A CONVERSATION ON RETURNING TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP SAFELY
Sponsored by the Presbytery’s African-American Clergy Caucus on Sunday, April 18, 2021
Panelists included: Rev. Harry Burns (Chaplain, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center);
Elder Stephen Pass (Chair, Return To In Person Worship Task Force, Memorial PCUSA);
and Rev. Megan Argabrite (Pastor, Amity PCUSA)
RESOURCES FOR CHURCHES:
-> NC Dept. of Health and Human Services Interim Guidance for Places of Worship and Religious Services (March 26, 2021)
-> FAQ on COVID and Church Building Use – from PC(USA) Legal Services
-> First United PC Reopening Procedures – ‘10 Things You Need to Know‘ and ReOpening Brochure
-> First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Mitchell, KY – Church Opening and Closing Procedures
-> 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.
‘Faith, Facts and Fiction’
COVID-19 Forum presented by Charlotte Presbytery’s African-American Clergy, February 2021
View this 90 second PSA, encouraging the African American faith community on the vaccine. Praise God for the opportunity to collaborate with Pastor James K. McKnight, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Dr. Otis Moss, III, and Rev. John Jenkins in producing the PSA. We are deeply grateful to Rev. Joshua Dubois and the AD Council for making the PSA possible, even as many in our community are hesitant about taking the vaccine despite Black Americans dying three times more than White Americans from COVID-19. Thank you for all you are doing to help get Black citizens vaccinated.
God bless you mightily and stay safe,
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner
Co-Convener, National African American Clergy Network
Financial Resources for Congregations and Pastoral Leaders
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
Find out more at their website:
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:
Olanda Carr, Jr., Presbyterian Foundation Ministry Relations Officer
Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health (A discussion about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.)