Christmas Eve services at two Great Village churches

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Great Village notebook, Patti Sharpe

Family literacy day event will be held in January

St. James United Church in Great Village is once again decorated for the holidays.  The sale sign next to the Christmas tree indicates the uncertain future ahead. PHOTO BY PATTI SHARPE

Winter has arrived since my last column and I'm optimistic that a white Christmas awaits us.

Members of the Great Village Garden Club gathered on Nov. 29 to erect and decorate the community Christmas tree in front of St. James United Church. This year's tree is a lovely fir, approximately 25-feet high, donated by Ruth and Robert Patriquin of Great Village.  


Congratulations go out to Colchester Adult Learners Association (CALA) and the Great Village Community Association for recognition of their valuable contribution to seniors' literacy in Nova Scotia in the form of their book - Seniors: Telling our Story. In November, they received the Seniors' Literacy and Learning Partnership Award granted jointly by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Department of Seniors. This award recognizes partnerships between learning networks and seniors' organizations in the provision of upgrading programs to older learners in Nova Scotia. Copies of the book are still available from the community association and would make a great Christmas gift.  Contact Heather MacKay at 668-2501 to purchase a copy.


Also available for the book lover on your Christmas list is Echoes of Elizabeth Bishop (Gaspereau Press), a collection of the short stories that were winners of the 2011 centenary writing competition sponsored by the Elizabeth Bishop Society of N.S. The writers are people of all ages, many from Nova Scotia, who shared their feelings about home and family. Also included within the book is artwork by painters and photographers who created images for the two centenary art exhibitions. Copies are available from myself, Patti Sharpe by calling 668-2428 and Laurie Gunn, 893-7164.


Christmas Eve services will happen at both our churches – 6 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church and 6:45 p.m. at St. James United. Take your family and enjoy the music and message of the season.


The Nov. 25 public meeting regarding the future of St. James United was well attended.  At the meeting's outset it was agreed that the ultimate goal was that of long-term sustainability of the building as an architectural and historical landmark in Great Village.  Three potential uses for the building were identified - space for small business development, a residential conversion and a cultural/arts centre with performance space.  A committee of six individuals was formed to begin to investigate the soundness of the building and feasibility of these ideas.


CALA and the Great Village Community Association have organized another great Family Literacy Day for Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They have a terrific lineup of activities including Brad the Balloon Guy, karate and yoga demonstrations, face painting, hands-on science activities and Future Shop technology, zumba, musical entertainment, storytelling and a demonstration by the Colchester East Hants Public library of their new 3D printer. A free lunch will be available for those attending and the goal is to send each child home with a book. Additional funding for the event has been made available by the Along the Shore Health Board and the Great Village Masons.      


Patti Sharpe is a long-time resident of Great Village and actively involved in various organizations within her community. Send your news to her at



Organizations: Colchester Adult Learners Association, Great Village Community Association, Great Village Garden Club James United Church Department of Labour and Advanced Education Department of Seniors Gaspereau Press Elizabeth Bishop Society of N.S. Faith Baptist Church Future Shop Shore Health Board

Geographic location: Great Village, Nova Scotia

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