COVID-19 Updates

PSUC responds to COVID-19

Although the provincial government has moved to Phase 3, at Prairie Spirit we are finalizing the report from the Ad Hoc Committee prior to making any further changes. The Oversight Council, under the direction of the Prairie to Pine Region, created an Ad Hoc Committee which is developing protocols and procedures for gradual re-opening of Prairie Spirit United Church. Some of our building partners and rental groups have expressed interest in returning and since their numbers are typically under 25, we are making arrangements to accommodate their requests while honouring government direction and our PSUC protocols. Essentially, the building continues to remain closed until further notice. This includes the suspension of in-person worship services and all mid-week groups/meetings. 

While our church building is closed, staff will continue working from home. Our minister Rev. Paul DuVal is available. Emails and voice messages are being monitored regularly. To contact the church office, email PrairieSpiritUC@shaw.ca or call 204-832-1000. To leave a voice message, please press 1. 


Daily Reflections

We have begun posting a daily reflection on our website. These posts will provide an opportunity for daily reflection and prayer as we look to respond to all that is happening around us. It is important that we draw near to God for wisdom, comfort, and strength and respond as our faith would call us to respond – to be compassionate to those who are suffering or fearful, to be generous to help where we can, and to be discerning and share our faith with those who are looking to God for answers.


Ways to Continue Giving

Although we are unable to worship at the church, our expenses will continue. Your continued financial support is welcome, needed, and encouraged. There are a number of ways in which you can continue to contribute financially to Prairie Spirit.
● Donations can be dropped off at the church mailbox or mailed in.
● If you’d like to go on PAR, the form can be found at:
https://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/resources/par-brochure.pdf
Please complete this form and mail it along with a voided cheque to Prairie Spirit United Church.
If you’d like to change your PAR givings, please email PrairieSpiritUC@shaw.ca.
● You can make a donation to Prairie Spirit online through CanadaHelps.
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/prairie-spirit-united-church/
(For step-by-step instructions on how to donate through CanadaHelps, visit our website: https://prairiespirituc.org/giving/)
● You can also send an e-transfer to PrairieSpiritUC@shaw.ca. You will need to create a security question. In the message box, please indicate which fund(s) you’d like your contribution allocated to.


Portage Avenue Food Bank – April 10, 2020 Update
The Portage Avenue Food Bank continues to operate during this COVID-19 pandemic. Winnipeg Harvest has adapted the way they are operating in this time of crisis and increased need. Read more.


St. Matthews-Maryland Community Ministry Video
Access a short video where Community Minister Josh Ward shows a bit of how St. Matthews-Maryland Community Ministry is continuing to serve in this time. Click here to view the video.


Easter Letter from 1JustCity
Read an Easter letter from 1JustCity Executive Director Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud, on behalf of all 1JustCity staff. This letter offers thanks to congregations for what they have already done, clarifies their current pandemic response, and shares how you can be involved. Click here to view the Easter Letter from 1JustCity.


The Work of the People – Films and Visual Liturgy
We invite you to explore this list of films and visual liturgy from The Work of the People.


A Note from the Ministers – April 3, 2020
Friends,

As the days go on, it is easy to become frustrated and weary. We are worried about our parents and our children, about those who staff hospitals and clinics, and about our own well being. We wonder what we can do to be helpful without encroaching on the distancing that we know will reduce the pain.

In a recent bible study we were looking at Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed. You can look it up in Mark 4:30-32; Matthew 13:31-32; and Luke 13:18-19. Read more.


March 25, 2020 – Video Message from Rev. Paul DuVal
Rev. Paul DuVal asks, “How is Lent for you this year? What are you learning about change? About gratitude? About sacrifice? What are you learning about yourself as a result? What are you learning about keeping faith alive without going to church? What do you imagine Jesus would tell us if he were here?”


March 18, 2020 – Video Message from Rev. Ken DeLisle
We live in interesting times. The very fabric of everyday life is changing before us. In the midst of this, we’re invited to find God, to pray, and to recall:

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. (Psalm 23:6 MSG)

Watch this video message from Rev. Ken DeLisle.


Worship Online – United Church of Canada
Moderator Richard Bott will be offering an online worship service each Sunday for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. This will be a video-recorded service you can join on the United Church of Canada website or Facebook page. The prayers, hymns, and reflections from the Moderator’s online worship will also be available in audio and text form. 

Numerous United Church communities of faith are live-streaming Sunday worship services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s an interactive worship map for links to some of them: https://bit.ly/2UaDxUm


Essential Needs in this time of COVID-19
The community ministries and Portage Avenue Food Bank (PAFB) have dramatically changed and so have their needs. The number of individuals needing assistance has not dropped and maybe will increase. The drop-ins have changed to primarily giving bagged lunches to their clients. PAFB is also serving their clients in pre-packaged hampers with minimal contact. Read more.


Help Next Door MB
This Manitoba Government initiative, powered by North Forge, is a platform built to empower local communities to come together and provide assistance to those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you. Visit www.helpnextdoormb.ca


Wellness Checks – Aulneau Renewal Centre
During these challenging times, individuals and families may require additional support to help navigate this journey. Aulneau Renewal Centre is facilitating wellness checks to help address the anxiety people may have due to COVID-19. Via a phone call, a counsellor will be able to provide information on coping tools, strategies, and resources during this difficult time. Read more.


Additional Resources
When a widespread difficulty like the COVID-19 pandemic grows, it becomes important to draw on our inner strength. It is the time to pause, reflect and bring wisdom, courage, and care to ourselves and those around us. Instead of getting caught in collective fear and anxiety, we can remember to take a breath, center ourselves, and take practical precautions and protections, but calmly and in the spirit of love. Here’s a great resource on creating a home retreat.
https://www.tarabrach.com/create-home-retreat/

Here are some great ideas to keep your family entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic:
https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/