sign-up for PAR. Please contact the office for details.
Regardless of the method you choose, you will receive a tax receipt in 2021 for your donation(s). For more information or assistance, please contact the office (902-681-0366, ext 1, or AdminOVU@bellaliant.com).
Video Recorded Worship Services – In this time of uncertainty, Rev Don wants to keep our worship family together in spirit, if not in body. Therefore, he will be preparing a series of short worship services, to be shared with our church family.
Please view our video recorded services by hovering over Worship Services on the ribbon above and then clicking on Video Recorded Messages OR by clicking on the following link: Video Recorded Messages.
For those who wish to participate in the Annual Congregational Meeting, we have a few reference items you can consult in advance:
If you prefer more personal training, we will be holding some small group tutorial sessions during the coming week. Please contact the office to register. (902-681-0366 ext 1, or AdminOVU@bellaliant.com)
Hope New Minas Al-Anon Family Group – Hope Al-Anon is a fellowship that offers help and hope for families and friend of alcoholics. The group will be using FONGO for phone meetings on Thursday mornings at 10:00 am until further notice. This program lets 15 people meet by phone. To enter the meeting, call 1-902-932-1200 and enter 902-932-7986#. For more information about Al-Anon visit www.al-anonmaritimes.ca or Al-Anon World Service Office at al-anon.org.