59 Line 4 North Oro-Medonte, ON L0L 2L0 | Phone: 1-800-268-3781


Regional Staff Support Contact our Pastoral Relations Ministers
Dale Hildebrand
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Extension: 6261
Email: dhildebrand@united-church.ca
(South of HWY 407)

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

Guidance to Communities of Faith on Managing Lay Employees during COVID-19 crisis Updated 24.03.20

Lay Leaders Zoom Meeting March 31, 2020 View the recording of the information session with lay leadership in the region and Shining Waters staff. 31.03.20

Lay Leaders Zoom Meeting March 19, 2020 View the recording of the information session with lay leadership in the region and Shining Waters staff, includes a presentation by Erik Mathiesen, the Chief Financial Officer for The United Church of Canada.19.03.20

Employee and Family Assistance Program 

Connect with the Moderator

Online Worship with Moderator Richard Bott Beginning March 22, 2020, Moderator Richard Bott will be offering an online worship service each Sunday for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. This will be a video-recorded service you can find a link to the service to download as well as the order of service and sermon on the the UCC website or Facebook page. The prayers, hymns, and reflections from the Moderator’s online worship will also be available in audio and text form.  If you would like to participate in the live version of this worship service, please join on Zoom, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m, EDT. 

Follow the Moderator on Facebook


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 

Congregational Finances During the Pandemic – 2 United in Learning Webinar April 1, 2020 View the recording of the webinar. View the slides from the webinar

Congregational Finances and COVID-19 “What Churches Can Do Right Now” page from the General Council website 

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

Recording of Congregational Finance Webinar for ministers from United in Learning 26.03.20

Recording of Congregational Finance Webinar for church treasurers from United in Learning 25.03.20

Financial Options for Communities of Faith : strategies for mutual support during COVID-19  Shining Waters Regional Council 24.03.20

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

The United Church of Canada Emergency Plan March 2020 

Pastoral Care

Moderator Asks to delay funerals 24.03.20

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

Lessons from Ministry in the Midst of a Disaster by Matthew Crebbin – Disaster Relief, lessons from a minister who attended the community after Sandy Hook. 18.03.20

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

Worship and Reflection Resources


Worship Resources for Holy Week and Easter, ‘Tis the Gift to Be Simple PDF, prepared by Jeffrey Dale. Also available as a Word document, Worship Resources for Holy Week and Easter in Word  30.03.2020

Canadian Shield Regional Council offers a subscription service for on-line worship resources that provides access to a Worship Resources Drop Box folder for all United Churches, including video sermons. George Bott who tends this resource is willing to provide support to communities of faith to build their capacity for creating worship. Contact George by e-mail.

United Church of Canada Suggestions for Worship On-line during COVID-19 

United Church of Canada You Tube Videos

Lockdown by Brother Richard Hendrick, produced by Resistance Church, a ministry of Jubilee United Church. Watch on Facebook  or download for use in worship in Dropbox.

On-line Worship and Live Streaming

On-line Worship Tools and Tips Zoom Recording of March 16th workshop with George Bott

Pacific Mountain Regional Council Creative Ways to Worship at a Distance

Introduction to Live Streaming for Churches From The Presbyterian Church in Canada

COVID-19 Lockdown: Creating Live-streamed Worship in 3 Days a blog post from Hacking Christianity

Prayers and Worship Resources in Times of Public Health Concern: COVID-19/Coronavirus Prayers to use and adapt for communities of faith or individuals prepared by Jeffrey Dale for Shining Waters Regional Council (Also available as a Word document for you to adapt.)

Group Discussion

The Accessible Faith Project  hosted by Rev. John Crowdis from Chinook Winds Regional Council. A series of videos designed to deepen the conversations about faith and history. A resource for group discussion.

Kairos Canada Spirited Reflections 


Copyright Guide for Congregations for information related to the use of music in live-streaming worship.

Hymns in the Public Domain A listing of the hymns in Voices United and More Voices that do not require a licensing agency in order to reproduce or stream.

One License is offering free licenses to help cope with challenges until April 15, 2020

Zoom Video Conferencing  is an alternative to gathering.  TechSoup offers Zoom accounts at a greatly reduced price for registered non-profits like our communities of faith.

Worship Events Online

In Shining Waters Regional Council

and beyond….

Community Ministries

Regional Updates

Add Your On-line Worship 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”.  Use this Add an Event Form to list your worship service. Each month this 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. 


Add Your Community of Faith Emergency Contact 

The region will continue to communicate to Communities of Faith through our traditional contacts, generally an administrative e-mail with each community of faith.  If you have an additional contact for our list, for example a community of faith Emergency Response team leader, please use the following form to add them to our mailing list. 


  • The United Church of Canada's emergency preparedness plan asks that each community of faith/pastoral charge establish an Emergency Preparedness Committee. The Committee serves as the link between the region and the community of faith(s) for communications during an emergency. Please register your committee contact information below. Thank you.

  • Please include the location of your community of faith, (for example Trinity United Church, Malton)
  • Please list any other committee members names and emails below.