COVID-19 RESOURCES

3/19/2020

Coronavirus under the microscope


This page is being updated and revised most every day since it was first created in March. 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.

May 21 announcement and resources from Bishop McAlilly:

  • June 21 is tentative date for churches to begin in-person worshipDETAILS
  • Guide for Reopening from Bishop McAlilly's Task Team | DETAILS
  • Why Reopening a Church is Different, by Rev. Alex A. Shanks | PRINTABLE PDF | ONLINE ARTICLE
 

WEBINARS FROM CHURCH & SOCIETY, The United Methodist Church | DETAILS


ASK THE DOCS: PREEMPTIVE PLANNING FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
Recording of panel discussion presented by Black Methodists for Church Renewal | DETAILS

HOW RURAL CHURCHES CAN PLAN TO REOPEN
By Allen T. Stanton, Executive Director, Turner Center, Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, TN | DETAILS

METHODIST LE BONHEUR HEALTHCARE INVITES CHURCHES TO RING BELLS
Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. (to encourage & celebrate front-line healthcare workers) | DETAILSj


ONLINE WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDIES, DEVOTIONALS & PRAYER TIMES
United Methodist Communications is building a list of churches offering these that will be posted on 
umc.org. To be considered for inclusion, email your church's info to rdunn@umcom.org.

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.


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

JACKSON, TN OFFICE

  • Currently closed to public. Staff is working remotely and may be contacted. | DETAILS

BLOG MESSAGES FROM BISHOP McALILLY

  • 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
  • Using phones to worship remotely | DETAILS
  • Connecting with the plugged-in COVID 10 | DETAILS
  • Amplify from United Methodist Publishing House and Abingdon Press is an app that offers 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
  • 10 tips for engaging with online worship | DETAILS
  • Understand live streaming to benefit your congregationDETAILS
  • Taking your worship online: A guide for beginners and everyone elseDETAILS
  • 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
  • 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

  • May 21: Lakeshore hopes to open summer camp on June 21 | DETAILS
  • 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

  • May 2: Project Transformation pivots summer day camp program | DETAILS
  • Weekly devotionals for children's ministry leaders during pandemic (from pre-launch children's ministry team of future Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference | 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
  • 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

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
  • Jennie Dickerson, Director of Communications and Development at Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center: 10 Steps to Fundraising in a CrisisDETAILS  
  • 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