September is Climate Action Month! Friday Sept. 25 is Climate Strike Day. The Global and Community Action Committee will be organizing our participation in this important event. Stay tuned for more information. To sign petition please click here
This is the next level in the plan: Risk Assesment (Self Assessment)
As we plan for re-opening the church, we are asking you to assess whether or not attending worship in person is a good idea for you. We support each person in making the best decision for them and their family.
Am I returning to in person worship?
Deciding on whether or not to return to in person worship is a big decision for each of us. Council Circle, the Management Team, office staff and especially and the custodians are working hard to create a safe environment. This alone cannot be enough. We each need to make a responsible choice for ourselves. Please review this document that contains key questions to help you make your decision.
Worship is available online to you every week from now on. This means that you can stay connected not matter what your circumstances.
There are markers on the floor to remind us to keep 2 meters away from each other. Is this something I can follow? Is offering a gentle reminder to friends something that I am prepared to do?
We need to refrain from hand shakes. Can I do it? Am I prepared to greet my friend from a distance?
Am I prepared to not offer hugs? Remember the person you are offering to hug may have a hard time resisting the invitation. Not offering a hug is hard for some of us but not offering is a gift. Can I resist a hug?
Kamloops United has put a safe socially distanced Hug Station in place. Can I use whimsy to have a conversation about hugs? (A Hug Station how-to video will be in next week’s eNews).
After worship in September you are invited to go to 245 St. Paul St which is the old Stuart Wood school grounds. Bring a chair and your own drinks and snacks. We will be socially distanced and can have a visit outdoors. You are also welcome to attend the Zoom Coffee Hour (more information on the eNews)
Ministry of Health Risk Assessment Too
The Ministry of Health in partnership with Thrive Health created this self-assessment tool to provide up-to-date guidance and recommendations for testing and follow-up for COVID-19 that follows BCCDC guidance. It is not a diagnostic tool and does not replace the advice of your healthcare provider.
Note that this self-assessment tool is intended for COVID-19 only. Your symptoms may not be related to COVID-19 and could require you to seek medical attention. If you are uncertain and/or feel very sick, contact your family doctor/nurse practitioner or call 8-1-1.
Are you experiencing any of the following:
❏ Severe difficulty breathing (e.g. struggling to breathe or speaking in single words)
❏ Severe chest pain
❏ Having a very hard time waking up
❏ Feeling confused
❏ Losing consciousness
- Mild to moderate shortness of breath
- Inability to lie down because of difficulty breathing
- Chronic health conditions that you are having difficulty managing because of difficulty breathing
- Are you experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones?
- Symptoms include: Fever*, chills, cough or worsening of chronic cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches.
- While less common, symptoms can also include: stuffy nose, conjunctivitis (pink eye), dizziness, confusion, abdominal pain, skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.Fever: Average normal body temperature taken orally is about 37°C. For more on normal body temperature and fevers, see HealthLinkBC’s information for children age 11 and younger and for people age 12 and older .Have you travelled to any countries outside Canada (including the United States) within the last 14 days?
- Did you provide care or have close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19? Note: This means you would have been contacted by your health authority’s public health team.
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We are sending out a survey about ministries and programs at Kamloops United Church. Please complete this by using the link below. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for being willing to respond to a few questions about our areas of ministry, new spiritual programs and also hearing assistance equipment. Your input is most helpful! If you prefer to complete a hard copy of this survey, it will be included in the regular September mail-out.
Here is the link to complete the survey:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G669YNZ
I am reaching out to you because you are a ministry group chair or someone I think might put a submission into the eNews at some point.
As you can imagine putting the eNews together can be a challenge, especially now that it is the faster pace that always comes with September. Please know that we hold the option to edit submissions. The electronic format makes longer submissions more readable but we are also working so that the whole eNews is digestible.
Florence Ballard Administrative Manager, Kamloops United Church
On Wed. Sept. 30th, people all across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. Along with the National Church, KUC’s Reconciliation Exploration Circle group is encouraging everyone to participate by wearing orange shirts. In addition we will be taking the opportunity during the Live Streaming Worship Service on Sun. Sept. 27th to recognize this important, damaging, part of Canadian History. Please join us for this upcoming service.
Virtual Orange Shirt Day Event
On September 30th, Orange Shirt Day, there will be a virtual event hosted on by the National Centre for Truth and Reconcilliation open to all Canadian schools. The event is designed for students in Grades 5 through 12, and provides an opportunity to learn first hand from Residential School Survivors, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, artists and leaders from nations and cultures across the country. Educators can select the events they wish to livestream for their students and download free educational resources.
Registration is required. Please follow this link for more information: https:// www.eventbrite.ca/e/every-child-matters-chaque-enfant-compte-tickets-107741056400
Online, Together is the temporary e-newsletter that connects United Church people to the online offerings from PMRC Communities of Faith & Ministries during COVID-19 physical distancing measures.
Sunday: 10:00 am Join us for the livestream of Sunday’s service from the Sanctuary. You can find the livestream at Kamloops United Church – YouTube.
12:00 pm Join us in the Stuart Woods school yard for lunch….bring your own food and chair (St. Paul and Third).
9:00 am Leadershift Event “Reboot Your Worship” for those registered
11:00 am Coffee Party, here is the link: Zoom Only Meeting
1:00 pm – Projection and Sound Equipment Training (at the church only). This is for those already involved and willing to return. If this interests you please reach out to Florence at email@example.com we would love to have you on the team!
11:00 am Faith Study (see study material below) here is the link: Zoom Only Meeting
1:00 pm Worship Service COVID-19 Training (at the church only). If you are interested in supporting worship through being a host, a leader or doing a reading you are welcome to attend this training.
1:00pm – Thrift Shop Volunteer Training (at the church only) For those who will be once again volunteering in the Thrift Shop. If this interests you please reach out to Florence at firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to have you on the team!
Two options for day and time (choose one)
Option 1: Wednesday September 30, 2020 2:00-3:30 pm
Option 2: Monday October 5, 2020 7:00-8:30 pm
To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/navigating-change-in-uncertain-times- registration-121456540783https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/navigating-change-in-uncertain- times-registration-121456540783