Congregational Care and the Coronavirus Zoom Series
In this time of social distancing and uncertainty, many churches are discerning ways to continue the work and worship of their congregations. Transitioning to online worship and meetings and other digital communication is new territory for some, but you don’t have to feel like you’re charting this course alone.
Below are three opportunities to explore some electronic ways to communicate with your faith community internally, as well as extend your reach to an online parish. Communications specialist, Jasmine Haynes facilitates these 30-minute or less Zoom calls aimed at giving you options, functionality and best practices for electronic communication tools.
Send your participants a link to join by computer or a number to dial into. Participants do not need to have a computer or a Zoom account in order to join the meeting. Your meeting can be a mix of people joining by computer and phone video as well as those dialing in.
*When meeting virtually, you might need to change your planned curriculum. The best practice for virtual small groups is simplicity.
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Work with janitorial staff for regular environmental cleaning with bleach and to keep the restrooms stocked with hand soap.
Ask your hospitality volunteers to make sure that there are facial tissues and hand sanitizer stocked and available for worship services.
Give people permission to stay at home if they are experiencing illness symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath) of any kind.
Consider placing pause on “Passing of the Peace” rituals for the time being. At the very least, invite parishioners who are experiencing symptoms or those who are uncomfortable to refrain from handshaking during the Peace. Consider adopting an alternative way to share the Peace (e.g., fist bumps, elbow bumps, friendly waves and peace signs).
Consider setting out baskets or offering plates for people to drop their offerings in rather than pass through the pews. Don't forget to include the regular cleaning of offering plates to your cleaning schedule.
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