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The Safety of Church Singing – A Health Unit’s Perspective   The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has circulated a letter regarding the use of live music during recently re-opening Sunday Worship.  This is a good read for ALL Communities of Faith in the Canadian Shield Regional Council and is relevant to us all.  It gives clear guidelines about things like singers or wind instruments and the use of barriers, etc.  Please click on the button below to view their letter. [button...

SCREENING TOOL REQUIREMENTS On Friday, September 25, 2020, the Government of Ontario amended O. Reg 364/20, (Reopening Ontario in response to Covid-19) effective Saturday September 26, 2020.  This Regulation sets out the Rules for Areas in Stage 3. The amendment imposes a requirement that “the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office...

Covid 19 Insurance – Frequently Asked Questions – August 2020As with all pandemic related developments, things change. The information here is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of August 1, 2020. The focus is very much on protecting people from harm rather than protecting churches (or any other public body) from lawsuits.Click on the button below for a list of FAQs regarding Insurance Premiums:[button...

There are new reimbursement rates from the General Council Office (GCO) in Toronto.  This applies to anyone in the Canadian Shield Regional Council who is doing Pulpit Supply, CSRC Commission/Committee work, or any time a church or the CSRC is paying mileage/expenses.New Reimbursement Rates for 2020:Use of Private Vehicle $0.42 per kilometrePulpit Supply / Visiting Ministry Personnel $216 daily rate – for a full working day, or any portion thereof. This rate is not linked to any...

Good day! EDGE is pleased to offer you the opportunity to obtain a Public Performance Video License at great cost savings for your community of faith!  Public Performance Licenses enable your community of faith to show full-length or clips from movies or TV shows for public viewing as a part of things like worship, fundraisers, family nights, youth group events, or educational programs. If you are interested in showing films or TV shows to a group in your building in any of these...

Recently we have received several queries about Charitable Impact and its website,https://www.charitableimpact.com.   This organization is a registered charity that links potential donors and their interests, and lists United Church regional councils and congregations on their site. If they receive donations for a United Church, they receipt the gift and forward the net amount to the appropriate regional council or churchIt is completely legal for them to do this because they are...

Diploma in Missional Leadership at the Atlantic School of TheologyAre you a leader of a faith community committed to nurturing your own faith, growing in your understanding of the missional context around you, and networking with other ministry leaders? Are you passionate about mission in the Canadian context? If so, you are invited to apply to be part of the first cohort of participants in this exciting new Diploma program that focuses on developing practical leadership skills and...

Lyons Memorial United Church in Gore Bay (Manitoulin Island) has 17 choir gowns for anyone who wants them, free of charge.The colour is royal blue and all gowns have collars with the colours for church seasons.If you are interested in these gowns, please contact:Maxine McVey  (705) 368-6529 or by email at:  mcvey602@gmail.com