In the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many churches are still finding ways to maintain fellowship and worship experiences. Our sales team reached out to churches across the country to hear what they’re doing to stay connected. Here are some of their responses.
Hosting Drive-in Church
Some churches are getting creative with their services. Using a local broadcast station, congregations are hosting “drive-in church.” Members gather in their cars at drive-in theaters and tune into the service on their radios. It’s a way for them to worship together while social distancing.
Using Facebook Groups to Connect
Facebook lets you create free groups to connect with like-minded people, and many churches are taking advantage of this. They’re hosting men’s, women’s, and young adult groups virtually using the platform. It gives members a chance to enjoy fellowship from the safety of their homes.
Youth Group Virtual Activities
With youth groups across the country unable to meet in person, youth leaders are providing virtual activities to keep kids occupied. Some youth groups have hosted virtual scavenger hunts, challenging kids to take pictures of items around the house and share them online. Other activities churches are using include sharing worship playlists, meeting over video chat, and sending out encouraging texts with devotions.
Virtual Sidewalk Chalk Art Shows
Some churches are encouraging their littlest members to show off their artistic skills with a virtual art show focusing on sidewalk chalk creations. It’s a way for children to get outside and connect with friends while still maintaining a safe distance.
Hosting Virtual Recovery Groups
Churches are commonly used as a meeting place for addiction recovery groups. Unfortunately, with coronavirus shutting down most public gatherings, people in recovery probably feel that they have lost a lot of vital support. Some congregations are providing a substitute with virtual recovery groups. Using the Zoom videoconferencing platform, groups are able to meet online.
Continuing to Minister to Those in Need
Food pantries remain open at many churches despite the outbreak. These compassionate volunteers are willing to risk exposure to the coronavirus to minister to those in need. They are an example of generosity and faith in these uncertain times.
It is inspiring to see so many churches finding ways to minister to their congregations despite the new restrictions put in place by coronavirus. Churches have historically been places of hope and healing even in the darkest times. We have no doubt they will continue to do so through the coronavirus pandemic.
Related: How Your Church Can Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak