2023 CHWUC Visioning Survey – Part 1

The CHWUC Visioning Committee wishes to thank each and every one of our church family. Thank you for everything you do within our walls and for all you do in our community that makes “Offering the Care and Comfort of Christ” a fitting vision for our church. We also want to thank everyone who has volunteered their time in the past for, without you, our church would not exist today. Thank you to everyone who shows up on Sunday for service whether it is in person or via Zoom or YouTube for, without you, worship would be less powerful; “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” – Matthew 18:20

The Visioning Committee have developed the following questions to aid us in getting to know CHWUC’s congregation better. We wish to understand what is important to all of you so that we envision the programs and support for the causes that are relevant within our church family and out in our immediate community. The United Church of Canada has a new Call and Vision. It is “Deep Spirituality, Bold Discipleship, Daring Justice”. The following questions have been developed based on this Call and Vision using documents found on the UCC website and through other resources available through UCC and Atlantic School of Theology.

– https://united-church.ca/blogs/round-table/discipleship-bold

– https://united-church.ca/worship-theme/call-and-vision-worship

This is part 1 of 2 surveys that will be shared with the congregation. The survey results will be used by the Visioning Committee in confidence. You may submit your survey anonymously or you may add your name at the end so that we may reach you for further information. There will also be paper versions of this survey available in the Narthex.

Deadline: Monday, February 13th

Link: https://forms.gle/nLjAXJ7bMz3Ros9h7

2022 Christmas Services

Sunday, December 18th – 7pm: Choir Christmas Cantata – Facebook Event

Monday, December 19th – 7pm: Blue Christmas Worship Service – Facebook Event

Saturday, December 24th – 4pm: Children’s Christmas Eve Service – Facebook Event

Saturday, December 24th – 8pm (In Person & Online): Christmas Eve Service of Carols – Facebook Event

Saturday, December 24th – 11pm: Christmas Eve Evening Service & Communion – Facebook Event

Sunday, January 1 – 10:30am: Carols Sing New Years Worship Service – Facebook Event

Who Knew? Dinner Theatre is finally here!!

It’s finally here but tickets are going fast!!! We only have tickets to the dress rehearsal left O_O Check out the dates below for the much anticipated Dinner Theater production “Who Knew?”

Get your tickets today to secure your seat!!!

It’s the 1950’s and tragedy has struck again at the Chateau Newberry & Winery! Join us for a tale of twists and turns, family secrets and deception. Throw in a cast of unruly servants and house guests along with an eccentric psychic, missing chef and a secret long covered up, and you will have the making of this “tragic tail”. WHO Knew tragedy could be so funny LOL!

We will have our usual mouth-watering 3-course roast beef dinner (salad, rolls, roast beef, gravy, veggies and dessert). Yum!

Additionally anyone who can help volunteer for kitchen duties etc., please reach out to Jill Brogan.

Show dates:

November 9th at 7pm (Dress Rehearsal with Pasta Dinner) – $25.00: https://fb.me/e/2HAfFIppz

November 10th at 7pm – $45.00: https://fb.me/e/26oq7AREl – SOLD OUT!

November 12th at 7pm – $45.00: https://fb.me/e/qtLFPVcUZ – SOLD OUT!

November 18th at 7pm – $45.00: https://fb.me/e/2MFRsGy6W – SOLD OUT!

November 19th at 7pm (Closing Night) – $45.00: https://fb.me/e/5b392g554 – SOLD OUT!

How to purchase tickets?

Payments are accepted via cash or cheque at the office or by e-transfer to chwuc@eastlink.ca with security answer of: dinner

Contact the office by phone 902-434-7714 or email to reserve your seat!

Download the poster – PDF

CHWUC’s Annual Auction – Saturday, September 24th! (Postponed to October 15th at 12pm)

CHWUC’s Annual Auction will be on Saturday, October 15th, starting at 12pm. It will be held in the Sanctuary.

All In-Person attendees need to be registered by October 11.

There will also be the opportunity to attend by Zoom with these attendees also registered by October 11. These attendees will be emailed the Zoom link.

If you can’t attend in person or by Zoom, you can let us know your maximum bid for an item or have a bidding proxy, as has been our practice in the past. Payments can be made either in person (cash or cheque) when picking up your item or by E-transfer to the church.

The list of available items are listed below.

To register, please fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/5JBqEMWfbBEhWm7G7

List of Items & Pictures

Sobeys Gift Cards (2 x $100 and 1 x $50) 
Superstore Gift Cards ( 2 x $100) 
Ski Wentworth Gift Cards ($50 x 3) Gift Cards 
$100 RCR Hospitality Group Gourmet Gift Card 
$50 Gift Card for Singing Telegram (& short concert) presented by QWiNN 
Lunch for 3-4 at Station 1 Lebanese Kitchen with Rev. Krista Elizabeth
Crocheted Bedspread (Double/ Full) & Pillow 
Steam Iron 
2 Vases  – Red: 15″H x 10″ dia. & Beige: 9″H x 6″ dia. (May be sold separately) 
Vase – Purple, round with flared rim
Vase – Clear
Vase – Tall with sparkle finish
Magic Bag (never used) 
Avon Light-up Angel 
Avon Mrs. Flurry & Snow Baby 
Avon Mr. Flurry 
Christmas Santa cookie jar
Christmas set of 4 cake plates, boxed
Christmas 2 multi-purpose decorative containers (one Gingerbread house with 3-picture holder; one round, blue with dove motif)
Fibre-Optic Lighting Winter Village with music
Cuddly Christmas Bear (2019)
Holiday Joy Christmas Rug, 20 x 32 inches
Three Kings candle holders
Gold-coloured Tree Stocking Hanger
Newfoundland Driftwood Ornament
Princess House Lead Crystal Clown (small) 
Princess House (?) Lead Crystal Basket Vase 
Set of 6 wine glasses
4 Michelangelo Wine Glasses (11.5 oz)
Glass covered cake tray
Glass Centerpiece Bowl
Knit White Christening dress 
12 Knit Dishcloths (may be sold in lots of 2 or 3 
Yves Rocher “Evidence” Eau de Parfum x 2 (may be sold separately) 
Automatic Card Shuffler 
Books: Loons by Aubrey Lang & Nova Scotia by Sherman Hines 
Book: Fishermen of Nova Scotia by L.B. Jenson 
Photo Frames: 2 Grandmother & 1 Child 
Handmade Crib Blanket 
Crocheted Poncho, made by Susanna Morash-Kent
Electric Bike: Max. load 120 kg 
Sears Calculator with Ruler Frame 
Exterior Wall Lantern, Black finish on Steel with Clear Glass Panels
Glass Vacuum Server
HomeMax Electric Griddle, 47cm W x 27cm H (18.5 W x 10.6 H)
Anne of Green Gables porcelain doll
Large Stuffed Easter Bunny with stand
2 “Giggle Buddies” Halloween decorations (each to be sold separately, 3 AA batteries not included)
2 Quilted Christmas Socks, by Betty Davyd 
Quilted Table Runner made by Betty Davyd
Quilted Snowman Table Runner, by Betty Davyd
2 Kitchen Towels, made by Betty Davyd
Christmas/ Winter apron made by Betty Davyd 
3 Round Quilted Table Runners, made by Betty Davyd 
Set of 8 Quilted placemats by Betty Davyd 
Moose Towel, made by Betty Davyd
Carousel Crib Quilt, from Phyllis Jordan
LoCo Golf Club Bag 
Pink Knitted Hat 
Women’s Knitted Vest – Size Large
3 Knitted Scarves in various colours, made by Susan Smith
2 Knitted Toques, made by Susan Smith
1 Matching Toque & Scarf Set, made by Susan Smith
6 sets of Jigsaw Puzzles (Various topics)  

Oak Turned Tea Light Holder, made by Terry Hines
Set of 2 Maple Tea Light Holders, made by Terry Hines
Oak Turned Pillar Candle Holder, made by Terry Hines
Set of 2 Pillar Candle Holders (White/Grey), with green pillar candle
Hand-Carved Lotus Wall Plaque by Ron Barker – 11″ diameter 
Saxophone Tin Wall Hanging
Dory Window Box Planter made by Mike Nickerson 
Assortment of Norwex products
Bijoux Necklace & Earrings Set
Assorted VHS movies (mostly Disney)
Magnetix for ages 6 and up, includes small ball & magnets
“Trucks and a Bus Matching Game”, ages 3+
Apple Peeler
Cuisinart Knife Block (black) with assorted knives
Travel Mani/Pedi Kit
Fluffy Dog Bed for a small dog
Metal Stool, approx. 26” H (66 cm H)
Kitchen Basics Chip & Dip serving dish
Standing Fan with Quad-Pod Quick Folding Base
2 x 250ml Jars of Peach Marmalade 
2 x 250ml Jars of Pineapple/Rhubarb Jam 
2 x 1 litre Maple Syrup (to be sold separately) 
Wine & Cheese Basket: 1 red, 1 white, 2 boxes crackers, 2 cheese balls made by Lee, package of paper napkins 
2 x 1 dozen Marylou’s Butter Tarts (to be sold separately) – not exactly as pictured 
2 x Marylou’s Apple Crisp (to be sold separately) – not exactly as pictured 
3 Bottles of Dolores’ Pickled Beets – not exactly as pictured 
3 Bottles of Dolores’ Million Dollar Relish – not exactly as pictured 
2 Bottles of Dolores’ Red Pepper Jelly – not exactly as pictured 
3 Bottles of Dolores’ Strawberry Jam with Biscuits – not exactly as pictured 
3 Loaves of Dolores’ 8-grain bread (each sold separately) – not exactly as pictured 
2 Batches of Dolores’ 8-grain Rolls (each sold separately) – not exactly as pictured 
3 x Dolores’ Baked Beans for 2 with biscuits (each sold separately) – not exactly as pictured 
2 x Dolores’ Cinnamon Loaves (each sold separately) – not exactly as pictured 
Chinese Dinner for 6 – Lee & John Ayer
Cherry Cake – Linda Stonehouse
Grommet’s Dog Treats made by Jill Brogan
Large Jar of Nuts & Bolts by Lee Ayer (Not as shown)
Large Jar of Ranch Flavoured Bits & Bites by Lee Ayer (Not as shown)

Get ready for the Amazing Artisan Auction!

Are you a talented Artisan? Do you create or love fine craft ware? If so, then this is the auction for you! CHWUC is holding an on-line auction of exclusive, one-of-a-kind creations. We are looking for items such as:  fine wood working, quilts, afghans, stained glass, paintings, pottery, weaving, etc. Lovely creations for folks to bid on. 

If you’d like to submit your item for the auction, please contact Jill Brogan at jillbrogan@accesswave.ca  (902) 329-4953 If you know someone who’d like to bid on items, or donate an item, please let them know about this and share on your social media pages. We will be limiting the number of items to 20, so it may be that not every item will show on this auction – however we’d be happy to include it in our regular auction in the fall.

The “Amazing Artisan Auction” will be held via Facebook and will be open for bidding between Monday June 6th to Sunday June 12th. Bidding will end that Sunday @ 4pm.

More to come!

Facebook Album – For Bidding

Facebook Event

 Item #TitleArtisanDescription & Image
001PaintingNancy TingleyIt is an original acrylic 12 x 6 Value $150
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002Painting 16” x 20”Zeqirja Rexhepi This one if a kind acrylic on canvas 16” x 20” by renowned artist, Zeqirja Rexhepi – (winner of Nova Scotia’s 2021 Artist Recognition award) created specifically for CHWUC’s auction.
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003QuiltShirley C Queen size.  84 x 95 Value:  $700
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004Wood Work – Live Edge ButterfliesBill HarrisIt is approximately 10 inches wide and 20 inches high and 1 inch thick.  This piece is made from a Maple tree I cut down on my property in Greenfield NS. The board was hand milled from the tree and allowed to air dry for one year before being planed to a one inch thick board .   The butterflies were cut freehand using a very fine saw blade. The backing board is a piece from a Hemlock tree which was also cut on my property, milled and hand planed.
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005Serving PlateTerry HinesI have a 10″ serving plate I completed over the winter. It is made from sugar maple and has a clear varathane finish on it. 
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006Runner & pillowDavilyn WilliamsRunner and pillow are made of cotton.
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007AfghanDavilyn WilliamsThe Afghan is acrylic
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008ScarfDavilyn WilliamsScarf is acrylic
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009Pottery Mugs x 2UnknownHandmade pottery mugs for the auction.  There are two sets of mugs hand crafted by Nova Scotia potters. The suggested starting price for the auction was $30 per set.  
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010DrawingNS Artist Don HorneHere is an image if a drawing by NS Artist Don Horne. The unframed coloured pencil and marker drawing measures 11 X 14.  On the back of the artwork is a brief history of the artist who is originally from Dartmouth but moved to Liverpool later in life.  He sells his drawings for $25.
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011Picture #1Claudia Goodall8×10 photo – this photo I have hanging on my wall myself, I took this in Fall River overlooking Thomas Lake with beautiful fall colours in early morning mist. 
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012Picture #2Claudia Goodall8×10 photo – The first photo is the  Devils Island Lighthouse on a foggy morning .
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013Picture #3Claudia Goodall8×10 photo – Conrad’s Beach 
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014Turtle FamilyUnknownA family of turtles hand crafted from red clay that has been kiln fired and under glazed. This turtle family reminds us that no matter how slow, we are all on a spiritual path and a part of God’s family.
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Getting Back On Track with CHWUC

Poster – Dowload PDF

Welcome Back Cole Harbour Woodside United Church!  Can you believe that for over two years, all in-person gatherings at CHWUC were suspended due to the global pandemic?  It seems unbelievable that such an event could happen, and yet it did, and it has taken a toll on all of us. After years of abundance in activities, mission and finances, we experienced a definite drought.  It is reminiscent of the story found in the book of Genesis about Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers, who rises to power through interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams and tells Pharaoh to store away excess grain during the 7 years of abundance to make it though the 7 years of drought.  Egypt is spared devastation because they were prepared and so were we.

We were able to weather this storm as we had sufficient cash reserves on hand from our years of abundance to compensate for the sharp decrease in revenues that occurred over this two- year, -drought- period.  These reserves are now dry, with little left to help us weather another storm, nor meet our current operating expenses. The pandemic put a halt to almost all of the wonderful community engagement and outreach; congregational gatherings; and other in-person activities and fund raisers we rely upon to help offset our expenses and breathe life into the church. Thanks to the skill of the technical team and others, we were able to quickly pivot and provide our ministry and some fundraising in an on-line and virtual way, but these do not replace the sense of community and faith we share when we gather in person. 

Fortunately, the time has come that we can once again open our doors and gather in person as a faith community!   We are ready to “Get Back OnTrack!” – to bring CHWUC back to life “offering the care of comfort of Christ” within our congregation and broader community.  It’s time to engage and grow once more!

What is the “Getting Back OnTrack with CHWUC” Campaign?

  • Our goal is to raise an extra $15,000 by the end of May and a total of $50,000 by the end of the year to cover our operating expenses and to start building back our reserves. 

How will we do this?

  • In the coming weeks and months, we will be offering a number of fund raising and stewardship campaigns. 
  • You can help by volunteering your time, talent and tithes to the church.  We always need “Willing Workers” and “Lively Leaders” to bring ideas to life!

A few ideas include: a “Take Out Team” for take out meals and a plan for some interesting On-Line Auctions to supplement the annual auction.  Our dinner theatre production, “Who-Knew?” will be held in November this year and will require many kitchen and other helpers.

  • If you are able, please consider:
    • Making a onetime contribution to the church to help reach our goals.  
    • Increasing your monthly donation
    • Switching to PAR (pre-authorized payment) Forms can be found in the Narthex, the office and on our web site, http://www.chwuc.ca
    • Funeral Ministry – Plan your service and choose an amount you would like to make as a donation to the ongoing ministry of Cole Harbour Woodside United Church. (All donations are tax deductable.)
  • Buy Superstore and Sobeys Gift Cards from the church (Marylou) – These can be used for more than just groceries, (everything else in the store) including other gift cards you could purchase for many other products you use.  This is an easy way for us to raise several thousand dollars a year, without it costing anyone any extra money.
  • Take your money back recyclables to Karen’s Recycling Ltd at 807 Main Street in Dartmouth.  Just ask them to credit our account! 
  • Support our fundraising and outreach activities by: spreading the word to your family, friends, co-workers, community – social media etc. CHWUC offers a vibrant, inclusive environment for all. 
  • If you have a fundraising idea, let us know. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks to all of you for keeping up the faith and helping out as best you could.  We know that together we will reach our goal while continuing to grow and offer the “care of comfort of Christ” to those among us.

Holy Week/ Easter Services

Join CHWUC for our Holy Week Services:

Thursday April 14 – Maundy Thursday – 6pm for a potluck followed by a Communion Service – Event link: https://fb.me/e/2uoLpYyuE

Friday April 15 – Good Friday Service – 8pm – Event link: https://fb.me/e/1mtznXVhM

Sunday April 17 –

– Sunrise service – 6:30am at the Meeting House, Cole Harbour – Event link: https://fb.me/e/3dRvrq1jh

– Easter Service & Communion– 10:30am – Event link: https://fb.me/e/emL4j2Itr

Chowder Luncheon – April 30th

Cole Harbour Woodside United Church will be holding a chowder luncheon (take-out only for now) on Saturday April 30th. Pick-ups will be at 12:00pm or 12:30pm.

There will be TWO (2) choices to pick from: Fish Chowder OR Seafood Chowder.

The chowder will be accompanied by a bread roll and a homemade cookie.Please register below and the office will follow-up with you if needed.

Register here: https://forms.gle/wXgTgZuQdMzYzNyV6

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/37L49mQas

“WHO-BUDDY ARE YOU?” – April 30/ May 1

A Tale for ALL Ages to Enjoy! – Written by Jill A. Brogan

Cole Harbour Woodside United Church is putting on an original children’s play that I wrote entitled “Who-Buddy Are You?” on

  • Saturday April 30th at 2pm
  • Sunday May 1st at 2pm

These are FREE performances, as we received a Diversity and Inclusion Community Grant from HRM as well as contributions from HRM Councillors Becky Kent and Trish Purdy to help cover the costs to put this delightful show on.

Our cast is made up of 13 children who range in age between 6-17 of varying abilities and ethnicities as well as 3 adults and 2 supporting adults. We also have our tech crew and volunteers helping back stage.

The premise of this play is to show the value of all people within society – regardless of their backgrounds etc. The play is set in the Hamlet of Buddy-Bay and is narrated in rhyme. It begins with a clear differentiation between the “Some-Buddies” who are deemed to have much value and the “No-Buddies” who are seen as “less than”. 

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1qj5zFLDI

2022 AGM & 2021 Annual Report


The AGM will be held on Sunday, February 27th during the regular Worship Service time of 10:30am.

There will be no in person or Youtube meeting for the AGM. Please join us via Zoom so your vote can be counted.

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/aRCPOPZip

Click on the button below to open the 2021 Annual Report. There are limited numbers of the report printed and available for pick up in the office. Give the office a call if you would like a print copy. 

2021 Annual Report (PDF)