COVID-19 Resources

 

Resources for Local Congregations - COVID-19

Updated March 28, 2020
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Conference and District Staffs are working remotely now. The best way to reach out to our Northern Piedmont District staff is by email, or by calling our main office number. Click here for all of our staff contact information.


Messages from Bishop Leeland and Other Resources for Preparedness
 

State of North Carolina:

  • North Carolina Stay At Home Order - March 27, 2020 - On Friday, March 27, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 121, ordering North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work and essential activities such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety purposes.

 

Conference and District Event Cancellations:

 

Virtual / Online / Live-Streaming / Communication Resources:

  • Virtual Ministry Resources at wnccumc.org - Your ministry can and should continue through this season of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. This page is a comprehensive and growing list of links to help you!

  • Social Media Resources - Courtney Guadagno, Director of Communications & Technology at Christ UMC in Greensboro, is sharing tips and resources as you look at using social media for your local church.

  • Church Development Offers Assistance for Streaming Worship & Online Giving - In order to facilitate continued worship during this time, our Western NC Conference Church Development office is offering the resources to help churches transition to online streaming and online giving.

  • Help People Find Your Livestream - Join our conference Virtual Church List. We're compiling a list of churches who are utilizing livestreaming to continue ministry to their communities (and the community at large!) during this time of social distancing. You're livestreaming your services, studies, and even bedtime stories, and we want to join you!

  • Ten Tips for Meeting Online - Nice little article from a virtual church group...basics of hospitality and community as you meet online in settings like ZOOM, etc.

  • The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts has launched a crowdsourced Pandemic Response Worship Resourcing page. Great information and resources for worship leaders who are rapidly adapting to offering worship experiences online.

  • OneLicense.Net - Creative Solutions to Growing Concerns - COVID-19 - Licensing for online use of music and hymns. Full recording of a webinar on licensing shared on March 19, 2020.

 

Online Giving Resources:

  • Getting Started with Online Giving: Resources from WNCC Treasury Services and WNCC United Methodist Foundation - As churches continue to meet online, WNCC Treasury Services and the United Methodist Foundation have produced this resource that provides several options for online giving.  While many of our churches already have online giving procedures in place, we know many do not. We hope these options will prove helpful for you.

  • Electronic Recurring Giving: Needed Now More Than Ever! - An EXCELLENT recorded webinar by Discipleship Ministries done on March 19, 2020. Slides & downloadable resources are available to help you move your church forward on electronic recurring giving.

  • GCFA Provides Training and Resources for Local Churches - The Communications, Connectional Relations, and IT teams of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) will offer several resources to local churches and church leadership on both live streaming and giving at the local church level during these times of quarantine and confinement.

  • Five Tips for Managing Your Church Budget During the COVID-19 Crisis - Helpful advice and suggestions from Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

 

Missional Network / Community Resources:

 

Bible Study / Additional Resources:

  • The Passions of Jesus, a six-week, video-driven Lenten study developed by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, is now available for download.

  • Amplify Media: Amplify is a streaming service from UMPH/Cokesbury that offers resources for all ages. They offer a free 14--day trial for their full library, but everyone can view a limited library of free resources right now. Included are Adam Hamilton's UnafraidDeep Blue Spring 2020, Adult Bible Studies Spring 2020 and selections from their Lent 2020 catalog. Read more here.

  • Cokesbury Kids - Free Resources: From Cokesbury - "We want to make sure we're doing everything we can to support you and your church communities. That's why we've created a page called "Church at Home" on our site. This is where we will share links to live-streamed worship events for kids, free Sunday school lessons, free videos, and more. Check in regularly, as we will be adding new content daily."

  • Virtual Small Group Activities for Youth: WNCC Resource Center has compiled some activities that you can use to conduct virtual small group meetings:

  • A Coronavirus Prayer - Beautiful prayer shared by Kerry Weber.

 

Thoughts for Leaders:

 

United Methodist Church Resources:

 

Use of Church Facilities by Outside Groups during COVID-19:

 

 

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