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VIRTUAL CONNECTION2020-09-02T11:41:24-07:00

Ideas to Connect Virtually

Virtual Gatherings

  • Here’s an ELCA guide to remote meetings: Remote_Meeting_FAQ_for_Congregations
  • Lead Bible study, classes, and discussion groups via video call.
  • Host a regular conference call  to check in.
  • Milestones Ministry created the Coronavirus Conversations Milestone Moment to provide an opportunity for families and friends to
    discuss and talk about the pandemic and to recognize God’s presence.

Telephone Connections

  • Send out daily devotions via text.
  • Create a phone tree for checking in with members who are isolated and/or not connected online.
  • Divide up your church membership list among church leadership and call everyone to check in.
  • Ask a retired rostered minister to lend a hand in making pastoral phone calls.

Email Connections

  • Send out daily, or weekly, devotions via email.
  • Send out regular pastoral letters
  • Send out financial updates and include instructions for giving.

Postal Mail Connections

  • Create and mail a daily devotional for those isolated.
  • Send cards to those who are isolated and/or have hearing loss making even phone calls difficult.
  • Send notes of thanks and care to people, especially workers on the front lines and local care facilities like nursing homes and hospitals.

Creating Sacred Time

  • Consider setting a common prayer time, so folks know they are praying together even if they aren’t gathered in person.

Reaching Out

  • Identify folks who need support re: grocery & supplies. Encourage sharing of supplies.
  • If you are healthy, volunteer with programs that provide critical services and need extra help at this time (ie. feeding programs, shelters, etc.)
  • Some have found wearing their clergy shirts in public to be a helpful way of connecting with folks in public who are anxious in these days
  • Connect with the partners who share your building – if they desire to continue meeting, help ensure they are able to meet the health department recommendations and your church’s plan. One congregation offered time on their Zoom account so the group continue to keep meeting.
  • Help your members consider other ways they can members support one another and the community.