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Annual General Meeting

Tuesday April 20th
on Zoom

Please see the calendar event on this website for full information

February 2021 Letter To Churches

HRUBA Family of Churches

Greeting on behalf of Council. Navigating this Pandemic together and all the challenges it brings, may we be ever mindful of God’s presence within us and around. Jeremiah 29: 11-13 come to mind in this difficult time. God promises to always be with us, providing and protecting us. If there is anything that HRUBA Council can be to help your ministry and/or church family, please contact us. We are just an email away.

Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support throughout 2020. We, your council, appreciate your contribution to God's ongoing work we do together within our region. With your help, we were able to meet our commitments in 2020.

HRUBA dues for 2021 remain the same as 2020: $16.00 per resident member. (To be ratified at our AGM). Your resident membership is ???, so the yearly contribution for your church family is $???.00. (If your membership # is different from ours, please let us know as these figures help us determine our Budget). Cheques should be made out to HRUBA and mailed to: HRUBA, PO Box 20034, Spryfield PO, Halifax, NS, B3R 1VO. You can now e-transfer your dues and other contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. These dues support the on-going ministries we do together as a family of churches: Bayside Camp and Retreat Center, Hospital Chaplaincy, and Home Missions.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to postpone our Annual General Meeting which will now be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 7pm. It will be totally virtual and “Business Only”. Please note this change. Preregistration will be required. More details to follow as we get geared up for this. We need a quorum as there will be 2020 Annual Reports and Financial Statements to adopt, the Budget presented for 2021; Constitutional changes to discuss and vote on plus a New Member church to welcome: God’s Army Community Fellowship in Eastern Passage. The Executive/Advisory Team are recommending some significant changes to the By-Laws that will make Council more streamlined and effective.
In the Fall, we are planning an “Inspirational Day” with Rev. Dr. Stewart Blythe, the John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Acadia Divinity College.

Association Licensing Committee:
On Saturday, March 6 will be holding interviews for candidates for Association Licenses (new or renewing). Please contact Rev Darren Millet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 27th, to schedule a time.

Please make special note our address changes. This letter should be copied and given to all your admin staff, groups and committee chairs.

May God bless our ministry together.
Ann Taylor
Ann Taylor, Moderator

Licensing Committee Update

The association licensing committee will be interviewing candidates for Association Licenses (new or renewing). Please contact Darren Millett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by October 18th, to schedule a time. Thanks. 

Chaplaincy Awareness Video

A brief video interview to explain what is happening during Covid19 within our hospitals as it pertain to our Chaplains and visitation procedures.

Halifax Baptist Chaplaincy Update

Greetings on behalf of the Halifax Baptist chaplains. We thank you for your prayers and support during these trying times. We thought it would be helpful at this time to check in and clarify some questions that people have had.

1 Are the chaplains still able to visit in the hospitals? Yes. If we go to see a patient in a Covid-19 Unit we need to have a request by phone or a written referral from the floor. Also, some patients have appreciated a phone call from the chaplain and it was not necessary to visit in person. For all other patients, it is visiting as usual for the chaplains.

2 Are the Chaplains safe? Yes. For Covid-19 patients we don all the appropriate protective equipment. We have seen videos and received instruction on proper procedures. With other patients we maintain social distancing and wear a mask in all clinical areas. We try to reduce our footprint in the hospitals by doing one floor at a time and visiting any patients with droplet precautions at the end of our day.

3 How can you support loved ones in the hospitals when you are not allowed to visit? Any person can phone the information desk and ask to speak with a patient. The number is 902 473-1510. Patients can now phone out for free during this time. Chaplains can relay messages to patients also. Family members can also phone the nursing unit with questions re the patient.

Please feel free to contact the chaplains if you have questions or would like to let us know a friend or loved one is in the hospital wishing a visit.

Rev. Adele Crowell: 902 473- 2220 pager 2385 Cell 902 402-3958
Rev. Ida Whitehouse: 902 473-2220 pager 2395
Rev. Pamela Estey - Dartmouth General Hospital: 902-465-8472 or 902-456-2074

SCAM WARNING!!! Do not be taken in by this recent scam

A warning to our pastors and church leaders that the scammers are out in full force. I got caught by one this week who has a sad story of family dysfunction and his wife leaving he and his three children desperate. A “fake“ social service lady then (with his permission) calls and offers to help in cooperation with a church and/or charity to pay his back rent. I discovered through a conversation with an Anglican clergyman that others have been scammed by this same team. They are using the new government Covet 19 programs as a lever to perpetuate the scam. “A warning” to all our churches - be caring but check carefully the facts.

David Watt


The Nova Scotia Health Authority has released a request for clergy visiting hospitals:

  • - YOU MUST wear your hospital issued ID badge at all times.If you need an ID, they need to contact Spiritual Care at the QEII 473-4055 or DGH 465-8472 to register.
  • - PLEASE visit only patients who are requesting you to visit.
  • - DO NOT visit a number of patients in succession or travel from room to room.
  • - PATIENT LISTS will not be available at the spiritual care office at this time however the information desk can provide patient location, room number, etc. for you.
A letter from NSHA Central Zone Spiritual Care services can be found HERE

For those who would like one of the hospital chaplains to visit a patient on their behalf or if they have questions/concerns.

Baptist Chaplain, Rev. Adele Crowell (for the Halifax hospitals)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
902 402-3958

Spiritual Care Office – QEII 902-473-4055
Spiritual Care Office – DGH 902-465-8472
Spiritual Care Co-ordinator, Patricia O’Halloran 902-718-6128

Recognition of service with the Chaplaincy Committee

Chaplaincy 2018

Joao Matwawana and Hilde Carson receive thank you certificates for their many years of service with the HRUBA Chaplaincy Committee.  Presenters and chaplains, Adele Crowell and Ida Whitehouse also appear.
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