Including those without the internet

Contents of self care bagsWest Kirby URC are ensuring they stay connected with their church members and community in this time through a variety of actions: For those church members who don't have access to the internet they provided spiritual self care bags, to encourage them in their discipleship. 

In the bags were a letter from the minister, a daily prayer leaflet, a Scripture card to meditate on, a candle to light, a Palm Cross, a hymn book, a blank card (so they can write and encourage someone who needs it at this time), something to read from other Christian organisations to inspire your prayers, a chocolate bar and a tea bag! and small booklets to inspire prayer.

Other actions included

•  Moving as much youth and children's work as possible online
•  Developing social media posts and presence, including more video messages and Christian content
•  Live-streaming a Sunday service (+ inviting Churches Together friends to watch too)
•  Expanding Say One for Me to include an online form and expanded email prayer team
•  Continuing pastoral care through elders groups, each elder with the support of a pastoral assistant
•  Giving out craft activities to Toddler Group families, and posting additional new content on the Toddlers FB page e.g. story videos
•  Encouraging fellowship groups to continue to be together in some form - some doing Bible study via Zoom, others keeping in touch on the phone
•  Writing e-letters to residents at the nursing home
•  Reinforcing the message that the vision still stands, only the building is closed (not 'the church'), now's the time to "love your neighbour".