COVID-19 Information and Updates

Church Building Closure Update

Revised: Monday, November 9, 2020

The Council of Elders has decided to continue in STAGE 1 of the COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan with NO in-person worship services or group gatherings in the church building in order to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The goal is to ensure we have practices and protocols in place that keep our congregation a safe place for everyone.
Council will re-assess this policy regularly and post any updates as required. You will be kept informed of developments through this website, Tidings and announcements on the church phone. 

STAGE 1
ALL in-person worship services and gatherings are cancelled indefinitely in order to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Worship Services in our “virtual worship space” will be offered on Sunday mornings at 10 am, including small breakout groups for check-in and conversation. Church building open to staff and members of the congregation who have first received permission to enter the building.

Worship Services are Online and Interactive

Worship Services in our “Online Virtual Worship Services” will be offered on Sunday mornings at 10 am, including small breakout groups for check-in and conversation. A recording of parts of the service will be posted here each week. 
Information on how to access the services can be found at the following link: “Online Virtual Worship Services”.

COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan

The East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church has now approved the Edith Rankin Memorial United Church Reopening Plan. This plan was approved by the Council of Elders on September 22, 2020.

Group Activities

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.

Pastoral Care

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).

Pre-screening form for individuals entering the church building

When the church is open for use (small group gatherings, public worship with limited attendance, etc) attendees will be required to complete a declaration form online or upon arrival at the church. 

COVID-19 Resource Sites

Kingston Health Sciences Centre – COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre
https://kingstonhsc.ca/community-assessment-centre 

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at:
Beechgrove Complex
(lies just south of the King St. West/Portsmouth Avenue intersection)
Follow directional signage to walk-in Assessment Centre at 51 Heakes Lane
Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health Unit
Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health Unit

Status of Cases in KFLA
https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/status-of-cases-in-kfla.aspx

Assessment & Next Steps
https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/covid-19-testing-and-next-steps.aspx 
COVID-19 Guidance for Re-opening Places of Worship July 17, 2020
https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/what-workplaces-and-schools-can-do-to-protect-against-covid-19.aspx
Physical Distancing
https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/physical-distancing.aspx
Symptoms of COVID-19
https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/covid-19-testing-and-next-steps.aspx
Face Coverings:
https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/face-covering-frequently-asked-questions-faq.aspx
COVID-19 Signage
https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/covid-19-signage.aspx

Government of Ontario
COVID-19 Website
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

COVID-19 case data: All Ontario
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data 

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Places of Worship During COVID-19
https://d1ow5xpphy0w2p.cloudfront.net/common/covid-19-worship-places-health-and-safety-guidance.pdf?mtime=20200609144243&focal=none

City of Kingston
City of Kingston COVID-19 Website
https://www.cityofkingston.ca/Resident/COVID-19
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
https://www.kfpl.ca/library-services/coronavirus-covid-19-updates
 
United Church of Canada
Faith Communities and COVID-19
https://www.united-church.ca/covid-19

Reopening Churches during COVID-19
https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/being-community/reopening-churches-during-covid-19

East Central Ontario Regional Council
COVID-19 Reopening
https://ecorcuccan.ca/on-the-opening-of-churches/
Risk assessment resources
https://ecorcuccan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Invitation-to-Risk-Assessment_V2a.docx