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Currents: The latest news 

Currents SWRC News November 2019

This issue of Currents follows the recent meeting of the Shining Waters Regional Council Executive held on November 26, 2019. Minutes from all commissions and committees are posted here, once they are approved. In the meantime, here’s a round-up of news. MISSION...

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Introducing Currents

As we make our way as a regional council and experiment with new ways of working, we want to introduce this news bulletin, Currents, one component of our new communication plan which we will share more about in September. From this point forward, an issue of Currents will follow each Executive meeting to share regional news and decisions.

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Announcements and Information


Being the Virtual Church

Ministers Share Their Learnings on How to be Community During the Coronavirus Crisis

COVID-19 is quickly wreaking havoc not only on our individual lives but also on the lives of our faith communities. Many ministers are wondering how to nurture a community of faith—which people need now more than ever in these anxious times—in an online context. As digital discipleship becomes the new normal, how can ministers create a virtual worship space for people used to coming together in flesh as well as spirit?

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Introducing Wellspring

Starting this month, Shining Waters Regional Council is pleased to add a new stream of stories to our website. Wellspring: a deep dive into Spirit

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RSS United Church of Canada News

  • Ministry with Children and Youth March 27, 2020
     A message from the Moderator and resources for those who minister with children and youth.
  • Clarification: Ontario churches CAN stream worship from their buildings March 26, 2020
     Clarification: Ontario churches CAN stream worship from their buildings. This modifies the advice we gave on March 25.
  • “We Are All Relatives” March 26, 2020
    The National Indigenous Elders Council has offered the whole church its wisdom and assurance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Closure of Church Buildings in Ontario March 25, 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.   
  • Supporting Staff through the Pandemic March 23, 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 council to explore options.