*YES this is how Jesus would look doing Faith at Home! You are not alone.
The ELCA Faith Formation Team is here for YOU!
ELCAChurchTogether -Resources to help leaders and members stay connected and resilient during COVID-19.
Collection of News Links That Detail the Impact of the Pandemic on Marginalized Communities
· The Impact of COVID-19 on Native American Communities
· Coronavirus and Latino Health Equity
· Resource List for Asian-Americans and Others
· Resources for Undocumented Immigrants and their Families During COVID-19
The Everyday Racism of Covid-19 by Judith E.B. Roberts, ELCA Churchwide
CDC GUIDANCE FOR CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PUBLIC SPACES, WORKPLACES, BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, AND HOMES - Read through this 9 page document for your church...nursery..etc.
Digital Escape Rooms - These Digital Escape Rooms and other activities are compiled here by Sun Prairie Public Library Youth Services Staff and The County Library (Salt Lake) staff, but the activities themselves have been made by librarians from all over. If you truly enjoyed one, please consider reaching out to the library, if they provided their information, to thank them. Please feel free to share this document with all (patrons, friends, families).
Graduation Milestone Moment from Milestone Ministry, Provides a discussion guide for faith-filled conversations to have online with the graduate to recognize God
in this moment.
• Celebrate this special time in one’s life when graduation ceremonies are being canceled or rescheduled
due to mandatory stay at home restrictions.
• Experience prayers and blessings from family and friends that provide a memorable moment for the
• Send messages of love and support by creatively using online resources that surround the graduate with
the love and grace of God.
Adaptive Leadership from the ELCA Youth Leadership Team
Institute of Youth Ministry out of Princeton Theological Seminary - come TONS of Resources
Covid-19 Changes Muslim Celebration of Ramadan - Dr. Zahra Jamal from the Boniak Institute at Rice University delivers an approachable explanation of Ramadan amidst the pandemic. (see video below)
Pandemic Prayerbook - compiled by Darcy Wiley
Reinventing graduation: 3 ways to honor milestones in the midst of pandemic - From Fuller Youth Institute, As we navigate graduation season digitally, what can caring adults do to help young people establish personal connections?
Considering Moving Camp Online? - From ACA camps, if you are pivoting to online/virtual programming for part or all of your 2020 camp season, then you’re likely exploring how best to translate what you do physically in person at camp to an online/virtual forum without sacrificing the quality of your programming.
5 Practices for Coaxing Order out of Chaos - by Consultant Susan Beaumont for Luther Seminary
Measure What Matters: Faith Leaders Share How to Measure Digital Engagement - From Barna Research
Worship Design Resources - from Dr. Marcia McFee
Coming Back Together Congregation Guidelines - From the three Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
Join the LWR 75,000 Face Mask Challenge - Vulnerable communities are defenseless against COVID-19. Help Lutheran World Relief reach neighbors in need without leaving home. The masks you sew in your living room will provide love and protection to a neighbor in need halfway around the world. How many will you make?
LOM Covid-19 Resources - Organized weeks of info.
The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online Edited by Heidi A Campbell - Writers were asked to tailor their essays to respond to one or more of the following set of questions:
What are the biggest challenges for churches/religious leaders going online, and why?
What has your experience/research taught you about the important issues religious communities and church leaders must consider when making the move to doing church online?
How has the current situation influenced how you do or see the church in a digital age?
Four Pastor Talk About Leading Through These Difficult Times.
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook - FREE secular workbook from The Wellness Soceity with tons of resources to recognize and work through anxiety.
Pandemic Hope: A Family Devotional for Life During Covid-19 by a collective of Lutheran leaders.
Milestone Ministries: Coronavirus milestone for small gatherings and households.
Illustrated Ministry: Offers free weekly coloring pages and devotionals during the pandemic.
Covid-19 Time Capsule for Kids - FREE download created by Natalie Long of LONG Creations includes:
Page To Draw Family Picture, All About Me, How I'm Feeling,My Community,What I Am Doing At Home, Handprint Page, Special Occasion Page, Letter To Myself Sheet,Interview For The Parents, Letter From The Parent
Handling Schooling at Home from a Homeschooling Mom - from ADDitude Magazine, “I’ve Been Homeschooling My ADHD Brood for Years. Here’s What I Want You to Know.”
Home Grown Faith: Curated List by Faith Formation guru Linda Staats for such a time as this.
Guide to Self-Care for Families Together at Home - from SALT
Coronavirius Faith + Lead from Luther Seminary - Resources for Christian communities being church in the midst of a global pandemic.
Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
https://www.nasponline.org/…/talking-to-children-about-covi… This is a comprehensive resource authored by the National Association of School Psychologists.
Coronavirus, Anxiety, Children and the Church
Great, practical advice from the “Building Faith” website based at Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal).
Helping Children with Scary News
A blog post by New York Times bestselling children’s author Sally Lloyd-Jones focused on helping children process scary news.
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety
A guide from Children’s Hospital in Seattle with strategies to help children and teens cope with anxiety related to the coronavirus.
10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak- from Christian Century come some timely reminders
Ten Tech Tips for Meeting Online - NEXT Church has been operating virtually for the past 7+ years, so we are super familiar with meeting online! Mostly, we have used Zoom, so we refer to that platform here, but we hope these tips will translate across different platforms.
Racial Equility (during Covid-19) - COVID-19 Racial Equity & Social Justice list includes information that we hope will help communities and activists as they work to understand and respond to the moment and for the long haul.
15 Ways to Build Faith and Community Virtually During the Pandemic- from Youth Specialties
Online Youth Group Games - from HEALTH OVER HURRY
Encouraging Authentic and Intentional Relationships
Lutheran Schools: Best Practice Advice
Also our ELEA schools are being inventive in these times, including inviting parents into faith at home practices such as this one from: a daily Zoom meeting - from 9-9:30. We have the following schedule:
Story Time (books read with permission from publishers - some faith based some SEL books)
Movement time: Yoga, Brain Gym, Tapping, Mindful movements, Dancing (we choose one for the day)
Reading and sharing a daily calendar entry from our SEL program Choose Love - today was Gratitude
Sing a song together
Positive Affirmations together
Saying Good bye/prayer
Dee Dee Thurber, Chapel School Director
603-882-6142 x 140, 3 Lutheran Drive Nashua NH 03063
Morning Watch on YouTube: Hey y'all, my brother and I are both ELCA pastors in Greensboro, NC and we also happen to live two houses down from each other, so we're treating our two families like one big family hunkered down together during this isolation time (we make this clear in this video so people know we're taking distancing seriously). When we were on staff at Camp Lutheridge in NC we started every day with "morning watch," an opening word for the day that centers us in scripture, music and prayer. We decided to make some videos together and we're going to put two out each morning: one called Morning Watch which is simple scripture/song/prayer and is meant to be an encouraging word for everyone, and a second called Morning Watch Kids which is geared specifically for young folks and their families, with the idea of encouraging families to make faith conversation a regular part of their time at home together. http://bit.ly/MorningWatch
Lutheridge Lutheran Camp is doing evening "cabin time" gatherings for kids and families. https://www.facebook.com/CampLutherSprings/videos/522673481766051/UzpfSTExODIxNzcwNTI6MTAxNTY5ODI3MTQ2NTU4ODc/
"Story Time with Pastor Ariel," a ministry for children and families offered weeknights through Facebook Live at 8 p.m. CST on the Living Word, Katy Facebook page.
Dear Friends, GenOn Ministries is here to help while you are sheltering in place and social distancing. GenOn has some easy ideas for using our much-loved Sunday LIFT (Living in Faith Together) at home.
We’re giving away two free Spring sessions to gather around the kitchen table, coffee table, picnic blanket, or anywhere food is shared. Use it for any meal or snack time, any day of the week, to break bread, study the Bible, play, and pray—together. It’s a fun and easy way to add a faith and fun component to mealtime. Maybe with grandparents or friends over Zoom or FaceTime? It could become a new Sunday morning or Friday night tradition!
Click here to access your free sessions from our website.
For Young Adults:
Abide for Young Adults - small groups online!
FREE Festival of Homiletics - Need to hear a good word? Hear it from some of the BEST preachers around!
TheoEd: Leading thinkers in the church and the academy giving the talk of their lives in 20 minutes or less. Discussion Guides included.
ChurchNext: So we're offering two free courses: Bridging the Political Divide with Parker Palmer and Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse, sponsored by the Office of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church. These courses are aimed at helping us have effective discourse across political and social divisions - modeling Christ's teaching and instructions for us to be reconcilers.
These courses join another free offering called Prayer and Worship in Our Homes, a free 5-course class that teach different approaches to prayer. Some focus on particular types of prayer discipline. Others talk about reaching out and praying with others, even when we’re physically isolated from one another.
You can use these classes remotely in a couple of different ways. You can either: Have individuals within your parish take the course on their own, or Meet in a zoom-style online classroom and take a class together. In that case, you would guide the students through the classes, opening with prayer, watching the videos together, and then offering opportunities for discussion using the course discussion questions.
From SALT: In planning for the summer, you might consider our customizable worship series: Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart. This is a deeply pastoral series filled with stories in scripture of unraveling. It may resonate deeply with your congregation in the months to come.
Resources from the ELCA Faith Practices Ministry
The website: www.elca.org/faithpractices has a variety of resources for individuals and congregations to use not only during our current global crisis, but as tools for faith formation at any time.
Big Picture Big Purpose from Dawn Trautman - VBS for Grown-ups is back. And there's no need to park yourself in front of Zoom to participate. You'll download the lessons each week, do the the activities and crafts at home away from screens, and then report back in our private Facebook group.
Abide for Young Adults - NEW GROUPS STARTING NOW!
In this time of uncertainty, the ELCA is inviting young adults ages 18-35 to gather online with small groups to build community and talk about what it means to abide in this moment. We believe that physical distancing is vital for the good of our neighbor, but our call is still to community - to support one another, pray with one another, rejoice and lament with one another.
The form below will help us organize folks into small groups with one small-group leader who will convene group online. You will get a follow-up email with more info about your group including your meeting time and how to access the small group materials before your meeting. REGISTER HERE.
This At the Time of Death Milestone Moment helps those gathered with the dying person to bring closure to relationships in a way that fosters reconciliation of any unfinished issues and the celebration of live and love.
The dying of a loved one is a tender moment filled with meaning. It provides an opportunity for family and friends to express love for the dying person, confidence in the Christian faith, and hope in God’s eternity. It is important during this time to provide the assurance of God’s love and the love of others to create a sense of calm and peace for the person’s final moments.
This Milestone Moment includes a Four Key Faith Practices outline which encourages growing in our faith by recognizing the home and family gatherings as church, too. A simple five-step structure is also included to establish a solid base for faith formation and development.
Family Driving Prayer Stations - Invite your families to load up in the car and pray for their community – ALL ages are welcome! Prayer is always a Christian essential, but right now it feels incredibly important and one of the primary ways we can be supporting our community. As families drive through their community, the prayer station guide provides scripture, reflection, and prayers to stop and read at specific locations. This driving prayer station guide was written specifically for families in our current pandemic. Share this free download!
eformation 2020 - June 3 all day, This online event reflects over six years of the eFormation learning community providing a space for leaders to grow and experiment with digital media for ministry practical tools and resources. eFormation provides relevant, forward-thinking, and vocation-grounded workshops and connections.
Ministry leaders will discuss practical resources as well as future-forward initiatives. This all-day, all-online conference will also feature opportunities for prayer and small groups throughout the day. Join us for this innovative way to form connections!
SING! PLAY! SUMMER!
Look no further: your “summer soundtrack” is here!
This beautifully designed, twenty-page guide includes over 50 summertime activity ideas, all organized around six Butterflyfish songs (MP3s of the songs are included in the download!) that’ll put pep in your step and faith in your heart. Each song brings a biblical story or theological idea to life, making it a springboard for activities that individuals, congregations, families, and children of all ages can enjoy. What’s more, “Sing! Play! Summer!” includes the lyrics to all the songs and an editable page on which you can enter key events in your congregation's summer schedule.
IDEAS & RESOURCES FOR LAMENT AND THANKSGIVING
FOR YOUTH AND THOSE WHO MINISTER WITH THEM - This is a resource from the Episcopal church, for individuals or groups (specifically teens and young adults) to name and share experiences of loss, grief, anger, alongside hope and solidarity in the
midst of COVID-19.
Wonder Stories from Lutherhill Camp -Join Pastor Jen Kindsvatter for a delightful series of Wonder Stories recorded at various places at Lutherhill in La Grange. Be sure to check out the Wonder Questions in the comments of each video! (see example below)
Wrestling with Wonder
Wondering What's Next
Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum
Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum! It focuses on one of the first ways we begin to understand God’s self-revelation -- hearing, engaging, and wrestling with the written Word. In other words, it is through the stories of the Bible that we get to know God. Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum features 35 units, which allows you to build a library of stories. It’s ideal for small churches and big churches alike. While this curriculum is meant to be a multiage curriculum for K-5, each unit includes suggestions on how the curriculum can be used in intergenerational settings. Sign up for this webinar today to learn more about this exciting curriculum and how easy it is to use in your church setting.
GenOn’s “All God’s Children: The Church Family Gathers for Summer” can be easily modified to meet your needs for at-home use or small backyard groups. It has 5 sessions perfect for outdoor activities. INCLUDES IDEAS FOR DOING VBS AT HOME. Buy the whole set or individual sessions. Try a FREE sample.
Faith and Fireworks (Mark 5:21-43)
Let's Go Camping (1 Kings 19:1-13)
Plumb Straight (Amos 7:7-15)
Storm Stories (Mark 4:35-41)
Walking on Water (Matthew 14:22-33, John 6:16-21, Ephesians 3:14-21)
Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart - from A Sanctified Art, The Unraveled series explores 12 stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and expectations. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling our plans—and us—into something new. We expect you to customize the series, arranging the scriptures into the order and duration that works best for you.
Exploring God's Love with Deacon Shari - From Peace Lutheran Church in IL Deacon Shari Trotter offers YouTube videos for little ones.
Miss & Mail - A fun idea for some of your church staff to connect with your young ones during our "physical distancing" taken from a public school teacher. You could make a "Flat Preacher" or Flat Children's Director" or "Flat Youth Worker".
A Different Summer - GenOn Ministries hosted a chat about what churches are thinking of doing this summer.
Sheltered at Home: Family Prayers for Living and Loving - Author Christine V. Hides has a short book for just $2.99 to offer support and prayers.
Palm Sunday Video- thanks to Brooke DeJong and her awesome youth group, they creatively bring the Bible story "home." What other Bible stories could your youth group take on?
Graduation Milestone Moment - from Milestone Ministries you'll want this help to navigate the new world of graduations!
Faithful Families at Home: 15 Easy Family-Friendly Prayers and Activities (Downloadable PDF) - From Chalice Press and author Traci Smith - Download 15 easy prayers, practices, and activities to share with your children!
Family Sunday School - Leave the lesson presentation to your friends at Sparkhouse. Each week Sunday school curriculum developer (and former summer camp Arts and Crafts director) Dr. Dawn Rundman and her family will host Family Sunday School. Each episode presents a lesson based on Lectionary readings that families can watch together. The Bible story, illustrations, and other content are based on Spark: Activate Faith Lectionary Sunday school lessons.
Canceling Summer Programs: When Camps, Trips, And VBS Cannot Go On - From Building Faith, "Each church and organization will have to navigate these questions in ways that are appropriate and fitting for their context. Here are a few things to consider."
Dan Fugate of the Indidana-Kentucky synod is writing a Sunday School lesson for at home each week.
Molly Beck Dean says...
The season of Easter is 50 days, from Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020) to Pentecost (May 31, 2020). Consider beginning a paperchain where everyone in your house writes one thing they are grateful for. Do this for the next 50 days until Pentecost.
Great prayer stations for kids for Holy Week or really any time from Ascension Lutheran Church.
Check-in Time with Teens - from the ELCA Youth Core Leadership Team and Rachel Alley, Program Director for Ministry with Youth
Lutheran Pastor Heather Roth Johnson and her team are creating a faith at home YouTube channel entitled “Faith Finder Fun!” They will offer Monday-Friday faith videos with Backyard Monday, Treasure Tuesday, Creative Wednesday, Magic Thursday, Science Friday and Random Saturday! It’s a free resource for your families:
Praying in Color - Sybil MacBeth Why Pray in Color?
1) You want to pray but words escape you. 2) Sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge. 3) Your body wants to be part of your prayer. 4) You want to just hang out with God but don’t know how. 5) Listening to God feels like an impossible task . 6) Your mind wanders and your body complains. 7) You want a visual, concrete way to pray. 8) You Need a new way to pray.
Storypath - Storypath is a website that connects children's literature with our stories of faith by providing concise but detailed book reviews. Extra bonus...it aligns with the lectionary and comes out WEEKS ahead of time so you can be sure to get the book from the library or buy it BEFORE you need it.
Faith Fix - For families or churches you can order a Faith Fix box and have intentional interactive faith activities and devotions at home. Created by an ELCA Children's minister, each box covers a variety of themes.
Lutheran Outdoor Ministry's Daily Bread Ministries has partnered with the Christian Camp and Conference Association to provide a 30- day devotional guide for junior and senior high.
Faith@Home -The Episcopal Church provides a year-round weekly email that will include four separate lectionary based reflections and prompts for families (however that is defined) and friend groups. Each section is written by one of our diverse contributors with a specific pairing in mind--Adult to Littles, Adult to Middles , Adult to Bigs and Adult to Adult --so families of all types and sizes can dive deeper into the scriptures together. Additionally, each week will feature one unifying question that reaches across all four reflections.
We are thrilled to share with you a Mini Mess - a do at home Messy Church for you to share with your families.
Worship and Liturgy - from the Institute of Youth Ministry out of Princeton Theological Seminary comes TONS of resources.
Songs for Unsettled Times - From Music that Makes Community Short, come simple melodies that are a powerful balm and can be treated as pocket/zipper songs, which allow us to add words, names, and feelings specific to our context.
From A Sanctified Art, Singing Together But Apart - Congregational Song for Online Worship curated by Slats Toole,
"One of the most difficult things for me about moving to online worship platforms right now is losing the experience of singing together. Nothing can replicate the experience of singing together in one room. However, this is the kind of time where we need to sing—we need to sing our sorrows, we need to sing our hopes, and we need to sing the songs that comfort us and keep us grounded when everything is shifting around us."
ELCA Worship in the Home Resource - A Service of the Word following the lectionary.
Churchwide Livestreams Weekly Wednesday Chapel Service of the Word:
Join LSTC, Lutheran School of Theology, online, starting March 23, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 11:15am Central for daily worship led by Rev. Erik Christensen, pastor to the community, and our fine chapel staff. Learn more on our website.
A Remembrance of Baptism During Global Pandemic: By Lutheran Pastor Collette Broady Grund.
Giving in Times of Crisis:
Videos on a variety of stewardship topics are now available at
Live It Out! is a supplement to The Generosity Project curriculum, created for household conversation about the faith practice of generosity. In this time of the pandemic, talking about household finances and our identity as God’s generous people is more important than ever. Live It Out! is easily adaptable to online distribution and virtual conversation, across generations in households and the congregation. For more information contact TheGenerousityProject@elca.org.
Cultivating Generous Disciples: Leadership during a Pandemic
Congregation’s “normal way” to worship and thus to receive gifts, tithes and offerings for God’s Mission have been disrupted. Through online facilitation by our Lake Institute trained teachers, leaders in congregations will learn ways to talk about and act on pastoral care matters that concern generosity and money as a spiritual and discipleship practice. Through 6.5 hours online, leaders learn how to use practical resources and tools to inspire movement away from “scarcity thinking” to “God’s sufficiency”. Simply contact email@example.com.
Online Giving Options:
Setting up Bill pay with your Bank –The donor uses the bank’s ‘Bill Pay’ feature to setup the church as the payee and schedules a one time or recurring transfer of funds to the church for a certain amount. What most people do not realize is that the bank actually sends the church a check by mail and the church then has to process it just like any other check it receives during the week.
Credit card platforms. I like to choose providers with the lowest fees and no monthly fees. So that narrows down the choices.
To see a list of some options for Online Giving go to https://givingfees.com/#church
PRC - Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of the fees for comparison with info as Preferred Vendors of the ELCA:
– Online Giving – $0 monthly fee
– 2.4% + $0.25 per transaction (Visa, Mastercard, Discover)
– 3.5% + $0.25 per transaction (American Express)
– .5% +$0.25 per transaction (ACH/eCheck)
Please contact 424-228-8914 or email@example.com. For more information, visit https://get.tithe.ly/elca
– $0 monthly fee
– 2.35% + $0.35 per transaction (Visa, Mastercard, Discover)
– 3.5% + $0.35 per transaction (American Express)
– .8% +$0.35 per transaction (ACH/eCheck)
Contact Vanco for more information – 855-910-6066 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.giveplus.com/elca
2020 Synod & Congregations Preferred Vendor Accounts
Blessing in the Chaos
To all that is chaotic
let there come silence.
Let there be
of the clamoring,
of the voices that
have laid their claim
that have made their
home in you,
that go with you
even to the
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you
hear your life
or feel the grace
that fashioned you.
Let what distracts you
Let what divides you
Let there come an end
to what diminishes
and let depart
all that keeps you
in its cage.
Let there be
into the quiet
that lies beneath
where you find
you did not think
and see what shimmers
within the storm.
- Jan Richardson
from The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief
Lockdown - Brother Richard Hendrick
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,