COVID-19 Updates from Our Minister, DRE, Board and Comms

Office and Staff Update – March 29, 2020

Due to the rapidly changing environment for everyone, The UCV Board of Trustees had approved at the March 17th Board meeting to pay staff “as per budgeted amounts” for the next month.

With this in mind,

  • Staff members are working regularly scheduled times with some redirection as per duties.
  • Records of Employment will be given if requested, due to self-isolation/ quarantine or sickness.
  • Plans are in place to have Administration staff work from home if warranted, computer stations, email, phones/voicemail etc. have all been set up, to enable minimal activity at the office.
  • UCV Campus will continue to be checked daily by staff.
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UCV COVID-19 *Possible Exposure* Update – March 23, 2020

Dearest congregants and renters, 
We have been notified of possible exposure to COVID-19 at our Unitarian Church Buildings on Friday, March 13, 2020, during a memorial service. The sanctuary and hall were used for this service.
At this point in time, 11 attendees of the service have developed symptoms and one has been advised by medical professionals that COVID-19 is likely. This has not been confirmed by official testing, but the province has shifted testing priorities so we may not have confirmation for some time. As such, we would like to treat this as if there has been exposure to the virus and act accordingly to keep everyone safe. 
We want to reassure the congregation of a few important facts about our preventative actions. By March 13th, the caretaking staff implemented a rigorous sanitization protocol and the members hosting the memorial service made sure to disinfect every surface in the church (pews, doorknobs etc.)
Although we hosted an on-site Sunday service on March 15th, there was no coffee hour and we believe given the distancing and sanitization protocols in effect, this poses a low risk to those in attendance. If you were at UCV in the days following March 13th, we ask that you please exercise additional measures to self-quarantine. If you are finding this challenging and need help getting groceries and supplies, please contact the Care and Concerns committee by emailing Connie Wigmore
Thank You, 
UCV Emergency Response Team

Update From Our Minister, DRE, and Board – March 19, 2020

During this COVID-19 period, all face-to-face meetings on the UCV campus (and worship services in our church Sanctuary) are cancelled. The Sunday worship services will be live-streamed for the foreseeable future on the UCV YouTube channel which can be viewed HERE.

Rev. Steven Epperson, Elliott Dainow, and our Worship Committee will continue to provide quality worship services that you can view at home. The UCV Board and other committees and working groups will continue to do their good work via Zoom meetings, email, and phone. The office staff continues to do their work during regular business hours (Monday to Thursday, 9:30 am to 2 pm; Friday, 9 am – 1 pm).

Update from Communications Committee – March 16, 2020

Live Streaming of Services will be broadcast on YouTube. Please go to our home page, and click on the “Live Stream” (you can’t miss it) to be automatically connected to the live feed.

Update From Our Minister, DRE and Board – March 13, 2020

Hello All,

In consultation with Diane Brown, our UCV Board President (and many others), and in view of communiques from the Province, City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health, we have decided there will be a worship service this Sunday, March 15th.  Cole Harris’s remarks will be re-scheduled; I (Steven) will greet, speak and deliver the service with Elliott Dainow there to provide music and accompaniment.

However, please stay home this Sunday if you are concerned, sick, immune-compromised, or living in a care/seniors facility. For those attending, we urge an abundance of prudence—wash hands, no hand shaking, etc.

In consultation with our DRE Kiersten Moore, we’ve decided that our RE program will run this Sunday, March 15th  to support children, youth and families who are healthy and able to come.  We will plan prudently and accordingly: handwashing, reasonable distance, etc.


A Few Notes on Proper Hand-Washing

  • Wash all surfaces of your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Many forget to wash the back of their hands.
  • Wash between your fingers and around your thumb to get the web space.
  • Clean your nails by making a scratching motion on the palm of your hand.
  • Wash your wrists.
  • Use soap. The temperature of the water is less important than the length of time, friction to all services and soap.
  • Don’t turn off the tap with your clean hands.
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel.
  • Use the towel to turn off the water and open the door.
  • Discard the towel in the bin close to the door

Technology-Based Resources for Illness Anxiety Reduction

It is a tense time for many around the world and right here in our community. As Unitarians, we tend to be critical thinkers who can remain calm under pressure, but we’re also a group with big, sensitive hearts. Make sure you take care of your heart at this time!

A great tool for calming the amygdala (the fear center of the brain), is meditation and mindfulness practice.


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