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New for August 12
United in Learning will be offering a new Congregational Finances During the Pandemic webinar hosted once again by Eric Matheisen and Clyde Harris. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program has been expanded, and the terms have been modified. This webinar will review the details of this program, as they apply to churches, and walk through the steps your church needs to follow to apply for it. We’ll also respond to any other questions Treasurers may have about the various pandemic relief financial programs. If interested join the webinar by Zoom on August 12 at 7  p.m. to hear about how this will affect your church. For more information and to find meeting zoom links please see their website.

 

Congregational Finances Webinar

June 24, 2020, 7 pm ET
New for June 24: Canadian Emergency Business Account is available to churches
Churches can now apply for the federal government’s $40K small business loan program. This webinar will review the details of this program, as they apply to churches, walk through the steps to apply and respond to questions Treasurers may have about the various pandemic relief financial programs.

Reopening Buildings

Building a Transition Team: the example of St. Paul’s Midland
The recording of the presentation by Rev. Karen Ptolemy-Stam of St.Paul’s Midland, who shares their experience of launching a transition team to create and oversee the plan of reopening the building and moving forward in the pandemic.  04.06.2020. (15 minutes)

United in Learning: Congregational Programming Opening our Buildings June 4, 2020  View the slides from this webinar.

United in Learning: Congregational Programming Opening our Buildings May 29, 2020  View the slides from this webinar.

Resources

From Shining Waters Regional Council

Wider United Church Resources

General Articles

Employment

Resources

Employment Guidance for Communities of Faith during COVID-19 PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT FIRST Updated June 23, 2020

GCE Temporarily Amends Pastoral Relations Policies For urgent decisions related to call or appointment 17.04.20

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)

Governance

Congregational Finances Webinar
June 24, 2020, 7 pm ET
New for June 24: Canadian Emergency Business Account is available to churches

Resources

Regional Council Implementation of Temporary Change to Pastoral Relations Policies 04.28.20

United Church of Canada Emergency Support 27.04.20 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 16.04.20

Congregational Finances and COVID-19 What Churches can do right now Updated 10.06.20.

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. 13.04.20.

Generosity in Unprecedented Times Practical, recommended, tools to invite an ongoing commitment from the Philantrhropy Unit 28.03.20.

Governance during COVID-19 Pandemic, Shining Waters Regional Council 20.03.20

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

Resources

Outline for a Zoom gathering at the time of death, shared by Karen Hilfman, 28.04.20

Grieving and Remembering at Home, ideas from Susie Henderson, 28.04.20

Moderator Asks to delay funerals 24.03.20

6 Tips to Avoid “Zoom Fatigue” in the Age of COVID-19, by Leah D. Schade 06.04.20

Talking with Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Talking Points from Jeffrey Dale, Shining Waters Regional Council 20.03.20

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic by Alan Wolfelt at the Center for Loss and Life Transition, 19.03.20

Offering Support in Anxious Times Pandemic Practicums By Rev. Diane Strickland. Diane is a Certified Community and Workplace Traumatologist & Critical Incident Responder and in this article offers advice to church leaders as they continue to serve their communities during COVID-19.  18.03.20

Pandemic Practicums #1 Everyone’s Response is Unique by Diane Strickland. She has launched a YouTube channel, Things That Matter, to help us respond to the situation.

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

Regional Staff

Karen Hilfman Millson
Minister for Congregational Support and Cluster and Network Animation
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6233
E-mail: khilfman@united-church.ca

Worship Resources

On-line Worship and Live Streaming

For a list of people who are able to do pulpit supply for ministers’ vacation coverage in the summer and who are quite comfortable using online worship tools, such as Zoom, please contact Donna Rutz at drutz@united-church.ca.

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Regional Staff

Jeffrey Dale
Youth Ministries Coordinator
Email: jdale@united-church.ca 

Worship Online

Online Worship in Shining Waters Regional Council

Interactive Online Worship Map

Community Ministries

Resources

Regional Staff

Karen Hilfman Millson
Minister for Congregational Support and Cluster and Network Animation
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6233
E-mail: khilfman@united-church.ca

Justice and Right Relations

Resources

Regional Staff

Bri-Anne Swan
Social Justice Animator 
Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Ext.6773
Email: bswan@united-church.ca  

Kim Uyede-Kai
Minister, Communities of Faith Support and Right Relations
Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Ext. 6173
Email: KUyedeKai@united-church.ca 

Youth Ministry

Virtual Sunday School

Resources and Events

Virtual Sunday School  Shining Waters Regional Council will be hosting Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30 am on Zoom. If you have not joined us already, we are always looking for new churches and new leadership to join.
Sundays, 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Songs. Stories. Discovery.
For Zoom Link, Contact  Jeffrey Dale, Youth Ministries Coordinator

Go Project Virtual Camps

Camp Big Canoe Virtual Camp

Talking with Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Talking Points from Jeffrey Dale, Shining Waters Regional Council 20.03.20

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic by Alan Wolfelt at the Center for Loss and Life Transition, 19.03.20

 

Regional Staff

Jeffrey Dale
Youth Ministries Coordinator
Email: jdale@united-church.ca 

Regional Updates

SWRC COVID-19 #22 Notes for the Summer

This newsletter, sent June 17, 2020,  includes information about leader's gatherings, and website updates related to public health guidelines and resources for re-opening. Read it online here.  

Reopening Church Buildings: a letter to Premier Doug Ford

On May 11th, 2020, a letter endorsed by 250 congregations from across Ontario was sent to Premier Doug Ford, requesting the government lift restrictions on gatherings in church buildings — despite the recommendations of health officials that in-person worship continue...

Shining Waters COVID-19 #18 Re-opening: we’re not there yet

In light of current news, we want to confirm that while some parts of Canada are reopening, in Ontario we are not at the same point (based on the recent May 14th, 2020 update from the Ford Government). Watch Premier Ford's update from May 14 on YouTube. In the case of...

Add Your Online Event to our Calendar

Some of our congregations regularly live stream their worship services — here’s an opportunity to visit other churches in their on-line home.  Please post your church’s live-stream worship service in our Community Event Calendar and select the category “StreamingWorship”.  Or if you have an online event where you would welcome participation, please add it. Use this Add an Event Form to list your worship service. Each month the Community Events newsletter is distributed to all communities of faith in the region.  The list of services that are posted will be available here.  You can indicate if your service is a recurring event and you only need to fill in the form one time.