We gather each Sunday at 10:00 am for an in-person worship service. Due to our limited seating, attendance is by pre-registration only. To pre-register, please phone the office – 902-681-0366, ext 1 – or email us at AdminOVU@bellaliant.com. Please click on the following link to join our online, live-streamed service:
Link to Live-stream Worship Service – Sunday, March 7, 2021
The recordings of our live-streamed worship services are available for viewing on our Worship Services page, under Video Recorded Worship Services. Please click on the following link to view our previously live-streamed services:
Worship Services / Video Recorded Worship Services
Greetings, Orchard Valley!
We will gather for an in-person service this Sunday at 10:00 am. Due to our limited seating capacity, attendance is by pre-registration only. Please do not arrive at the church before 9:30 am Sunday morning. For the protection of everyone, face masks, hand sanitizing and physical distancing rules will be strictly adhered to. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.
This week’s worship service will be livestreamed beginning approximately 9:45 am. The recording of the service will be uploaded later in the day for home viewing. Please click on the following link to view the livestream:
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 line 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.
Join the Zoom Meeting:
1-855-703-8985 Canada Toll-free
Meeting ID: 834 7410 7986
Click on the link below to go to our Video Recorded Worship Services page, THEN click on the tab on the far right called Lenten Reflections.
Rev Don will lead the next Family Worship at 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 14, with help from Ken Hassell, Thea Burton, Grace Marcoux, Cheryl Hill and Andy Pitter. We will celebrate God and a Holy Week story through song, discussion, prayer and other worship activities. Grandparents as well as parents are welcome to bring children; individuals are welcome, too. It takes a village to raise a child! Families and individuals must pre-register with the office by Friday, March 12, 4:00 pm and follow church guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The Junior Youth Group will do a walk in Kentville on Saturday, March 27 (the walk will include a tour of the Kentville Open Arms’ location, their thrift shop and hopefully an Inn from the Cold location). Please consider sponsoring an OVUC youth by making a donation to Open Arms via Orchard Valley. Donations can be given to the youth, dropped off at the church, mailed to the church, or made online on the church’s website. Please note on your envelope, cheque or online gift that it is for Open Arms. We would like to receive all donations for the walk no later than Saturday, March 27. Sponsorship donations are tax deductible.
Want to know when the latest “Fruit from the Orchard” video is released? Or the upcoming daily “Lenten Reflections”? One way is to subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Simply select the ‘Subscribe’ button the next time you are watching one of our videos or during the Live Streamed Worship Service. (Please note that you must have a Google account in order to subscribe.) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEW4VOpk_znrA5qevOqCr9Q
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.
Since the decision in Council to support the M&P recommendation to acknowledge the Admin Assistant position as part time (to better reflect the actual duties of the position), several members of our congregation have communicated their concern for the timing of the decision in these difficult times. We wished to reassure the congregation that the Council has responded to that compassion by approving a charitable proposal from the Finance Committee to continue to protect our Admin Assistant’s income at its current level, even as she transitions into her new hours, for an extended period of time.
Chair, Ministry & Personnel Committee
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!
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).
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.