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Real Life giving in 2020

Thanks to your generosity, we have had the priviledge to support Kingdom work in Halifax and beyond. Here is a list of charities and groups we gave to in 2020:

ELIC (support for Rolfe’s) $4,400.00

IVCF (support for Sanjana) $1,500.00

Alpha Canada $600.00

Open Door Centre $3,000.00 (1500. Secret Habit & 1500. HEY)

Metro Vineyard $5,000.00

Journey Canada $1,300.00

Souls Harbour $1,000.00

Grove Neighborhood Church $3,600 (Miro’s salary)

Haven Canada $850.00 (Scripture song CDs for families affected by Portapique shooting)

Teen Challenge $1,500.00

Vaclav and Lina $566.50 (Books for free Christian library in Cap Breton)

Gift Cards for groceries $2,900.00

Vaclav and Lina $1,000.00 (Toward plumbing repairs)

Repairs to car the Rolfe’s are using $817.23

2 Queen beds for refugee family $1,593.77

links for mental health

In this season of physical distancing, we are trying our best for the church to connect. If you are someone you love need more support, please find below a list of resources offer by the province: support lines, online resources, e-mental health tools and self-referral programs for those who might need them, including a new 211 service launched Easter Weekend to help Nova Scotians navigate these unprecedented times.

211 Nova Scotia

A new service will connect people who have urgent social needs related to COVID-19 with the Canadian Red Cross for support through an experienced team in crisis management. The Red Cross will act as a navigator to link people to the services they need, including wellness check-ins for Nova Scotians who are isolated and experiencing loneliness and anxiety.


Kids Help Phone

Young people up to age 20 can contact the Kids Help Phone 24/7 to speak with a trained counsellor


 Text CONNECT to 686868

 Live chat:

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line

If you’re experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or are concerned about someone who is, the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line is available 24/7.

 1-888-429-8167 or 911

Bryony House

24-hour distress line for women experiencing intimate partner violence


Mental health and addictions services

If you or a family member needs help with a mental health and addictions challenge, you can self-refer to a mental health or addictions clinic, service or program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.


Canadian Mental Health Association – Nova Scotia Division

The CMHA NS’s Wellness Resource Hub provides information and resources to help Nova Scotians stay safe and mentally healthy while coping with COVID-19. It is a living resource that will continue to grow over the coming days and weeks.

Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)

CAMH offers tips, coping strategies and resources to manage your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ICAN Anxiety Program

People 18 and over can get help for anxiety and depression through Strongest Families Institute’s ICAN Anxiety Program. The program includes online tools for tracking and managing your symptoms, and weekly phone calls with a coach. Nova Scotians can self-refer.


Nova Scotians can access MindWell-U, a free 30-day mindfulness challenge it’s an online tool which helps lower stress and improve well-being. It takes 5 minutes a day.

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

TAO Self-Help is a free and private online resource available to Nova Scotians. It includes interactive activities and videos for people having challenges with their mental health.


HealthyMindsNS offers online mental health programs for university and NSCC students in Nova Scotia.

We are hiring


Part-time pastoral coordinator

Church Profile:

Vision: helping people experience real life in Jesus 

Misssion: reaching our neighbours together (on campus, where we live & around the world)

Real Life Community Church began in the mid-1980s as a campus outreach for students and it has developed into a fellowship of Christians from many backgrounds. Our desire is to continually seek the Lord Jesus Christ for love, truth, and direction through the Scriptures and  the presence of His Holy Spirit. The church is comprised of 30-50 individuals from metro Halifax and students from around the world. We meet on Dalhousie campus, Room 121 in the Arts building on Sunday mornings at 10:30am.


The current pastoral team is composed of 5 church members who take active pastoral roles but are not paid staff. This team has many years of experience in preaching, teaching and pastoral care and is looking for a pastoral coordinator who has a heart for all people, but especially university students. This person would be part of the team and have opportunities to be mentored as well as bring new ideas, try things and develop his/her giftings. The role would require 15 to 25 hours weekly. The exact time commitment will be determined with input from the applicant.


1. Build relationships on campus

2. Oversee the Set-up team

3. Participate in the preaching/teaching rotation. (We currently have 9 people in this rotation.)

4. Participate in pastoral team meeting

5. Perform administrative tasks which could include: taking minutes at Pastoral Leadership meetings, updating the website, managing social media presence, creating slides and posters

Other areas, such as outreach, leading ministry teams, small group studies, mentoring, and developing leadership qualities in others, could be added according to interests and gifting of the applicant. 

Character and Qualifications:

1. Education – preferably enrolled in or completed a Master of Divinity degree or with ministry experience. Ordination is not required.

2. Demonstrates humility, faith and love 

3. Able to share how the good news of Jesus impacts his/her own life 

4. Committed to the servant leadership model

5. Mission-minded and comfortable connecting with people, especially university students, 

6. Able to work collaboratively with the pastoral team, each of whom has an equal voice in the decision making process

Supervision and Evaluation:

The pastoral coordinator reports directly to the pastoral team. A performance  review will be held at least annually. Evaluations will be conducted with the following parameters in mind:

Demonstrated capacity to meet the expectations outlined in the position described above.

position described above.

Demonstrated growth in the areas on which she/he is focusing as outlined in the

To apply, submit a resume with a cover letter to Marilyn Havill at

Welcome Students

Hey Students (and maybe parents of students),

Welcome to our website. You may be checking us out online because you’ll be at University in Halifax in just a few weeks. Very Exciting! Our time in university is life-changing; we meet life-long friends, learn many new things about ourselves and the World. We pray your experience will be positive and you’ll have a positive effect on this World.

We at Real Life Church have been meeting on the Dalhousie Campus for about 25 years. We’ve seen countless students come and go around the world having had a positive experience at Real Life. We are a small community of Jesus-followers of all ages who gather to worship our Risen Saviour, learn from the scriptures of how to be more like him and build each other up on this wonderful adventure.

We welcome you to check us out on a Sunday morning. We meet in room 121 in the basement of the Dalhousie Arts Centre (a.k.a the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium). Please enter through the side entrance at 1378 Seymour street, then follow the signs.

Tea and Coffee are on at 10am and our service runs from 10:30 to 12:30. Dress casual.

We also have a pot-luck Brunch on the 1st Sunday of each month. Always lots of food to go around.

You can keep up to date by checking our Facebook page here.

Transition happening at Real Life Church

Hi church,

If you weren’t at church on Sunday May 27th 2018 then you missed the news that Miro Rak & his family will be leaving Real Life Church to plant a church in their neighbourhood. The core group there are are called The Grove. Click here to view their website.

Miro has be working at planting this church for a few years now. They have been serving and loving the people and now feel the next step is a local gathering of praise and worship in the neighbourhood.

They will end their current involvement with us the end of August; however we hope to stay connected with them in the future. Listen to the audio to hear about the transition from the Real Life leadership team.

What is Open Church?


So here’s what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight. (1 Corinthians 14:26-33 (Message) [And we could add, a Scripture, a prophesy, a tongue an on-the-spot song, a word from God]

We practice Open Church periodically at RL by giving the worship team a break, putting our seats in circle and inviting everyone to speak out for the mutual edification of the body.

Here are some practical guideline for during the service: 

speak for no more than 2-4 minutes

if you have a prayer, story, insight, just share it

if you have a song, make sure it’s on the list and just start singing

if its not on the list, you could go back and ask whoever is on the slides to find it

its okay if there is silence

when someone shares something, let’s try to finish with that topic before moving on (ex. give 2-3 minutes)

if you have something for a specific person, go to them.  If it is a strong message, ask a leader to help you discern

Gathering of the Clans

Here is an update on an event happening in our region:


Background to “Gathering of the Clans”
I met Rose and Kevin Sambrook of Rhema Restoration Ministries in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland when I was part of an international intercessors
team for the G8 Summit Meeting in in 2013.Some time after the G8 Summit when Rose was in prayer, she felt led of the Lord to “Gather the Clans
to Worship”. The first Gathering was held in 2014 with Chuck Pierce  and Ray Hughes as guest speakers. During the first service Chuck Pierce
presented Rose and Kevin with a seven-branched menorah, and said  “the Lord wants you to take this menorah to seven nations and release the
Sound of the Celts”. As Rose was returning to her seat, these place names came to her mind: Whales, Georgia (USA), Canada, Scotland,
New Zealand and Israel.
In further prayer, Rose asked “What is the Gathering of the Clans all about?” and sensed the Lord say ” I want to unlock the sound of the Celts
once again, to unlock the signs of revival throughout the nations, those carriers of fire, those burning ones, I say I want to unlock perseverance.
tenacity (a spirit that refuses to give up), the fearless ones, the committed ones, the loyal ones. To unlock the protectors of the Word, the selfless
ones, those who are not ashamed of Me or my Word and who will stand for the Truth. Warriors arise, bravehearts arise, the time has come for your
true identity to be released, release the battle cry, run to join the ranks, run to the battle for the victory is yours. Possess your destiny, possess your
identity, its yours for the taking so step up and step into your place, “IT’S TIME”.
The gatherings have been in Ireland in 2014, Whales in May 2015 and Atlanta Georgia November 2015. Halifax Nova Scotia is the fourth, with Five
planned for Scotland in September 2016, Six in New Zealand in 2017 and Seven in Israel in 2017.
We are humbled and excited to be able to co-host this Gathering with Kevin and Rose, and know it will be a strategic time to stir up the Warrior within
and to advance His Kingdom.
HOTEL INFORMATION:   We have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Downtown for those interested an a first come first serve
bases until March 25, 2016, at a group rate of $129.00 a night for a standard guestroom (Plus 17% taxes) including a complimentary breakfast voucher for each morning for each registered guest, and valet parking for one vehicle per room. The hotel has an exercise room, indoor pool, guest laundry, food and beverage 
 facilities, a roof top terrace overlooking the harbour, and walking distance  to restaurants,pubs,  museums, stores and historic sites. All charges will be the responsibility of the individual guest and a valid credit card is required at the time of booking and at check-in.
Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Downtown
5120 Salter Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada  B3J 0A1    Reservations: 1 800 321 2211    Tel: 902 428 1900   Fax: 902 428 1901
Group Rate: “Gathering of the Clans”
SHUTTLE SERVICE: We will have two vans (7 passenger) for a shuttle service to the church (4.5 klm)  for those who need it.
REGISTRATION:  There is a registration fee of $50.00 per person (Early Bird if registered and paid before April 14th $35,00) and for a group of ten or more
$30.00 per person. For those that cannot make  all sessions, there is a per session registration fee of $10.00 each if space is available  Please note, as
registration fees don’t even come close to covering  the costs of of putting on a function of this level, there will be Freewill offerings taken at each session,
please give generously. You can pay the registration by e-transfer, or PayPa- transfer to,  or you and mail your cheque or money order
         Jubilee Christian Church
         95 Lively Road
         Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia
         Canada B4E 3A9
BUS TOUR: We are planning  a bus tour after the conference for those who would like to stay and see more of our Province. We are limited to 56 passengers
and will leave early Monday morning May 2/16 and return to Halifax around supper time Wednesday May 4/16 We will have a road trip to Cape Breton, with stops
at the Ship Hector in Pictou, the early highland village in Iona, a Dinner and a night of local music on Monday night, Tuesday will give us a tour of Fortress Loisubourg, shopping in Sydney and a visit to the Gaelic College for supper, demonstrations and overnight. Wednesday will take us to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, for a tour and various presentations, followed by our trip back to Halifax, with a stop in Crombie House in Stellarton, to view a renowned
private collection of Canadian art.
The costs of the three days will be $375.00 Single occupancy, $335.00 each with double occupancy (one Queen), and $295.00 each with three to six in a
 family room ( one Queen with four bunks).
These prices includes a box lunch on Monday, a homemade turkey supper Monday night, breakfast Tuesday morning ,a buffet Tuesday night, and breakfast Wednesday morning and a box lunch on the trip from Baddeck to Stellartton on Wednesday afternoon..You will be responsible for your lunch costs on the
 shopping trip on Tuesday. and for supper Wednesday night.
We will be going by the Halifax Airport around 6:00 pm, we could drop off and one that has a later flight for that night, or drop at one of the hotels by the airport
with shuttle service for the next day.
We will determine the ending point of the Bus Tour when we can fully assess where people need to be dropped off.
It is important that you register for the bus tour with prepayment of the cost per person to reserve your seat on the bus,

Feb 28, 2016. Jesus love for the father – resources

Here are some resources that Phil Referenced during his sermon: “Jesus love for the Father”, Feb 28, 2016:

PPT: Feb 28, Jesus love for the Father

Phil encouraged us to try 3 things to experience God’s grace in fresh ways and express our love for him.

1 – Have we experienced the good pleasure of our Father?

try the Father’s Love Letter: Fathers Love Letter (PDF version). You may view a video version of the Father’s love letter here.

2 – How can we spend quality time with Him?

try starting your day with a DONE list (instead of a to-do list) to remind us of God’s goodness. You can also try journalling your own GOD BOOK where you document times where you felt God’s tangible love and grace. This can latter serve as a reminder in dark times.

3 – Are we spending time caring about what God cares about?

Good luck  in this prayer. It can change your life.

Forum on “embracing the Heart of Racial Justice”

A message from Larry Levy at Vineyard Church:
Greetings my brothers & sisters in Christ and Creation,

In honour of African Heritage Month, there will be a Community Forum on “embracing the Heart of Racial Justice” at the Vineyard Ministry Centre in Lower Sackville.
Please join us for this very interactive panel. Come and invite members of your Church family and community to this Special evening of Listening, Learning and Sharing. It’s our prayer that we would raise the climate of cultural awareness and understanding within the Body of Christ.  One thing remains very true: “you cannot look at the ministry of Jesus and not see ministry to the marginalized.” 
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nova Scotia Leadership Prayer Breakfast

NSLPB Purpose: To provide a safe place to be inspired, to pray for our leaders, and to consider the love and relevance of Jesus.

Now in our 35th year, join business, political, Church, non-profit and other NS leaders at this celebration. Being held May 5, 2016 at the CUNARD CENTRE, we are delighted to have Brian McConaghy from Ratanak International, as our guest speaker. Brian will speak on a timely and important subject with connections to Halifax.

Linda Carvery will lend her amazing vocals to our event and Mayor Mike Savage will be our MC. We have moved to a new venue for the event and it promises to be a wonderful morning of praise and song with an exceptional speaker. You will leave feeling awesome!

The event runs from 7:30-9:15. Tickets are now on sale at the cost of $40/ ticket and $400 for a table of 10. Ticket prices will increase after April 1.  We are offering our past buyers first crack at the best seats in the house. We value your support over the past few years.

This year, in our effort to support new Syrian families to our area, we are asking for your support by purchasing an extra seat, or donating a seat at your table. We would like to welcome the important new members of HRM to our community and feel this is a great opportunity to introduce them to many leaders in Halifax.

We look forward to seeing you on May 5 at the Cunard Centre