Modeling Deep Care and Compassion
As individuals, a church, and church leaders, we are continually reflecting on what it means to be church during COVID-19. We are tending a communal relationship to COVID-19, and bolstering our health and awareness in church and ministry practices for the benefit of all.
The church is a are multi-generational communities of faith and ministry who meet for worship, work and community. We are unique in being one of the few places in society where we gather across generational divides, and many in our communities of faiths are seniors and elders. As people of God, we are called to make decisions based on care taking, as much as possible, of all our members. Sometimes that requires a lot of creativity, extra communication and mindful limits.
When we think about coming together as our church, navigating public interactions and close greetings, we invite you to remember that we can share the word of God and love of Jesus in creative and positive ways that aren’t limited by COVID-19 or any flu. See the PMRC Online Worship Directory.
The staff and leadership of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council is committed to following the health and safety orders from our provincial leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are faithfully discerning best practices and ways of ‘doing’ church, based on information from our provincial health officials. We will continue to provide relevant updates here on our website and through our email list.
Online Worship Directory
While following provincial health orders, many United Churches in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council have found ways to gather and worship online using Facebook, YouTube, Zoom, and more. You are warmly welcome to attend!
Pandemic Recovery & In-Person Ministry (Re) Launch Guidelines
Pacific Mountain Region
- July 2020 Information to augment Version 3 (Full Colour) (Text Only)
- June 2020 Version 3 (Full Colour) (Text Only)
- PMRC Regional Office Safety Plan (PDF)
- Faith Based Organizations: Protocols for returning to operation
- Retail Protocol is currently the best information source for United Church Thrift Shops in the PMRC to adhere to.
United Church of Canada
Treena Duncan shares a video message of care, support and information about today’s rescinding of the Easter in-person gathering variance. The Pacific Mountain Regional Council office will now be closed until April 19th, in support of the increased physical distancing restrictions announced today (March 29, 2021).
The letter carried to the Nuxalk Nation, and sent to Hon Adrian Dix and Dr Bonnie Henry, regarding the removal of COVID-19 vaccines in the …
January 29, 2021 As Epiphany turns to Lent, and we continue in pandemic wilderness walking, we acknowledge the grief and loss of fellowship that …
From Treena Duncan: Reflections on meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian faith leaders
One of the great gifts of the pandemic for me has been to witness the resilience and vitality of our leaders and our communities of …
Statement in Support of Public Health Orders November 30, 2020 The Pacific Mountain Regional Council of The United Church of Canada remains supportive of the …
Friends, Some of us have been gathering over the past few weeks with Matt Miofsky and reflecting together on leadership, change and the wilderness. It …
Friends, I’m sure that you have all been following the Coronavirus numbers over the past few weeks, and they have definitely not been going in …
Expectations, Discernment and Guidelines from the PMRC Executive Minister, in reopening United Church communities of faith buildings and ministries
As the information from the BC Ministry of Health and WorksafeBC continue to evolve regarding guidelines and best practices during COVID-19, the PMRC leadership will provide updates. Click to read the latest updated July 2020.
April 9, 2020
I wonder when I stopped. I wonder when I stopped saying “goodbye”. About a week ago I noticed that at the end of phone calls or physically distant conversations with neighbours and grocery clerks, I was no longer saying “goodbye”. I wonder when I stopped saying “goodbye” and instead started saying “be safe”.
I carry with me the memory of experiencing the 1989 Loma Prieda earthquake in Marin County California. I had moved there to do Doctor of Ministry studies. One day as I sat with a small group of people in my professor’s office, I had a peculiar, uncomfortable feeling and within seconds of the onset of that feeling, the building shook. The initial hit was bad enough but then the rolling started. I swear to this day that I heard the stones in the outer walls grind together.