Hello dear friends,
It is my hope and prayer that you continue to be well and are findings ways to rest and renew as we navigate our way through these rapidly changing times of COVID-19.
As you are all aware, the government has strongly urged us to suspend large gatherings and to practice social distancing in order to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic. In response to this, a decision was made at Council Circle this evening (using a Zoom call to meet) that Kamloops United Church Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery will be closed for services and for most community programming for the foreseeable future. Two exceptions were made to this decision: 1. PIT Stop would remain open with conditions of using take-out for our guests, education about COVID-19, and restricting the number and distance of volunteers; 2. The Preschool would continue to provide daycare services using restricted facilities, increased cleaning processes and would close on the recommendation of government; and 3. All other programs would be cancelled, including AA and NA. Council Circle will work closely with the KUC Management team to review all of these decisions as the situation changes.
Although we are closed for services, the work of KUC continues, and therefore the need for finances. For those of you who currently use Pre Authorized Remittance (PAR), thank you. For those of you who are not using it, this is the time to consider this way of helping your money be there for others, even when you cannot be. In addition, there is also a Donate button on our website. You can call the office at 250-372-3020 for further information.
Also, as Michael offered in an email earlier today, there will be a time of prayer and reflection each morning. He will be doing a meditation on YouTube that will be available at 10:00 am each morning for approximately 15 minutes of nurturing community; particularly for the world and our vulnerable people in these unprecedented times.
Please remember that God is with us, we are not alone. I have always loved A New Creed, which I find is a beautiful reminder and comfort in these changing times.
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.