Speaking of the Auxiliary…

Speaking of the Auxiliary…


120th Anniversary Celebration Blog Part 4

By Peggy Dunbar, Current President FBCH Auxiliary


Earlier, in this our celebratory anniversary year, Auxiliary members were approached individually with a set of five questions. These included, what brought them to the Auxiliary, what the Auxiliary has meant to them, their favorite Auxiliary event, their fondest memories, and if they were to promote the Auxiliary to potential, interested people, what would they say.

This article reflects some of the wonderful, thoughtful responses as gathered over a cup of coffee or tea, by phone, or through email.


In its most exact interpretation, Auxiliary means to give help, to support. As you look to our history and to recent activities, this has been the main purpose behind the FBCH Auxiliaries. We have assumed and provided direct support for the Church kitchens and its Parlour, including furnishing and upkeep. This along with an array of other activities, has allowed us to support the everyday life of the church—its music, its Sunday School, and its outreach. We support the Minister and the church ministry and missions. We provide support for members, and each other, as we celebrate and remember. Receptions and catering special functions have been a calling, and one mastered by our members (who make the nicest sandwiches and best sweets). In the earliest days, members would have kept the church presentable—cleaning, washing, painting and polishing; purchasing supplies; and provided financial support for the rebuilding of the church, and the new CE Wing. We have adapted over time as local and world events, such as two world wars and the Halifax Explosion, have called us to pivot to meet immediate needs, and to support not only our own, but the broader community (near and far).

Becoming a member of the Auxiliary, for many, has been a natural progression as members serve and support the church which has been the generational home of their families. A number of members attribute this progression to the times and the expectations of giving what you could—your time, your talents… You either moved through missionary or other church groups, or you had been actively involved in key church events such as the Tea and Sale or church dinners. A number of us had mentors in our mothers/mothers-in-law, or other close family members, or friends that cajoled, guided, and shared their love and passion for the church, and spoke so fondly of the friends they made along the way. Others “drifted into” the Auxiliary from other aspects of a life focused on volunteering, whether it was school support, a fundraiser such as the IWK Hospital Kermess, or local mission work that wound down and created other opportunities to continue to give, and give back. Others came because they were asked and encouraged, (they felt valued/needed), or they wanted to get to know people—spend more time with, and grow new friendships. And, some came because of the older women in the church. They loved seeing how they interacted with each other, the laughs they shared, the time they had together. Our older generation has been a draw for many—so rich in history, so dedicated, and so very organized. We have had, and continue to have, wonderful mentors.

When asked about fondest memories of the Auxiliary, and what it means to us, without a doubt it is the friendships. “This is the cement that is felt to hold the church together.” We enjoy each-others company, and have learned so much. While known to work hard, this is certainly not the case all the time; socializing is a huge part of what we do. We have fun, and with fun comes friendships. The mixture of the older, more seasoned members with the newer “young- old” members, is ideal. We like people, getting to know people, and getting together to enjoy each other’s company. There is enjoyment in helping, and knowing you have made a difference. We tease, we joke, we gab…The closest friends of some of our members originated in the group. What started as camaraderie, has become lasting friendships.

This is a wonderful group where you get to meet new people on a more personal basis. When we work together in smaller groups with a common purpose, helping others, we learn about each other. We need laughter in our lives and this group provides just that. We are kindred spirits!

One of our members summed it all up so nicely, “If you are looking for a strong sense of fellowship, like to lend a helping hand, and feel a sense of accomplishment in a job well done, come and join us!” We invite you to come see what we are about. Bring an interest that you might like to explore with others.

We have fun in the work we do, and we would love to do this with you.

Missed Part 3, Click here to read “Fun and Finances”

Missed Part 2, Click here to read “I Remember…”

Missed Part 1, Click here to read about the Auxiliary’s 120th Anniversary

Click Here to access the Evolution of the FBCH Auxiliaries 

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