Fort Massey United Church of Canada

Fort Massey United Church

Creating Community at the corner of
Queen and Tobin Streets,
Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1871

Please note that our Sunday Morning Gatherings are recorded at 10:30 a.m. with an in person congregation and then downloaded onto this page by sometime Sunday afternoon.

As soon as the video is available on YouTube, it will be available here.
Here is the video from this morning, September 20.

When watching the YouTube video of the service, if you have hearing difficulties, you can activate closed captioning by selecting that option in the lower right corner of the video.

If you would like a text copy of this week's sermon, please email Rev'd Trent at

To access previous services, click on the correponding links:
Palm Sunday; Easter Sunday; April 19; April 26;
May 10; May 17; May 24; May 31;
June 7; June 14; June 21; June 28;
July 5; July 12; July 19; July 26; August 2;
Sept 6; Sept 13; Sept 20; Sept. 27;

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and we continue to monitor government and public health requirements and guidance, it remains our priority to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of our community of faith at Fort Massey United Church. With our focus firmly on that priority, our current intention with respect to the physical re-opening of our church and related facilities is set out below:

* "Live" worship services continue this week
with congregation present and in-person at 10:30 a.m.
Please note the need to plan for your intention to attend
and procedures to plan for your attendance as described below.
Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
Our Sunday Morning Gatherings will continue to be recorded and available online by later Sunday afternoons.

In preparation for this re-opening we have prepared the video shown below, with insructions about the procedures to be folllowed when re-entering the church for worship.
One major correction to what is presented in the video:
Due to a change in protocol called for by Public Health Officials,
you are asked to keep your masks on throughout the church service.

Please try to view it prior to coming to church so that you will know what to expect.

* Please note that the Sunday Church School will also re-open. Children will remain with their guardians in the sanctuary during the Service until it is time to go down into the lower hall. The nursery space only will be available for younger children accompanied by a guardian. Please bring your child's playthings, books, etc..

* Attendance at all services will be limited to 50, with assigned seating. Facemasks should be worn when entering and exiting the building.

* To ensure fair and equitable access and enhance our ability to support physical distancing best practices and contact tracing, those wishing to be guaranteed a seat at a service should pre-register either by Email ( or phone (902.423.4294) leaving a message at the church office on a first-come, first-served basis by Thursday noon.

* The Church Hall will also re-open beginning September 14th. Pre-pandemic closure groups and organizations who have been using the hall will need to make contact with our office administrator on Thursdays, beginning Sep 10th, for further instructions on Fort Massey's COVID-19 protocols before entering the building.

* Weekday church sponsored activities, meetings and groups will start up again beginning in September, either in person (with Facemasks & Social distancing) or via Zoom.

* Pastoral care is limited to outside visits, phone calls, emails and Zoom. In person office appointments are available for emergencies only, with Facemasks and physical distancing required.

* Inquiries concerning any other requested use of the church and related facilities should be directed to Tamara Mugford, Office Administrator, Email ( or phone (902.423.4294).

Financial Stewardship:
There are several options:
You may want to explore making your donations through PAR {Pre-Authorized Remittance} by downloading and completing the form here. Individuals need to be able to print off the form for completion and then to scan the completed form, including the void check, and email them to Ruth MacKenzie at Please note that one can easily go ON and OFF PAR at any time.
Also, you can either drop off your donation by cheque through the mail slot at 5303 Tobin St., or post your offering cheque to 5303 Tobin St., Halifax, B3H 1S3 (Cheques only, please -- no cash.).
or you can use this link to donate through CanadaHelps to Fort Massey, as a way of helping the congregation to financially get through these uncertain times.

Hope Cottage is now accepting casseroles again! Our next Fort Massey delivery date is October 8th, 2020.
Hope Cottage is still not able to provide a sit down meal, however, instead they are working (very hard I may add!) at making ToGo Lunches and will use the casseroles to divide up in to single servings as a Hot Lunch option. (They make 125+ ToGO Lunch Bags each day, Monday to Friday, that's over 625 lunches a week!)
Because of COVID timing, we were unable to get many signups for Oct 8th Delivery and December 3rd Delivery -- our next, Fort Massey, Delivery dates.
If you are interested and able, please email me ( or call/text me (902-266-7959) and let me know you can make a Sailors' Casserole for either Oct 8th or Dec 3rd.
Thank you for your support!
Teresa Orser
902-266-7959 call or text

Sailors' Casserole
2 lb ground beef; 1 large onion chopped; 1 28oz tin of tomatoes; 1  14-16oz Heinz spaghetti in tomato sauce with cheese; 1  19oz tin kidney beans; 1  tin drained mushroom pieces; 1 chopped medium green pepper; salt, pepper, garlic powder

Sauté onions; Add ground beef, cook; Add tomatoes and all ingredients; Add spices; Stir and pour into a 10 3/8" x 12 3/4" x 2 1/2" aluminum foil pan.  Bake at 350° for one hour.


We've been "Creating Community since 1871"

Where to find us after the pandemic restrictions are over --
on Sundays at 10:30AM -- with a staffed Church School and Nursery
from September to May.

  Accessible Parking, SUNDAYS ONLY, is available on Tobin Street next to the church.
Cars without permits will be ticketed.

To view or download Sunday's bulletin click here.

To see photos from the most recent events at "The Fort" click here


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Upcoming Events

All congregational activities in the church are on hiatus during the current COVID-19 period of physical/social distancing.

Information about congregational activities via internet access will be posted as it becomes available.

Regular Events

"Yoga with Andrew":
Restorative Yoga and the FOGA (50 + Over Yoga) classes at Fort Massey are on hiatus for the time being. To find out more about yoga at Fort Massey, email Andrew at or subscribe to the newsletter at

Dear dancing community,
Our intention for the coming weeks will be to support the efforts to "flatten the curve" together with all of you. Thus we are suspending our regular tango classes and practica for the time being. We will be back as soon as possible, but no-one knows when that will be... please stay tuned!
We miss you all - keep dancing wherever you can and take very good care of your health and your loved ones.
Yours, Martina & Lorne
 For more information go to OR email or call (902)492-3903

Additional Links

Fort Massey United Church has been a long-time supporter Brunswick Street Mission and of Camp Kidston.

Fort Massey is a congregation in Region 15 of the United Church of Canada.

Fort Massey is and has been a strong supporter of The Atlantic School of Theology, located at the site of Pine Hill -- the historic school for ministers in the United Church of Canada.