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Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge

Until June 30, 2016, “CIF” Pastoral Charge was a 4-point charge (four congregations) in the south end of the West Kootenays. It had been made up of Trail United Church, St. Andrew’s United Church (in Rossland), BeaverValley United Church (located in Fruitvale) and Salmo United Church (Salmo).

At the request of the congregations and by action of Kootenay Presbytery, effective June 30, 2016, the congregation of Salmo United Church was disbanded; that a new pastoral charge to be known as Beaver Valley Pastoral Charge was constituted; and that there be a continuation of the Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge consisting of the congregations of St. Andrew’s United Church, Rossland and Trail United Church, Trail.

The administrative office is in the Trail United Church. 
Rev. Michael Hare who was appointed to CIF Pastoral Charge as Interim Minister from October 1, 2013, retired June 30, 2016.

CIF Pastoral Charge is now the administrator of
St. Andrew’s United Church (Rossland) and Trail United Church (Trail).

On December 14, 2018, the Chairperson of Communities in Faith (CIF) indicated that CIF will be proceeding with the amalgamation of the congregations of St. Andrews United Church, Rossland and Trail United Church under the Communities in Faith name.  There will be one congregation overseeing the respective Rossland and Trail church properties. As there is now no time available for Kootenay Presbytery to consider the amalgamation of Trail/Rossland congregations they were referred to The Manual 2019, The United Church of Canada and the Pacific Mountain Region for approval.

CIF is presently structured and governed according to the CIF Pastoral Charge Policy Manual developed in November 2013. Contained in this document are policy statements regarding: 

Communications Policy
Baptism Policy
Wedding Policy
Funeral Policy
Investment Policy
Privacy Policy
Safety and Protection from Abuse Policy
Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policy