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Brookfield & Area Notebook, By Judy Matheson

Saying goodbye to Rev. Vincent

Joanne Hatfield has amazing musical ability. Her talent is transmitted in various mediums, none any greater than to her piano students. The community and all of central Nova Scotia benefits from her extraordinary musical knowledge and skills.

Hatfield’s involvement in musical venues is overwhelming: from the United Church choir, the Drum Runners and various bands, to playing with Rick Hiltz, Tim Ross, Amy Braden, Brazilian Cocada and her music students.

The recent piano recital at Knox Church featured youngsters from ages 6 to 16. Most pupils have been under her tutelage for several years and the improvement each year is amazing!

On June 8, 17 students delighted the crowd of relatives and friends, each presenting two or three selections of their own (somewhat guided) choices. Twelve-year-old Anna Hamilton, singing in Portuguese, preformed an outstanding guitar and vocal selection entitled The Girl from Ipanema. Her sister, Julia, teamed with Rebecca Rankine on the piano to beautifully sing Somewhere Only We Know.

No doubt some of the success is attributable to the fact Hatfield indulges the student to pick their favourites. She’s a gem in the music world that this area is honoured to embrace.


Brookfield Elementary school students played to a packed house when they presented a closing concert on June 11. The theme this year was “the Maritimes”. Each class sang a song as well as the choir and the guitar club. The whole school sang Farewell to Nova Scotia together. Other songs were: Lester the Lobster, Eyes the Bid the Sailor and These Hands.

The students said “Thank You” to all the volunteers who helped throughout the school year.


The Annual Terry Fox Book and Bake sale was held at Knox Church Hall. Hundreds of good quality books were available and the abundant bake table was quickly diminished. The books that remained were donated to a good cause.

The Terry Fox Committee was pleased to raise $1,500 for cancer research in their second fundraiser of this year.

The Golf Day coming on Aug. 16 at the Brookfield Golf Club is open for green fee players of all stripes. Tee times can be booked in advance.

This fun event also features prize holes, balloon prizes, a raffle and a barbecue. You don’t have to golf to be involved.

The Terry Fox Run at Carter Falls will be on Sept. 14 at 1 p.m., so mark your calendar and plan to be involved.


Rev Boyd Vincent came out of retirement to Knox United Church and Middle Stewiacke United as a transitional minister following Rev. Larry Harrison’s 32 years in ministry here. Rev Harrison retired from the church in June 2013.

Rev. Vincent served the charge for the past 10 months and it’s with heavy hearts that the time has come to say our goodbye. Rev. Vincent quickly bonded with both congregations to become part of our church families and us.

On June 22 Middle Stewiacke and Knox joined together to present a service of celebration ad thanksgiving for all the he has brought to our congregations. The service was complete with several of Rev. Vincent’s favourite hymns, a candle light service and a skit entitled “the Parable of the Talents”. The cherubs choir singing All God’s Critter’s was a joyful treat.

Many people from both churches took part in presenting the spirit filled service. The Candle lighting liturgy — written by Jean Hamilton and offered by Susan Parks, Charles Crouse ad Erin Jamieson — spoke of Rev. Vincent’s ministry of the Word giving new meaning through sermons that were thoughtful, honest and challenging.

The second candle lighter told of the sacraments being celebrated with reverence and grace.

Thirdly, in pastoral care ministry he shared his own experiences of joy and pain helping us to know and welcome him as part of our church family where he brought hugging to a whole new level.

During the fellowship time that followed the service, the congregations gifted Rev. Vincent. He said heartfelt words of appreciation and Maxine, his wife, had the last word with her Newfoundland wit, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The Brookfield/Middle Stewiacke Pastoral Charge are excited to begin a new chapter in church life with Rev. Keith Gale, his wife, Tabatha and children Annika, Jamie and Timothy. The Gales have moved into the church manse and Rev. Gale began his ministry July 1, his first services being on July 6.

Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column, contact her by email at judy.m.matheson@eastlink.ca.


Organizations: Knox United Church

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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