COVID-19 RESOURCES

3/19/2020

Coronavirus under the microscope

Submit resources for this page to communications@memphis-umc.org. Each resource will be evaluated according to its value to United Methodist churches in the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. The geographical area includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

CURRENT NEEDS DURING PANDEMIC

  • Handmade face masks for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare | DETAILS
  • N95 face masks from UMCOR cleaning kits for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare | DETAILS
  • Monetary donations for Golden Cross Senior Ministries | DETAILS
  • Volunteers & financial assistance for Tennessee tornado survivors | DETAILS
  • Groceries & financial assistance for United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis  | DETAILS
RESOURCE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BISHOP McALILLY
  • Homeschooling during COVID-19: DETAILS
  • Holy Week & Easter during a pandemic: | DETAILS
  • Holy communion in the midst of a pandemic | DETAILS

JACKSON, TN OFFICE

  • Closed to public. Will reopen April 27. Staff is working from home and may be contacted. | DETAILS

BLOG MESSAGES FROM BISHOP McALILLY

  • 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

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) | DETAILS
  • World Health Organization (WHO) | DETAILS
  • Wespath / HealthFlex | DETAILS
  • COVID-19 bulletin insert for April from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare | 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 platforms help churches stay on track during the COVID-19 pandemic | DETAILS
  • 5 important tweaks to make to your online church service | DETAILS
  • 10 tips for engaging with online worship | DETAILS
  • Understand live streaming to benefit your congregation | DETAILS
  • Taking your worship online: A guide for beginners and everyone else | DETAILS
  • Preaching to an empty room | DETAILS
  • Free telephone conferencing for 5 participants | DETAILS
  • Ministry Through Facebook Groups | DETAILS
  • ZOOM for Churches (video & audio conferencing course) | DETAILS
  • How to use ZOOM for video & audio conferencing (5-min video) | DETAILS
  • How to live stream worship legally | DETAILS
  • Free conference calls | DETAILS

RURAL CHURCH RESOURCES

  • Worshiping Apart: rural churches in COVID-19 | DETAILS

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY RESOURCES

  • Helping children during COVID-19 crisis | DETAILS
  • Praying with children during a pandemic | DETAILS
  • Talking with kids about the Coronavirus | DETAILS
YOUTH MINISTRY RESOURCES
  • Devotional writings (during pandemic) from Memphis Conference youth | DETAILS (24-page PDF)

MUSIC & WORSHIP ARTS RESOURCES

  • Resources from Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts | DETAILS

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

  • Memphis Conference waives late fees on direct-bill payments for clergy health and pension benefits | DETAILS
  • Ready to help with financial needs: United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences | DETAILS
  • The eGiving Guide for Every Church | DETAILS
  • Everything you need to know about eGiving | DETAILS
  • Creative funding for churches to recoup losses | DETAILS
  • 10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 crisis | DETAILS
  • 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

DENOMINATIONAL RESOURCES

  • The Upper Room devotional guide | DETAILS
  • Social Media and Spirituality: The New Reality for Churches | DETAILS
  • Growing Through Disaster (Abingdon Press book) | DETAILS
  • April 23 Webinar: Plan your church's COVID-19 recovery ministry now | DETAILS
  • ResourceUMC.org: Virtual worship how-tos, congregational care ideas and ways to respond
  • UMC.org: Prayer tools, encouraging podcasts and comforting articles
  • Things we can do: Video from 'Chuck Knows Church'

SECULAR MEDIA STORIES ABOUT MEMPHIS CONFERENCE CHURCHES

  • March 30 on Local 24 News Memphis: Mid-South church is spreading #MemphisLove during coronavirus outbreak - 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: Rev. Jolinne Balentine-Downey of 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

ONGOING CONCERNS

FUNDRAISING RESOURCES from Association of Fundraising Professionals