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
In the midst of the COVID-19 odyssey on which we have all embarked, Pacific Mountain Regional Council wants to work with your community of faith to keep ministry vital and active. We want to continue to be there for one another, to remain connected to our participants and our communities. We want to minimize loss and distress to our congregational staff and ensure that ministry can unfold without placing our congregational finances under undue strain.
In order to help out, Chinook Winds Regional Council leaders (and have given us permission to share with PMRC) have put together the following step-by-step approach to think through your situation.
We asked Jane Harding to offer some guidance for our Community of Faiths and Ministries about managing stewardship and inviting givings. Here’s what she’s shared:
Dear Friends, We are being asked to participate in a generous act. This morning both National and Provincial Canadian leadership offered COVID-19 updates, and our …
Dear Friends, We continue to witness the unfolding of the COVID-19 reality across our world, across our nation, and in our Pacific Mountain Regional Council. We …
The United Church of Canada’s Emergency Plan asks that all communities of faith have a plan or guidelines in place. If your congregation has not already done so, I would suggest that your leadership put guidelines in place that suit your context. In my email on Saturday, March 7, suggested guidelines were included. Our office has continued to expand on those suggested guidelines with your input and you’ll find those guidelines HERE and below.
At the invitation of Premier Horgan, Treena and I joined with other United Church, ecumenical and interfaith leaders for a call today with government officials. The purpose was to provide an update regarding the COVID-19 virus and to respond to questions from participants..
You may have seen on the news that the Coronavirus is finding its way into BC. You may be aware that the Health Minister of BC has issued a statement with the federal health minister in which they make the following recommendation:
“There has been a notable transmission of COVID-19 at events, such as religious gatherings. As a result, we recommend social distancing and forgoing usual greetings. As an alternative, we recommend considering virtual online gatherings.
Each of you within your own communities will need to decide how you want to respond to this recommendation but I make the following suggestions: