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

We at Fort Massey by-the-sea are a diverse group of people. What we have in common is that we choose to go to church in the city, in a powerful building, and to experience United Church worship in the context of this diversity.

We enjoy thinking outside the box, exploring innovative liturgy, progressive ideas and topical issues. We work hard at having a multicultural flavour to the service from time to time, singing in French, Chinese, Zulu (South African) or Welsh.

Above all else, we are an inclusive church. 

WELCOME to Fort Massey. We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down at heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers. We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Moderator of the United Church of Canada, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, hockey dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organized religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it either!) We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to the ol’ Kirk. We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost on the Armdale roundabout and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and you! Please sign our Guest Book. {adapted – used with permission, Coventry Cathedral, England}

Some choose to come regularly to our church. Others come occasionally, and still others don’t attend yet see themselves as friends of Fort Massey. Still others experience us virtually online all around the world. This may be because they love the building, appreciate its presence in the city or want to support the ministry of Fort Massey.


What We Believe

United Church faith communities welcome people from all backgrounds and orientations—wherever you are in your faith journey. Click here to learn more about our beliefs.