Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Pandemic considerations

On Friday, November 19th, 2021 a special meeting of Ralph Connor Council (with congregants from Rundle and Ralph Connor also invited to attend) passed the following motions: (and on December 1st, 2021 the amendment in red was made)

  1. COVID motion: 

Pre-amble:  COVID -19 is a persistent force in our personal and church lives at this time.  More than a year and a half has elapsed where we have not been able to have much face-to-face contact, both in Worship and in conducting the affairs of the Church.

There are many reasons to impose a vaccine mandate.  Some of those reasons are:
a) reasonable protection of congregants and staff
b) a feeling of safety for those engaging in our church life.
c) encouraging those who are worried about contracting the virus that the church is a safe place.
This motion is not meant to be forever.  It is proposed that it be reviewed either by the Congregation or by Council on or before March of 2022.

Given that COVID is going to persist for an undetermined amount of time in the future, I move that:

In addition to the minimum requirements presently decreed by Alberta Health for places of worship, which include masking while in building, social distancing, and capacity limits of 1/3 of fire code, that all persons of eligible age for double vaccination entering Ralph Connor Memorial Church for purposes related to worship, choir practices, meetings with staff or other congregants, funerals and weddings shall show either proof of two vaccinations or proof of medical exemption or proof of a privately paid, third-party verified negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering the building.  In addition each person will show valid physical government issued photo identification with picture and date of birth.   This policy applies to activities of Ralph Connor and it’s outreach mission for indoor events held outside of Ralph Connor and Gordon Hall.

A second Motion also passed, re in-person worship

“We may hold an in person worship on Sunday, November28 at Rundle Memorial United Church in Banff.”

NOTE: registration for this Nov 28 service filled up quickly!  Future services will be arranged following due consideration.

We support all public health regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19 and are thankful for the widespread opportunity for vaccination.
All in-person in-Church gatherings were discontinued in mid-March, 2020 and we have had online services since then, with the exception of six outdoor services in the summer/fall of 2020 and 2021.  Our first indoor, in-person service since March 2020 was held on November 28, 2021 at Rundle Memorial United Church in Banff. 

Our Ralph Connor Building Usage Guidelines , revised on September 16, 2021 are posted here.
The most recent public health actions are posted  here.
Sunday Worship Services are posted each Sunday at the “Ralph Connor Canmore” YouTube channel – click here