In-Person Services Have Resumed
Glen Cairn United has resumed limited in-person services. Click here to register.
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 here 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.
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.
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.
Photo copyright 2020 by Gail Iwanonkiw. Used with permission
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.
Updated September 10
Please contact the office for the contact information of our many volunteers.
Glen Cairn United offers limited in-person services
September Monthly Outreach
Interested in Church Membership?
On Sunday, September 26th we will celebrate Orange Shirt Day and Every Child Matters
Pastoral Care Team
“Reach out and connect in Christ’s name”:
Our contact person for September is Brenda Carr or you can call our confidential number (613-435-4500) and leave a message which will be returned promptly. For more supportive information about living in COVID times, see our website link at https://www.gcuc.ca/what-we-do/care
Healing Pathway Team
The GCUC Healing Pathway Team is offering a modified ministry of healing and prayer within the church and community. Monday mornings, we gather via Zoom technology with anyone who wishes to receive a distance healing session, pray and meditate together. We are inviting anyone who would like to join us in these Zoom meetings on Mondays at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. to experience Healing Pathway in a new way. Please contact our Coordinator, Nancy Kerr at email@example.com to be invited or to give us names whom we can include in our healing prayers. 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!
Outdoor chat time on Wednesday at 11:00am.
Morning Prayers on Facebook will continue
Coffee n Conversation
Wednesday, Afternoon Craft Group
Thursday Evening Craft Group
Book Club - September 14th at 7:00 pm (Zoom)
Wednesday evening Bible Study by Zoom 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Adult Fellowship Games Night – September 17th
2022 United Church Calendars
Glen Cairn United has suspended many in-person gatherings. Church continues through:
Personal prayer and meditation
Checking on our friends and neighbours
Sunday worship on YouTube.
Prayer broadcast on Facebook, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM
Friday morning coffee time on Zoom - contact the office for details
Online bible study - contact the office for details
Online book club - watch for announcements below or contact the office