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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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.
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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
Last updated: 
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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March 17, 2020
Last updated: 
March 17, 2020
Letter from General Secretary Nora Sanders to ministry personnel and church leaders, 16 March 2020.
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March 13, 2020
Last updated: 
March 13, 2020
Moderator Richard Bott's letter to communities of faith reminds us that God is with us through COVID-19.
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March 13, 2020
Last updated: 
March 13, 2020
Some guidance on pastoral relationships and employment in local congregations in the event of church closures in this time of COVID-19.
Last updated: 
March 13, 2020

A prayer during times of COVID-19 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott

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March 5, 2020
Last updated: 
March 13, 2020
We urge communities of faith to respond to COVID-19 with compassion, prevention, and prayer, and offer the United Church Emergency Plan to help communities of faith plan ahead for contingencies that may or may not arise.