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

CEBA – $40,000 Loan
NB: As of April 23, 2020, United Church communities of faith are NOT eligible for this CEBA loan.
Any community of faith who made application and received these funds should not spend them. Please hold them until further direction is received concerning how to return them. If you have any questions please contact Jody Maltby at jmaltby@united-church.ca

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 May 1, 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

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 13.04.20.

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

Connect with The Moderator

The Ministry Personnel Prayer Gathering

MONDAY to FRIDAY,
9am PDT / Noon EDT / 1:30 NDT
at https://zoom.us/j/350685135

THURSDAYS ModCon Online (plus) is weekly
4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 8:30pm NDT
at https://zoom.us/j/592865212See the Facebook Event.

Connect with Moderator Richard Bott on Facebook

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

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

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

Content

The kairos of pandemic: Isaiah 65: 13-25  by Jennifer Henry, PDF  A reflection for the Shining Waters Regional Council Ministers Zoom Meeting 05-12-20 

Worship Resources for Family Sunday May 10 and May 17 Mental Health Sunday Resources PDF,  prepared by Jeffrey Dale. Also available as a Word document, Worship Resources for Family Sunday May 10 and May 17 Mental Health Sunday Resources Word

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has some new hymns for the moment, including one entitled Easter Celebration. During this challenging time she has given permission to use her copyrighted music for free. See the statement on her website. 

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

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.

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 

Reference 

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.

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

Ren Ito
Social Justice Animator 
Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Ext.6238
Email: rito@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

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. 

 

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.