Mennonite Church Canada pandemic resources

On March 11, 2020, the World Heath Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic in order to encourage governments to ramp up efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

As of May 21, 2020, the number of confirmed cases in Canada is 80,555. The Public Health Agency of Canada describes the risk to public health as high, and is continually reassessing the situation as more cases are reported.

Below are resources for how congregations can respond to and live through pandemics as communities of faith. This page is regularly updated with resources from our regional churches and from CommonWord. If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail our communications officer at kdsawatzky@mennonitechurch.ca.

Ways to sing during online worship

One of the most potent ways we cope with hardship is by singing and praying together. Amid the loss of in-person gathering, congregations have shown a tremendous amount of creativity, whether worshiping via video conference platforms such as Zoom, live-streaming a service, or pre-recording the service. Members of the Voices Together committee have put together the following tips for singing in online worship, along with examples of songs that work well in these formats.

Navigating the financial impact of COVID-19

A letter from David Martin, executive minister of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, on "specific values and questions that can guide us as we reflect on how God is inviting us to be faithful stewards of the ministry, staff and finances that we have been given." Includes link to a helpful interpretive guide created by Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University.

Worship weekly with our nationwide community of faith

While some congregations have the capacity to record their own services during this pandemic, others do not so we are sharing services from across our nationwide community of faith. Videos produced by Mennonite Church Canada are uploaded to the Mennonite Church Canada YouTube Channel but can also be viewed on this page.

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