Visions in the Cloud – Oct 11

October 11, 2020

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Spirit Gathering Registration

On HOLD

Spirit Gathering  Registration Info

December 9, 2020

We’re delighted to see Zone 1 back in Yellow Phase again, especially this close to Christmas, although the need for precautions remains for us all.

Your Covid-19 Committee (Rev. Shawn, Peggy Renton, and Peter Lightfoot) met this past Monday to consider the resumption of in-person Spirit Gatherings. However, we received a call from the manager of the Père Patrice Leblanc Centre advising us that their hall will remain closed until early 2021. This is a newly-minted mandate for all Knights of Columbus halls throughout New Brunswick.

Faced with this situation, together with the potential for an increase in Covid-19 infections over the Christmas-New Years period, the committee recommended to CLT, with an abundance of precaution, that in-person Spirit Gatherings not take place until mid-January, at the earliest.


When: Currently on HOLD to due COVID-19 concerns
Where: Patrice Leblanc Centre, 91 Murphy Ave.

Registration is currently limited to 45 persons. You will be contacted if you are being put on our wait list.


Cancellation Information

If you need to cancel after you register you can do the following:

  • Can call the office by 1pm on Friday (506.384.0843)
  • Send an email to register@visionsunited.ca with your name and phone#

Covid-19 Protocols

See the following attachment for a list of our current Covid-19 protocols in place for our In person spirit gatherings.

 

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Wow Moment about Polio Vaccine

On Wednesday I spoke to the grade 7 and 8 class about Polio eradication. Polio was a pandemic, in the 50’s it spread to every country and was declared by the United Nations as the “world's greatest health concern”. Then we talked about polio compared to coronavirus and how we might reduce the fears? They had wonderful ideas, I sure was impressed wit their knowledge.

We went outside to plant tulips around a newly planted Oak Tree. The tree was planted before thanksgiving in memory of a classmate that was killed by a speeding driver as he walking home from school. He was only twelve, some of the students told me the story as we were planting. A tragedy for them to live with at such a young age.

My wow moment was being with such Wonderful young people!!

Pam
Submitted October 29, 2020

Visions in the Cloud – Oct 04

October 04, 2020

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10-02 Community Hub Update

The construction site at 140 Joyce Avenue continues to be a busy place!
Have you had the chance to drive by? Here are a couple recent updates.

We've got signage! This week Norm Teed helped mount a sign on the construction fence across the driveway at 140 Joyce Avenue.

Last week we mentioned that a group visited the site to assess the soil and the available space for gardens and landscaping, and to talk about permaculture. Here's John Rusell from Visions with representatives from Garden Cities, an organization the Hub will partner with to develop the green space, and Kelsey, who is working with John Howard Society to apply for various funding grants related to the Hub project.

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Signage!

Thanks Norm


This Community Hub project is a partnership between the John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick and Visions United Church.

09-25 Community Hub Update

The construction site at 140 Joyce Avenue continues to be a busy place!
Have you had the chance to drive by? Here are a couple recent updates.

  • Last week the foundation floors were prepareed for pouring of cement
  • Today, a small group - including a few from Visions - will visit the site
  • We are already thinking ahead to the green space that will surround the Community Hub when it is completed ---
    • trees, plants, flowers, food - an urban garden, perhaps?  It all starts with the soil!

Tamping down the main floor


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Getting ready for concrete to be poured


This Community Hub project is a partnership between the John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick and Visions United Church.

Visions in the Cloud – Sep 27

September 27, 2020

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Visions in the Cloud – Sep 20

September 20, 2020

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09-18 Survey-Update

Survey Overview of Results

COVID-19 has forced all public services, charities and event planers to adjust their operations to ensure everyone’s safety and minimize the risks associated with personal interactions.

Visions responded to COVID-19 challenges with a new virtual approach to worship and community.  While church events outside of worship were reduced, teams and committees continue to move forward to support Vision’s ministry.

After several months of virtual worship, the survey provided essential feedback that helps to gauge people’s interest, participation, and their comfort levels with personal interactions. Results will help share Visions’ approach to worship and community in the coming months.

Key areas of interest that were measured by the survey included:

• Satisfaction with the current service format and intent to continue viewing the services
• Potential adjustments to virtual gatherings and events
• Technology challenges and considerations
• Feelings regarding attendance at in-person gatherings

Results Highlights

Nearly 80% of respondents have attended more than half of the virtual gatherings and will continue to view them in future. Of the respondents who viewed five or fewer virtual gatherings, the majority indicated that lack of technology or access were the reason for not attending. We will need to look at ways that those who cannot access the virtual gatherings can continue to worship and feel like part of our community.

Responses suggest that 39.6% of respondents had some interest in adjusting services to increase virtual conversation and participation. 60.4% were not interested and the majority of these indicated they liked services as they are now or were not comfortable with the technology required.

54.7% of respondents would be open to social bubble spiritual gatherings in COVID protocols were in place. Similarly, 54.9% indicate an interest in online group activities outside of spirit gatherings. 77.4% of respondents appreciate check-in chats either by traditional phone call (58.5%) or by online virtual chat (19.5%).

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In terms of technology, there is familiarity with mainly Zoom and Skype and limited use of Facebook Live and WebEx technologies. Technology does seem to challenge respondents and limit their interest in evolving the virtual spirit gatherings.

Interest in in-person spirit gatherings with COVID-19 protocols in place is fairly high at 69.2%. Of those who are not interested, 23.1% of respondents cited being uncomfortable out of their own bubble as the reason why they would not attend in-person spirit gatherings.

In-person activities beyond spirit gatherings were of interest to 51.9% of respondents. Of those who were not comfortable, 26.9% indicated they were uncomfortable out of their own bubble and an additional 15.4% suggested they were only interested in Spirit Gatherings.