We are certainly in uncharted waters as individuals, as congregations and as congregational leaders. Information continues to change and it can be frustrating and exhausting to keep up with. We want to help you respond with care and diligence as you make decisions for the good of your congregation and community. Following is a list of resources that we hope you will find helpful as you improvise and respond creatively to the needs around us.
Click here to watch District Town Hall Meeting on re-opening churches
Covid 19 and Mental Health by Mary Bowman
FAQs for Administrators and Leaders at Community and Faith Based Organizations
Recommended Preventative Practices and Faqs for Faith Based and Community Leaders
Director's Stay Safe Ohio Order
Urgent Health Advisory
Check list for Faith Based and Community Organizations
Wisconsin Council of Churches statement on returning to worship.
Ohio Citizens for Community Values statement for churches returning to public worship.
Erin Bromage, Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on the Risks, Know Them, Avoid Them
20 Questions your church should answer before people return.
Congregations offering online worship services
Now is the Time for Faithful Generosity (from Ecumenical Stewardship Center)
Giving Beyond the Offering Plate (from Ecumenical Stewardship Center)
Webinar on Giving Beyond the Offering Plate - March 31, 2020
Powerpoint (pdf version) accompanying the webinar
District Wide Zoom meeting recording links
Article for October 28 Zoom gathering
April 23 part 1 April 23 part 2 (Zoom split the session into two parts due to a pause in the connection)
Chamber of Commerce CARES Act info
Payroll Protection info
Sarah Bessey Prayer Shared by Jen Scarr
Free Live Streaming service offered by Church Webworks. Click here for details.How to Care for Our Most Vulnerable Folk (From Shenandoah District)
Sabbath Rest and Self Care (From Shenandoah District)
Pastoral Care in Time of a Pandemic (from Virlina District)
Planning and Response Recommendation for Churches (from Virlina District)
Resources for churches in time of pandemic (from Church of the Brethren) Offers ministry resources to support congregations and church leaders during a time when congregations may not gather in person.This site also includes links to Church of the Brethren congregations that are offering online church gatherings.
The latest general resources and recommendations on COVID-19 (from Brethren Disaster Ministry)
District Board November 2020 Guidance Letter
Brethren Press is making Holy Manna and some other resources available free in epub and PDF formats. Click here.
Resources for Children
Face Mask pattern
Face Mask sewing instructions
Click here to register to join to Faith Friday, a weekly Corona Virus update conference call for faith leaders hosted by the Church Ambassador Network of CCV with the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives!