Worship and COVID-19

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

Looking for Advent and Christmas Resources for Use During COVID?  

Check out this page for resources for Advent and Christmas such as: 

  • Audio/Video Recordings of Public Domain Advent/Christmas Songs 

  • Visuals for Projection

  • Resources and ideas for worshiping at home and online

 

Other Items of Note

Worship Leader Online Meetup Tuesdays 1:00 EST now through Dec. 21

We recognize how difficult it is to plan for Advent and Christmas this year when many of us are unsure whether we will be in person, completely virtual or some hybrid option.  Things keep changing so we keep adapting!  Show up on Tuesdays to glean some wisdom from those in similar situations, share some insights from your own experience, and just have an opportunity to chat and share the weight of Covid Christmas this year.  Katie Roelofs and guests will be on Zoom Tuesdays at 1:00 EST so pour a cup of morning or afternoon coffee depending on where you're dialing in and join as you can! 

This link will work for every week: https://crcna.zoom.us/j/88980317978...

Meeting ID: 889 8031 7978//Passcode: 605839

 

Need a Sunday off post Christmas? 

Keep an eye out here for worship resources connected to Matthew 2:1–12, the story of the Magi. Rev. Meg Jenista Kuykendall, from Washington DC CRC, will provide a pre-recorded sermon that is part of the “Be Not Afraid” worship series from Reformed Worship but can be used on its own. You can plan a worship service that fits your own context and insert Pastor Meg’s sermon or use some of the resources provided, whatever works for you. Do you have worship resources or a video recording of a sermon on this passage from Matthew that you are willing to share? Feel free to email them to [email protected] 

 

From the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Calvin University

 

 

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!