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

Gov’t Subsides

October 15, 2020

Jane Harding, the Regional Council’s Givings Officer, has updated and information to support communities of faith with government subsidies, stewardship and mission: Re Government Subsidies …

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General Meeting of the PMRC Oct 16 and 17, 2020

August 12, 2020

Please add October 16-18, 2020 into your calendars for the Pacific Mountain Regional Council General Meeting. COVID-19 made nothing business as usual! This will be an online, virtual gathering of worship, community, business and celebrating the life and work of our denomination and regional council.

General Meeting details will be posted to our website closer to the date, and the information will be sent out through the PMRC newsletter.

Expectations, Discernment and Guidelines from the PMRC Executive Minister, in reopening United Church communities of faith buildings and ministries

July 2, 2020

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.

Re-Opening Information for Thrift Shops in the PMRC

June 16, 2020

This document offers information from Regional Ministers, to support PMRC-located Thrift Shops as they consider why and how they might re-open. Updated July 2020

The 2020-2021 Prayer Cycle for the Pacific Mountain Regional Council

May 22, 2020

This document empowers us to faithfully pray for the ministries, communities of faith, leadership and community members across the Pacific Mountain Regional Council and the wider church. The 2020-2021 Prayer Cycle (PDF) document is available for download here. Please share it with your people.

Written Worship for Easter Sunday April 12, 2020 ~ BC Native Ministries and PMRC

April 10, 2020

Good day, Everyone

I hope that you are well, taking care yourself and your loved ones. Here you’ll find the Easter Sunday Reflection for you to read, share and make your own. As I type this note to you I look out the window and I see an eagle soaring in the sky, a reminder of the great world God has created for us all. A reminder that the dance of life still lives, and I am humbled. Happy Easter my relations! May the hope of a new day always live in your heart and is shared with all of creation. Unify in spirit and prayer. You are loved.

Online, Together

April 9, 2020

A quick note to let you know that we’ve resumed a weekly e-newsletter aiming to connected United Church people with online offerings happening in our Pacific Mountain Regional Council Communities of Faith & Ministries. This is a temporary version of the Event Listings newsletter that many of selected to received from the PMRC Office. You can read today’s edition of Online, Together here – including submission guidelines (please read before sending submissions to Reception). 

New PAR option, by fax, and other encouraging information from Jane

April 8, 2020

Hi All, 
Please share as you see fit, with your leaders and communities of faith. 

This is an addition to the Generosity in Unprecedented Times letter we posted here on March 31st.

New PAR option available to forward the forms and void cheque to fax number 416-232-6003
Only 2 weeks left to apply for Seeds of Hope Grants
Mission & Service is making a difference through the COVID-19 Pandemic – see here
Information about employment for ministers, lay leaders and M&P leaders here
Imagine Canada update on how COVID-19 is affecting Charities (churches included) – excellent updates/information for Not for profits

Some highlights from the letter are:

Written Worship for Good Friday April 10, 2020 ~ BC Native Ministries and PMRC

April 8, 2020

Hello Everyone,

I pray that everyone, your families and communities are well and calm.  Here is the written worship that I’ve created for you, for this Good Friday. Here also is a prayer for during the COVID-19 pandemic, provided by Rev. Barry Morris- thank you for this message Barry.

Please take the time to read and reflect and send it to those that need to hear the message of Good Friday. The write up is long but meaningful.  It includes the Passion story as told by John, with prayers through the story to give support and spiritual reflection to the time of Good Friday. And prayer is a humble gift that is always needed, is always free, is always heard by our Creator. This Good Friday, reflect with the Passion story of Christ Jesus, and share with those around you the gift of prayer. And always remember Jesus’ last commandment to us, love one another.

Written Worship for Palm Sunday April 5, 2020 ~ BC Native Ministries and PMRC

April 2, 2020

As we come to these last weeks to Easter Sunday we look forward to new ways of reflection and worship and prayer.  I have created a written form of worship for you to utilize at your convenience for this coming Palm Sunday April 5, 2020.  This is for you to use, share and celebrate and reflect with as we come closer to Easter Sunday.  Next week I will create and send you more reflection for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  And please send to those that need the support during our time of isolation and solitude.  Create hope in each other’s lives. And may God bless you, your family, community and livelihood during this season of Lent and Easter.

From the April 1st Online Townhall Conference – power point resource

April 1, 2020

Dear friends, Treena and Jay, Executive Minister and President of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council, hosted an online Townhall Conference earlier today, with guest Erik Mathiesen. Erik is the Chief Finances Officer for The United Church of Canada. This is the Power Point slide show used in the meeting: Congregational Finances during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Generosity in Unprecedented Times

March 30, 2020

This letter comes from the Philanthropy Unit of The United Church of Canada – shared to us in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council by Jane Harding.  As communities of faith, we find ourselves unable to gather in person due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These days, when we aren’t able to meet physically, are challenging but also heartening as our church has come together to help each other offer new ways of worshiping and reaching out to those in need. Our ministry continues; especially online. So in these unprecedented times, to help make giving accessible and easy – here are some practical, recommended, tools you can use to invite an ongoing commitment to God through the continued support of important ministries in your community of faith and the ministry we do together, through Mission & Service:

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