“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)
The resources included on this page are intended to strengthen and encourage the Church as we enter a season of global health crisis, social distancing, and physical isolation.
Historically, times of crisis inspired many of the psalms and the book of Lamentations and even became the occasion for many of our New Testament letters. The wilderness seasons became places where God’s people encounter God in new ways that refine, refresh, and reorient God’s people for how to live more fully and more faithfully in their respective contexts.
Some of the resources included below point toward personal faith formation; others toward how we can nurture faith in our homes. We will continue to update this post with relevant, trusted resources as we become aware of them. Please feel free to check back here often.
Invite God to nurture you
Talk with God—and listen. Bring your praises and concerns to God daily, and ask God to speak to your heart. Great tools to help you: Pray as You Go offers an app and online prayer tools; 24-7 Prayer offers Lectio 365.
Let God’s Word speak to you. There is no better time to begin or continue reading the Bible regularly. Read a psalm each day, check out the e-book version of Seeking God’s Face; try this 40-day New Testament Reading Plan from Biblica, or view with kids The Jesus Storybook Bible videos via Amazon Prime.
Pause and breathe when you feel anxiety rising. Try a breath prayer. For example, breathe in as you say “The Lord is my shepherd,” and out as you say “I shall not want.” Or “Be still and know/that I am God.” The opening sentence of the Heidelberg Catechism’s Q&A 1 can also work beautifully as a breath prayer.
Nurture your household
Whether your home shelters a family, a couple, or a group of roommates, these resources will help you nurture the faith of the people under your roof.
Practice the Faith 5. Faith Inkubators developed Faith5, a fantastic, simple five-step system for nurturing the people you live with. In a nutshell, you share the highs and lows of your day, read a Bible verse or passage together, talk about how that passage might apply to your highs and lows, pray together, and bless each other.
Get outside as much as possible. Drink in God’s “general revelation” (see Belgic Confession Article 2) in parks, on hiking trails, on beaches. Take a prayer walk.
For families with kids, check out these helpful resources:
Dwell at Home 5 Ways series of downloadable family faith formation tip sheets
DWELL Digital during COVID-19: how CRC churches can send DWELL curriculum to parents for free
Everyday Family Faith, a pocket-size family faith practices guide
God’s Big Easter Story: a free 8-day devotional to help families celebrate Holy Week.
Building Faith with Picture Books: a blog post with resource links
How to Help a Grieving Child: a blog post
Faith in an Anxious World parenting podcast from Fuller Youth Institute
Kids Corner offers crafts, interactive Bible studies, and other activities on its website.
Other faith nurture resources