Being an Affirming Ministry

Current Activities

Affirming Celebration

Affirming Celebration

2017

January 19       –  Movie Night – Rain Man

January 22       –  Minute for Affirm – Racism

February 19     –  Minute for Affirm – Bullying

March 16         –  Movie Night – Made in Dagenham

March 19         –  Minute for Affirm  – Singlism

April 20            –  Movie Night – The Intern

April 23           –  Celebration of 1st Anniversary of becoming an Affirming Ministry

                       –  Guest Speaker:  Dr. Susan Crouse, Salvus Clinic

May 11           –  Movie Night – Us & them

                      –  In partnership with the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern NB

June 14          –  Movie Night – We Were Children

August 20       –  Pride Week Worship Service

August 27       –  Participation in Pride Parade

Pride Parade 2017 PGb

2017 Pride Parade

September 21    –  Movie Night – Loving

2016

January 21       –  Movie Night – This Changes Everything

                         –  in partnership with the Council of Canadians, Moncton Chapter

February 25     –  Movie Night – The Butler

March 14          –  Presentation re Affirming Process at PFLAG

March 31          –  Movie Night – Milk

April 21            –  Movie Night – Interstellar

April 28            –  Celebration Service of recognition as an Affirming Ministry

May 19             –  Movie Night – Lady in a Van

August 14        –  Pride Week Worship Service

August 20       –  Participation in Pride Parade,  Rev. Jim MacDonald is Parade Marshall

Parade Marshal

Parade Marshal

September 22 –  Movie Night – How to let Go of the World and Love all the Things Climate Can’t Change

                        –  in partnership with the Council of Canadians, Moncton Chapter

October 2        –  Minute for Affirm – Ageism

October 20      –  Movie Night – The Danish Girl

November 13  –  Minute for Affirm – Homelessness

November 17  –  Movie Night – Concussion

December 4    –  Minute for Affirm – Violence Against Women

 

 

A Brief History of Our Journey 

Central United Church celebrated their declaration of becoming an Affirming ministry on Thursday April 28, 2016 at 7pm.  The celebration was followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments.  

Affirming Celebration

Affirming Celebration

The activities that led up to the Celebration included:

Reflections on Sunday Morning:

February 2, 2014          Introduction to the Affirming Process

May 17, 2015               The Story of an Affirming Congregation – video

June 14 & 21, 2015       National Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report/United Church of Canada Apologies to Aboriginal People

Affirming Celebration

Affirming Celebration

 

Presentations regarding the Affirming Process, with opportunities for questions

Feb 2014                         UCW groups

April 12, 2015                 Annual Meeting

 

Bible Study March 9, 16, 23, April 6 and 13, 2014

Using storytelling, film and bible study, an opportunity was provided to explore: what was involved in being a welcoming and open congregation; any related fears and concerns; related the hopes and possibilities.

 

Minutes for AffirmShort, 5 minute presentations during the Sunday morning service:

2014

April 6          The needs of babies.

Sept 14        What do we see – vision needs?

Sept 28        The importance of a scent-free environment.

Oct 12          What helps us to hear more easily?

Nov 9           Getting around the church – mobility issues.

Affirming Celebration

Affirming Celebration

2015

May 3           Interfaith Welcome

May 10         Mental Health

 

Guest Speakers

August 10, 2014              Bill Ryan

September 27, 2015       Ann, Edgar and Robert Bateman

October 18, 2015            Alton Stevenson

 

Movie Nights

2014                                         2015

Oct 16        Philomena          Feb 12         Million Dollar Baby

Nov 20      Still Mine             March 19     The Theory of Everything

                                             April 30        Pride

                                             June 3         Selma

                                             Sept 24        I Am Sam

                                             Oct 29         Chocolat

 

Pride Parade

Pride Parade

Gay Pride Parade

August 23, 2014

August 22, 2015

Pride Week Worship Service

August 23, 2015

 

 

 

Congregational Vote

On Sunday, December 6, 2015, the Central United Church congregation voted overwhelming in favor of applying to become an Affirming Ministry within The United Church of Canada.

 

Affirming Celebration

Affirming Celebration

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