Worship and COVID-19

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For more support resources, visit crcna.org/COVID19.

God gathers the church in worship, but what do you do when you either can’t gather as a covenant community or you are unable to join them? How does the church worship virtually? How might we worship in small groups, with family and children, or as individuals? 

Don’t forget about those who do not have internet access. Could you print off a devotional and/or a worship outline, put it in an envelope, and deliver it to their home mailbox? 

NOTE: Resources continue to be added so keep checking this page.  Any worship resource posted on The Network or from Reformed Worship can be freely adapted for your context, we simply request that you acknowledge the original author (if provided) and where it came from. 

Many additional resources and latest news for Worship can be found on the Worship Ministries website - crcna.org/worship.

 

NEW: Next Steps for Worship: Planning Wisely, Thinking Deeply 

Peer Learning Book Groups are forming to study Stilling the Storm: Worship and Congregational Leadership in Difficult Times by Kathy S. Smith

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Unless indicated recordings of the webinars will be posted on Worship Ministries' YouTube Channe

​​SUPPORT FOR WORSHIP LEADERS

Whether you are paid or volunteer Worship Ministries staff are here to support and encourage you.  Here are a couple ways that we can connect:

  1. Email us at: [email protected]
  2. Join CRC Worship Ministries facebook group: If you haven't already, consider joining 500 other CRC worship leaders in this facebook group: a safe place to ask questions, receive encouragement, and share resources. 

 

GOOD THOUGHTS AND IDEAS TO SHARE

SACRAMENTS

PRAYERS AND LAMENTS

GENERAL WORSHIP RESOURCES

WORSHIP RESOURCES WITH CHILDREN IN MIND

LOGISTICAL TIPS AND IDEAS

Virtual/Online Worship

Not every church is blessed with the technology and the know-how to pull off online worship.  While we are hearing a lot about all these wonderful ways technology is bringing us together do not create added stress and feel pressured to use them. Praise God for the other gifts and strength areas that God has given your church and celebrate those! 

Phone/Conference Calls

  • From the RCA: Bethel Reformed Church of Brandon (in Wisconsin) used FreeConferenceCall.  They reported: "it was great for our older population who didn't have computers and could simply call in to listen, as well as for our younger population who could login to the video conference portion. The service was able to be recorded via FreeConferenceCall and then placed on CD for our nursing home residents and we were able to put the video portion on YouTube for consumption later."  www.freeconferencecall.com

Printed Copies

  • Don't forget that there are many that either don't have internet access or who do not have a data plan that allows for downloading large files.  Consider also making printed worship resources/outlines available for people to pick up at your church (place a box outside).  For those who cannot drive to the church to pick it up, mail them a copy, or toward the end of the week deliver it in an envelope, place in an outside mailbox and have them wait till Sunday to open. 

Parking Lot Church

  • Depending on the advice of your local health officials and the weather it may be possible to have folks gather in their cars and roll down the windows to participate in worship or if your congregation is small enough, to bring your own chairs and leave the required space between each household to worship together out doors. 

GENERAL DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES

  • Today - available in print, online, as a daily email, or via an app, from Back to God Ministries/ReFrame Media
  • Seeking God’s Face - available through Faith Alive   NOTE: the Lent section is available as a free pdf under "Other Resources" 
  • Daily Lectionary - with a suggested reading from the Psalms, Old Testament, and New Testament for every day. 
  • Vibrant Congregations, a joint CRC/RCA ministry, is posting a daily prayer/psalm and hymn for personal or congregational use on their Facebook page (Vibrant Congregations). They are also taking prayer requests [email protected].
  • Also see: Faith Nurture during COVID-19
  • Simple 'Fly-Over' Prayers - simple prayers for health care workers, emergency personnel, and others on the front lines.

DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES WITH CHILDREN IN MIND

MUSIC RESOURCES

Not finding what you are looking for? Email [email protected] and/or join CRC Worship Ministries Facebook page and ask another worship leader.   

Other websites to consider: The Calvin Institute of Christian WorshipCenter for Excellence in Preaching (audio sermons). Coronavirus Church Resource Center, Faithward (RCA), Presbyterian Church in CanadaPresbyterian Church USA.

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Thank you for this wonderful and comprehensive list of resources!