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Pressing into to Outreach During the Pandemic

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We’re in the midst of a crazy and frenzied season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, it is also a time where many people have renewed curiosity and interest in God and spirituality. Bible distributors are seeing spikes in sales 40-60% higher than this time last year. Google searches about prayer are surging. People all around us are thinking about what’s really important.

Though our natural inclination is often to pull back when we’re in the midst of a lot of change, this is a great opportunity to press into reaching our neighbors and those who don’t yet know Jesus. 

We’re sharing examples of some creative ideas we’ve heard from churches who are using this time to engage purposely, building relationships that will give them momentum when we eventually come out of this season.

Nursing Home Engagement

Over the last few months our church has been heavily involved in ministering to the nursing home community in Austin. We host various bible studies and services for about a half dozen nursing homes in the area.

In one particular facility we do in person weekly worship services, but they have been placed on hold during this pandemic. In partnership with the Activities Director at the facility, we were able to FaceTime a special Easter service for the residents. We’ve donated bibles for the residents and they stream our weekly online services in the common area. We’ve also recorded worship videos for the residents to watch along with crafts and activities we provide. We use Amazon to deliver supplies to the facility directly in a safe and clean way.

The staff and residents of the nursing home community have told us what an incredible blessing we’ve been to the community. While we can’t meet there in person right now, we’re glad that God is opening new ways of sharing his love in that community.
Scott Hatch
Scott Hatch
Thrive Austin, Austin, TX

Online Alpha Course

We have many neighbors that we don’t believe would just try out going to church, so we thought doing an Alpha class would help bring church to the neighborhood. We went around and personally invited our neighbors. We had 3 in person meetings before the virus broke out. With the help of Zoom, we are still meeting virtually! Everyone actually likes staying at home and we have still been connecting, sharing our screen to show the videos, and having good discussions. I think people have even been more grateful to have that connection during these times and also to talk about things that matter. One of the neighbors' daughters even joined our Zoom 4th and 5th grade Sunday class. We love Alpha and it has been a great experience for us!
Sharon Leasure
Arvada Vineyard, Aravada, CO

Open Mic Nights

Our church is hosting an open mic night event in a couple of weeks! We are soliciting people’s produced videos of themselves singing and playing instruments now. We’re trying to have some fun together and make an opportunity for more connection with our disconnected friends. I’ll welcome everyone and end it with a prayer. Otherwise, it will be pretty low spiritual, and high social, a chance for us to just enjoy each other. I’m hoping that a bunch of my unchurched friends will perform their favorites.

I am also an essential worker as a local bank branch as a teller, and am out two days a week interacting with the public through the drive through. I am attempting to be a non-anxious presence in my workplace. My friends and coworkers often want to know where I “stand” on the state of things during the pandemic. In those conversations, I tend not to take a stand but rather speak about the good news of Jesus.

In the next couple of weeks we will also launch an online Alpha Course. To invite, I’ve provided our team with a sample text invite for them to personalize, and I’ve invited quite a few of my newer connections from my part time job to join us.
Andy Race
Lamoille Valley Vineyard Church - Hyde Park, VT

Grocery Delivery

When everything started to shut down, I picked up the phone and contacted our local government. I basically said, “We’d love to be a friend to the Township with no-strings-attached. So, what can we do to help?”

A few days later, a government official contacted me saying a couple senior citizens reached out to them asking for assistance getting groceries and other necessities. I personally called both folks to better understand specifically what they needed and posted about it on our church’s Facebook page. Two awesome members of our church stepped up, went grocery shopping, and even delivered the groceries to their doors! Our church picked up the tab! Why? Because sometimes love looks like a bag of groceries.
Dan Kopp
The Mission, Shelby Township, MI

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