With current restrictions on gatherings of people, congregations may need to postpone meetings or hold them through electronic means. Advance notice to the congregation and other requirements still hold but may be adapted.
Mission & Service partners around the world are responding to the effects of the virus in their communities. The United Church has contributed $20,000 from our Emergency Response Fund in support of partners.
A recent Easter letter sent to people who have previously given gifts to Mission & Service was written in early January and mailed before we knew how COVID-19 would affect everyone's lives. Apologies, and thank you for taking the time to watch this message.
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.
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 .