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 World Council of Churches, The Canadian Council of Churches, and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives have issued pastoral letters and statements about the pandemic. We encourage you to keep up to date on their response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 by following their websites.

Event Date: 
April 2, 2020
Tips on making the most of worship online during the pandemic. This free program will be livestreamed through YouTube and Zoom.
Event Date: 
April 8, 2020
A weekly opportunity for church treasurers and leaders to gather online with our Chief Financial Officer Erik Mathiesen for up-to-the minute details, information, and advice. These programs will be livestreamed through YouTube. No need to register—just go to the General Council's YouTube channel at the appropriate time.
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April 1, 2020
A weekly opportunity for church treasurers and leaders to gather online with our Chief Financial Officer Erik Mathiesen for up-to-the minute details, information, and advice. These programs will be livestreamed through YouTube. No need to register—just go to the General Council's YouTube channel at the appropriate time.
Last updated: 
March 29, 2020

We pray for those who struggle at this time of huge uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 27, 2020
Last updated: 
March 27, 2020
A message from the Moderator and resources for those who minister with children and youth.
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March 26, 2020
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March 26, 2020
Clarification: Ontario churches CAN stream worship from their buildings. This modifies the advice we gave on March 25.
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March 26, 2020
Last updated: 
March 26, 2020
The National Indigenous Elders Council has offered the whole church its wisdom and assurance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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March 25, 2020

Moderator Richard Bott offers an online worship service and a reflection on John 11:1-45, the raising of Lazarus, for communities of faith to use while in-person church services are suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic,

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March 25, 2020
Last updated: 
March 26, 2020
In Ontario, church buildings (other than some community services that may fall under the social services category) have not been named as essential, so Ontario church buildings must be closed. We interpret this as not allowing even a small number of people in the church to provide virtual worship.
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March 24, 2020
Last updated: 
March 24, 2020
Moderator urges communities of faith to consider delaying funerals at this present time.