COVID-19 Update

Changes to our schedule

There will be no services at the church until we hear that large gatherings are again allowed.   We are streaming the Sunday morning services over the internet.  These can be accessed on the church web site www.parkdaleunitedchurch.ca.

We are sending out a worship bulletin by email that you may use at home on Sunday mornings.

  • There will be no groups or meetings at the church for the foreseeable future.
  • Children, youth, young adults and IGNITE gatherings, activities and events have been cancelled until further notice.
  • The meeting to receive the recommendation from the Search Committee for the new Minister for Youth and Young Families will be rescheduled for when church services resume

The church office remains open, and we welcome any calls for assistance (613-728-8656).

Communication

Buddy system: In these disconnected times, we have set up a buddy system for Parkdale people to remain connected to each other by phone.   If you would like to be connected to a buddy, and/or to be a buddy to one or more people, please let the office know at 613-728-8656, or by email at pdale@trytel.com.  We encourage everyone to have regular phone contact with church friends.

Email list: An email list is being used for regular updates.  If you would like your email address to be added to the list, please send an email to pdale@trytel.com

Youth, children and families: Parkdale’s youth, teachers and leaders will be offering live and recorded children’s stories, prayers and songs.  Our family and children’s gathering will be Sunday mornings at 10am.  If you would like to join us and did not receive an invitation to last Sunday’s Children’s service, please provide us with the best email address to send our invitation

Youth and young adults:   We met and will continue to meet Sunday nights at 9pm.    If you would like to join us and did not receive an invitation, please provide us with the best email address for upcoming gatherings.  

Junior Youth: (grades 6-8) – will gather online Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8pm.  Please contact Camille if you are interested and/or have not been receiving the children/youth emails.

IGNITE (ages 25-35ish) Please let Camille (ce@parkdaleunitedchurch.ca) know if you would like to join this group. We have a book club starting soon and are planning online gatherings. 

Offering

As we continue with our ministries, and indeed as requests for help are increasing, we depend on donations from our congregation.   We hope that you will continue to provide your offerings, even though we are not in church. We can suggest three ways of doing that:

  1. A donation through Canada Helps, indicating that the donation is to go to Parkdale United Church – Ottawa

-Go to our website: Parkdaleunitedchurch.ca.  

-on the home page is a button/link that says “Donate Now through CanadaHelps.org

-click on this button and it will take you directly to the form to donate to our church

  1. Sending a cheque in the mail (429 Parkdale Ave., Ottawa, K1Y 1H3)
  2. Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR)Givings can also be made directly through your bank account or credit card using Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR).  Givings are deducted automatically from your bank account or charged to your credit card once a month.  Using PAR ensures steady, predictable revenue to support the church   PAR forms and information can be printed from the church website (parkdaleunitedchurch.ca

We thank all of you who have donated already via any of these methods and welcome your continuing support.  Your numerous responses via CanadaHelps and PAR, and mailed in envelopes in the past week have been very encouraging.

North Street United Church

Our jars for North Street United Church in Jamaica are empty of course.   If you can gather together anything for North Street, we would be happy to count it after the pandemic is over. In the interim, if you want to send a donation electronically using CanadaHelps, see the instructions above.  In the ‘FUND’ box, choose ‘Other’ (the last one on the dropdown list) and in the ‘MESSAGE’ box enter “North Street – Jamaica”.

Continuing in Prayer and Support:

In these times, as in all times, we are trusting God to grant us wisdom, mercy and faith. As a community of faith and followers of Jesus we are reminded of the numerous times the Bible counsels us not to ‘be afraid’. Normally, this exhortation is accompanied by God’s promise to be with us. God being with us inspires and empowers us to be ‘with’ each other. We do this by praying for one another and reaching out by phone, facetime, Facebook, email, WhatsApp…you name it.  Let’s just stay connected. We send love and wish everyone comfort and good health, and look forward to hearing from you. May God bless us all.

COVID-19: MessageS from Ottawa Public Health: How can you protect yourself and your family?

To reduce the spread of germs including the flu and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we recommend that you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
  • If you are a return traveler (including travel to the United States of America) OR have MILD symptoms – you MUST self-isolate. Most people with MILD symptoms will recover at home with no issues. You are helping limit the spread of the virus by staying at home.
  • Social distancingrefers to creating physical distance between ourselves so that we can limit the spread of the virus. Social distancing by all is IMPERATIVE to limit transmission in the community, to protect vulnerable populations and outbreaks in institutions. We must ‘flatten the curve’ so we don’t see spikes in cases. By this, I mean that we want to slow down transmission of the virus and lessen the number of cases in the community that happen at the same time, so that our health system continues to work properly. Having a sharp increase of cases in a small timeframe will overload our healthcare resources and have more severe impacts on our community. Social distancing is important for everyone at this time, but especially important for our older adult community (55+). Do NOT gather in groups.  Practice social distancing.
  • Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. Check in with others by phone or other technology. Check in with yourself. It’s ok not to be ok. Please know that help is available, and we encourage you to reach out to Distress Centre of Ottawa to connect with someone at 613-238-3311 if needed.

Case Management and Privacy

  • We have received many questions from people who feel they are at risk, including many people expressing concern about being in the same location as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who may have symptoms of COVID-19.

I would like to clarify a few points:

  • Given the transmission of COVID-19, we are all at risk. Social distancing, proper hand hygiene, not touching your face and self-isolation (when directed) are the best ways to reduce your personal risk at this time.
  • A close contact of a case of COVID-19, is someone who has lived with, provided care for, or spent longer periods of time with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Case and contact management is a role of public health to help identify who may have been in close contact with a confirmed case. Ottawa Public Health will contact you directly if you have been identified as a close contact.
  • OPH works closely with each confirmed case of COVID-19 to create a list of close contacts that require follow-up. If you have been contacted by Ottawa Public Health, follow the advice provided to you by the nurse.

Fraud concerns

  • I have been made aware that certain residents have received a phone call asking for credit card information from Ottawa Public Health (OPH). OPH (or any health unit) will not ask you for credit card information. Do not give your credit card information out if you receive a call or message similar to this. Fraudulent activity during a situation like this is deplorable. I encourage you to report it to Ottawa Police Services.  

Gratitude

  • Thank you to all residents of the City of Ottawa for your ongoing patience and cooperation. We are all in this together, and we need everyone to do their part- whether providing an essential service or staying inside – to be able to slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our community and protect our health system and loved ones who depend on it.

Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health