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“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. 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
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.
Let God’s Word speak to you. 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.
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.
Check out these Story Starters to help your household share stories of God’s faithfulness together.
For families with kids, check out these helpful resources:
Dwell at Home 5 Ways series of downloadable family faith formation tip sheets
Everyday Family Faith, a pocket-size family faith practices guide
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.
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