Announcements – December 12, 2021

Proof of Double/Full Vaccination (POV) and Identification Required to attend Services of Worship in our Sanctuary beginning December 12, 2021.  This decision was made at our Official Board meeting held on Dec 1st.  For those unable to provide a POV we invite you to be part of our service through radio broadcast while in our parking lot (tune into FM 99.9) or by viewing our recorded services posted weekly on our Facebook page and Website.  While participating in our “In Sanctuary” services of worship masks are required to be worn and we are asked to be aware of distancing from others.  Registration upon entry into the building is still required but we no longer require you reserve your spot for worship each week. 

Board of Stewards will meet after worship on December 12thThe meeting on Wednesday was postponed due to weather conditions. 

Service of Love and Light – Dec 19th at 10:30 AM – This service will be held as part of our time of worship in a slightly different format than previous years.  There will be an opportunity to come forward and light candles but there will also be a time in the service where we will light candles for specific individuals from our lives who have died yet we hold them in our hearts forever.  Who do you want us to remember and honour within our time of worship?    If you have names of individuals you would like us to name and remember please submit their names by Wednesday Dec 15th (by phone – 902-688-1580 or by email – westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com ).   We will also be celebrating Communion – you can bring your own bread/cracker & juice/coffee/water or pick up ziplock bag of prepared elements upon entry into the service.  

Christmas Eve Service – December 24th at 6:30 PM will be a parking lot service again this year.  You are invited to join us for our celebration and worship from the comfort of your vehicle.  Bulletins with the complete service and hymns will be distributed.  Drive into the parking lot, tune into FM 99.9 and enjoy the service.  If you have battery operated lights to decorate your vehicle we invite you to help us make this time of gathering a festive occasion.

Christmas Eve Service – Online Edition.  In collaboration with Bridgewater United a Christmas Eve Worship will be posted on our Facebook Page and Website for all those unable to join us for our Parking Lot Service on December 24th.    

Shared Ministry with Bridgewater United – began in October 2021 as a trial period when it was agreed that 20% of Rev. Neil’s time each week (8 hours) would be dedicated to Bridgewater United for the purpose of Pastoral Care to their congregation.  The trial period was agreed to be from Oct 1 to Dec 31.  At our Official Board meeting (held on Dec 1st) it was agreed that the trial period be extended by 3 months to the end of March 2022 to allow for a fuller time of evaluation.  Bridgewater United initiated the request to extend the trial period. 

Janitorial Position is still vacant and the Ministry & Personnel Committee is seeking for an individual to fill this role. If you know of someone interested in this paid position please contact Keith Sullivan at 902-523-2601.

Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  Thank you to everyone who offered their time and energy to make our recent 2 day sale a delightful success.  We had proceeds of close to $4000 which includes a generous donation of $1000.  We are looking into options to sell our remaining items (like selling on the local “Buy & Sell Marketplace”).  If you know of individuals interested in any of our items or buying “Lot Quantities” please be in contact with us.

Advent Tree Lighting – each Sunday evening we will be posting a video of us lighting one of our outside trees throughout the Season of Advent.  These trees will be illuminated each night from today until the Season of Epiphany.

Thank You to all who supported the Friendship Unit of the UCW with contributions to the Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Services, Riverview Enhanced Living, the Food Bank Basket and donations to the Mission & Service Fund. Your generosity is appreciated and the items have been shared.  Thank You.

Sunday, December 26, 2021 - there will be no Service of Worship held at West Side United.  

Sunday, January 2, 2022 – a Service of Worship and Reflection will be posted on our Website and Facebook Page for this day.  There will be no “In Sanctuary” Service of Worship offered on January 2, 2022.

Announcements – December 5, 2021

Covenanting Service at Bridgewater United – Dec 5th at 7:00 PM.  Regional Council #15 along with the Congregation of Bridgewater United will be hosting a Service of Covenanting with Rev. Jeff Chant on Dec 5th at 7 PM.  Rev. Neil McEwen will be the guest preacher.  For those attending the service Proof of Vaccination (POV), Identification and Masks are required.

Proof of Double/Full Vaccination (POV) and Identification Required to attend Services of Worship in our Sanctuary beginning December 12, 2021.  This decision was made at our Official Board meeting held on Dec 1st.  For those unable to provide a POV we invite you to be part of our service through radio broadcast while in our parking lot (tune into FM 99.9) or by viewing our recorded services posted weekly on our Facebook page and Website.  While participating in our “In Sanctuary” services of worship masks are required to be worn and we are asked to be aware of distancing from others.  Registration upon entry into the building is still required but we no longer require you reserve your spot for worship each week. 

Service of Love and Light – Dec 19th at 10:30 AM – This service will be held as part of our time of worship in a slightly different format than previous years.  There will be an opportunity to come forward and light candles but there will also be a time in the service where we will light candles for specific individuals from our lives who have died yet we hold them in our hearts forever.  Who do you want us to remember and honour within our time of worship?    If you have names of individuals you would like us to name and remember please submit their names by Wednesday Dec 15th (by phone – 902-688-1580 or by email – westsideunitedchurch@gmail.com ).   

We will also be celebrating Communion – you can bring your own bread/cracker & juice/coffee/water or pick up ziplock bag of prepared elements upon entry into the service.  

Christmas Eve Service – December 24th at 6:30 PM will be a parking lot service again this year.  You are invited to join us for our celebration and worship from the comfort of your vehicle.  Bulletins with the complete service and hymns will be distributed.  Drive into the parking lot, tune into FM 99.9 and enjoy the service.  If you have battery operated lights to decorate your vehicle we invite you to help us make this time of gathering a festive occasion.  

Shared Ministry with Bridgewater United – began in October 2021 as a trial period when it was agreed that 20% of Rev. Neil’s time each week (8 hours) would be dedicated to Bridgewater United for the purpose of Pastoral Care to their congregation.  The trial period was agreed to be from Oct 1 to Dec 31.  At our Official Board meeting (held on Dec 1st) it was agreed that the trial period be extended by 3 months to the end of March 2022 to allow for a fuller time of evaluation.  Bridgewater United initiated the request to extend the trial period. 

Janitorial Position is still vacant and the Ministry & Personnel Committee is seeking for an individual to fill this role. If you know of someone interested in this paid position please contact Keith Sullivan at 902-523-2601.

Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  Thank you to everyone who offered their time and energy to make our recent 2 day sale a delightful success.  We had proceeds of close to $4000 which includes a generous donation of $1000.  We are looking into options to sell our remaining items (like selling on the local “Buy & Sell Marketplace”).  If you know of individuals interested in any of our items or buying “Lot Quantities” please be in contact with us.

Board of Stewards meet on Wednesday – December 8th at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.  Committees and Groups are requested to submit their 2022 budget figures to the Board of Stewards.

Advent Tree Lighting – each Sunday evening we will be posting a video of us lighting one of our outside trees throughout the Season of Advent.  These trees will be illuminated each night from today until the Season of Epiphany.

Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Service.  Mittens, hats, socks and scarves would be much appreciated.  A tree will be placed inside the sanctuary to receive the contributions.

Riverview Enhanced Living . Donation Box of treats, personal care items and colouring books. Box will be provided in the sanctuary.

Food Bank Basket. We encourage our church family to either give foodstuff or monetary donations.  Cheques payable to Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank (mailing address: 150 Churchill St., Bridgewater NS B4V 1S2 or given to Barbara Rafuse – No Cash Please).  All items and cheques collected will be forward in Dec.

Mission & Service Fund. We are encouraging our Unit members and our church family to be generous for the Mission & Service Fund which assists needy people in many ways.

Announcements – November 28, 2021

Official Board Meeting – Will meet on Wednesday December 1st at 7:00 PM after being postponed last week due to the uncertainty of road conditions in the evening.  As per the guidelines of the NS Dept of Health all attending must be double/fully vaccinated and face masks worn during the meeting.

Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  Thank you to everyone who offered their time and energy to make our recent 2 day sale a delightful success.  We had proceeds of close to $4000 which includes a $1000 donation.  We are looking into options to sell our remaining items (like selling on the local “Buy & Sell Marketplace”).  If you know of individuals interested in any of our items or buying “Lot Quantities” please be in contact with us.

Budget 2022 – Committees and Groups are requested to submit their 2022 budget figures to the Board of Stewards.

Advent Tree Lighting – each Sunday evening we will be posting a video of us lighting one of our outside trees throughout the Season of Advent.  These trees will be illuminated each night from today until the Season of Epiphany.

Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Service.  Mittens, hats, socks and scarves would be much appreciated.  A tree will be placed inside the sanctuary to receive the contributions.

Riverview Enhanced Living . Donation Box of treats, personal care items and colouring books. Box will be provided in the sanctuary.

Food Bank Basket. We encourage our church family to either give foodstuff or monetary donations.  Cheques payable to Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank (mailing address: 150 Churchill St., Bridgewater NS B4V 1S2 or given to Barbara Rafuse – No Cash Please).  All items and cheques collected will be forward in Dec.

Mission & Service Fund. We are encouraging our Unit members and our church family to be generous for the Mission & Service Fund which assists needy people in many ways.

Positions to be Filled

We currently have two positions the Ministry & Personnel Committee are seeking to fill:  Janitor for our building and an individual(s) who would be willing to share their musical talents during our times of worship.  More details about both of these positions will be posted or available from Keith Sullivan at keith.sullivan37@gmail.com or (902) 523-2601

West Side United has an opening for a part-time janitor (3-4 hours per week).  The Ministry and Personnel Committee will review applications on Nov. 30, 2021. If interested, please contact Keith Sullivan for more information at keith.sullivan37@gmail.com or 902-523-2601.

Announcements - November 21, 2021

Worship on Nov 28th will be led by Donna Kelly (Student Minister).  We continue to enjoy the sharing of her gifts and we hope you will make plans to attend and offer her our support.

Budget 2022 – Committees and Groups are requested to submit their 2022 budget figures to the Board of Stewards.

Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  The next day for our sale is This coming Saturday (Nov 27th) from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Official Board Meeting – Wednesday November 24th at 7:00 PM.  As per the guidelines of the NS Dept of Health all attending must be double/fully vaccinated and face masks worn during meeting.

Bake Sale Table – If you wish to contribute to the UCW Bake Sale Table at the sale on Saturday, items can be dropped off Friday evening between 7 PM & 8 PM or on Saturday morning.

From the Friendship Unit of the United Church Women (UCW)

Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Service.  Mittens, hats, socks and scarves would be much appreciated.  A tree will be placed inside the sanctuary to receive the contributions.

 Riverview Enhanced Living . Donation Box of treats, personal care items and colouring books. Box will be provided in the sanctuary.

Food Bank Basket. We encourage our church family to either give foodstuff or monetary donations.  Cheques payable to Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank (mailing address: 150 Churchill St., Bridgewater NS B4V 1S2 or given to Barbara Rafuse – No Cash Please).  All items and cheques collected will be forward in Dec.

Mission & Service Fund. We are encouraging our Unit members and our church family to be generous for the Mission & Service Fund which assists needy people in many ways.

Positions to be Filled

We currently have two positions the Ministry & Personnel Committee are seeking to fill:  Janitor for our building and an individual(s) who would be willing to share their musical talents during our times of worship.  More details about both of these positions will be posted or available from Keith Sullivan.

Announcements – November 7, 2021

Grocery Card Order Forms are ready for distribution and in the foyer.  The deadline for orders & payment is Sunday November 14th.  

Budget 2022 – The Board of Stewards have begun looking at the 2022 Budget.  Committees and Groups that have input into the budget figures which pertain to their specific mandate and function are requested to submit their budget figures as soon as possible.

We are planning a sale in our hall – Cleaning out the Attic Sale.  Details of this are found on the poster found   our Website and Facebook page.  There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer looking for volunteers to help with the event.

Upcoming Meetings

Manse Committee will be meeting early in November (TBA)

Session – Monday November 8th at 10:00 AM 

Board of Stewards – Wednesday November 10th at 7:00 PM

Official Board – Wednesday November 24th at 7:00 PM

From the Friendship Unit of the United Church Women (UCW)

Mitten Tree for Family & Children's Service.  Mittens, hats, socks and scarves would be much appreciated.  A tree will be placed inside the sanctuary to receive the contributions.

Riverview Enhanced Living . Donation Box of treats, personal care items and colouring books. Box will be provided in sanctuary.

Food Bank Basket. We encourage our church family to either give foodstuff or a cash donation so the agency can purchase what is most needed.  Cheques made out to Bridgewater Inter-church Food Bank may be sent directly to the Food Bank, 150 Churchill St., Bridgewater NS B4V 1S2 or given to Barbara Rafuse who will send all cheques collected to the Food Bank in early in December.  If you are giving this to Barbara to transfer … No cash please!

Mission & Service Fund. We are encouraging our Unit members and our church family to be generous for the Mission & Service Fund which assists needy people in many ways.

Announcements – October 31, 2021


We extend our best wishes to Mona Corkum on the recent celebration of her 90 th Birthday (October 25 th ). A card on behalf ofthe congregation has been sent but if you wish to send your own personal best wishes they can be sent to her at Ridgewood Assisted Living (#372 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater Nova Scotia B4V 2T2)


We extend our support and love to those on a journey of loss and grief for loved ones: The family of Darryl Fritze gathered at Brookside Cemetery (Bridgewater) on October 26 th for a Service of Burial. The family of Frances Creaser and David Creaser were joined by close friends at Fort Point Cemetery on October 30 th to honour the lives of their Mother and Brother. The family and close friends of Rev. Wilfred Pelley gathered at their home in Conquerall Bank for a private time of remembrance on October 30 th . A public service to honour and celebrate the life of Rev. Wilfred Pelley will be held at a later date (possibly March 2022). We surround all enveloped in grief with our love and support.


We give thanks that today we can formally celebrate our relationship with Donna Kelly who will be among us as a Student Minster from September 2021 to April 2022.


Budget 2022 – The Board of Stewards have begun looking at the 2022 Budget. Committees and Groups that have input into the budget figures which pertain to their specific mandate and function are requested to submit their budget figures as soon as possible.


The Fundraising Committee and helpers have begun to set up for an indoor yard sale to be held at a yet-to-be-determined date. If you have items to drop off please set them on the front steps or leave them in the hall if you have a key to the building.


Upcoming Meetings

Manse Committee will be meeting early in November (Date/Time to be determined)
Ministry and Personnel Committee – Thursday Nov 4 th at 4:30 PM
Session – Monday November 8 th at 10:00 AM
Board of Stewards – Wednesday November 10 th at 7:00 PM
Official Board – Wednesday November 24 th at 7:00 PM


Announcements – October 24, 2021

We extend our best wishes to Mona Corkum on the celebration of her 90 th Birthday (October 25 th ). A card on behalf of the congregation has been sent but if you wish to send your own personal best wishes they can be sent to her at Ridgewood Assisted Living (#372 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater Nova Scotia B4V 2T2) 

Worship on Sunday, October 31 st at 10:30 AM. Within our time of worship we will be having a time of covenanting with our Student Minster Donna Kelly. Donna is with us from September to April sharing her gifts of ministry and learning from us. Come be part of our time of covenanting and celebrating our ministry with Donna.

Budget 2022 – The Board of Stewards has begun looking at the 2022 Budget. Committees and Groups that have input into the budget figures which pertain to their specific mandate and function are requested to submit their budget figures as soon as possible.


The Fundraising Committee and helpers have begun to set up for an indoor yard sale to be held at a yet-to-be-determined date. Most evenings (around 7 PM) in the coming week someone will be in the hall sorting and cleaning items. If you have items to drop off please bring them during this time and if you have time to help with the sorting and cleaning you are more than welcome to drop by and help.

Upcoming Meetings

Manse Committee will be meeting early in November
(Date/Time to be determined)
Ministry and Personnel Committee – Thursday November 4 th at 4:30 PM
Session – Monday November 8 th at 10:00 AM
Board of Stewards – Wednesday November 10 th at 7:00 PM
Official Board – Wednesday November 24 th at 7:00 PM