Christmas Cookie Walk
The 2021 Pandemic version of the Christmas Cookie Walk is happening on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 9:00 am until noon. The boxes of cookies will be picked up curb side near the main doors off the parking lot at 140 Abbeyhill Drive. You must order online. There will be no cookie sales on the day.
Place your online orders by November 28, 2021.
For more information contact the church office at 613-836-4756.
Glen Cairn United has resumed in-person services. Click here to register. Registration is open from Sunday to Friday for the next week's service.
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 group, a service can accommodate from 30 to 60 people.
Attendees must be fully vaccinated, preregister for the service, 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 are no children’s activities, no after-church fellowship, and no food or coffee. 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 continues. Please 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 at the top of this page 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. If you cannot wear a mask, we recommend you not attend.
The service starts at 10:00 AM. Please arrive at 9:45 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.
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.
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
The congregation may sing quietly while masked. 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, 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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Glen Cairn United is a welcoming church where we respect differences and build a Christian community through many different forms of fellowship. We are committed to protect the health and safety of our staff, members, adherents, and facility users. Public health authorities at the provincial and local levels have implemented a vaccination policy for businesses and organizations. This serves to complement public health measures already in place as described at Ottawa Public Health Coronavirus.
The United Church of Canada supports the use of vaccines as an effective tool against the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines do not fully prevent individuals from transmitting or becoming sick with the virus. They have however shown to be effective against serious illness and death. The adoption of the GCUC COVID-19 vaccination policy is an appropriate measure to further protect staff and individuals participating in GCUC sponsored in-person activities.
Effective October 13, 2021, staff and individuals participating in GCUC sponsored in-person activities shall be fully vaccinated as determined by the provincial and local governments.
There shall be eight (8) weeks for the implementation of this policy. Responsibility for the verification, exemption or alternate arrangements of this policy shall be:
1. For staff – Ministry and Personnel Committee;
2. For persons attending in-person worship – Worship Committee or designate; and
3. For persons attending GCUC sponsored in-person activities – Council or designate.
GCUC council will provide guidance to leaders of in-person activities on how to verify proof of vaccination.
As part of re-opening our facility, efforts have been taken to reduce instances where multiple groups are in the building at the same time. Renters will be responsible to ensure compliance with this policy as determined by Provincial and local governments.
The church office is closed. We are checking messages regularly.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious and need to speak with someone please, call the church office at 613-836-4756. If you prefer to speak to Rev. Elaine directly you may call her cellphone number 613-240-9388. Our pastoral care team are willing to be listening ears. You may leave a confidential message at 613-435-4500, and someone will call you back as soon as possible. You are not alone; we are here for you and we are here for each other. This is one of the joys of being a community.
AnnouncementsUpdated November 27
Please contact the office for the contact information of our many volunteers.
In Memoriam Poinsettias
Blue Christmas Service
Christmas Eve Services
Do you have gift cards on your Christmas shopping list this year?
Kanata Food Cupboard Adopt-a-Family Program:
Christmas Outreach: This year Glen Cairn United Church will once again be supporting Christmas Smiles for Seniors.
Pastoral Care Team
“Reach out and connect in Christ’s name”:Members of the Pastoral Care Team continue to offer their care and spiritual compassion to those who request them on a confidential basis. We can now have visits within the protocols for COVID 19 and can also connect by phone, e-mail, cards, and through prayers. Our contact person for November is Moe Wright. Or you can call our confidential number (613-435-4500) and leave a message which will be returned promptly.
Healing Pathway Team
The GCUC Healing Pathway Team continues to offer a modified ministry of healing and prayer within the church and community until the church building reopens. On alternate Monday mornings, we gather via Zoom with anyone who wishes to receive a distance healing session, pray and meditate together. Please contact our Coordinator, Nancy Kerr at email@example.com to be invited or to receive an individual session. Alternatively, you can call our confidential number (613-435-4500) and leave a message which will be returned promptly. We can still connect heart-to-heart in faith and hope!
Morning Prayers on Facebook on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Wednesday Afternoon Craft Group
Thursday Evening Craft Group
Adult Bible Study Wednesday Night between 7:00 and 8:00 pm by Zoom
Thursday Morning Bible Study – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Friday morning Coffee ‘n Conversation AT 10:00am
You will need to pre-register with Pat Will by Thursday, 3:00 pm, each week. All are welcome, but numbers will be limited in adherence with Covid protocols. Please bring your own coffee. We will meet in the Main Hall; health and Covid protocols are in place.
Book Club – Tuesday, December 14th at 7:00 pm (by Zoom)