Opportunity For The Church's Finest Hour

When all of us churches registered for charity status, we made a promise to our government that we would ‘advance religion’ by bringing spiritual, emotional and physical assistance to everyone possible in our communities, our country and around the world. We made this same promise to Jesus, when we became His followers, signing on the spiritual dotted line of the Great Commission. Every one of us has followed Jesus as far as asking Him into our hearts to pay for our sins. However, placed before us, at this unprecedented time in history regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, is probably the finest hour and greatest opportunity for every Christian and the church as a whole to rise up in following Jesus by bringing that spiritual, emotional and physical assistance that we have committed to bringing than ever before.  As a District Network, the BCYD team is committing to bringing you an ever-growing list of creative ideas to help you bring this ministry assistance in your area. As soon as we learn of more ideas, we will commit to including them in our resources represented here, where you can find new ideas.

Keeping Finances Strong Church Communication Resources
The Church Response to COVID-19
Ministering in the New Reality

As churches establish new norms for communicating and meeting with one another, it’s important to pay attention to the needs around them. What are you doing to meet the real-life needs of people within your church and within your community?

The situation is creating opportunities to love our neighbors in tangible and noticeable ways.

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COVID-19 & Your Church
How your church can be responding during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic

As we come to the end of an unprecedented week in our country, churches everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to respond and what to do about the growing concern for the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic hitting our country.

Local governments are banning large gatherings, forcing churches to close their doors on Sunday and cancel events. Leaving many to quickly figure out how best to Livestream (some for the first time!), and how to effectively communicate about the changes.

Sunday Gatherings Resources Free Media for Churches
Online Streaming and Resource Options

Remove the barrier of technology so any church can reach people for Christ through online ministry.

  • CCLI LICENSING 
    Need To Steam Your Service?
    Stay Connected With Your Congregation.  Find out more here

  • GUIDE FOR CHURCHES
    How to quickly ramp up your digital ministry, digital services, and digital giving.

  • BARNA GROUP - Resource Kit

  • KIDS MINISTRY when church is canceled.    Click here.

  • CHURCH COMMUNICATION  Click here.

  • ONLINE GIVING OPTIONS
    Check out Planning Center Giving
    Tithely
    LifeWay Generosity Giving
    Link your church's Charitable Impact online giving page.   Click here. 

  • KIDS VIDEOS

    Reach kids even if they're not in your building with top-quality video messages. Find Bible App for Kids videos for the little ones, Konnectfor elementary, and Loop and Switch for the older kids. They're all formatted for the web and ready to stream. 
    Access our Next Generation Ministries Resource Page

  • YOUVERSION PLANS WITH FRIENDS

    In the YouVersion Bible App, you can study and discuss Bible plans with a group—your congregation, small groups, or online attenders—and keep community strong even while you're apart. Download the app, start a plan, and add friends

  • SMALL GROUPS
    Here are a few ways to continue to meet with your church groups remotely while in-person meetings may be canceled due to health concerns or other reasons.

    • Your study groups may not be meeting in person during this time but you can suggest they meet virtually.  RightNowMedia can provide this to your congregation. 
    • There are multiple free video conferencing options that groups can use to meet such as Zoom Meetings, Google Hangouts, and Skype. These platforms enable screen sharing, meaning one person can share their screen while the study is playing and the group can still watch together with discussion to follow.
    • Alternatively, you can ask the group members to watch on their own beforehand and then use video conferencing, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger as a platform for your group discussions.
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Free Training and Checklists to Prepare Your Church for the Coronavirus

With the spread of the coronavirus, we want to help churches take the appropriate measures to plan, prepare, and protect their people from the pandemic. In this free training, you will find 4 videos, 7 ministry-specific checklists, and a sample pandemic policy all for you to contextualize for your church.

Access the Online Resource District Conference Announcement

Due to the continued reports of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re choosing to exercise caution to support the safety and health of our community. We know that the Coronavirus has become a worldwide concern and is on the top of everyone’s minds. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada for how best to respond to the developing situation.  Please see our communication regarding District Conference here

We’ve compiled resources for you to use when communicating about the Coronavirus within your church. The goal of this messaging is to provide important information without instilling fear. Here are some important things to consider as part of your communication strategy with your church.

Let people know of the actions your church is taking.

  • We are dedicated to offering a clean and safe environment.
  • Our facilities are cleaned regularly.
  • In addition to hand soap available in the bathrooms, we have a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizers available for use at every service time and location.
  • We plan to continue our weekly services but are monitoring the situation and following recommendations from provincial and local government agencies.

 
Provide examples of best practices for not spreading germs.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use soap and water when possible.
  • If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.


Share encouragement through scripture.

  • In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Check out these examples of how churches have started communicating about the Coronavirus.


The news around the Coronavirus is changing rapidly. Always refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada for local government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.