Resources for your Church during COVID-19
On Tuesday, June 16, the Ontario government released a new general workplace guide to help workplaces develop a safety plan to protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province.
On Monday, June 15, the Ontario government announced that more regions are able to begin stage 2 for re-opening.
On Monday, June 8, the Ontario government announced a regional approach to moving on to stage 2 for re-opening the province. The announcement lists the 24 public health unit areas that are able to move on to stage 2 on Friday, June 12. We encourage you to contact your local public health unit for guidance specific to your area.
The document also indicates that effective Friday, June 12, all regions across Ontario may increase social and public gatherings from five to 10 as long as they continue to follow existing public health restrictions and may reopen their places of worship with a restriction to limit attendance to 30% of building capacity and practicing physical distancing. To reopen safely, churches need to review the workplace health and safety guidance document provided by the government and ensure that appropriate measures are in place. Churches must also meet all existing occupational health and safety requirements.
As your church responds to these new updates from the government, we encourage you to use the resource document, Starting the Next Phase, which we created to help prepare your church for the next phase.
You can access the full reopening plan for Ontario here: “A Framework for Re-Opening our Province” (ON) and for Quebec here: “Gradual resumption of activities under the COVID-19-related pause” (QC).
Resources for Charities and Not-for-Profits
The Carters May Charity and Not-for-Profit law update provides information on recent legal developments and risk management considerations that may be helpful to the operations and management of your church.
For additional Carters resources on COVID-19 for Charities and NFPs, click here.
Today you are leading through unprecedented times. During times of crisis, congregations need to be even wiser in stewarding their financial resources. To help you, we have created a guide of four conversations you can have with key people to help your church build its leadership capacity as you tackle new financial realities.
Being faithful to God and others during this COVID-19 crisis isn’t easy, is it? Navigating your financial challenges, difficult HR decisions and leadership opportunities is difficult, but we are people of hope. This crisis is an opportunity for your church to continue to build disciples of Jesus that are engaged in mission.
But how do you do this when your ways of gathering and worship have been disrupted? How do you lead through high emotion, high stakes critical conversations? And how do you lead with pressing new financial realities?
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CBOQ Pastors are invited to join us via Zoom for an online prayer experience. We gather each Tuesday at 11 am for about a 25 minute prayer experience. The format will depend on the number of participants. Please join us on Zoom as follows:
Meeting ID: 274 732 250
For assistance with your church’s next generation ministry, CBOQ recommends the following resources:
If your church is considering running a day camp this summer, we encourage you to be in touch with your legal council and local public health unit as well as to read the guidance documents provided by the government to ensure you are in compliance with all necessary requirements and have the necessary procedures, policies and waivers in place. You can read the documents below:
Additional Children’s Ministry Resources
- Virtual Day Camp
- Taking Children’s Ministry Online
- BrainPop’s Coronavirus explanation video for kids (and adults!)
To help your church stay up-to-date and get your creative juices flowing, CBOQ has launched a weekly update every Monday morning, as well as daily “Quarantips,” mini-videos to give you ideas for ministry in the days of COVID-19.
How can you access the Weekly Update and Quarantips?
The Public Guardian Trustee (Ontario) has developed temporary guidelines to allow charities that are in danger of closing to access the income and capital of restricted purpose trust funds when necessary to enable them to continue their day-to-day operations. You can read the full statement here.
In addition, you may find this overview of CEWS for charities from Carters helpful.
On March 19, the Ontario legislature passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Diseases Emergencies), 2020 to provide job-protected leave for employees in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government is allowing small businesses to remit 10% lower on employer income tax remittance for a period up to June 20. The maximum amount allowed is $1,375 per employee to a maximum organizational amount of $25,000. You can find more information on the government website.