First News October 10, 2020

First News October 10, 2020

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First News October 11, 2020 provides an update on the October 4th service, photos, memorials for this week, and more.

Worship with UsSunday Worship Service

October 11, 2020

Starting at 11 am in the Sanctuary

available online later in the evening

NoticeFirst United Church
Worship in the Sanctuary

It is wonderful that we are able to, once again, gather for worship in our Sanctuary. 
Due to the Covid virus there is limited seating available

Reserve Your Seat



Capacity restricted to 58 maximum in total based on our space available

All Congregants MUST Register

To register please call the church office between 10am and 1pm
Tuesday, Thursday or Friday each week

Please do NOT leave a voicemail to reserve your place

Click HERE for a detailed list of current COVID-19 protocols

thank you

From the Hodder Family

On behalf of Marilyn and Clint, Matthew and Laura and Rebecca, I just want to thank our church family for their love and support during Harvey’s illness and passing.

Special thanks to Rev. Ian, and to Peter and Ronalda for a very moving funeral service.

It’s comforting to know that friends like you are always there when needed.

God Bless You All.

Giving - celebrations and memorials It is with gratitude and thanksgiving we acknowledge the following Gifts and dedicate them to the Glory of God:


  • In memory of David John Boland from Bernice Abbott and Gail Myles
  • In loving memory of Harvey Hodder from the family
  • Donations in memory of Harvey Hodder received from the following:Douglas & Elsie Wells

Bernice Skinner
Reg & Phyllis White
Marilyn & Don Carter
Helen Penney
Linda Drake
Public Health Lab Leadership Team

Update on Our First Worship Service in the Sanctuary Since the Lockdown

We were all a little anxious about coming back. We were also excited and nervous.  COVID-19 has played havoc with our psyche that's for sure. But all of us recognize the need for caution and just how crucial it is to follow the protocols that will protect us.  The number of people attending the first service was low but that's a good thing. It gave all of us a chance to figure out what to do and how to do it best.  Here are some photos:

Later on Sunday evening the Worship Service which had been recorded was available for viewing online on our YouTube Channel.  154 people attended. 

As yet, we do not have the capabilities of doing a 'live stream' of the services but are hopeful we will be in a position to do so later this Fall.  Until then, the Sunday morning worship will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube Channel as quickly as possible following the service.

“UCW Sale of a Different Kind”

The season of brightly coloured leaves is here
The time when the ladies gather to discuss the fall fair
But this year is different as we all know
A gathering at church would be a “no show”
So, we had to think, “What can we do?”
And here is where we’ll need help from you

Tea and baked goods can’t go through the mail
The solution is a “Bakeless Bake Sale”
So, there’s no need to go to the kitchen and bake
A big batch of cookies or a Christmas fruit cake
Just place in the envelope the amount you see fit
And know we’re so thankful and appreciate it

We realize what’s so special about our afternoon tea
Is me sitting with you and you sitting with me
But the time will come when we’ll go through the church door
And we’ll gather inside and sit together once more.
But until that day just know that we care
Because we’re all united, held together in prayer.

First United UCW

Click HERE or on the graphic to Donate ONLINE 


Write your name, Envelop Number and amount on a slip of paper along with your donation and drop it in the church mail slot (to the right side of the main door). Or get in touch with a UCW member for pick-up.

The date of our “Bakeless Bake Sale” is October 24

Thank you for your support.

CAN you believe it!  Summer is over.

Were you able to save any extra coins for the CAN Project?  There's still time!

"Together We Can Make a Difference."

Together We CAN is an annual partnership project for SNAC and the Board of Management.  Normally we use recycled pop cans to serve as piggy banks but because of covid19 we ask you select any container at your fingertips.  Over the summer and as you are able, please save your loose change or slip a bill or two into your container and bring it to the church in the Fall.  Be sure your envelope number is somewhere on the container. The funds raised are used (70:30) toward the activities of our youth group and for general operations of our church.

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Bag to School

The Bag to School project for 2020 by Bridges to Hope is now underway

Normally, most of our school supplies are donated, but this year due to the pandemic and Health and Safety protocols, we decided it would be safer to purchase all our supplies.

While this is quite the financial endeavour, we are confident that with the help of our Corporate Sponsors and your generosity – we can achieve this goal.

Students will be given a top-quality school bag packed with all the top brand products and headphones to ensure they start the year off right – with the dignity of not being seen as a ‘poor’ student by their classmates.

Please offer your support and help us spread some relief and joy in our community — both to the students and their parents.

To donate click here or click the logo below

Bridges to Hope

Re-Entry Plan RevisedFirst United Church
COVID-19 Plan

Relaunching Guidelines: In Person Ministry

Executive Summary

REVISED September 8, 2020
First United Church Emergency Response Committee

Click HERE for downloadable document

Looking Forward in Faith

In Newfoundland and Labrador, our churches are permitted to resume operations with MANY restrictions at Alert Level 2, including “no more than 100 people, or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less”.

Faith-based services pose a risk of COVID-19 transmission through:

  • Gatherings
  • Sharing of ceremonial objects
  • communion
  • singing.

Individuals over 60 and those with chronic conditions are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Our community of faith is required to make a plan that fits with our needs, taking into consideration the activities undertaken and the demographic of our church community.

First United Church will be moving to re-entry to the Sanctuary for the congregation very slowly. The restrictions that are currently in place require a number of actions for us to take that will detract enormously from the church experience. For example:

  • Capacity restricted to 58 maximum in total based on our space available – who do we say no to?
  • All congregants will have to register by calling the church between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday each week to reserve their place. Do not leave a voicemail to reserve your place.
  • Congregants wishing to use the assisted listening devices must bring their own headsets
  • Coat racks will not be available for use
  • Maintain physical distancing in the vestibule and in the sanctuary (pews will be closed off ensuring physical separation between all family units).
  • No gatherings before church; congregants will be seated by an usher upon arrival and registration
  • No gatherings following service. Congregants will be directed out of the building immediately on the conclusion of the service, by row, by an usher.
  • Ushers will seat congregants starting at the front of the sanctuary and dismiss congregants starting at the rear of the sanctuary
  • Singing will not be permitted
  • No choir
  • No passing of the peace or shaking hands
  • Congregants will be required to wear masks.
  • Bulletins will not be used
  • No hymn books or bibles in the pews
  • No Sunday School
  • Members of the Congregation in vulnerable categories (> 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions) are advised not to attend.
  • Continuously advise any congregants who are symptomatic or have been advised by public health 8-1-1 to report their symptoms, to self-isolate and stay at home (Fever above 38C, a new cough, or worsening cough, headache, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste, loss of smell, and in children, purple markings on the fingers and toes)
  • Church sanctuary, vestibule and washrooms will be completely cleaned after each service
  • Persons who have arrived in the province less than 14 days prior must be self isolating and are not permitted to attend
  • Only church members will be permitted to attend. No visitors will be admitted

The current on-line service is well attended and appreciated and will continue.


  • Funerals will be held at the church under exceptional circumstances only.
  • Weddings will be held at the church with strict adherence to public health directives.
  • Infant baptisms will be held at the church with strict adherence to public health directives.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting will need to be completed after every gathering.

Visitation and Pastoral Care:

  • Visitation and Pastoral care will be through phone or other virtual methods.
  • Hospital visits can be arranged with the hospital Chaplin.

Members of the congregation are encouraged to use the secure mail slot to the right of the main entrance to drop off their givings and/or prayer requests or to use online methods for donations or other contacts. Email, phone messages and the mail slot are checked regularly.

September 8, 2020

First United Church Emergency Response Committee

Click HERE for downloadable document

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