COVID-19 Helps & Resources
These are indeed strange, uncertain, challenging times. Among the many questions we’re asking are ones like these: What does it mean to be the church during a pandemic? What does it look like to love our neighbour when we can’t be in close proximity? How might we draw strength and wisdom from scripture, the Spirit, and one another during this time?
We are reminded of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit that is still moving in ways we cannot see or imagine, and reaching places and hearts far beyond our own reach. In our condensed living spaces and with minimal interaction with others, we remember a God who is not contained or distant, and who is still going after the hearts of people; who is still redeeming lives, repairing brokenness and bringing flourishing; who is still filling people with joy, strength, wisdom and resolve even in the hardest of circumstances; and who is still on mission – a mission we still desire to join in, no matter where we can’t physically go. Much has changed around us, but we are still the same people of God.
Below are several resources that we recommend. For a list of counsellors and spiritual directors, contact us and we will send that to you.
This resource was created by Church of the City in New York. Here you will find liturgies intended to address different cultural, spiritual, or quotidian anxieties you may be facing, and to redirect our hearts, minds, and language toward truth.
Hillary McBride has written and recorded a grounding meditation designed for those who may be experiencing heightened anxiety or fear at this time. This meditation is meant to help calm the mind and the body.
Faith, Grief & Covid is a resource from Sanctuary Mental Health that addresses the questions so many of us are facing during this pandemic: How do we understand and process grief as people of faith? How can we support vulnerable and grieving members of our community while practicing physical distancing? Where can we find hope and joy in this season? Four short films feature insights from a panel of experts with knowledge and experience in the fields of counselling, psychology, theology, and palliative care. Topics addressed include:
- the complex and dynamic nature of grief in this season,
- the presence of grief and lament in Scripture,
- the role that culture and faith play in shaping our experiences of grief,
- the importance of empathy and hospitality in the grieving process,
- practical ways to support those who are grieving.
- The videos are accompanied by a discussion guide with questions, reflections, and prayers—ideal for use in small groups. The guide also offers tips for facilitation, best practices for online meetings, and links to further resources on mental health and COVID-19.