Online News May 29, 2020
Update from Rev. Ian
May 29, 2020
We still remain closed as instructed by the Minister of Health. It is very difficult to say when we will be able to worship as we did prior to the pandemic. However it will not be in the near future. Small groups MAY be able to meet within certain guidelines and restrictions once we reach level two. Some of those guidelines will have to include physical distancing, thorough cleaning, recording names of those present just to name a few. The Board has put a small committee together to make recommendations as to when and how we can open the church doors. Again please understand we are still a long way from achieving “a new normal.”
Thank you to all who have kept up their contributions during this time. Your donations have been a blessing to your church. Special thanks to those who have watched our services from as far away as Australia and to those around the corner who are first time givers and are using the donation button on the website. Please know we are also doing all that’s necessary to apply for government programs to help us. In the next couple of weeks we will be mailing out statements and a new way of having our annual can project - stay tuned.
The region continues to offer tremendous support to all pastoral charges and personnel. There are biweekly gathering for both clergy and governing bodies. There are several recorded webinars on the churches www.united-in-learning.com web page covering a range of topics. Most of these are free. Several are out the church’s response to the pandemic.
Rev. Ian March-MacCuish
First United Church
While the way pastoral visitation has changed, Rev. Ian continues to reach out through phone calls. You, too, can help. Please continue to be a neighbour. We have a number of individuals who live alone, individuals and couples who may feel isolated and reaching out with a phone call can make a huge difference.
It is with gratitude and thanksgiving we acknowledge the following Gifts and dedicate them to the Glory of God:
- In honour of Rev. Ian’s birthday and in appreciation of the inclusive accessible Ministry at First United. From fans in the Ottawa-Gatineau (Hull) area.
- In celebration of three Birthdays: Phyllis March – May 20th, Rev. Ian March-MacCuish – May 22nd and Jody March-MacCuish – May 23rd. Love and many more. From the Burts ☺”
Your Support is Needed
We're a very active congregation from worship to outreach. Even during this pandemic our ministry continues, albeit in a different form. From Online Worship, to supporting our local food bank, to individuals preparing and delivering meals to those in need, to telephone visits, we haven't stopped. Also we have been making use of grocery store gift cards for those in need. To do all this, we need your support.
First United Church has definitely seen it’s changes throughout the past few months but our youth group (SNAC) still continues to proudly represent our church with weekly zoom meetings on Sunday nights with fun games and charity donations for the winner!
SNAC Attending Youth Forum 2020
This weekend we all look forward to virtually attending Youth Forum with the theme Salt and Light. We hope to gain knowledge from the experience to carry with us on all our adventures as a church youth group.
Biweekly Meetings During the Summer
We have decided to complete biweekly meetings on Sunday nights during the summer (7:00-9:00 pm) to cheek in and continue with the fun!
Want to Join our Youth Group?
Any youth (grade 7-12) interested in joining SNAC can contact any of our leaders directly or send us an email using the following form.
(SNAC ... Sunday Night at Church)
Info provided by: Emily March-MacCuish
Email Form - Join Youth Group
Any youth (Grades 7 to 12, inclusive)
Notice to UCW Members
We are scheduling a virtual executive meeting for Monday, June 8th. If you have any questions that we can help you with, please let me know before that date.
Get the latest information and updates from Regional Council
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If Support is Needed
First United Church Mount Pearl: If you are experiencing difficulties getting groceries or medications please call the church at 368-2194 and leave a message. If you are feeling lonely or having a stressful time, need to talk or just to say hi, please call the minister at (709) 727-7803 or email email@example.com. You can also contact us using the email contact form on this page (emails are monitored daily).
We realize these are very difficult times. The following is a list of some of the organizations in the St. John's / Metro area that are available to help.
- Bridges to Hope Food Aid Centre: Due to the current pandemic, Bridges to Hope is distributing food hampers by appointment only. To register for a food hamper, please call (709) 726-9246 between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday.
- St. Vincent De Paul Society, Mary Queen of the World Conference (Food Pantry) : call (709) 364-7140
- Stella's Circle, Brian Martin Housing Resource Centre: call (709) 738-0457 - assisting participants with emergency shelter, food, COVID19nfld news & counselling thanks to their "Welcome Window"
- The Gathering Place: call (709)-753-3234
- Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre: (709) 726-8775 - The Husky Breakfast Program has resumed as of April 13th 2020 plus a Friday Brunch is now being offered as of May 8th 2020. These services are takeaway meals offered every Monday from 8:30 am – 10:00 am and the Friday Brunch from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.and will be available at the main entrance to George St United Church on George Street
- Naomi Centre: call (709) 579-8641 - an emergency shelter that offers safe and supportive temporary housing for women aged 16-30 within a harm reduction model.
- Irish Kirby House: call (709) 753-1492 - emergency housing, advocacy and support services are available at the shelter free of charge to all residents and ex-residents
- Bridge the gApp - an online mental health resource available in Newfoundland and Labrador connecting you to local services, information and tools to support wellness.
- HOPE Program – Healthy Opportunities for People with Eating Disorders: call (709) 777.2041 - for people (fifteen years and older) who have been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or other specified feeding and eating disorder. The program helps provide a journey to wellness in a trusting, supportive environment.
- Mental Health Crisis Line (for Newfoundland and Labrador) 1-888-737-4668
How to Contact Us
If you are going through a pastoral emergency, we ask that you call or email the church office. The voice mail is checked daily as are the emails.
You can also contact us through this website (see Email form on this page) (please note: website emails are monitored periodically throughout each day)
Website email (use form on this page)
Do you wish to make a donation in memory or in recognition of someone? If so, you can place it in the mail slot at the church or the online donation button making sure to indicate it is a “memorial.” The memorials will be listed on the website under the “life and work” tab/menu item. If you do not want it placed on the website, please indicate.
Use this form to send us an email
During the months of September through to May, First United publishes an online weekly newsletter on this website. For June, July and August we revert to monthly issues. It shows under News and Things in the main menu with the latest edition also feeding to several pages throughout the site. Since the covid-19 pandemic started we have also been issuing updates from Rev. Ian, scripture and prayers, links to our Online Worship and other relevant information and news. These updates have been (and will continue) on an ad hoc and as needed basis in between the News editions. Please note that at the very bottom of each publication, there is a place to leave comments and/or Follow us. If you select Follow, the newsletters automatically feed to your email address each time a new publication is issued.
First United also issues Constant Contact emails and provides information on our Facebook Page. If you haven't signed up either of those, we encourage you to do so as it is another convenient and timely way of keeping abreast of what is going on.