Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Resources

UPDATED 4.1.2020

Resources:

coronavirus.gov

cdc.gov/COVID-19

Alabama Department of  Public Health

alsbom.org/coronavirus

epa.gov/coronavirus – information on disinfectants and other resources

lifeway.com/coronavirus

Mobile County Health Department

The Office of Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey

whitehouse.gov

  • March 29, 2020 update from the White House – “Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30th to slow the spread.” Click here for the full statement.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)- United Way 211 Guide (Southwest Alabama Area)

  • This is a Resource Guide to help you during and after the pandemic. This guide is subject to change as information comes into the 2-1-1 resource center. This guide is compiled By Lifelines Counseling Services.

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Coronavirus Resources for You and Your Church:

Regarding Music:
Livestreaming and Worship Music: Complying with Copyright During Online Services

In these new and uncharted waters, we are all looking for resources to aid us in ministering to our church families. LifeWay is hoping to help you do that, especially as so many churches will not be gathering together for a few weeks. In order to make it as easy as possible for you, LifeWay has compiled all of our Free COVID-19 resources onto one webpage. Here is the link to the page: lifeway.com/coronavirus

Church, Family Resources Made Available In Response To COVID-19

Online Resources for Small Groups


COVID-19 & Teaching Remotely if your Church Isn’t Meeting

Check out this linked article that includes several ways of online methods to reach church members, as well as several FREE digital training and teaching materials from LifeWay for adults and kids.

Ken Braddy – Encouraging & Equipping Sunday School & Small Groups

Ken Braddy Jr. is LifeWay’s Director of Sunday School, Manager of LifeWay Christian Resource’s Adult Ongoing Bible Studies & Adult Trainers, education pastor 20+ years, author, conference leader, and blogger. 

Click on this link which include studies from Explore the Bible, Bible Studies for Life, and The Gospel Project.

Free Bible Study Resources:

LifeWay provides a Kids-At-Home resource for families to use for Sunday School / Bible Study – accessible at http://digitalpass.lifeway.com/, and they have also added LifeWay Preschoolers-At-Home.

LifeWay Kids at Home which allows parents to log-in and have access to Bible Studies For Life’s Lesson Video, Missions Video, Gospel Presentation Video, and an Activity Page and Parents’ Conversation Page.

Free Access to Online Sunday School Curriculum Now Available: The Gospel Project, Explore the Bible, and Bible Studies for Life, available for all four age groups (Preschool, Kids, Students, and Adults) in a digital format for your use. Lead  classes remotely with this material (or for you to give access and/or activity pages to your church families). – https://curriculum.lifeway.com/

 


Free Training Tools – lifeway.com/coronavirus


Using an Online Platform for Church Services:

How to Facebook Live – Even smaller membership churches can provide an online worship service during the upcoming weeks of virus precautions. How to Facebook Live (for any size church)

3Circle Church willing to assist other churches with broadcasting sermons online:
We are FOR the local church, as partners in the Gospel! If you are a church leader, who does not have access to necessary equipment for recording/broadcasting your sermons online, let us know by emailing info@3circlechurch.com. We would love to help you! https://www.3circlechurch.com/updates

How to continue giving:

Mailing a tithe check to the church is a simple solution if an online giving option is not available. Visit alsbom.org/coronavirus for resources regarding online giving.

For those churches that are needing an online giving platform, but do not have a website to host one at this time, LifeWay Generosity is providing a No-Cost Custom Page for every church that would like one. Each church’s page will be able to receive credit card and debit card payments. (There is no set-up fee nor monthly fee, though the credit card processing fee will still apply.) To sign up for this service, go to https://lifewaygenerosity.com/coronavirus. You will need your church’s name, address, and checking account information to be able to receive funds into your account.

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Should our church meet or not?

Governor Ivey’s current State Public Health Order issued March 27, 2020

The latest order also prohibits any non-work related gathering of 10 or more people or any gathering that can’t maintain 6-foot distance between people. This latest order is set to be in effect until at least April 17.  Click here to read the full order.

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It is up to each church’s discretion as to whether or not they continue to meet in person during the next few weeks. Visit  coronavirus.gov for the latest guidelines. Keep in mind government guidelines say no more than groups of 10 with social distancing of 6 feet between people.

 

Precautions to be taken to minimize the spread of the virus.

  • If you decide to continue to meet, do so with the utmost precautions in place.
  • Encourage the elderly, sick (sickness of any kind), and people who are immunocompromised to remain at home, and worship with us online if possible.
  • Provide extra cleaning and sanitizing of facilities, between each worship gathering.
  • Continue to encourage the use of hand sanitizer, especially around family ministry check-in stations.
  • Discourage shaking hands, including the removal of a “meet and greet” moment during gatherings. Encourage “social distancing,” in the form of leaving a chair in between one’s family and other people in the row (spaced out seating).
  • Rather than greeters handling bulletins/handouts, place them on small tables near worship center doors, for you to grab one.
  • Do not pass the offering containers during gatherings. Instead, make offering containers available, as parishioners exit, for them to drop off their offerings. Churches with online giving can encourage parishioners to utilize online giving.
  • Remind both volunteers and children to wash their hands regularly and to avoid touching their face and eyes.
  • As volunteers change diapers, remind them to change their gloves after each diaper change.
  • Use changing station paper that is disposed of and changed after each child.
  • Work hard to prevent children from sharing drinks or placing toys in their mouths and ask volunteers to enhance their awareness.
  • Volunteers wash their hands before snack time and do not handle the snacks with their bare hands.