COVID-19 Update

By SMRUC_admin
March 14, 2020

Update: April 25, 2020

We still can’t meet in person but here are two wonderful things:


We are now doing our weekly service in video format. The services are posted to YouTube Sunday morning (sometimes Saturday night) and a link is sent out in the weekly email and posted on the website. The services are a collaboration of many SMRUC members so you’ll get to see many familiar faces and, of course, the lovely and talented Philip Read.

Fellowship (virtual)

Fellowship is central to many of us in our experience of faith. To that end we will be sharing what would normally be our Junction fellowship time via Zoom.

Phil Read is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Every Sunday starting at 11 am.

If you’ve never joined before, here’s a very quick guide:

Join Zoom Meeting (click the link to join)

Meeting ID: 890 1754 2624
Password: 031612


March 19, 2020

St. Mary’s Road United Church suspends all gatherings in our building including worship, with the notable exception of the Foodbank. 


I am writing this from home, as my family and I navigate this new adventure of schooling and working in social isolation. We, as I am sure you are too, are doing our part to reduce the impact on the healthcare system so it can be there to help those who will need it most. This unprecedented act of social solidarity has me nervous and anxious, but also fills me with enormous hope. 

Our church is also doing its part. Given the directions from provincial health officials, and the challenges in restocking cleaning supplies, we have decided to close our building to all activity, except for the Food Bank. This ministry is critical, now more than ever, and we are committed to seeing it continue. Our food bank group has worked closely with Winnipeg Harvest to find ways to reduce the risk to those providing this essential ministry while still delivering food to those in need.

We will also be exploring ways to experience worship and community over the duration of our closure. We have not stopped being church just because our building is closed. Watch for ideas and opportunities to stay connected. The church has a Zoom license – so if your group wants to have a conference call or video chat (the leadership team just had a meeting with it and it worked great!) contact the church office or Marissa Smirl. We have also connected with Rev. Patrick Woodbeck, the minster at Windsor Park United Church who is supporting our community while Phil is on Sabbatical. He will be sending along thoughts and meditations through our SMRUC email for the next little while. Look for those starting soon.  

There is lots you can do, in fact should do! I encourage you to reach out to your friends, neighbours and church community. Check in. See how people are doing. Phone someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Phone someone you have never talked to! This is the time to be creative and intentional about how we stay connected. There are blessings in this chaos. Never forget that God is at work, and has work for us to do too. 


Adam Gerhard


On behalf of the Leadership Team

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