Join us for worship Sunday at 10:00 AM on YouTube or by registering for in-person services.

You are a part of our community whether you attend online or in-person.

Live Stream

Join us Sunday at 10:00 AM for our live-streamed worship service. If you miss the live stream you can watch it anytime.

Click here to join us on YouTube.

In-Person Sunday Worship

Glen Cairn United offers limited in-person Sunday worship services. Register using the link on our Home page.

Our service experience is different than before COVID-19. We have put in place measures so that, together, we can protect each other. The number of worshippers in the sanctuary is restricted by physical distancing. Depending on how many people attend together in each family bubble, a service can accommodate from 30 to 60 people.

Attendees must pre-register, must arrive in time before the service for the available seating options, must be checked off upon entry for possible contact tracing, and must wear masks. The Church will have enhanced cleaning between services. Sanitizer and masks will be available (but we hope you will bring your own mask).

There is no congregational singing, no children’s activities, no after-church fellowship, no visiting in the foyer, no food or coffee, and no Bibles, hymn books nor bulletins. Your children are welcome to attend with you. They must remain in your care for the entire service.

Should I come in person?

In order to make the Church worship services as safe as possible for everyone, please take a self-assessment of your own risk in attending public gatherings, using the Ontario Public Health online tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.

The online service stays the same. Please continue to attend online if you are at risk or if you feel more comfortable staying home. We completely understand if you don't feel you can attend in person. You are part of our community whether you attend online or in person.

Please stay home if you are feeling ill. By staying home you protect others.

Preparing to return

Registration is required each week. Registration is open Sunday afternoon until Friday at noon for the next week's service. Click on the link above to register. You may also call the church office at 613-836-4756 to register. If you leave a message, a staff member will call to confirm your reservation.

Masks are required in all indoor public spaces in Ottawa. Wearing a mask is a way of caring for others and ourselves. Please bring your own mask if you can. If you cannot wear a mask, we recommend you not attend.

Service Time

The service starts at 10:00 AM. Please arrive at 9:40 so you can be seated.

Entering the Building

Put on your mask when you arrive on the property or before leaving your vehicle. You must wear a mask to enter the building. A mask will be provided for you if you forget your own.

Please enter from the parking lot side of the building. On arriving you will be greeted outside under the portico. The greeter will check if you are registered and ask you several health questions.

Use the hand sanitizer station at the door to clean your hands.

An usher will show you to a seat. Chairs have been removed from the sanctuary to maintain physical distance. Please remain in the seats provided to you by the usher, and refrain from moving the chairs.

Persons with special needs may park in the handicapped parking spaces on the Abbeyhill Drive side of the building, and enter by the Abbeyhill Drive doors. These doors will be locked. Please ring the bell for assistance.

Please do not enter by the doors at the main hall end of the building. The main hall, kitchen, and classrooms are closed during services.

Outreach Donations

You may drop off donations for the monthly outreach appeal before the service. Please place your items in the donation the bin, which is located by the door.

Gathering the Offering

The offering will not be gathered during the service. An offering plate is available at the entrance. Please place your offering envelopes into the plate as you enter.

During the Service

There is no congregational singing. Soloists are safely separated from the congregation in the fishbowl at the back of the sanctuary.

Please keep your mask on during the service. Worship leaders will not wear masks while at the front of the church. This is the only exception.

We wish to limit movement in the sanctuary. We encourage you to remain seated until the end of the service. Should you need to leave during the service, please maintain a distance of 2m (6 ft) from others as much as possible.

We're all still learning how to live safely, and understand completely if your experience is different. If you do feel the need to leave, please contact us afterwards and let us know how we can do better.


One washroom is available. Use of the washroom is limited to one person at a time. An usher will guide you and indicate when it is safe to enter the washroom. Wash your hands thoroughly before leaving the washroom.

Leaving the Service

At the end of the service those seated at the back exit first so we can maintain physical distance. Please remain in your seat until the usher guides you. Maintain a distance of 2m from others as you leave. Please proceed directly to the exits. Keep your masks on until you reach your vehicle or leave the property. Sanitize your hands before removing your mask.

There is no fellowship time at the church after the service. The after church Zoom meeting will continue. Hurry home or you will miss it.

Reopening Plan

On September 4, 2020, the Eastern Ontario and Outaouais Region (EOOR) approved Glen Cairn United's plan to reopen. Download the plan to learn more.

Behind the Scenes During COVID SHutdown

Here's a looks at how we conduct live-streamed services during the covid-19 shutdown from our broadcast studio at Glen Cairn United.

The streaming set up is pretty basic. We have a laptop sitting on a kitchen trolley. There are two cameras. You can see one on the trolley next to the laptop. Both cameras are webcams like you would have on your computer at home. The sound feed comes from our sound board. It all comes in on the cable on the left of the laptop.

The laptop on the right is for monitoring the service on YouTube. It's sitting on a music stand.

Scott, Kati, and Lisa are over by the windows. In this shot they are physically distanced from each other, but rest assured all three are in the same social bubble.

Scott is playing the keyboard. On top of it is a small sound board to mix the sound for the monitors (speakers) you can see on the floor in the background.

The second camera is propped on top of the silver microphone stand at the front left.

There's a laptop on top of the piano so Scott can see the YouTube feed. Everyone has a device. We all watch the service and read the chat stream before the service.

There are cables everywhere. Cables from the microphones, piano, and organ back to the sound room. Cables to the laptop to bring in the sound and connect it to the internet. Cables from the cameras to the laptop. Power cords for everything.

The studio lighting is a clip on light taped to a microphone stand.

There's been no attempt at neatness.

It's a pretty lonely view from the pulpit. Sharp-eyed viewers will spot Susan at the back. She lead worship in July and was in to see how everything works.

In the first few weeks of the pandemic, when group sizes were limited to five or fewer, it was lonelier than this. For a while there were only Rev. Elaine, Matt, and Wayne in the building. Physical distancing was easier then.

Behind the scenes we are all wearing masks, and keeping physical distance as much as possible.

Over the summer of 2020 we brought more volunteers one at a time to expand the number of technical people.

We are currently using XSplit Broadcaster software to manage the audio and video feeds and change scenes. Recorded audio and video are played directly from the laptop. Live audio is routed through the sound board into the laptop through a Behringer analog to USB converter. XSplit streams it all directly to our YouTube channel.

Recently this little fellow has joined the congregation.

Photos copyright 2020 by Wayne Johnston and Lisa Petch. Used with permission.