Returning To In-Person Worship

Returning To In-Person Worship

RESOURCES FROM THE PC(USA): 


Updated FAQs on Gathering in Person: The PC(USA) Legal Resources office has updated their guidance (not legal advice) for those deciding about gathering in person in light of the CDC’s announcement about masks and vaccinated persons.

 
Gathering Online: Whether or not we return swiftly to in-person meetings, some version and pattern of meeting online is here to stay. The Forum for Theological Exploration offers a Guide to Gathering Virtually.
 
Post-Pandemic Pondering and Planning: A Resource for Faith Re-Formation. Are you pondering and evaluating how your faith community will move into post-pandemic relationships and programs? This resource, created in collaboration with the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, provides guided opportunities to brainstorm, reflect, act, and pray about how to re-form into your community’s future using a creative format. CLICK HERE
 
What Next? A creative tool to help ministries and communities of faith re-imagine our programs and life together. This tool, created in collaboration with RootedGood, will help you identify and discern creative new approaches, new ministries, and new ways of being the big C Church in a post-pandemic age with an eye to outreach and your surrounding community. CLICK HERE


COVID-19 UPDATE FROM LISA ALLGOOD – June 2021  
(Lisa Allgood is the Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Cincinnati. She studied Immunocytochemistry at UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School and formerly worked for Merck and P & G)


RESOURCES FOR CHURCHES:
-> SMITH JANITORIAL SERVICES COVID-19 PROTOCOL INFORMATION
-> Smart Church Solutions Post-COVID-19 Facility Utilization 
-> Reopening Plan Tracker (Excel File) 

Attention: Some HVAC companies are contacting our churches to sell equipment or processes that will rid our buildings of COVID.  Many of these pitches are scams.  Please be careful if contacted by a company that wants to kill all COVID germs.


Info on COVID-19 Funeral Assistance from FEMA


Financial Resources for Congregations and Pastoral Leaders

BOARD OF PENSIONS COVID-19 RESOURCE INFO

The Board announces dues relief for small churches, deferments for other churches and employers

In recognition of the challenges impacting employers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) due to COVID-19, the Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions today approved dues relief for churches with congregations of 300 or fewer members that have a single pastor enrolled in Pastor’s Participation. These churches may be eligible for a dues waiver of up to three months. For other churches and employers, including presbyteries and affiliated organizations, Directors approved deferments of up to two months on payments for benefits. In both cases, there will be no reduction in benefits to ministers or employees.  More details on dues relief and deferments

If your congregation needs assistance paying Board of Pensions dues;
or have church staff members enrolled the BOP benefits program in need
of personal emergency financial assistance, contact:
Board of Pensions 
Phone: 800-773-7752
Find out more at their website:
http://www.pensions.org/what-we-offer/benefits-guidance/Coronavirus-resources


PRESBYTERIAN FOUNDATION RESOURCES 

Through the Presbyterian Foundation’s Online Giving Program, your church can now accept secure online donations. You can add the donation form to your website to accept gifts by debit or credit card, and electronic funds transfer. Your members can even set up recurring gifts, adding predictability and regularity to your offering receipts.

No need to negotiate with credit card vendors, merchant services, banks or any other company. The Presbyterian Foundation will take care of processing all online gifts, validating and reconciling transactions for you.

Find out more here:
https://www.presbyterianfoundation.org/onlinegiving/

Olanda Carr, Jr., Presbyterian Foundation Ministry Relations Officer
Phone: 704-379-7909
Email: Olanda.Carr@presbyterianfoundation.org