Worship and COVID-19

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

Lent Resources

On January 12, a small group gathered for a roundtable Lent planning conversation.  Here is a link for notes from that meeting with ideas for Ash Wednesday, Lent and much more!

Stay tuned to this page for more resources coming soon!

Covid 1 Year Resources

As we approach the 1 year anniversary where our churches were directly impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic, we are continuing to add to a resource folder with prayers, liturgies and ways to acknowledge and mark this anniversary in our worship.  If you have something you would like to submit to this folder, please email [email protected]

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

GOOD THOUGHTS AND IDEAS TO SHARE

SACRAMENTS

PRAYERS AND LAMENTS

GENERAL WORSHIP RESOURCES

WORSHIP RESOURCES WITH CHILDREN IN MIND

TRAINING AND WEBINAR RESOURCES

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   
  • 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!