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Latest Update

Friday, July 16th, 2021 5:00pm

The Ontario Government has announced that it will ease restrictions for weddings, funerals and religious services across the province. These changes come into effect on Friday, July 16th. 


For weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies:

  • all people attending the gathering must comply with pubic health guidance on physical distancing
  • people must wear masks or face coverings when
    • they are in an indoor area at a business or facility that is open to the public, with limited exceptions
    • they are within 2 metres of another person who is not part of their household, with limited exceptions
  • indoor and outdoor capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres

Receptions are permitted indoors up to 25 people unless held at a meeting or event space, or a restaurant or other food or drink establishment.

Outdoor receptions permitted up to 100 people unless held at a meeting or event space or a restaurant or other food or drink establishment.

For more information, please refer to the Ontario Government’s COVID 19 website.

Beyond the letter of the law, as people of faith, we are called to uphold the whole community and contribute wherever we can to well-being and safety. After such a long time of being apart, we understand the desire to quickly come together for worship.  Although the provincial government has eased restrictions, it is important for communities of faith to assess for themselves whether they are able to offer in-person worship safely, and have protocols in place to maintain capacity limits.  For all church employees and volunteers, we continue to strongly encourage you to work remotely from home unless it is essential to be on site.


This is an encouraging development in what has been a long period of lockdown — and needing to be creative in how we worship.  We are mindful of all the ways communities of faith have continued to be the church, even while not being able to gather.

We continue to hold all of you in our prayers.

Shining Waters Regional Council Staff


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Information and General Council updates about Annual Meetings

United in Learning Webinars

Previously recorded webinars on Covid Response 

United Church of Canada

Emergency funding, reopening, and more…

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Lead Staff

Jody Maltby, Staff Lead: Support to the Region and Communities for Faith, is the first point of contact for communities of faith.
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6226


Employment Resources

Employment Guidance for Communities of Faith during COVID-19​ PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT FIRST Updated March 9, 2021

GCE Extends Temporary Amendment of ByLaws re: Pastoral Relations for urgent decisions related to call or appointment. Updated August 27, 2020  GCE web page for original decision Temporarily Amends Pastoral Relations Policies

ADP United in Learning Webinar, 04.14.20 Slides from webinar.  

Lay Leaders Zoom Meeting April 14, 2020 View the recording of the information session with lay leadership in the region and Shining Waters Staff and General Secretary Nora Sanders. View past sessions on our YouTube channel. 

Employee and Family Assistance Program 

Regional Staff

Dale Hildebrand, Pastoral Relations Minister
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Extension: 6261
Email: dhildebrand@united-church.ca
(South of HWY 407)

Todd McDonald, Pastoral Relations Minister
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Extension: 6235
Email: tmcdonald@united-church.ca
(North of HWY 407)



CEBA The Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program has been extended and all applicants now have until March 31, 2021 to apply. Remember these applications require regional approval.  Regional Staff contacts: Jody Maltby or Kim Uyede-Kai.  For more information: https://ceba-cuec.ca/
COVID-19 and Insurance: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers August 1, 2020 Information from Erik Mathiesen

CanadaHelps and The United Church United in Learning Webinar May 28, 2020

Regional Council Implementation of Temporary Change to Pastoral Relations Policies April 28, 2020

United Church of Canada Emergency Support  April 27, 2020 Information on denominational ways to bridge the financial strain on communities of faith and link to loan application form.

Governance in Congregations during COVID-19 April 16, 2020

Toronto United Church Council TUCC COVID-19 April Update includes the Investing in Ministry Fund, camping ministries, Innovative Ministry Centre, the Centre for Church Development and Leadership and property management information. April 13, 2020

Generosity in Unprecedented Times Practical, recommended, tools to invite an ongoing commitment from the Philantrhropy Unit, March 28, 2020

Governance during COVID-19 Pandemic, Shining Waters Regional Council, March 20, 2020

The United Church of Canada Emergency Plan March 2020 

Regional Staff

Jody Maltby, Staff Lead: Support to the Region and Communities for Faith 
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6226 
E-mail: jmaltby@united-church.ca

Pastoral Care


Ways Churches Can Offer Connection and Care During Social Distancing A resource to share from The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Summer 2020

Outline for a Zoom gathering at the time of death, shared by Karen Hilfman, April 28, 2020 

Grieving and Remembering at Home, ideas from Susie Henderson, April 28, 2020 

Moderator Asks to delay funerals March 24, 2020

6 Tips to Avoid “Zoom Fatigue” in the Age of COVID-19, by Leah D. Schade April 3, 2020

Talking with Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Talking Points from Jeffrey Dale, Shining Waters Regional Council  March 20, 2020

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic by Alan Wolfelt at the Center for Loss and Life Transition,  March 19, 2020

Things That Matter YouTube Channel by Diane Strickland

Pastoral Care for Grieving Families A Google Doc from our partner church in the U.S. The United Church of Christ

Responsive Prayer Model for On-Line Funeral Google Doc from the United Church of Christ

Reopening Buildings

Reopening: Shining Waters Regional Council

Reopening: Wider United Church Resources

Reopening: General Articles

Video Library

Regional Updates

SWRC Covid-19 Update – Vaccination Policies for Churches

As Ontario prepares to enter Phase 2 of reopening, ministry personnel and Communities of Faith naturally have questions about how to safely be together once again. One of the many concerns that has surfaced is whether Communities of Faith can require worshippers and staff to be vaccinated before returning to in-person gatherings.

Decisions on draft budgets allowed in COVID19 context

GS 81 Extension of Temporary Amendment of Bylaws re: Pastoral Relations; Temporary Amendment re: Congregational Annual Meeting At its meeting on November 26, 2020, the Sub-Executive of the General Council passed a motion to: temporarily suspend the requirement in...