07.22. Faith Communities and COVID-19
Faith Communities and COVID-19
캐나다 연합교회 총회장
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.
Emergency Funding for Congregations
The Government of Canada, the General Council, and regional councils are offering support to congregations to manage their finances in this unprecedented time of pandemic.
Make a Plan
Assess your congregation’s situation, take short-term actions to increase cashflow, and set up online capability to help get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government Emergency Programs
Eligibility criteria and other details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), and Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for laid-off staff.
United Church Emergency Support
Information on the new United Church emergency loan program during COVID-19, and deferring congregational assessments.
Reopening Churches during COVID-19
Each council makes decisions on reopening for its areas of responsibility. The governing board of each community of faith should consult with its local public health unit, provincial health ministry, and regional council.
Safety Considerations for Reopening during the Pandemic
Guidance for those responsible for making decisions in all parts of the church, and things to consider before moving from one phase to another. As of May 7, 2020.
Phase 1: Reopening the Building during the Pandemic
Small groups may meet in person in small numbers, with social distancing and masks. Worship will continue to be online only, with some exceptions for outdoor worship.
Phase 2: Reopening In-Person Worship during the Pandemic
Worship and other activities resume in church buildings, with social distancing and other measures.
Phase 3: Full Return during the Pandemic
For worship and other gatherings, you will still need to consider the health and safety regulations of your province.
Governance during the Pandemic
Adapting the work of the church—pastoral relations, employment, congregational meetings, and more—during the pandemic.
Worship Online during COVID-19
Many United Church communities of faith are sharing worship services online during COVID-19. Learn how to find or host an online service, tips on technology and copyright, information about online communion and offering, links to prayers, and more.
Stewardship, Finances, and COVID-19
What communities of faith can do right now to manage the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.