Faith Communities and COVID-19

Tips and resources for members and congregations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Please consult local, provincial, and federal public health agencies for the latest updates on COVID-19 that may affect your community of faith. Many churches are moving to online worship and connecting through conference calls as well. Below are some resources to support you if this is new territory for you. Remember: We are not alone.

The United Church is accepting donations to support those in the global South who are at greater risk than ever due to COVID-19. Find out how Mission & Service partners are turning compassion into action for those who need it most. The World Council of Churches has collected prayers from around the globe for use during the pandemic.

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May 25, 2020

Through artistic installations, Mount Forest United Church in Mount Forest, ON, is actively sharing the Christian message.

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May 25, 2020
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May 25, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, “poverty can happen very quickly to anyone." Moderator Richard Bott has written to Canadian government officials to move forward with developing and implementing a Universal Basic Income (UBI) program in Canada.
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May 20, 2020

With support from a grant from Embracing the Spirit, a Mission & Service‒supported fund, Beaconsfield United Church’s Nigerian Refugee Integration and Support Program extends belonging and a home away from home for refugees.

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May 21, 2020
A weekly series for ministers. This week: Creative Outreach. Being "church" is about more than simply taking care of our own institutional or community needs; it's also about finding ways to reach out to those around us, to share God's love and compassion with those who aren't (and may never be!) members of a Christian congregation. But particularly during the pandemic, when so many of us are scrambling just to keep worship and pastoral care on the rails, this might be harder to think about.
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May 20, 2020
Every Wednesday evening, our Chief Financial Officer Erik Mathiesen will provide an update on financial tools and government assistance that will be useful to church treasurers.
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May 13, 2020

While physical distancing protocols are forcing United Church outdoor ministries to consider closing their cabins this summer, some are preparing to offer a different kind of camp experience.

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May 13, 2020
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May 13, 2020
People who work or volunteer in outdoor ministries are sharing creative and positive ways to ensure that the overwhelming joy of camp will continue in some way despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
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May 11, 2020

Haiti’s Methodist Church, a Mission & Service partner, supports schools, medical clinics, and a variety of social ministries. All of them are adapting to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

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May 8, 2020
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May 8, 2020
United Church people have been asking how we can honour the ministry of healthcare workers, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities of faith may wish to use the newly created worship service On the Life and Faith of Florence Nightingale at any time during Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary in 2020.
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May 7, 2020
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May 7, 2020
Reopening Churches during COVID-19 is a new online section that includes guidelines and practices to consider when reopening churches to members and tenants.