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Worship & Spiritual Resources

As we adjust to social distancing, you’re invited to utilize these worship and spiritual resources.

Worship Resources

  • Strategic Team is offering a scholarship to pay for 2 months of a Zoom subscription for churches under 100 members.  Set up a zoom account (let us know if you need help doing so) at https://zoom.us/ and then submit a receipt for reimbursement to the Presbytery office.
    • You can use Zoom for session and committee meetings, bible study or any other meeting (possibly worship if you choose)
  • Instructions on how to livestream worship through FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/help/1636872026560015
  • FACEBOOK LIVE  VS  ZOOM (Pros and Cons for both)
  • Host a “drive-up worship” where the service is sent out over the FM radio and people stay in their cars
    • People can bring their own communion elements or receive the individual (sanitary) packets with juice and a wafter
    • Have an area for prayer following the service – but be sure to enforce the 6-foot social distancing rule
  • Live stream from multiple locations. Check out this Youtube video for how to do this. Email Steve Watts at Hamblen Park with questions, as they will be worshiping this way.
  • Take a look at this free worship design webinar that addresses many questions about worship during this strange season.  Click HERE for time stamped topics to know where your questions are addressed.
  • Apps that can be helpful:
    • Phonevite – calls a list with a prerecorded voice message – this could be useful to get information to those without email or other technology
    • Flocknote – a group texting and emailing app

Resources to care for members in the congregation who do not have technology readily available:

  • Prepare a simple order of worship for people to practice at home
  • Send out a weekly or bi-weekly update with a short homily or a printed up sermon (could be through email or snail-mail), be sure to include places where they can find reliable and up to date information on Covid-19

Holy Week & Easter Ideas

  • Join a virtual Easter Egg hunt with other PC(USA) congregations and ministries on Saturday, April 11.  For more info check out this flyer.
  • Encourage congregants to sit in their front yards and invite neighbors to do the same (from their yards) to join in an Easter song or prayer – practice good social distancing
  • Encourage congregants to make a sign to put up in their window wishing neighbors a happy Easter
  • Put together a video of children waving palms (they can make their own palm and parents can record them waving it and send it to the church) that will be played in the streamed worship service
  • Invite others to join in leading the service through zoom – share the readings and prayers, maybe even the sermon
  • Set up a prayer walk with stations of the cross in your neighborhood – post prayer guides along the route

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.

Spiritual resources to offer during quarantine

If you are looking for ways to encourage people to worship from home and seek God’s face during this coronavirus crisis, here are some resources to recommend:

  • Set up small groups of 4-6 people who will meet through Zoom (or FaceTime group or over the phone) weekly to check in on one another.
  • Start a new FaceBook page to share resources among families who are home with children.
  • Share simple Sunday school lessons families can use at home (email or make available on the website).
  • Put together a simple order of worship to be sent to people in your congregation who want to lead their own worship at home (especially for those who do not use technology like FaceBook or Zoom).
  • Pray As You Go:  This podcast provides a framework for your own prayer time that is based on Ignatian Spirituality. It combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection and is between ten and thirteen minutes each episode. You can download the Pray-As-You-Go App for your phone or your tablet or you can go to their website: https://pray-as-you-go.org/home/ .
  • Renewal Ministries Northwest created a Lenten prayer guide and podcast, centered around the theme of wilderness. Please tell your congregations that they can sign up to receive the weekly guide, which will arrive in their inbox every Sunday morning at 5 a.m. during the season of Lent. https://renewalminnw.org/about/email-signup/ (or to receive the full devotional, write to [email protected]).
    —To listen to Week 1 of the Lenten prayer guide, click here.
    —To listen to Week 2, click here
  • For families, keep it short and simple. You may want to read from Jesus Storybook Bible. Rev. Jane Van Antwerp of NWC Presbytery has excellent kids’ sermons in book form through Beyond the Blue Ministries Sally Lloyd-Jones has a daily reading plan to use with children during Lent. We Wonder has a contemplative podcast for children for the season of Lent:https://www.wewonderpod.com/   For middle and upper elementary school students, here are two ideas of how to make prayer tangible. Here is a link to ideas for middle and high school content from the Fuller Youth Institute Every night, you may want to share everyone’s highs and lows from the day, read a Scripture passage (a Psalm is good), and then pray together, basing your prayer on the Scripture and what was shared during the highs and lows.  
  • If you have church members who are homebound or quarantined during this time, and in need of support or meals, consider appointing a point person (parish nurse, director of congregational care, a deacon or elder) who is willing to field phone calls and emails and coordinate meal delivery or grocery drop-off to those who are isolated and hungry.    
  • Consider new ways to connect with church members.  One example is the daily noontime video meditation offered by Pastor Lisa Horst Clark of First Congregational Church, Bellevue.