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Preparing to Reopen Churches for Worship during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic means churches planning to reopen will have to consider not just how to keep congregants safe, but also how to make them feel welcome. Consider these thoughtful recommendations from Yvette Lau, a pastoral musician, scholar, and teacher serving in Hong Kong.
Article | June 15, 2020
Words to the Church from Another Time of Pandemic and Racism
The Rev. Francis Grimké’s thoughts from over a century ago are just as relevant during our current COVID-19 crisis and ongoing pleas for racial justice.
Reflection | June 15, 2020
Transitional Worship During COVID-19
A safe return to familiar forms of Sunday worship services is still a long way off. But the historic church offers a way to frame in-person worship in the meantime.
Article | May 19, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Offering Hope at Grace and Peace Christian Reformed Church, Chicago, Illinois
Chantel Varnado, worship arts director at Grace and Peace CRC, shares her insights for leading worship in the time of COVID-19, drawing wisdom and her own experience from her multicultural worshiping context.
Conversation | May 18, 2020
A Prayer for the Grieving
A prayer during COVID-19 written by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
Reflection | May 18, 2020
Prayer for the Celebration of Ascension
An Ascension Day prayer during COVID-19 written by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
Reflection | May 07, 2020
Hymns for a Pandemic: A Brief Historical Introduction
Centuries before 2020’s novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Christians around the world responded to plagues, pandemics, uncertainty, and sin with faith in God’s presence and care—a faith expressed in many theologically rich hymns that can remind modern believers of God’s faithfulness.
Resource Guide | May 05, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Jesus’ Presence among First Nations Anglicans in Canada
In this conversation, Mark L. MacDonald shares his insights challenges for worshiping in time of COVID-19 in his context of indigenous congregations in the Anglican Church of Canada.
Conversation | May 01, 2020
Recursos para iglesias en tiempos de coronavirus
Debido a la reciente pandemia COVID-19, iglesias y comunidades de adoración han sido forzadas a implementar medidas de aislamiento social y nuevas prácticas de adoración. Los siguientes recursos han sido recopilados de diferentes organizaciones, profesionales y artistas, y representan una variedad de respuestas para el ministerio cristiano en este nuevo contexto, con énfasis en el ministerio de adoración.
Resource Guide | April 21, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Sparking New Connections at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Roxboro, North Carolina
Like many congregations, New Mount Zion Baptist Church has people with varying abilities, incomes, and technology access. In this edited conversation, LaTonya McIver Penny shares how to use a mix of digital and old-fashioned ways to help worshipers and community members stay connected.
Conversation | April 14, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Maintaining Community via Virtual Worship at St. Monica Catholic Community, Santa Monica, California
St. Monica Catholic Community aims to welcome and engage every member toward deeper participation in worship and parish life. In this edited conversation, Dale Sieverding explains how to keep members of a church community feeling connected even though they cannot commune together.
Conversation | April 14, 2020
Spiritual First Aid during a Time of Crisis
Drawing from her past experience of shelter-in-place in Central African Republic, Ann Plantinga Kapteyn offers insights and resources for coping with trauma during COVID-19 pandemic.
Reflection | April 09, 2020
Una oración para la Pascua / Easter Prayer
A Bilingual Easter Prayer in the time of COVID-19 pandemic
Reflection | April 08, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ministry of Presence at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church, Roseville, California
Greek Orthodox Christian worship is consciously embodied. Christopher Flesoras, a Greek Orthodox priest, discusses pastoral discernment for serving the faithful when public health needs require social distancing, also known as physical distancing.
Article | April 07, 2020
Prayers for Protection in Places of Exile, Fear, and Uncertainty
In a time of fear, uncertainty, and isolation because of COVID-19, ancient prayers of protection can remind us of God’s sovereignty and care. Here, Debra Paxton-Buursma, professor of education at Calvin University, explores St. Patrick’s Prayer of Protection, set to music by a modern composer who himself faced danger and exile.
Reflection | April 07, 2020
Shaping Worship during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Reviving Wesleyan Discipleship at Grant United Methodist Church, Fairmount, Indiana
Not every church has the capacity to move worship online when pandemic public health directives require social and physical distancing. Pastor Constance Cherry explains how her small rural Methodist congregation is drawing on its Wesleyan heritage to help members worship and disciple each other.
Conversation | Article | April 06, 2020
Shaping Worship during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Asking Good Questions in Chinese-Language Evangelical Churches in Vancouver, British Columbia
In this edited conversation, Herbert Tsang shares how to use a mix of digital and old-fashioned ways to help worshipers and community members stay connected. He suggests good questions to think about regarding how technology and COVID-19 will form churches and worshipers.
Conversation | April 06, 2020
A Blessing for Healthcare Workers in a Time of Covid-19 Pandemic
Kate Williams wrote this prayer as a blessing for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reflection | April 03, 2020
Prayers of God’s People during COVID-19
Prayers of God’s People during COVID-19 written by Rev. Larry Doornbos
Reflection | April 03, 2020