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COVID-19 Resources for Churches

Experiment with Loving Neighbors – Apply for a Missional Grant

During this time we love our neighbors by practicing social distancing, good hygiene, and wearing masks.  There are other opportunities to care for those inside our congregation and especially in our neighborhoods. . . the following are examples of different missional grants given to churches during the pandemic. If you have a new idea about how to care for the people beyond your congregation but need funding, please apply for this grant: GRANT APPLICATION

  • Joining forces with local nonprofits to serve the food insecure
  • Providing daycare for essential workers 
  • Providing daycare for essential workers or daycare for children learning virtually (whose parents work)
  • Offering a virtual small group for teens dealing with anxiety, facilitated by a licensed therapist
  • Putting together food boxes to supplement what families receive monthly at the food bank
  • Maintaining a neighborhood food pantry
  • Partner with a therapist and offer mental health support to those in the community
  • Put together care packages for teachers at a nearby school

 

Advent and Christmas Eve Ideas During COVID

  • Missional Commons advent resources
  • Offer brief outdoor socially distanced Advent or worship opportunities
  • Go through an Advent devotional together as a church: you can find one to purchase, write one, or use one written by your church in the past
  • If you worship online consider inviting different families to lead the Advent candle lighting each week from their home
  • Christmas Eve drive-thru worship with “stations”: Scripture reading, characters act out a scene from the Christmas story, give kids supplies to make a gift to leave at the manger
  • Deliver Advent boxes to each family in the church with a devotional, Advent candles, and other supplies for activities to do together as a congregation
  • Put together a bag of Advent or Christmas crafts for families to work on together
  • Consider sharing a special recipe from someone in the congregation weekly (a good intergenerational activity – someone older shares a special recipe and families can make it; consider zooming together as you make it)

Worship and Spiritual Resources

Churches in the Presbytery that offer live-steamed (Facebook Live or Zoom) or recorded (Vimeo or YouTube) worship services:

If your church is offering worship online, and we missed it – let us know and we will add so everyone can share ideas.