COVID-19 Coronavirus News

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions have been with us since March 2020. Although, during the period of time from late spring to early fall, it seemed as though the crisis had settled into a holding pattern, the “second wave” that moved across Canada greatly increased safety protocols over this past winter. Numbers of cases and positive test results rose rapidly, and continued to fluctuate as they eased off gradually. And now, provincial and federal pandemic guidelines and restrictions are being lifted in many jurisdictions, and updates can be found at the links below.

Health Canada             Alberta         British Columbia           Northwest Territories

The United Church of Canada has dedicated web pages for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep checking for the most up-to-date resources from the General Council Office, including information about Governance, Worship, Congregational Finance, and Emergency Funding: : Faith Communities and COVID-19. A three-phase guidelines document for re-opening discernment and practices can be found on this page as well.

As Communities of Faith resume in-person worship and other activities, and as churches are re-opened and other programs re-launched, we are all advised to keep the safety of our most vulnerable members in mind. The Regional Council has provided two resources for Communities of Faith as they discern their next steps:

Discerning Re-Opening Together                              Building Re-Opening Plan Template

Please note that the Regional Council Office continues restrict access, with staff working in their individual offices, or at home. Anyone visiting the office is asked to make an appointment ahead of time.

The news feed below includes Regional Council news about the COVID-19 pandemic, and some national updates.

Voting at your online annual meeting

Voting at your online annual meeting

Voting by ‘ballot’ on Zoom or Email Many people are asking about voting by secret ballot at congregational annual meetings. There’s a very good resource library on this question and others on the Shining Waters Regional Council website. Executive Minister Shannon...

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COVID-19 updates for our Regional Council, early fall 2021

Advent letter in a time of pandemic

Advent blessings, friends in Christ! This is certainly an Advent and Christmas season that will stand out in our memories, as we have to continually discern how best to celebrate the Birth of Christ while also being faithful to our call to love and care for each...

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