COVID-19

Current Status

All churches are open for regular Sunday services except on Christmas Day. Online services are held Sundays at 11:15 a.m. when the churches are open. For details, visit the Watch Online page.

Health Protection Protocols

When Haliburton Pastoral Charge churches are open, all church use is subject to the reopening plans developed by the leadership boards of each church in accordance with local health unit guidelines. Protocols to protect the health and safety of all church users are critical components of the plans and must be followed closely.

Vulnerable individuals are advised to stay at home and watch Sunday services online. If this is not possible, please contact the Pastoral Charge office for another option. To watch online, visit the Watch Online page.

To read or download an example of health protection protocols, click HERE. To download an example of a reopening plan, click HERE.

COVID-19 Response Timeline

2022

Apr 17

All churches are now open for regular Sunday services. Online services continue Sundays at 11:15 a.m. on YouTube

Mar 6

Lochlin and Haliburton churches reopen for regular Sunday services. Ingoldsby remains closed for now. Online services continue Sundays at 11:15 a.m. on YouTube

2021

Dec 30

All HPC churches are closed until further notice. The decision to close has been made by HPC Elders (Session) due to concern for the health of the church communities, given the rapid global spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Online services continue Sundays at 11:15 a.m. on YouTube

Oct 10

Ingoldsby United Church reopens for Sunday services under pandemic protocols. Online services continue

Sep 16

By decision of the Haliburton United Church Elders (Session), for the health and peace of mind of all who attend HUC services, two vaccinations are required against COVID-19. Those who have not yet received both vaccinations are encouraged to do so, and meanwhile they are invited to join in Sunday services online at 11:15 a.m.

Jul 25

Haliburton and Lochlin United Churches reopen for Sunday services under pandemic protocols. Ingoldsby United Church remains closed. Online services continue

Jan 12

HPC churches are closed in response to provincial COVID-19 pandemic management regulations. Online services continue

2020

Dec 26

Haliburton and Lochlin United Churches close in response to the provincial shutdown. Ingoldsby United Church remains closed. Online services return to their earlier schedule Learn more …

Oct 4

Haliburton and Lochlin United Churches reopen under strict health protection protocols. Ingoldsby United Church chooses to remain closed. Online services continue at a new time Learn more …

Jul 17

HPC churches respond to Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan by choosing not to reopen before the fall, a decision strongly recommended by the United Church of Canada’s local regional council. This gives the leadership boards at the churches time to learn how best to address social distancing, effective sanitation and other needs, and prepare the reopening plans required by regional council

Apr 12

HPC churches celebrate Easter with online Communion service Learn more …

Mar 29

HPC continues to adapt online services Learn more …

Mar 22

HPC begins live streaming Sunday services Learn more …

Mar 20

HPC posts a recording of “Lost and Found” as a song of encouragement for the times Watch video …

Mar 16

All HPC churches close just ahead of the provincial government’s recommendation that public spaces do so to help flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve Learn more …