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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April 2, 2020

A Mission & Service‒supported community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable, Our Place is bracing for COVID-19 to strike. 

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April 2, 2020
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April 9, 2020
In this time of COVID-19, Moderator Richard Bott's Easter message reminds us that God is always doing miraculous things. We will celebrate those things with great joy when the time is right.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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March 24, 2020
Moderator urges communities of faith to consider delaying funerals at this present time.
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March 23, 2020

General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that we might find our faith deepening as we experience church in new ways during the COVID-19 crisis.

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March 23, 2020
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March 24, 2020
With in-person worship being suspended and rental incomes stopped, some communities of faith may be faced with financial concerns Before making any decis.ions about staffing, please contact your regional counci l to explore options .
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