Worship At Home Resources
Worship at Home Resources
March 18, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has stirred up anxiety and fear in our community, our nation and the world, and for good reason. We must take this global health challenge seriously and respond to it appropriately. Although our campuses are closed for on-site worship and we are practicing “social distance” from one another, we believe there are ways to continue our faith journey together.
No need to stay 6 feet away from Jesus!
Our staff has been looking through a variety of resources and activities and have selected a few we think might beneficial for our members below.
Picture the Netflix of Bible Studies. That is what Amplify, a new streaming service from Cokesbury is like. This is a great service we have that can help us fill in the gaps while we are social distancing. Amplify offers a very large range of videos for people of all ages. You might like to use this for personal study or a group might decide to all watch a video series and discuss via a conferencing platform. Either way, we offer this as a way to stay connected to church. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with hugs, which we are sure we could all use right now.
To get an access code to sign up:
1) Message your Sunday school class president. They were sent instructions and access codes from Belinda this week.
DAILY DEVOTIONALS FOR YOUTH, ADULTS & FAMILIES
Enjoy weekly devotionals from your staff at PHUMC during this time at home. While we can’t be in worship physically, our hope is we can share some words to inspire and let our church family know they are loved.
The devotional experience, written especially for youth and young adults, seeks to provide reflections on themes that impact our faith journey. We are happy to say that d365 is read by over 2,000 people each day, throughout 74 different countries! We hope this experience will create a quiet space in your life for meditation and prayer.
Our Daily Bread’s mission is to make the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all. Our vision is to see people of all nations experiencing a personal relationship with Christ, growing to be more like Him, and serving in a local body of His family.
- Pandemic Hope (printable pdf)
A family devotional about life during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are devotional readings & activities prepared for the next 8 weeks for you to do with those you are isolated alongside. If you live alone, call a friend or journal. Let’s remember we are not people of fear, but of hope!
- HomeTouch Devotionals (sample pdf)
HomeTouch is a ministry resource that provides a weekly Christian devotional letter and activities that help your senior adults or other homebound members feel remembered and appreciated.
ACTIVITIES AND LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
Virtual Easter Egg Hunt
From Cindy Burns…
While we are not able to be together physically we are so very thankful we are able to be together spiritually. Prayer is such a gift from God. The gift of prayer seems even more wonderful during this upside down time. Please know as your children’s ministries staff, Kristie Finney, Cathy Englade and I are humbled and thankful to be praying for each of our precious children by name regularly.
Stress is high and good self care for children and parents becomes even more important.
1) Breathing Exercise: Our breath is a gift from God!
Simple exercise to focus on our breath saying these words-
- Breathe in love (inhale)
Breathe out fear (exhale)
Beautiful exercise to share with your child(ren).
Breathe in love for self (inhale)
Breathe out love for others (exhale
2) Meditation and yoga are wonderful examples of good self care. Yoga teacher and church member Tanesha Forrest recommends the following for children and yoga as well as this free meditation app for adults.
Tanesha writes, “Cosmic Kids has a whole series. They can be kind of goofy and kids love them!” For adults-Insight Timer is a free meditation app. I have already downloaded it to my phone and used it. Great blessing! Thank you, Tanesha!
3) Exercise and fresh air, sleep, eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water. Have a gratitude journal-very fun activity to do as a family!!! Daily!!!
Family Scavenger Hunt
For the class of 2020
For parents about homeschooling (Parent Cue is also a phone app)
Submit a Prayer Request
Your prayer concerns are important to us and that’s why each and every prayer request we receive is prayed for by our pastors as well as our Stephen Ministers. You can submit a prayer concern or request a visit with a pastor or Stephen Minister. (Zoom visits available during pandemic).
Video Chat Options for Your Group to Meet at Home
Several Sunday Schools and bible studies are already meeting on popular video chat apps such as Zoom, Skype, and Facetime. If you need help, please contact the church or use these resources below.
- Using ZOOM to Keep Church Connection – covers the basic functions of a paid account with ZOOM and talks through how it can be useful for churches for small groups and meetings to continue on while we can’t meet face-to-face. (ARUMC Course Demonstration; MUST Register for a free account)
Reassuring Children (and Parents)
- Assess what your child knows
- Process your own anxiety first
- Don’t dismiss your child’s fears
- Talk at an age-appropriate level
- Emphasize good hygiene
- Frame potential school (or church) closures as a positive
- Read more in-depth about each bullet point in this article from NY Times Parenting.
Articles about how to talk with your kids about COVID-19: