Weekly News Notes
Each week we email First Baptist News Notes. If you wish to receive them, contact us. Here is the latest edition.
AST President at First Baptist
The Reverend Canon Dr. Eric Beresford, President of Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax was our Guest Speaker on Sunday, February 3rd at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Beresford came to AST in December 2004. He is a scholar and prolific writer who is widely
published in professional journals and sought after as a consultant and
speaker at workshops and conferences in the fields of ethics,
environmental justice, conflict and change, and human sexuality. Canon
Beresford is an ordained Anglican priest who has served parishes in
England and Canada and continues to serve on national committees of the
Anglican Church of Canada.
Rev. Renee Clark Concludes Ministry at FBCH
On December 9, 2012, Rev. Renee Clark concluded her ministry at First Baptist Church Halifax. Pictures were taken by Warren Hoeg
David Morse - Remembrance Day Sermon
On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2012, our special speaker was David Morse, R/Adm (Ret'd) RCN. David retired from the Navy in 2004 after a career that included serving as the Commander of the Canadian Atlantic Fleet, leading maritime forces in a variety of exercises and operations including SWISSAIR 111, Commander of the NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic and Commandant of the Royal Military College. Below is the message he gave:
2012 Valentine Supper (Large)
On Friday, February 10, 125+ of us gathered in the Assembly Room for the annual Valentine Supper, ably chaired by Paul Henderson. Ian McKee took some great pictures
Dedication of New Paraments
On June 19, 2011 new Paraments were dedicated in loving memory of Percy Howard and Myra Agnes (long) Prentice by their son, Rev. Dr. Roger Howard Prentice.
Smith Stained Glass Window
A unique stained glass window, designed by Sue Obata and produced and installed by a Nova Scotia company, Sattler Stained Glass Studio, was dedicated at First Baptist Church Halifax on Sunday, June 12.
David Dexter - On Being Baptist
On May 15, 2011, Deacon David Dexter, our Diaconate Chair, spoke at the Bayside United Baptist Church. His message: On Being Baptist: Defending our Freedom.
First Baptist is a member of the Canadian Association for Baptist Freedoms (formerly known as the Atlantic Baptist Fellowship), an organization of Baptist Churches and individuals formed in 1971. Here is the brochure on the 2012 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting:
2013 Rushton Lecture
Dr. David M. Jordan will give the annual
Rushton Memorial Lecture for the Canadian Association for Baptist
Freedoms on June 1 in Manning Memorial Chapel, Acadia - details on Dr. Jordan here.
Alliance of Baptists News
The Alliance of Baptists is a movement of progressive Christians--individuals and congregations--seeking to respond to the continuing call of God in a rapidly changing world.
Associated Baptist Press
The Associated Baptist Press is an excellent source of news and opinions on Baptist life
Ekklesia is a comprehensive site for religious news from around the world. It is based in London, England
Our sign continues to make quite an impact on social media - we have heard from many in the US, as well as folk from Australia and Brazil, all expressing appreciation and gratitude. A Los Angeles blogger has even written an article entitled Isn't it Interesting How Some People Get It. Here are some of the more recent messages:
It makes me proud to be a Haligonian.
Queer community appreciates your support.
We recently visited Halifax on a cruise. Amazing place. Thank you for your support of the GLBT community. We will be back! It means so much when churches see beyond the text and really understand.
As a straight woman with a number of gay relatives, it made my heart swell with love at the message of acceptance and love that your church embraces. If I lived in NS, I'd join your church!
I am gay and Jewish, but when I see a message like that, I feel I should go out of my way and say a big thank you. It's nice to feel loved not hated.
As a Christian I find it very inspiring as it shows the true faith of your community. As a Lesbian I find it to be the most heart warming and uplifting thing I've seen in a very long time.