Ministry Reponse to Covid 19, Opportunities to Minister & Pray
Due to rising numbers of cases in our area, hospital staffs are working with heavy caseloads. Please be in prayer for doctors, nurses, and technicians caring for these patients.
Most of us know someone who has Covid, has had, or has lost a loved one to Covid. Please be in prayer for these patients, the family members that have experienced loss, and for regained strength for those who are recovering.
Schools Systems are, almost daily, having to revise their fall opening plans. Please be in prayer for administrators, School Board Members, teachers and students. Some are on a delay. Others are teaching/studying virtually. Others are actually in the classroom. Let us not forget to pray for bus drivers, aides, maintenance and cafeteria staff.
College Students are moving into dorms and apartments and getting ready for the new semester to begin. Please pray for their health as well as the Professors and the Campus Staffs.
Local businessmen and women are trying to rebuild their customer base and stay in business. Support our local businesses owners with encouragement, prayer, and your support.
Whenever you can, with whomever you can, BE THE CHURCH. Encourage the lonely and the depressed. Reach out to those who are isolated and minister to them through a phone call, card, email, or text. Let church members, neighbors, coworkers know they are on your prayer list and that you are there for them. To be fully present for those around you is a gift.
Snap shot of this week's ideas -
Check on a neighbor
Call a friend you have not had the opportunity to talk with in a while
Drop some homemade cookies or brownies by a Homebound Member's House. You can leave in a bag tied to the front door knob and call them about their surprise so as not to violate social distancing.
We hear of more and more being laid-off from their jobs; surprise them with a restaurant gift card
Whomever you minister to, please be sure and offer to pray for them.
As churches & businesses are re-opening:
We are mindful that there are many needs in our midst which means there are many opportunities to minister within our faith community and within the Kingsport community. Please prayerfully consider how you can extend the care and grace of Christ to others. A variety of ideas are listed as our older members and those with at-risk health conditions necessitate you minister while still social-isolating and other ideas allow others to do so while still practice social distancing.
Housing at-risk and Income-at-risk populations. Many within our community have experienced pay cuts, reduced work hours, are furloughed or laid off, and we are now learning some businesses are not reopening meaning those employees will be in the job market along with recently graduated seniors. Please be mindful of how you can minister through notes of care and encouragement, prayer, or financial assistance.
Mask Making. Yes, there is still a need for masks. As CHBC makes plans to reopen, the TN.Gov guidelines state that churches should provide masks to give those attending that do not have masks. Make masks and donate to the church office.
Teachers Preparing the for "the normal". Educators are working during their "summer break" participating in extensive and time-demanding training for virtual contingencies for the fall. As they and we await announcements from the school systems regarding fall schedules, please be in prayer for them. Send notes or emails encouraging them.
Community Partners: we support and encourage the ministries and services of Salvation Army, Hope House, Hope Haven, and Family Promise. Please refer to their websites for tangible ways to help with donations of food, clothing, or financial assistance. Send care notes or emails. Put the workers and their constituency on your prayer list.
Homebound, Assisted Living and Nursing Home Residents. Many are still confined to their rooms or homes. Three months of isolation can be disheartening and lonely. Please send notes of encouragement, prayer notes, call for a newsy chat, drop off a surprise gift basket or fresh flowers for them to enjoy.
College Freshmen. They are making plans for beginning college careers. Some colleges have announced earlier than usual starts to their academic years. Others are announcing masks will be required on campus. This fall promises to be a "different freshman experience". Please be in prayer for these collegiates, send prayer notes, notes of encouragement, care baskets.
Local, State, World Leaders, Researchers, Scientists. Pray for wisdom, knowledge, and discernment as policies are made, evolve and as the medical treatments are researched, tested, with the hope of an effective vaccine being discovered.