as of January 14, 2021

The Ontario Government has issued a Stay at Home Order, in the most recent attempts to combat COVID 19. This impacts every citizen of Ontario, and as of today Thursday January 14th 2021, it is the law. Places of worship are not deemed Essential Service, and so all staff must work from home as they are able.

To meet the legal requirements of our insurance policy, our ERMUC building facility must be checked daily. M+P and Property have worked collaboratively with the staff, and have adjusted Barry Van Hooser’s work responsibilities, so that he will be the one checking the building 7 days a week during this lock down period. Be assured the mail will continue to be received, bank deposits will continue to be made, and all essential business will be conducted to the best of our ability during this time.

Access to the building is now restricted to these essential and any emergency situations. Please respect the law, “stay home, save lives” and do not attempt to enter into the ERMUC facility.

Council will continue to monitor the situation, and will be reviewing our circumstances at our next Council meeting on Tuesday January 26th, 2021, and will report back to you all through Tidings, and the website.

Please pray for your ERMUC family. The volunteers who sit on Council, Ministry and Personnel, Property, and your staff as together we work towards providing a safe and healthy ministry for all.

Please pray for our Community Health Care workers, Emergency Services, and First Responders, who continue to put themselves at risk as they serve the population.

Please pray for our provincial, national and global governmental leaders. There work is thankless right now, and whether we voted for them or not, they can all use the support of our prayers.

Please Stay Home. Please Stay Safe. Please Help to Save Lives.

Rev. Michelle Down


Edith Rankin Memorial United Church

A United Church of Canada congregation located in the west end of the city of Kingston, Ontario, we strive to be a caring, friendly, inclusive presence in our community. We seek to discover and live out the “Good News” of Christ within our community of faith, our neighbourhood and our world. Here we share our insights, skills and experience as together we journey on the path toward the wholeness to which God is calling us all. Through the wide variety of programs we offer, we seek to nurture and celebrate each other at every stage of our lives, from young children to our “classic” seniors. If you are seeking a congregational home, we invite you to the Edith Rankin Memorial congregation!


 Worship Services are Online and Interactive

Click to access Weekly Online Worship Services

If you wish to participate in our online worship gatherings, you will require a computer or tablet with a microphone and camera, and the RingCentral Meetings application. If you are not already receiving our Tidings Newsletter, including the online meeting link for these worship services, then use the email signup form at the bottom of this page to register. 

Many of our friendship and study groups continue to meet online using RingCentral Meetings. Contact your group leader for more information. We also continue to care for one another and our neighbours through phone, email and online meetings. Our ministers, Michelle Down and Elizabeth Amirault are responding to pastoral care needs by phone and email. Use our contact form to reach them, or leave a message at the church office (613-389-2530).