Calling ALL Theatre Enthusiasts!

This fall, with the support of an HRM Inclusion and Diversity Project Grant, CHWUC will stage an original production entitled, “Who-Buddy Are You?”.  This children’s play articulates the under lying value of all people within society.  The play, beautifully written in child like rhyme and dialogue is set in the Hamlet of Buddy-Bay, and 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”.  The arc of the story moves from exclusion to inclusion with all of the “Who-Buddies” working together to solve a problem.  Despite external differences, the characters of the play finally recognize that “Every-Buddy” really is the same.  The little village of “Who-Buddies” come to understand that they are equal, and should treat each other in the same, respectful way.

This project will be a volunteer led initiative intended to bring children, youth and adults together to create a wonderfully inclusive and diverse theatre production.  The goal is to bring children and youth who may not usually have a chance to shine on stage the opportunity to share their talents in an inclusive, diverse and safe environment.  This includes those who live with a variety of intellectual and/or physical disabilities, those who identify as part of the LGBTQ + community and all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. “Every-Buddy” is welcome!

What does this mean?

We are looking for school aged children and youth of all abilities to act in this fun, uplifting show.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with other areas of the production including: set and costume design, back stage help, and coaching. 

If you or your children are interested in being a part of this exciting, inclusive, production please contact me by October 3rd and let me know in what area(s) you would like to participate. (A commitment to come to all rehearsals and performances is a must to participate)

Please e-mail me at:  jillbrogan(at) or call/ text me at (902)329-4953

Rehearsals will be held for 6 weeks on Saturdays from 3:00pm -4:30 pm starting October 16th.

A dress rehearsal will be held in the early afternoon of Friday November 26th with shows to be held during the afternoons of Saturday November 27th and Sunday November 28th 

I can’t wait to work with all of you to bring this production to life!! 

Yours truly,

Jill Brogan


Sweet, Savoury and Succulent Online Food Auction

CHWUC is hosting it’s first “Sweet, Savoury and Succulent Online Food Auction” to be held virtually during the week of June 6th – with closing bids on the afternoon of Sunday June 13th.


How to Bid?

We will use the CHWUC Facebook Page to show all of the items and to take bids. Anyone with a Facebook account will be able to bid on the items that will be posted in THIS album.

What if I don’t have Facebook?

No problem, we will arrange to bid for you. Just contact Jill and she will arrange someone to bid for you. There is no need to make items in advance, as after the auction (and once paid for) the successful bidder will connect with the person who is making the item to arrange for pick up/ drop off.We ask that people contact Jill with their items as soon as possible.

Final list of Items:

Mediterranean Chicken with Greek Salad, Naan bread and lemon squares (4 people)

Pot of Soup (hamburger or turkey – buyers choice) for 8

3 dozen Ginger Sparkle Cookies

1 Pan of Cranberry Bliss Bars

1 Batch of Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (for 6)

2 loaves of Homemade bread – (1 8-grain and 1 white)

2 Cinnamon Loaves

Coconut Cream Pie

2 Bottles of Pineapple Rhubarb jam

Chicken Pot Pie soup for 8

1 jar or pickled beets and green tomato salsa

1 Chocolate Cake with cream cheese icing for 12-15 people

1 dozen Marvelous Chocolate Chip Muffins – full of delicious Hershey chips, oatmeal etc.

Chicken Alfredo with mushrooms and spinach for 4 people

Gromit’s Favourite Home Made Dehydrated Chicken Hearts – Delicious treats for your 4-legged friend

Chicken Pot Pie with a puff pastry crust, served with a delectable Hershey’s Chocolate Cake

Classic Italian Lasagna with home made pasta. Served with a delicious Lemon Ricotta Cake!

2 bottles of homemade wine

Down Home Country Apple Crisp

Pan of Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

Vegan Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Vegan Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Rhubarb Muffins

Upsidedown Rhubarb Cake

Nacho Nosh

Butter Tarts

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing


IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: As per the provincial announcement today, April 22, there will be no in person church services at CHWUC at least until May 20th. As the limit is 5 people, Worship Service will be provided via Zoom and YouTube only for this time.

Following is a list of restrictions in HRM related to church activities:

— the gathering limit is five, both indoors and outdoors

— no social events, special events, festivals, arts/cultural events, sports events, faith gatherings, wedding receptions, or funeral visitation or receptions

— wedding and funeral ceremonies hosted by a recognized business or organization can have five people, plus officiants

— virtual gatherings and performances can be held with a maximum of five people in one location

Take-Out Roast Beef Dinner – Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

CHWUC’s Take Out Roast Beef Dinner has been rescheduled for Saturday, Octobet 2nd, 2021! 

Cole Harbour Woodside United Church is offering a Hearty Roast Beef Take Out Dinner on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021!

Each dinner is only $15.00 and must be pre-ordered and paid for by Monday, September 27th.  For more details and to reserve your dinners, please call the church office at (902) 434-7714.

If you would like to make a payment online you can do so by clicking the “Donate Now” button and selecting “Roast Beef Dinner” from the list of available of funds. If you are purchasing multiple dinners then consider making a single payment for the total amount.

We are also be looking for folks to donate veggies and “willing workers” to help peeling those vegetables and help in the kitchen.


Cole Harbour Cares AGM Refugee Report 2021

In January 2020, Cole Harbour Cares met to discuss sponsoring another refugee family. Our commitment to the AlAsadis was ending in May 2020.

After much discussion, we realized that our friend, Khaled Mojarkish (owner of Station 1 restaurant) had worked with sponsorship groups over the years to help over 20 Syrians come to Nova Scotia but not once had he asked for help for his family.  We thought it was time we helped Khaled by sponsoring his niece and her husband and daughter, and also two young nephews.

In February 2020, CHC spoke at Cole Harbour Woodside United Church and Church of St. Andrews Anglican Church encouraging members of the congregations to pledge support for Cole Harbour Cares.

In March, the world changed with the news of a pandemic called Covid.

More tragedy struck our shores as we navigated through the year. Our dear friend and great supporter, Kathy Warren, died as did Khaled Mojarkish’s 2 year old daughter, Lotus.  Israa AlAsadi, Ziad’s wife, lost her father in Syria due to Covid.

Through it all, CHC realized we could succumb to the tragedies or draw strength from them and carry on. We chose the latter and continued to organize on-line fundraisers. We were fortunate to be asked to speak at Iona Presbyterian church. CBC Mainstreet interviewed Khaled and CHC on their afternoon show.

CHC needs to raise $49,000 to sponsor the 5 members of Khaled’s family. Our bank balance is at $28,500. Even though 2020 has been the most challenging of years, with your help CHC will continue to fund raise till we reach our goal.

None of this would be possible without our wonderful supporters and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Our five Syrian refugees, presently living in Lebanon, dream every day of coming to Canada and we will try our best to make their dream come true.

Sunday School during Advent

Sunday school during advent will look a little different this year but we’d love for the children and youth to still be able to make the fun advent crafts.  We have made advent craft bags so that everyone can participate. Please contact Penny in the church office either by email at or call 902-434-7714 to register for a craft bag.  Please register as soon as possible and preferably before Nov 27 so that the bag can be delivered to you!  The Zoom link for Sunday school will be emailed weekly to all families.

If you miss Sunday school but would still like to do the crafts, please check out the following links:

Heart Angel – 

Supplies needed:

  • 1 large heart,
  • 2 smaller hearts (different colour),
  • Skin tone circle or heart,
  • black marker/crayon/pencil

Craft Stick Star – 

Supplies needed:

  • 5 Popsicle sticks,
  • glue,
  • piece of ribbon,
  • things to decorate (stickers, craft gems, glitter glue, etc)

Shepherd – 

Supplies needed:

  • 2x2in cupcake liner or circle,
  • 1x1in cupcake liner or circle,
  • brown pipe cleaner,
  • tape or glue,
  • jumbo craft stick,
  • markers or pencil crayons

Magi – 

Supplies needed:

  • black paper,
  • 3 triangles (different colours),
  • 3 rectangles (matching the triangles),
  • 3 felt circles or skin tone paper circles,
  • brown paper cut wavy to resemble sand,
  • 3 yellow paper crowns,
  • 3 pom poms or craft jewels,
  • cotton ball,
  • glue


Kelly Warren

CHWUC Annual Auction

Our annual auction will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 6:30pm

RSVP (for In-Person & Zoom Participation): November 14, 2020


Donations Cut-off Date: November 9, 2020

*All procedures recommended by CHWUC’s COVID-19 Committee will be followed during this event.

The auction will be held in the Sanctuary, with appropriate Social Distancing, following all rules developed by the COVID-19 Committee.

All In-Person attendees will have to be registered by November 14, 2020.
There will also be the opportunity to attend by Zoom with these attendees also registered by November 14, 2020. These attendees will be emailed the Zoom link.Registration, for in-person & Zoom attendance, will include name, phone number, and email address. Registration can be done by filling out the online form found at: or by calling the Church office or Janet Barker.

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.

Please contact Janet Barker or Marylou Foster by November 9, 2020, if you would like to donate an item for the auction. We will email the list of available items to all registrants in the week before the auction.

Re-Opening November 1st!

The COVID-19 Committee has worked hard the last few months by gathering information and best practices for the safest way possible for CHWUC to reopen. We know other churches have already done this but we needed guidelines that would suit CHWUC. We believe we have done this and at the Board Meeting on September 16ththe plan was approved for an opening date of November 1st, 2020 at 10:30am.

It will be our opportunity to gather and celebrate our faith together again in person AND via live-stream online.

There will be protocols and guidelines to follow for those who wish to attend church service in person. Those can be found below:




  • a fever
  • a new or changed chronic cough,
  • a sore throat that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
  • a runny nose that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
  • nasal congestion that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
  • shortness of breath that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
  • traveled or had contact with someone who travelled outside of the Atlantic region within the last 14 days
  • had unprotected close contact with individuals who have a confirmed or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19

Process for a Service

  • People will call church office to reserve a seat and answer Covid questionnaire over the phone BEFORE 1:00 p.m. each Friday
  • Church secretary will create a Seating Chart for the service and
  • On day of service, all people will check in with greeter in the narthex
  • Attendees must line up with 6ft distancing as they enter and get checked in
  • Greeter will ask if anything has changed in relation to the Covid questionnaire.

                        If yes, they will be denied entry

  • People will enter the sanctuary, deposit any envelopes in the Offering Plate and go directly to their assigned seating
  • After service is over, attendees will exit via the emergency exit in the sanctuary

Sanctuary Usage (All service types – Funeral, Wedding, Worship, etc.)

  • All attendees must register with office that they wish to attend the service
  • Attendees will be assigned a seat number and they must sit in the seat assigned 
  • Attendance will be limited to 74 persons
  • Attendees must wear masks
  • Attendees will enter via the main front doors
  • All attendees must disinfect their hands before entering
  • All personal items must kept with and taken out by attendees
  • ONLY the washrooms in hallway by the nursery will be available
  • Nobody is to enter the main hall
  • There will be no singing by the congregation
  • After service, attendees will exit via the emergency exit.