COVID-19 Update – December 21 – Church Closure

With the move to Grey – Lockdown status, the church will be closed for services and meetings effective December 26 until January 23.

It is always the priority of our church to maintain a safe space for our congregation, the community and our staff. Please be advised that ALL activities scheduled in the church building have been cancelled or suspended for now.

Weekly church services will be recorded and posted on the church YouTube channel.


Rev. David Van Patter is available by his personal phone and email.


Office Manager Heather may be contacted via church email, or leave a message on the office phone.  519-869-4720

The Board will continue monitoring the situation and make updates as necessary.

Be safe, be secure and be well, and we look forward to seeing you again.

Bible Study Group – January to May 2021

Bible Study Group

 An informal time for intriguing & enlightening discussion about the bible.

 Third Wednesday monthly at 9:30 AM

Jan. 20; Feb. 17; Mar. 17; Apr. 21; May 19

 All are welcome to an opportunity to learn more about the bible in a relaxed informal atmosphere. The group meets the third Wednesday each month. The discussion is currently about The Book of James – Camaraderie, Sharing, & Building Relationships. One chapter is discussed at each meeting, with these five meetings finishing the second half of the book.

 No registration required.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 519-899-4720.

Our building is fully accessible and fragrance free.

NOTE: COVID-19 rules in effect – mask required.

Please see and share this poster: Bible Study Poster 2021 Jan to May

Coffee & Conversation – December 2020

Your thoughts and needs during your grief journey.

Please join us

Tuesday, December 8th, 1:30 PM

All are welcome to an informal place to talk and listen to others who have experienced loss in their lives.

No registration required.

If you have any questions, please contact

Sue Johnson (519)869-2102


Audrey Jackson (519)542-7089.

Our building is fully accessible and fragrance free.

Please see and share this poster: Coffee and Conversation 2020 Dec 08 Poster

Advent & Christmas Services – 2020

Please join us for these services during this special season.

Regular Sunday Services are at 10 AM and will be available on our YouTube channel later that day.

NOTE: The Christmas Eve Service will only be on our YouTube channel and will be available before 7 PM.

We traditionally have many people attending this special service, but with COVID-19, we felt it was best to not hold the service in the church this year. Please join us in spirit as you watch this service with your loved ones at home.

See this poster for details: Church Services Poster Advent Christmas 2020

COVID-19 protocols are in effect – please wear a mask at all times.

All the services are available on CUC-YouTube-Channel


Neighbour2Neighbour Food Drive 2020

Camlachie United Church is one of many drop off locations for this rural food drive.

See this poster for details: Neighbor 2 Neighbor Food Drive 2020 Poster

Or go the the organizers website, found in the poster.

Sunday Service COVID Protocol & General Guidelines


With church services returning October 11, the Board has established the following protocol for attending Sunday Services.

Worshipping at Camlachie United Church

First and foremost: Welcome Back!

We have established some very simple guidelines to make your visit safe and enjoyable:

1.   Please wear a mask at all times and respect social distancing guidelines.
2.   Enter by the front doors where you will be warmly greeted and asked the standard Covid questions.
3.   The greeter will make a record of attendees, using member contact information on file.
        a. Newcomers will be asked to fill in a simple contact information form.
4.   Please use the hand sanitizer before entering the narthex.
5.   There will not be refreshments available in the church.
        a. If you bring your own, please take the container with you when you leave.
6.   The offering plate will be in the narthex for cheques only, or you may use your debit/credit card.
        a. You may prefer to make your donation on-line – please go to our website for information.
7.   Take a seat in the sanctuary, respecting social distancing outside your family bubble
        a. alternate rows of seats are taped off – please do not use them
8.   There will be not be a choir and no singing, but humming is encouraged!
9.   Washrooms are available, but limited to one person at a time.
10. Please leave via the front doors and avoid lingering in the narthex.

Last and most important: Thank you for coming! We hope to see you again.


General Guidelines for Church Users

The church remains closed for general use, but Church Committees and specific church-based groups are able to meet at the church. The Board has established the general guidelines for people entering the church for such purposes. Please refer to the following newsletter:

Important Reminders



New Unified Board Chair – Martin Vrolyk

The Unified Board welcomes Martin Vrolyk as their new Chair.

Martin is the husband of Julie and the father to Madeline and Jack.

Martin previously led Camlachie United Church as Chair of the New Building Committee through the finalization of our new land acquisition, Ontario Municipal Board hearings and the design process of our new church.

Welcome Martin!

COVID-19 Update – June 23 – Finance Committee

Becoming A Cashless Church

Currently the Unified Board is involved in discussions on when to return to In-Building Services. As we come out of this Pandemic there are changes necessary to the way we will do things. This letter has to do with how we handle finances.

The Pandemic has brought two things to the forefront in the financial area.

We must put procedures and practices in place to protect the Health and Safety of our members. This means the reduction in the number of touch points that allow the potential transmission of germs and disease.

We as a congregation are too dependent on the Sunday Service Collection for our Finances. There was a substantial reduction in offerings during the Pandemic.

When we start meeting again, changes to our Sunday services will be as follows.

There will be no passing of the plate through the congregation during the service. A plate will be on a table in the Narthex where you may place your offering.

We will NOT accept Cash as it has too many touch points – please do not put Cash in your envelope or on the plate. Cheques will be accepted.

There will be a new option to make your offering using your Debit/Credit Card.  A new machine will be managed by a member of the Finance Committee at each service in the Narthex. It will accept Debit Card, Credit Card, Google Pay, Apple Pay, TAP, PIN. There is a fee of $0.10 for Debit card (preferred) and 2.5% for Credit card.

We ask that you use one of the following ON-LINE methods for making your donations.

The ultimate Goal is the elimination of Sunday Collection completely (except for visitors) with all offerings collected electronically/on-line. There are four methods for making donations:

PAR – Pre-Authorized Remittance: automatic withdrawals from your bank account or charge to your credit card; fee of $0.50/transaction plus 2.5% if credit card

On-line payment: only available at any Credit Union; same method as used for paying utility company, etc.; can pay any time or schedule regular payments; no fee

Interac E-Transfer: available at any Bank or Credit Union; usually no fee to user

CanadaHelps Organization: a direct link is available on the church website; fee 3.5%

The PAR & CanadaHelps fees are paid by the church: you will receive credit for the full amount of your donation for Income Tax Purposes.

Instructions for using these methods can be found HERE and in the Narthex.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact the Church (519-899-4720) or Finance Committee Chair (519-869-6313).

Thank you for your support.

Your Finance Committee

COVID-19 Update – June 20 – Board Meeting

The Camlachie United Church Unified Board met on Thursday evening, June 18, and had a discussion on re-opening the church for worship.

The following decisions were made:

1. In-person worship in the building will not resume until September 13 at the earliest. We will be using Lambton Health recommendations as well as provincial guidelines. The Antler River Watershed Regional Council has also been guiding churches on re-opening.

2. Individual committees will work in the meantime to ensure a safe environment for worship when we are able to re-open.

3. The church building will be CLOSED to outside groups until 2021. This will be revisited at that time.

We ask that all committees wishing to meet at the church first gain permission from Heather so she can arrange proper sanitizing protocols before and after. She can be reached at

In general, the church building is still closed to everyone except:
1. David VanPatter (Minister)
2. Heather Holbrook (Administrator)
3. Niki Nauta (Custodian)
4. John Scott (Property)

Thank you for your patience! We will keep you informed as decisions are made. Please stay well!

COVID-19 Update – June 11 – Preparing To Re-Open

With the announcement this week from the provincial government allowing churches to re-open under certain restrictions, your Unified Board is working to make that happen. We are working to address health and safety issues, mitigate risks and re-work the way we worship to keep our congregation safe during this Covid-19 crisis.

This will take time as there are many things to consider.

Our main goal is to provide a safe and healthy experience in our building for all who enter. For now, we will continue to worship via audio service each weekend.

If you would like to give your input or thoughts on the process of re-opening, please send an email to the Communications Committee and it will be passed on to the appropriate church committee.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to when we can all be together again!