April 22, 2021: IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: As per the provincial announcement today, April 22, there will be no in person church services at CHWUC at least until May 20th. As the limit is 5 people, Worship Service will be provided via Zoom and YouTube only for this time.


Following is a list of restrictions in HRM related to church activities:

— the gathering limit is five, both indoors and outdoors

— no social events, special events, festivals, arts/cultural events, sports events, faith gatherings, wedding receptions, or funeral visitation or receptions

— wedding and funeral ceremonies hosted by a recognized business or organization can have five people, plus officiants

— virtual gatherings and performances can be held with a maximum of five people in one location

POSTPONED! Take-Out Roast Beef Dinner -Saturday May 1st, 2021

Given the new restrictions which were recently issued, our wonderful take out dinner will be postponed. 

Although a new date has not yet been determined, we hope that those who ordered will be happy to wait until it is safe to put the dinner on. 

Thank you for your patience, stay tuned and stay safe.

CHWUC is having a Take Out Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday May 1st, 2021!  We can’t do a dinner theatre, but we CAN do a take out dinner, so that is our plan.

Cole Harbour Woodside United Church is offering a Hearty Roast Beef Take Out Dinner on Saturday May 1st, 2021!

Each dinner is only $15.00 and must be pre-ordered and paid for by Monday April 26th.  For more details and to reserve your dinners, please call the church office at (902) 434-7714.

If you would like to make a payment online you can do so by clicking the “Donate Now” button and selecting “Roast Beef Dinner” from the list of available of funds. If you are purchasing multiple dinners then consider making a single payment for the total amount.

We are also be looking for folks to donate veggies and “willing workers” to help peeling those vegetables and help in the kitchen.

Thanks!

Cole Harbour Cares AGM Refugee Report 2021

In January 2020, Cole Harbour Cares met to discuss sponsoring another refugee family. Our commitment to the AlAsadis was ending in May 2020.

After much discussion, we realized that our friend, Khaled Mojarkish (owner of Station 1 restaurant) had worked with sponsorship groups over the years to help over 20 Syrians come to Nova Scotia but not once had he asked for help for his family.  We thought it was time we helped Khaled by sponsoring his niece and her husband and daughter, and also two young nephews.

In February 2020, CHC spoke at Cole Harbour Woodside United Church and Church of St. Andrews Anglican Church encouraging members of the congregations to pledge support for Cole Harbour Cares.

In March, the world changed with the news of a pandemic called Covid.

More tragedy struck our shores as we navigated through the year. Our dear friend and great supporter, Kathy Warren, died as did Khaled Mojarkish’s 2 year old daughter, Lotus.  Israa AlAsadi, Ziad’s wife, lost her father in Syria due to Covid.

Through it all, CHC realized we could succumb to the tragedies or draw strength from them and carry on. We chose the latter and continued to organize on-line fundraisers. We were fortunate to be asked to speak at Iona Presbyterian church. CBC Mainstreet interviewed Khaled and CHC on their afternoon show.

CHC needs to raise $49,000 to sponsor the 5 members of Khaled’s family. Our bank balance is at $28,500. Even though 2020 has been the most challenging of years, with your help CHC will continue to fund raise till we reach our goal.

None of this would be possible without our wonderful supporters and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Our five Syrian refugees, presently living in Lebanon, dream every day of coming to Canada and we will try our best to make their dream come true.

CHWUC Annual Auction

Our annual auction will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 6:30pm

RSVP (for In-Person & Zoom Participation): November 14, 2020

REGISTRATION FORM – ONLINE

Donations Cut-off Date: November 9, 2020

*All procedures recommended by CHWUC’s COVID-19 Committee will be followed during this event.

The auction will be held in the Sanctuary, with appropriate Social Distancing, following all rules developed by the COVID-19 Committee.

All In-Person attendees will have to be registered by November 14, 2020.
There will also be the opportunity to attend by Zoom with these attendees also registered by November 14, 2020. These attendees will be emailed the Zoom link.Registration, for in-person & Zoom attendance, will include name, phone number, and email address. Registration can be done by filling out the online form found at: https://forms.gle/GypuSCEUki1mfqxG8 or by calling the Church office or Janet Barker.

If you can’t attend in person or by Zoom, you can let us know your maximum bid for an item or have a bidding proxy, as has been our practice in the past. Payments can be made either in person (cash or cheque) when picking up your item or by E-transfer to the church.

Please contact Janet Barker or Marylou Foster by November 9, 2020, if you would like to donate an item for the auction. We will email the list of available items to all registrants in the week before the auction.

Re-Opening November 1st!

The COVID-19 Committee has worked hard the last few months by gathering information and best practices for the safest way possible for CHWUC to reopen. We know other churches have already done this but we needed guidelines that would suit CHWUC. We believe we have done this and at the Board Meeting on September 16ththe plan was approved for an opening date of November 1st, 2020 at 10:30am.

It will be our opportunity to gather and celebrate our faith together again in person AND via live-stream online.

There will be protocols and guidelines to follow for those who wish to attend church service in person. Those can be found below:


WORSHIPPING TOGETHER IN THE BUILDING

THE WEARING OF NON-MEDICAL FACE MASKS WILL BE MANDATORY FOR ALL ACTIVITIES WITHIN COLE HARBOUR WOODSIDE UNITED CHURCH

DO NOT ATTEND WORSHIP IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING:

  • a fever
  • a new or changed chronic cough,
  • a sore throat that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
  • a runny nose that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
  • nasal congestion that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
  • shortness of breath that is not related to a known or pre-existing condition
  • traveled or had contact with someone who travelled outside of the Atlantic region within the last 14 days
  • had unprotected close contact with individuals who have a confirmed or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19

Process for a Service

  • People will call church office to reserve a seat and answer Covid questionnaire over the phone BEFORE 1:00 p.m. each Friday
  • Church secretary will create a Seating Chart for the service and
  • On day of service, all people will check in with greeter in the narthex
  • Attendees must line up with 6ft distancing as they enter and get checked in
  • Greeter will ask if anything has changed in relation to the Covid questionnaire.

                        If yes, they will be denied entry

  • People will enter the sanctuary, deposit any envelopes in the Offering Plate and go directly to their assigned seating
  • After service is over, attendees will exit via the emergency exit in the sanctuary

Sanctuary Usage (All service types – Funeral, Wedding, Worship, etc.)

  • All attendees must register with office that they wish to attend the service
  • Attendees will be assigned a seat number and they must sit in the seat assigned 
  • Attendance will be limited to 74 persons
  • Attendees must wear masks
  • Attendees will enter via the main front doors
  • All attendees must disinfect their hands before entering
  • All personal items must kept with and taken out by attendees
  • ONLY the washrooms in hallway by the nursery will be available
  • Nobody is to enter the main hall
  • There will be no singing by the congregation
  • After service, attendees will exit via the emergency exit.

In memory of Paul Gillis

In Memory of Paul Gillis

It is with great sorrow that we say good-bye to our big-hearted and fun loving caretaker, Paul.  All of us send our support and love to Susan, the family and all of Paul’s loved ones.

His funeral will be held this Thursday, September 24th in the Sanctuary and will be by invitation only.  However, the service will be live streamed via YouTube for everyone to watch. Once the link is created, it will be sent out to all and posted here. 

His Obituary: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/obituaries/paul-gillis-45008

Cancellations

CANCELLATIONS: Please share!

* All activities, including the 9:30am and 10:30am services will be cancelled for the next 3 weeks. Check our social media accounts and website soon to hear a Sunday message (and possibly the opportunity to watch a service). We are currently looking into alternative methods.

* Church office remains open for phone calls Monday-Friday for all questions and pastoral requests. Please stay away from the building or call to make an appointment if you need to.

* Dinner theatre has been put on hold until the fall. The date in the fall has not yet been determined.
– Those who have already paid, keep a hold of your ticket as a voucher for first dibs on the fall show! If you would prefer a refund, that can be arranged as well by contacting the church.
– Lost track of your ticket? Not to worry, the dinner theatre crew has a complete list of everyone who has paid and been issued a ticket.

If you know of a church member who does not  have access to the internet or email, please reach out to them and share the church information. Thank you!

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Need a reason to venture out this winter? Well, come out and share a meal with your church friends, Saturday Feb 29th. We have lined up hosts that are looking forward to serving and sharing a meal with surprise guests!

  • Date: Saturday Feb 29th
  • Time: 630pm
  • Cost: $30 per guest
  • Location: Guests will be told the day of the event.

Tickets can be purchased after Sunday service, or by contacting Lee Warren.