Safety Plan Update

Here is the long-awaited safety plan for Trinity United Creston, though still in draft form as it has not yet been approved by Council.

This has been in the works since the end of July when I returned to work from medical leave and was compiled referencing the completed plans for other congregations across the country, the BC CDC, health authority, regional and national church health directives.

Note that although the province is currently in stage 3 of COVID recovery, The United Church of Canada is in phase one given the nature of what we do together as well as the age and vulnerability of our constituency.

The safety plan working team was composed of Anjanee Gyan-Dyck (Council Chair & Worship committee), Joan Fahselt (worship chair) and myself, Rev. Paula (clergy).   Here is the path the plan has taken so far:

    • Aug 7  – almost final draft reviewed by safety plan team
    • Aug 7 – edits made and resent to the safety plan team for the ok to go to council for the Aug 13 council meeting
    • Aug 19 – no changes, resent to safety plan team
    • Aug 21 – no changes, resent to safety plan team
    • Aug 24 – ok received from safety plan team to send to the council for approval; sent out that day
    • Aug 24 – one change requested
    • Aug 26 – change agreed upon, revised draft resent to council
    • Aug 30 – reminder resent to council

As of today’s date, August 31, a “yes” vote has been received from most of the council members; still waiting for a response from Trustees, Property, and UCW

Regretfully, we no longer have time to put an in-person worship service together for this coming Sunday, Sept 6, as planned.  We will have the in-person communion service as soon as we can after the council has approved the safety plan.

Meanwhile, here is the draft if anyone else would like to review it before implementation.


Kootenay Faith Fest September 23-27th.

There are two parts to Faith Fest this year.

The Virtual Faith Fest Conference “Small and Mighty” which will take place from Thursday Sept 24- Saturday Sept 26. This will include live plenary sessions with our keynote speaker – Dave Csinos; workshops and panel discussions on Wild Church, Shared Ecumenical Ministry, Family, Children and Youth Ministry, Social Justice initiatives, as well as opportunities for more informal gatherings with each other for fun and fellowship

There will also be some pre-recorded content that all participants can access on a variety of topic of interest to our small and mighty congregations

registration will be opening soon. There is a $29 registration fee to help cover the costs of putting on the event, and there will be coupons available to anyone for whom the cost is a barrier

Here’s the link to get started .. with lots more info to come

Please share widely!

The second part is a Kootenay wide virtual worship service on Sunday Sept 27th at 10am Pacific / 11am Mountain time

This worship will have shared leadership from around the Kootenays (with Music from Carolyn Rogers and Greg Constable from WVSM; Preaching by our Keynote Dave Csnios; Communion presided at by Rev Andrea Brennon from the Shared Ministry in Fernie; Prayers and leadership from throughout the area.

This worship service will also be a time of covenanting with the new ministers who have come to the Kootenays: Rev Joshua Kang with St John’s Boundary Pastoral Charge, Rev Robin Murray with Castlegar-Kinnaird United Church, Rev Sue Breisch with Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge, and Rev Brent Woodard with Windermere Valley Shared Ministry (welcome Sue! I think this may be the first time I’ve included you in an email to Kootenay clergy and lay leaders… soon we will have a chance to welcome you more formally )


LeaderShift is working with a dynamic group of United Church people to put on Kootenay Faith Fest 2020: Small and Mighty! This online event is described in full on our dedicated KFF2020 page (click to visit), but we want to take ever opportunity to invite you – yes YOU – to come join the event!

KFF2020 will be all online – streaming from Knox United Church in Fernie BC, and from Halifax NS where keynote speaker, Dave Csinos is located. We’ve enlisted the skills of Allan Buckingham to navigate the online world for us and a local arrangements crew to capture the feel of a UCC conference — empowering all participants to enjoy a virtual conference with fun things like a walking tour of Fernie! Faith@Home kits to gets hands on with theme materials in your own house! Interesting and relevant workshop sessions to inspire, educate and connect! A gorgeous swag bag of Kotoenays-sourced candles, chocolate and soap for the first 100 registrations! Plus — Sunday morning worship that’s open to everyone, not just KFF2020 participants.

The theme is Small and Mighty, and the content is tailored to folks who call a small community and a small church home. Keynote Dave Csinos will invite thought and conversation around the unique advantages being small gives us when it comes to developing and nurturing faith, serving our neighbours, working collaboratively with other faith and community groups, and growing relationships that matter.

We are SO excited for Kootenay Faith Fest 2020, and to welcome you to the online festivities this September 23-27th.

The LeaderShift Team

Tressa Brotsky – communications
Rob Crosby-Shearer – LeaderShift Church Plant Project
Allison Rennie – director

Rhian Walker – program staff
Brenda Wolff – administrative assistance