COVID-19 RESOURCES

3/19/2020

Coronavirus under the microscope


This page is being regularly updated & revised since it was first created in March 2020. Submit resources (with links) for this page to communications@memphis-umc.org. Each resource is evaluated according to its value to United Methodist churches and ministries in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Memphis Conference includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.
 

BE MINDFUL of WORSHIP COMMUNICATIONS

During these unusual times, many churches have revised their times & methods of worship. Make sure websites, Facebook pages, building signs & other means of communication correctly promote current in-person and online worship information. This says a lot about hospitality for visitors & seekers.

RETURNING TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP
  • On-The-Go Face Masks special pricing DETAILS
  • Guide for Reopening from Bishop McAlilly's Task Team | DETAILS
  • Why Reopening a Church is Different, by Rev. Alex A. ShanksPRINTABLE PDF | ONLINE ARTICLE
  • Preemptive Planning for Public Worship, recording of May 19 panel discussion presented by Black Methodists for Church Renewal | DETAILS

'WORSHIP FROM HOME' BANNERS & SIGNS | DETAILS

LIVING IN CRISIS - ePANEL SERIES | DETAILS
Presented by United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry & Council of Bishops' Leadership Development Team

  • Aug. 12, 2020: “Keeping the mission alive” 

LEWIS CENTER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Archive of many helpful resources | DETAILS

CENTER FOR FAITH AND IMAGINATION - MEMPHIS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Covid-19 Resource Center | DETAILS


LOVE ONE ANOTHER: WAYS TO ENGAGE COMMUNITY IN TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
From Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church | DETAILS

SKILLS & STRATEGIES FOR QUARANTINE AND POST-QUARANTINE CONGREGATIONS
Recommended by Bishop McAlilly: A month-long experience of online learning facilitated by Fresh Expression
s | DETAILS

HOW TO START A NEW KIND OF CHURCH
Free ebook from Fresh Expressions | DETAILS

CORONAVIRUS AT THE CROSSROADS OF FAITH & SCIENCE
Video of April 30 e-panel discussion from United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry | DETAILS.


CONNECTING WITH THE UNPLUGGED
Offline communication still has a place | DETAILS

BECOMING A CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS

Ideas for connecting | DETAILS

GUIDANCE FOR THE NEW NORMAL
From Clergy Coaching Network | DETAILS


HIGHER EDUCATION AND MINISTRY AMIDST A PANDEMIC
From United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry | DETAILS

CURRENT LOCAL NEEDS DURING PANDEMIC

  • Volunteers & financial assistance for March 3 Tennessee tornado survivorsDETAILS
  • Financial donations for Golden Cross Senior Ministries | DETAILS
  • Groceries & financial assistance for United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis  | DETAILS
  • Financial donations for Memphis Conference Lenten Hunger Offering to help feeding ministries affected by COVID-19 | DETAILS
  • Handmade face masks for Methodist Le Bonheur HealthcareDETAILS
  • N95 face masks from UMCOR cleaning kits for Methodist Le Bonheur HealthcareDETAILS
HOW OUR CHURCHES & MINISTRIES WORSHIP & SERVE DURING COVID-19
  • July 27:Trenton First United Methodist Church in Trenton, TN, provides community members with prepared meals | DETAILS
  • July 20: Dyersburg First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg, TN, is part of this United Methodist News story about music ministers and choirs | DETAILS
  • July 10: United Methodist Missionary Eric Soard, a clergy member of the Memphis Conference, talks about a renewed appreciation of the value of proximity in this "Get Your Spirit in Shape" podcast | LISTEN
  • June 18: Grace United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN, is part of United Methodist News story about local churches showing resilience | DETAILS
  • June 15: Covington First United Methodist Church in Covington, TN, is featured in story that explains how it went about producing a hit Internet video: 12 Rules of Church | DETAILS
  • June 11: St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland, TN, partners with city for second time in two months to provide  food & household supplies | DETAILS
  • June 1: 'Mason Outreach' is ministry of Covington First United Methodist Church that has distributed $2,000 in gift cards to families in need during pandemic | DETAILS
  • May 25: When technology is not available, pastor turns to outdoor visiting to be relational with members of Floyd's Chapel and Maury City United Methodist Churches | DETAILS
  • May 21: Reelfoot Rural Ministries buys face shields at cost for its dental clinic, thanks to 3D technology at nearby University of Tennesee - Martin | DETAILS
  • May 18: Murray First United Methodist Church implements creative ways to keep worship leaders and congregation connected during COVID-19 crisis | DETAILS
  • May 12: To engage with mothers during COVID-19 season, McKenzie First United Methodist Church organized Mother's Day Parade | DETAILS
  • May 11: One-person hand bell solo is one of many ways Mullins United Methodist Church is expressing its 'resurrection faith' | DETAILS
  • May 4: "On Presence and Gratitude" at the end of the college semester, a message from Rev. Amanda Crice, director of the United Methodist campus ministry at University of Tennessee, Martin, TN | DETAILS
  • May 2: Drive-in worship provides community, hope, means of grace for Dyersburg First United Methodist Church | DETAILS
  • April 23 in Lakeland CurrentsSt. Paul United Methodist Church is partnering with city and school system | DETAILS
  • April 22: Capleville United Methodist Church is 'rising up' | DETAILS
  • April 20: Men's ramp ministry at Reidland United Methodist Church adapts, but doesn't stop | DETAILS
  • April 20: Climbing Out of Isolation - a mother-son story from Christ United Methodist Church | DETAILS
  • April 15: 'Sheltered in grace' is reality and messaging for Bartlett United Methodist Church | DETAILS
  • April 10: Martin First United Methodist Church keeps 'coronavirus distance' while still serving community | DETAILS
  • April 10: Millington First United Methodist Church continues to worship, teach and serve | DETAILS
  • April 8: Paris First United Methodist Church is discovering 'terrific epiphanies'DETAILS
  • March 30 on Local 24 News Memphis: Christ United Methodist Church reaching out to front line workers | DETAILS
  • March 23 in Daily Memphian: Waters: Lenten Preparations in a pandemic | DETAILS
  • March 19 in Memphis Flyer: Embury United Methodist Church hosts online sermons | DETAILS
  • If you have an article/link to add to this list, submit to communications@memphis-umc.org

BLOG MESSAGES FROM BISHOP McALILLY

  • June 18: In-Person Worship and Available Grants | DETAILS
  • May 21: Tentative Date for Return to In-Person Worship Extended into June | DETAILS
  • May 9: Preliminary Guidelines to Prepare for In-Person Worship | DETAILS
  • April 24: Suspension of Worship Through May | DETAILS
  • April 12: Easter Greeting | DETAILS
  • April 11: A Virtual Holy Saturday Vigil | DETAILS
  • Aprll 2: Announcement Regarding Annual Conference (and future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference timeline) | DETAILS
  • March 31: Call to prayer for health care workers | DETAILS
  • March 27: Hope in the Lord | DETAILS  Includes updates on virtual communion & remote worship
  • March 22: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow |  DETAILS
  • March 19: Keep alert | DETAILS
  • March 18: How churches can help during COVID-19, including rural ones | DETAILS
  • March 17: In these unusual times | DETAILS
  • March 13: Guidance for churches with regard to COVID-19 | DETAILS

HEALTH and MEDICAL RESOURCES

  • May 2: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare launches 24/7 spiritual care helpline | DETAILS
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) | DETAILS
  • World Health Organization (WHO) | DETAILS
  • Wespath / HealthFlex | DETAILS
  • Beyond Washing Your Hands" video message from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) | DETAILS 

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

  • Churches providing alternative online worship:     Memphis Conference  |  Tennessee Conference
  • Virtual Meeting Services from General Council on Finance and Administration | DETAILS
  • Tips on Technical Production of Virtual Meetings | DETAILS
  • Summer Zoom Backgrounds Catalog | DOWNLOAD
  • Tips for using virtual backgrounds | DETAILS
  • Effective technology tools for churches (Zoom, Facebook Groups, Amplify) | DETAILS
  • iMovie training to edit video | DETAILS
  • Church texting software | DETAILS
  • Online social media graphics | DETAILS
  • Using phones to worship remotely | DETAILS
  • Connecting with the plugged-in COVID 10 | DETAILS
  • Amplify app (from United Methodist Publishing House and Abingdon Press): streaming services, a resource library and media DETAILS
  • Virtual meeting platforms help churches stay on track during COVID-19 pandemic | DETAILS
  • 5 important tweaks to make to your online church service | DETAILS
  • Understand live streaming to benefit your congregationDETAILS
  • Taking your worship online: A guide for beginners and everyone elseDETAILS
  • Free telephone conferencing for 5 participants | DETAILS
  • Ministry Through Facebook Groups | DETAILS
  • Zoom for Churches (video & audio conferencing course) | DETAILS
  • Zoom grants for churches < 100 members | DETAILS 
  • How to use Zoom for video & audio conferencing (5-min video) | DETAILS
  • How to live stream worship legally | DETAILS
  • Free conference calls | DETAILS
  • Digital media for ministry online training course | DETAILS  

CAMP & RETREAT MINISTRY

  • United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries: Check out Virtual Day Camp to experience joy of camp at homeDETAILS 

SMALL & RURAL CHURCH RESOURCES (Martin Methodist College)

  • Video Series: Leading During COVID-19 | DETAILS 
  • Worshiping Apart: Rural Churches in COVID-19 | DETAILS

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY RESOURCES

  • Blessing of Devices | DETAILS
  • VBS, Pandemic Style | DETAILS
  • Caring for Kids in a Socially Distant World: 5 Strategies for Pastoral Care | DETAILS
  • Helping children during COVID-19 crisis | DETAILS
  • Praying with children during a pandemicDETAILS
  • Talking with kids about the Coronavirus | DETAILS
  • Homeschooling during COVID-19: DETAILS
YOUTH MINISTRY RESOURCES
  • Blessing of Devices | DETAILS
  • Devotional writings (during pandemic) from Memphis Conference youth | DETAILS (24-page PDF)  
  • Safe Sanctuaries: Supporting a Shift to Online Youth Ministry Meetings | DETAILS
  • Homeschooling during COVID-19: DETAILS

WORSHIP RESOURCES

  • From Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship ArtsDETAILS
  • How to identify public domain hymns | DETAILS
  • Far-Reaching Permission To Use 'United Methodist Publishing House"' Resources For Online Worship During Crisis | DETAILS
  • Holy Communion in the Midst of a Pandemic | DETAILS
  • Hymnary.org provides hymn lyrics and histories AND full copyright information | DETAILS
  • 10 tips for engaging with online worship | DETAILS
  • Preaching to an empty room | DETAILS

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

  • Conference treasurer issues guidelines to churches for tithing on Paycheck Protection Program loans | DETAILS
  • Keep donations flowing during COVID-19 crisis | DETAILS
  • UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) announces COVID-19 Response Fund | DETAILS
  • CARES ACT (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Paycheck Protection Program (compiled by Memphis Conference Treasurer Larry Davis) | DETAILS 
  • Video: “How we maintain giving during social distancing?” with 3 helpful tips from the United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences | DETAILS
  • Ready to help with financial needs: United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences | DETAILS
  • Memphis Conference waives late fees on direct-bill payments for clergy health and pension benefits | DETAILS
  • 7 Ways to Keep Revenue and Donations Flowing | DETAILS
  • eGiving Guide for Every Church | DETAILS
  • Everything you need to know about eGivingDETAILS
  • Nontraditonal revenue tool kit | DETAILS
  • 10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 crisisDETAILS
  • Making giving easy: services, credit readers and more | DETAILS
  • Recorded Webinar -- Electronic recurring giving: Needed now more than ever | DETAILS 
  • Quickly find an online giving solution for your church | DETAILS

EVENT CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS

FUNDRAISING RESOURCES
  • 10 Steps to Fundraising in a Crisis, by Jennie Dickerson, Director of Communications and Development at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center | DETAILS  
  • 6 articles from Association of Fundraising Professionals:
Raising Funds in Tough Times
Donor Communications During a Crisis News Cycle
5 COVID-19 / Coronavirus Fundraising and Donor Relations Tactics
10 Important Donor Types to Communicate To During the Coronavirus Outbreak
8 Steps for Successful Fundraising During the Coronavirus Crisis
How to Keep Your Fundraising From Stalling During the COVID Crisis