COVID-19

 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 of 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 most up-to-date messages from Treena Duncan, Executive Minister, and PMRC Staff are at the bottom of this page under 'COVID-19 PMRC News & Updates'

Online Worship Directory

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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!

From COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease prevention

Friends,

Health officials in BC have moved our province from COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communicable Disease Prevention. Click here for the latest email from Treena Duncan on the topic (June 30, 2021).

The staff and leadership of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council are committed to following the health and safety orders from our provincial leadership. We will continue to provide relevant updates here on our website and through our email list.

WorkSafe BC

Guidelines Archives (PMRC)

The staff and leadership of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council are 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.

  • May 2021 Updated Safety Protocols for Communities of Faith in the PMRC (PDF)
  • 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)

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COVID-19 PMRC News & Updates

PMRC COVID-19 Safety Protocols Updated PDF Resource

May 28, 2021

Click for image below for the updated Safety Protocols for Communities of Faith and Ministries in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council, and find more information …

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In-Person Worship Allowances as of May 26, 2021

May 27, 2021

Dear United Church worship and church leaders across BC, As you know the BC Government unveiled its re-opening plan this week. Combined with gratitude for …

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Video Message of Care and Community ~ Rescinded: Temporary Easter Worship Variance

March 29, 2021

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).

Temporary One Time Variance for In-Person Easter Worship & Outdoor Variance Guidelines and Information

March 26, 2021

25 March 2021

Friends,
As anticipated, Dr Henry has released some new regulations regarding worship. It is clear that the numbers are still climbing and that public gatherings are still a risk. I encourage you, as always to carefully consider the decisions and their impact on the most vulnerable among you. Please note that you must follow all of the guidelines in the health order. Please refer to the PDF documents for detailed information from the Province of BC, and

Re-Affirmation: The United Church of Canada Supports COVID-19 Related Public Health Orders

January 29, 2021

  January 29, 2021 As Epiphany turns to Lent, and we continue in pandemic wilderness walking, we acknowledge the grief and loss of fellowship that …

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From Treena Duncan: Reflections on meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian faith leaders

December 9, 2020

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 …

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From President Blair Odney and Executive Minister Treena Duncan

December 1, 2020

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 …

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Blue Christmas

November 27, 2020

Beloved, We’re hearing news of Blue Christmas worship services being offered around the regional council, and from the national United Church of Canada moderator. In …

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Release: Nov 23, 2020

November 23, 2020

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council of The United Church of Canada remains supportive of the British Columbia Public Health directives currently disallowing in-person worship. Many …

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Restrictions for Faith-based Organizations, Nov 19

November 21, 2020

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 …

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Updated COVID Response recommendations

November 7, 2020

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 …

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Worship with the General Meeting

October 15, 2020

All are warmly welcome to attend the Opening Worship & Celebration of Ministry and the GM’s Optional Sunday Worship. Both will be on the PMRC YouTube …

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