Windsor Park United Church

WPUC COVID-19 Update

Update:  November 29, 2020

In support of Manitoba Public Health Orders, Windsor Park United Church will remain closed to public services and events until further notice.  Please join us on-line for worship services posted weekly.   The building remains closed – mask and sign-in protocols continue to be in effect for those who need to enter the building.  Please stay safe and healthy!

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Update:  October 30, 2020

As it stands now, and with the current situation in the city, we do not anticipate opening this year. We do recognize that if things improve drastically over the next couple of weeks, that the reopening committee will meet and discuss a plan moving forward.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.  Please stay safe and healthy.

Gloria Saindon
Chair of the Official Board

*Mask and sign-in protocols remain in effect for those entering the building.

Update:  September 28, 2020

The Reopening Committee has been carefully monitoring the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases within the Province of Manitoba and has decided that in-person worship will be postponed until further notice.   We will continue with the current format of delivering the on-line Worship Service to you each Sunday morning.  We will keep you informed as soon as we know when we will resume the in-person (limited capacity) services.  In the meantime, please remember to check on your fellow Windsor Park United Church community members, with a phone call or quick email.

*Mask and sign-in protocols remain in effect for those entering the building.

Update:  September 1, 2020

The Reopening Committee, in consultation with the Worship Council, is looking at a return to worship, in person (limited attendance) for October 4 and October 18, 2020.  All services will continue to be online as well.  More details will follow.  If you have ideas, comments or concerns please email minister@windsorparkunitedchurch.com or gloriadrs@shaw.ca

Please keep in mind, that should the Provincial Health Minister declare another total shut down, these in person services will not occur.

Update: August 17, 2020

Windsor Park United Church has formed a Protocols/Reopening Committee in order to address the many protocols surrounding how and when WPUC will open.  At this time, we are anticipating to open for worship mid-September, once all the supplies we need are in the building (masks, sanitize stations, posters and signage etc.). We can let you know that a few protocols will be in place effective immediately.

  • Masks are to be worn at all times while in the building;

  • There is a sign in sheet at the front entrance to monitor when people are in the building and where they have been. This helps Gina know where people have been for proper cleaning protocols.

  • We do know that when we reopen for worship, you will need to call in to reserve your seat(s). All seating for worship will be assigned in the pews and there will be no preferred or chosen seating, so that we might be able to ensure that we fall within the appropriate numbers allowed and continue to maintain physical distancing.  On-line services will still be available.

  • No events will be held in the basement at this time until we can get the worship service and sanctuary in order.

Once we know the exact date for our first in person service we will let everyone know. In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please contact gloriadrs@shaw.ca.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time.

Update: August 5, 2020

I hope this finds everyone well and that you are all keeping safe while still be able to get out and enjoy what our beautiful province has to offer.

The executive met via ZOOM last Thursday evening (July 30) and covered a lot of items mainly about the return to a safe worship and meeting space. It was decided that a committee will need to be formed to gather the information and set the specific protocols into place as per the Provincial mandate and those the United Church of Canada. As of  now, the church remains closed to our renters until these protocols are set up.

We want to ensure that our community is kept safe and that we follow all the guidelines and protocols set out by the province and the United Church of Canada. We will keep you updated of all new information as it becomes available.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these times.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Gloria at gloriadrs@shaw.ca.

Thank you.

*If for any reason you enter the church building you will find a log book and hand sanitizer. We are asking that you sign the log book, record what areas of the building you are in and please use the hand sanitizer. This is to aid in keeping the building clean, sanitized, and safe.

 

Update: June 21, 2020

The Executive Board met last week via ZOOM and we would like to provide you with an update as to what our return to the church may look like. At this time, we are finishing up with painting, cleaning and purging of cupboard items in the basement, so that we can make more storage space for ourselves and those that use our space as well. The church is still closed for any activities and we can continue to have worship services via You Tube. This will continue through the summer until September 6.

We are working hard to develop protocols for cleaning and a safe return to the building for our renters and worship services. We are looking at the protocols and directives from the provincial health minister and the United Church of Canada-Prairie to Pine Region. Once we have these ready we will share it with everyone involved. Right now, we are aiming to reopen in early September, providing everything stays as it is, but please note that this could change depending on the what happens in the province.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

In the meantime, thank you for patience and understanding during this renovation and then pandemic that we did not anticipate.

Update: May 31, 2020

The Executive Board has met and is beginning to discuss a strategy to reopen including what that may look like and a tentative date. We are looking at September 1 for a reopen date, but that all depends on the Provincial Health minister and the Executive Board. There will also be many protocols and safety measures in place that everyone will need to follow. We have begun to plan this out and will keep everyone informed as we move forward.

Update: May 26, 2020

The church building continues to be closed for access to all members of the church, unless you have business with the church itself to do there. Although, you may see staff vehicles there from time to time, they are not there to answer the door or to take items you are dropping off (West Broadway, offering etc.). You can drop off envelopes in the mailbox for offering or send by regular mail. If you need to reach out and speak to Patrick or Sue directly, the office phone (204-256-8792) is being monitored daily and both Sue and Patrick continue to work from home as much as possible.  

Watch for updates regarding a return to worship as they become available from the United Church Office, provincial government directives and the executive board at Windsor Park United.

Update: April 24, 2020

Based on current recommendations, the executive has made the decision that Windsor Park United Church will remain closed until Sunday, May 31, 2020 at the earliest.

Please note that the phone at the church is monitored daily and that, should you need to talk, or require assistance, you can call the church (204-256-8792).  If  no one is available, please leave a message and your call will be returned.

**It is also very important that we continue to support the church financially at this time. Even though we are not in the building the bills don’t stop.  If you would like to enroll in or learn more about the Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program, please contact Sue at the office. We also have a donation tab on our website that will allow for one time and ongoing donations to be made to Windsor Park United Church through Canada Helps. When you donate through Canada Helps you can use a credit card to make your offering and you receive an income tax receipt directly and immediately from Canada Helps for your income tax, no waiting until 2021 for the receipt. We also invite you to continue to mail in your offering if that is your usual way of giving.

Wishing you peace, blessings and good health at this time.

Update: March 26, 2020

The executive and staff at Windsor Park United Church have been constantly monitoring the situation over the past couple of weeks and have been using this information to make decisions that we feel are in the best interest of everyone.

We are currently planning on coming back to the Church, for services, no earlier than Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Please note that the phone at the church is monitored daily and that, should you need to talk, or require assistance, you can call the church (204-256-8792).  If  no one is available, please leave a message and your call will be returned.

You are always in our prayers – please check in to let us know how you are doing!

**It is also very important that we continue to support the church financially at this time. Even though we are not in the building the bills don’t stop. We still have commitments that we must meet and it is only through your generosity that we are able to continue forward during this time. We are set up for electronic giving through the Pre Authorized Remittance (PAR) program of the United Church and so if you would like to enroll in that please contact Sue at the office. We also have a donation tab on our website that will allow for one time and ongoing donations to be made to Windsor Park United Church through Canada Helps. When you donate through Canada Helps you can use a credit card to make your offering and you receive an income tax receipt directly and immediately from Canada Helps for your income tax, no waiting until 2021 for the receipt. We also invite you to continue to mail in your offering if that is your usual way of giving.

Wishing you peace and blessings at this time.

Posted in General News on March 17, 2020.