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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

We are collecting information about the COVID-19 virus and its effects on the EOORC and the United Church of Canada.
New information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.



UCC Updates

General Council Office Authorized Contact For Payroll Services A letter to treasurers from the GCO asking ADP to help them with the 10% wage subsidy. Dated May 11, 2020.

Reopening Churches During COVID-19 Guidance for those responsible for making decisions in all parts of the church, and things to consider before moving from one phase to another. As of May 7, 2020.

COVID-19 letter from Rev Adam Hanley – April 20 A letter from Rev Adam Hanley, Program Coordinator for Ministry Personnel Vitality

Congregational Finances During the Pandemic Webinar Join us for up-to-the-minute information on wise ways to manage the financial impact the pandemic is having on our congregations.

Congregational Programming During the Pandemic  Join us for some expert tips on making your online worship a meaningful experience for your members and those who are tuning in for the first time.

From Moderator Richard Bott Folow-up to Easter Appeal

Some good information here: Keeping congregational finances on track during the pandemic

If you missed the webinar, Congregational Finances During the Pandemic, you can view the recording here.

Moderator’s Easter Message 2020 Blessed Eastertide, beloved. Remember: Christ is with us.

National multi-faith prayer effort hopes to unite Canadians. Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, former co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress have co-authored a National Prayer for Canada

Indigenous Elders write to the church on COVID-19  March 26, 2020

Clarification: Ontario churches can stream worship from their buildings  March 26, 2020

Letter from the Reverend Alan Hall, Executive Officer Ministry and Employment General Council Office  March 20, 2020 about Ministry Personnel during the crisis.

 Resources for Worship & Well-being During COVID-19  Communique from UCC, March 19, 2020

Pastoral Letter to Ministers and congregations on Covid-19 March 16, From Nora Sanders, General Secretary, UCC

From Moderator, Richard Bott March 13, 2020, Letter

United Church of Canada Statement, March 5, 2020 COVID-19

Website for Église unie du Canada


Faith Communities and COVID-19 Tips and resources for members and congregations during the COVID-19 pandemic from the United Church of Canada General Council Office. Please keep checking this page as it gets updated frequently.

Offering Support in Anxious Times  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.

Worship Online during COVID-19

Tips and resources for members and congregations

Guidance for congregations in this time of COVID-19

United Church of Canada Emergency Plan

From Morneau Shepel, our Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) provider:

LifeWorks EFAP website

EOORC Updates

Government of Ontario April 3, 2021

  • COVID-19 shutdown: enhanced public health and workplace safety measures
  • Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

    • physical distancing must be maintained
    • guests must wear masks or face coverings
    • capacity limits:
      • indoors: 15% capacity of the room
      • outside: the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distance from each other

    Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted, subject to certain conditions. Virtual services permitted.

COVID-19 and Reopening for In-church Worship

A letter from Rev. Whit Strong, Pastoral Relations COVID and reopening – March 15, 2021

COVI9-19 and Return-to-Work Expectations

Q&A from Rev Marlene Britton, Ministry and Employment Unit, United Church of Canada COVID-19, employees

Holding Annual General Meetings in 2021

At the 2021 Winter Meeting on February 27th, Rev Rosemary Lambie gave a presentation about holding AGMs in 2021 while the pandemic continues. Her presentation can be viewed here: Annual Meetings Presentation by R. Lambie

Ontario Province Wide Shutdown, beginning December 26, 2020

See page 7 for rules about religious services: provincewide-shutdown-deck-december-21-2020-final

Quebec Guidelines



Pulpit Supply

EOORC Pulpit Supply for Communities of Faith  December 9, 2020

Recalling Laid Off Employees

A message from Rev Whitman Strong, Pastoral Relations, August 24, 2020 Recalling laid off employees

Ottawa Public Health

COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship

Marriage Licenses

Three Month Validity Period

“Safely Opening Our Churches” June 15, 2020

Letter From Rev Whit Strong   providing direction and resources on how and when to open churches in the EOORC

Communique from EOORC Executive and Finance Committee

Three important items of information for Pastoral Charges and Communities of Faith:  Finance communique, April 17, 2020

Ottawa Communities of Faith

You can add your online Easter Worship Service to the link provided in the article. Where to watch Good Friday and Easter Sunday services online

A letter from Rev Rosemary Lambie, Executive Minister

The letter contains important information for all Communities of Faith about the status of the EOORC and the UCC during the crisis.

COVID-19 Letter from Rev Lambie, April 3, 2020

ZOOM Care!

If you are having a lot of meetings on Zoom these days, have a look at these two documents provided by David Stafford, who teaches at Algonquin College.

Resources for Youth and Children

Dana Ducette, YAYA Minister has compiled a list of useful resources and activities for children, youth and even adults.

Zoom Conversation for EOORC Ministry Personnel

Join Whit Strong every Thursday on Zoom every Thursday at 1 p.m. until May 14. Sign in here: https://united-church.zoom.us/j/957231406

2020 Annual Meeting News

Tuesday, March 24, 2020  In the past few weeks, the EOORC executive has been discussing the pandemic, taking votes and trying to secure another date and place for the Annual Meeting. A decision has been reached that the meeting is postponed until October 16 and 17, 2020. Further, the executive confirmed that the meeting will be held at the Nav Centre in Cornwall. The Celebration of Ministry will be held at Knox-St. Paul’s United Church, Cornwall on Saturday evening October 17, 2020.

The current Executive will continue to provide leadership until the October elections have been conducted. More information will be forthcoming once life settles down and the planning team has made adjustments. Questions about registration can be directed to ajansman@united-church.ca.

Updated Letter from EOORC Sub-Executive, March 18, 2020

Letter from the EOORC Sub-Executive, March 15, 2020

EOORC Worship Services Online

Please see a list of Communities of Faith who have online worship services.