COVID-19 NEWS

Please come back often to this page to find out what the latest news is regarding church services and events. Every day brings us new information and we want to keep you informed about what is happening at the church.  Contact numbers and email addresses for our ministers and the office are at the bottom of each web page.

Protocol for Sunday Services

Re-Opening News…..

The Results Are In, And the Plans Are Coming Together.  Thank you for your feedback and keep it coming! We received 118 responses to our congregational survey and the results have been extremely useful for the Re-Open Team. The survey shows that the
majority of the congregation is looking forward to returning to church while observing the safety measures that we have proposed.  We are very pleased to announce that the church office is scheduled to reopen next week. We have installed a new security camera at the entrance to the church, and if you have business at the church, we ask that you call ahead to let Laurie know you are coming. The front doors will be locked but when you ring the doorbell, Laurie will see you on the camera and be able to buzz you in. It will be re-assuring to have a live voice at the other end of the phone line once again.

We are also excited to announce our scheduled date for a return to in-person worship is Sunday September 6th. We will be sharing the return to worship protocols in the next few days and we will keep you updated with any further developments as they occur.

The Rental Committee has been busy reaching out to both internal groups and rental groups to help schedule an organized and safe restart to other activities in the building and the property Team has been hard at work preparing our facility for those activities.

After the past few months of isolation and limited contact, it is exciting to consider that we are getting closer to being able to reconnect with each other in person. If we all continue to do our part to help limit the spread, we will be seeing each other again on September 6th!

Troy Sartison
Re-Open Team Chair

Re-Opening Survey Results Report

MUSIC LIVES ON
The pandemic has changed many aspects of our shared worship experience but music has not disappeared! While we cannot sing hymns together as a congregation and it may be some time before the choir can sing together as a group, we can enjoy a wide range of
instruments including handbells as well as vocal solos and small ensembles (duets, trios) during live-streamed services. Every effort will be made to keep musicians safe: proper distancing, sanitizing protocols, and masks as required. All styles of music can be
explored. Do you know somebody who plays a instrument? Plays the guitar? Loves to sing? Please have them contact Margaret Ward-Jack at wardjack@shaw.ca.

Council News June 2020

Annual Report 2019-20

April 9 SAUC Covid-19 Update

Alberta Health Covid-19

Mar 17 SAUC Message from Council

Noon Bible Study via Zoom video and Rev. Mervin Gallant.  If you are new to this and would like to join, please contact Rev. Mervin via email so that he may send you an email
“invitation”. (mervin@stalbertunited.ca)

Videos for Palm Sunday, each day of Holy Week and Easter Sunday – Videos

Listen to us on YouTube:  March 29 – message

Update re: COVID-19

SAUC WORSHIP OPTIONS DURING COVID 19

  1. The “presider notes” for each Sunday’s SAUC worship service will be available on the SAUC website under the “SERVICES” tab.  News” tab.  These notes will include the prayers, hymn suggestions, readings, and message of an entire SAUC worship service that you can access at any point for personal or family meditation/worship.
  2. There are also “YouTube” video links for services that have been created by Rev Mervin or Rev Deborah.  These are also located on the SERVICES web page.
  3. If you would like ‘online live’ worship options, here is a link that provides other churches who already have ‘streaming’ capabilities that have been put together by the national United Church of Canada: Online Workship Spaces

Offering online space for community and worship:

  • National resources will be posted on the national United Church page, above. For children and youth: The GO Project is offering online options.  Use the following link to access the daily “Virtual Camps” for a) children and b) youth:  The Go Project
  • A growing national list of worship live streams is available here.
  • An option for those who find religious poetry to be a good meditative activity. Click on the following link.  Unfolding Light

Pastoral Care Support for SAUC members and adherents who are self isolating:

  1. Please contact our office administrator at office@stalbertunited.ca  members to (a) request help in getting supplies while in isolation and (b) to volunteer to pick up and deliver those supplies. Laurie will coordinate these lists and make the connections between those in need of support and the volunteer helpers.
  2. A “phone tree” has been set up by Church Council with members phoning our SAUC family of members and adherents to check in as a pastoral concern and to pass along important communications from the church community. Please, know you can call your “phoner” if you have concerns that the church community might be able to address or just to have a chat for your personal well being. The “phoners” will let the ministry staff know if you would like a personal contact from one of them. If you are a member or adherent of St Albert United Church and have not received a phone call, please email our office administrator at office@stalbertunited.ca and she will pass your contact info on to those coordinating the phone tree.

Other Resources:

  • https://buildfaith.org   Faith Activities for all ages: Building Faith has been sharing practical wisdom with tens of thousands of readers since 2010. The site was first launched by Sharon Ely Pearson, and was subsequently passed to Virginia Theological Seminary in 2014.
  • storyonline.net   Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
  • http://www.pmrfirstthirdresources.ca/ Pacific Mountain Regional Council (United Church of Canada) First Third Ministry Network: The resources on this site are in response to the expressed need for a landing place for resources and support during the global COVID-19 pandemic and its influence on our lives and in our communities of faith.
  • https://thegoproject.ca   A United Church of Canada Program for children and youth and families.

 


 

SAUC Covid-19 Statement March 11