Caring for Others; Caring for Ourself
This resource from Capacitar offers us simple practices that we can do to calm anxiety and boost our immune system. Capcitar practices have been used worldwide with people dealing with trauma, trauma from war and poverty and destruction. And, Capacitar practices can help us in a time of COVID-19 as well.
Idea Bank: Churches Being Church
One idea is to create baskets with items such as cleaning supplies, gloves, toilet paper, a resource guide for living in a world dealing with COVID-19. The baskets let these residents know you are thinking of them and provide important resources and supplies for a time that can feel pretty scary for many of us.
Congregational Church of San Mateo has created a Face Mask Brigade. Members are sewing face masks for health care workers, who are reporting there is not enough masks for the need. There is evidence that hand-made masks work nearly as good as regular surgical masks. Contact CCSM for more information and/or watch this tutorial.
Deacons and other members receive a list of members to call and check in with regularly and therapists and trained counselors in the congregation check in with those who are making the calls so the caregivers are also being cared for. Those making the calls are given particular questions to ask and also will find out if the member would like a call from the Pastor for a particular need.
Daily text sent to all members with something fun (like, “Time for a Dance Break!”) or an encouraging word to let them know we are all connected in this time.
Periodic video check-ins with members where each member is invited to share 1-2 minutes about how they are doing. This lowers the anxiety level when people can share.
Online “Bedtime Story” time for families a few times a week where a reader reads a few books and then everyone sings a song together. This short online time ends with a bedtime prayer.
Some nursing homes have iPads and have invited families to sign up for facetime with their loved ones. At the scheduled time they bring the iPad to the resident and the family/friends/church family is able to visit. (If some of your members are in a residential facility that is not allowing visitors, you can find out if they are offering this. If they are not, will they allow your church to donate some iPads in order to set this up. It is a way to help your resident member connect with church family and their own loved ones as well as providing outreach to other residents who would like to visit with their families.
One woman said that she cannot visit her father and because he is 90 years old and has trouble hearing, online video calls do not work. So every day she writes him a letter. Letters and calls are much appreciated by people for whom technology is a struggle and, honestly, for all of us!
One church set up a “help your neighbor” email address where members of the community can send emails to let the church know about food scarcity issues they are experiencing. A member of the church monitors the inbox and creates a spreadsheet of where there is need. Other members of the church have volunteered to help supply food so when a need comes in, those members are contacted and the church facilitates that person receiving help.
- Chaplaincy Innovation Lab (CIL) has a website and a Facebook page hosting weekly free town halls and pertinent webinars and zoom meetings
- Emory’s Cognitive-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) offers free, live, online compassion practice and fellowship sessions. To join or for more information click HERE.
COVID 19 Resources
- Prepare for Public Health Emergencies English (NEW POST)
- Prepare for Public Health Emergencies - Spanish (NEW POST)
- Prepare for Public Health Emergencies - Cantonese (NEW POST)
- Prepare for Public Health Emergencies - Korean (NEW POST)
- Prepare for Public Health Emergencies - Vietnamese (NEW POST)
- NCC-CUIC-CCT COVID-19 Resource Sheet
- California Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control
- Safe Grocery Handling
- SBA Faith-Based FAQ (April 3, 2020)
- Unemployment for Church Workers (April 15, 2020)
- Paycheck Protection Program Frequently Asked Questions (April 26, 2020)
- Paycheck Protection Program Frequently Asked Questions (April 29, 2020)
- Paycheck Protection Program Frequently Asked Questions (May 3, 2020)
- CARES Act For Churches (May 4, 2020)
- SBA Updated guidance for PPP Loans
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PSR is offering free access to the Professor of Practice series and other video content that will benefit church leaders on its Youtube channel.