NCDHHS shares COVID-19 resources for places of worship and faith communities

 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the following information for faith communities as you make decisions about the best way to keep your community and congregation members safe and well this winter. 
  • This one-page document - Resources for Places of Worship and Faith Communities - provides a list of all available resources in one convenient document.
  • The Faith Leader Toolkit is available in both English and Spanish. Here are the sample talking points and sample language that can be included in bulletins or newsletters.
  • The Places of Worship Guidance is available in both English and Spanish.
  • The No-Cost Community Testing Events website allows you to search by your county name and find upcoming testing events. Additional testing sites can be found through the Find My Testing Place tool (note: some of these locations may charge and/or require health insurance). We’ve developed a Testing Email Template that faith leaders like yourself can use to share information about upcoming testing sites.
  • New guidance for Safer Holiday Breaks and Winter Holidays was just developed to help North Carolinians gauge the risks, protect their friends and loved ones, and slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • You can request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as disposable face masks, gloves, or face shields for your faith community. Please use the PPE Request Form;  under “Type of Partner” select “Clergy or Faith Based Entity.” 
  • Mental health helplines are available (Hope4NC and Hope4Healers).
    • Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) is available 24/7 for all North Carolinians in all 100 counties. People can call to speak to get mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. 
    • Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) is available 24/7 for our front line workers and their families, including health care professionals, emergency medical specialists, first responders, and other staff who work in health care settings – who may be experiencing stress from being on the front lines of the state’s COVID-19 response. This hotline provides mental health and resilience supports.
  • The SlowCOVIDNC app is available in the App store. You can download it, and you can get notifications if you have been in close contact with someone who shared a positive COVID-19 test result in the app.
  • We recently released a short video about our “Whatever Your Reason, Get Behind the Mask” (on Youtube) - please consider sharing this through e-newsletters or on your website! 


Also, please remember to check the COVID-19 County Alert System to understand the community spread in your county and to make decisions about actions to slow the spread of the virus.

The Bishop and Cabinet urge pastors and church leaders to use this system to monitor their county and to reconsider their decision to hold indoor worship, particularly if their county is “red."
  
Phase Three Extension - Guidelines for In-Person Worship and Ministry During COVID-19

Find more updates from the Western NC Conference and resources to help with your ministry during the time of COVID-19 here

Find up-to-date information on the spread of the virus in your area at the NC Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard.

All local churches are asked to use extreme caution in response to the recent rapid spread of the virus.

We thank the United Methodists across Western North Carolina for “loving their neighbor” by doing all that they can do to limit the spread of COVID-19.  

Resources for Vital Congregations

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

eLEAD

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging

RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:

Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children

GRANTS:

The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment

OTHER:

The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
 
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

 
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.
 

 

  • Resources
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