Coronavirus Resources for Churches

Grant Money to Help Congregations

The presbytery is offering up to $500 per congregation to use for whatever you need to stay connected in these challenging times. We're calling this the 2020 Staying Connected Grant.

We make no stipulations about how you use the money; your session can determine what is best for your ministry.

So if you want to buy a camera for live streaming or a router and internet access or anything else that will help, we have $500 to make that happen.

Simply fill out this form and email it to Dave Johnson, PSV Finance Chair at pastordave(at)unitedpresbyterian.net, or mail to:
Pastor Dave Johnson
Cortland United Presbyterian Church
25 Church Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Our Creative Ministry Fund is enabling this to happen.

~~ the PSV Cabinet

2020 Staying Connected Grant form

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Letters from our Moderator, Rev. Kimberly Chastain.

March 19, 2020: Moderator's Letter | Google Suite accounts

March 12, 2020

Live Streaming Worship Services in the Presbytery 

List updated 3/27/2020

Many of the PSV churches that live-stream use Facebook Live. You DO NOT NEED to have a Facebook account to view the live stream. When Facebook's "Join" or "Log In" pop-up appears, you can ignore it or tap the X in the upper right corner to close it.

Also, last week apparently "Christianity broke Facebook" — so many churches in the country were streaming on Facebook Live that it didn't have the capacity to handle all of them. So if the church you want to attend remotely is unavailable on a specific Sunday, you may want to try another one.

Some churches are using Google Hangouts Meet for their live streams. [Click here] for step-by-step instructions on joining a Hangouts Meet event.

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Binghamton United: https://upcbgm.org/worship-with-us (worship bulletin & link to Facebook Live stream) or join via phone call: 1-646-558-8656, then at the prompt enter meeting ID 865 274 8433 #

Endwell, Northminster: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nmpcendwell/videos

Johnson City: https://www.facebook.com/pg/firstpresjc/videos

Oneonta First United “Red Door”: On Google Hangouts Meet: meet.google.com/viu-hpxa-mjg
or join via phone: 301-857-2390‬ PIN: ‪931 769 968 #

Owego: https://www.facebook.com/OwegoFPUC/videos. (Owego also streams the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship Daily Prayer's Evening Prayer Service on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm.)

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Cortland United: https://www.unitedpresbyterian.net/announcements (worship bulletin & link to Facebook Live stream)

Delhi First: On Google Hangouts Meet: meet.google.com/anz-vryy-pkj 
or join by phone: 1-443-593-4529‬ PIN: ‪833 436 836 ‬#

Endicott, Union: Go to their website upcendicott.org and click on the banner. Or check their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/unionpresbyterianchurchendicott/videos/

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Andes: https://www.facebook.com/andespresbyterian/

 

Some congregations are posting pre-recorded worship videos on Saturday or Sunday:

Garrattsville & Gilbertsville: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQLDC609JQlD2QxyiNhdDaQ

Oneonta First: https://www.facebook.com/First-Presbyterian-Church-of-Oneonta-219491214731749/

 

We continue to encourage all of our congregations to find creative ways to stay connected with one another spiritually, even though we need to be physically apart.

Free Conference Calls

Have members who don't have Facebook but want to connect?  You can have a conference call through FreeConferenceCall.com .  This may be a way to stay connected.  Once you sign up, you will be provided with a Dial-in Number and Access Code for immediate conferencing, and an Online Meeting ID for hosting meetings with Screen Sharing and Video Conferencing.

Your account is available to you 24/7 and there is no need to schedule or make any reservations. Each audio conference can accommodate 1,000 callers on an unlimited number of free conference calls.

Practical Resources for Churches

A new service COM subscribed to for all churches.  Click on the name above for access to a variety of helpful videos and webinars, including how to be church online.

This introduction letter from PRC gives more information on the service. 

Advice and Resources from the New York Council of Churches

CORONA-VIRUS GUIDE pulling together worship items, federal guidelines and much other useful information.

Should Your Church Stop Meeting to Slow COVID-19?

A good article from Christianity Today including resources to determine the risk level at your church with appropriate responses.

Presbyterian Outlook COVID-19 news & resources

Friends, 

We continue to hold you in prayer, giving thanks for all of the ministry you are doing for so many. You are bringing good news in countless needed ways. We are grateful to be walking on this challenging journey with you, knowing the Spirit is with us, Christ prays for us and God is right now, even now, especially now, doing a new thing.
 
As many of us practice social distancing and gatherings are canceled, we at the Presbyterian Outlook are seeking to provide resources for our Lenten journey and ways to stay connected to each other during this challenging season.
 
To that end, we are creating a weekly video devotion, worship liturgies that you are welcome to use and share no matter what your worship looks like these weeks, and lessons and guides for child-friendly family worship and education. We also invite you to use our weekly lectionary reflections, "Looking into the lectionary" for weekly worship, Bible study or devotions. We will be posting information and resources frequently for as long as we are homebound. Please check our website or follow us on social media for the most up-to-date materials. You can find all of the Outlook's COVID-19 stories with this link.
 
How can we support you? Are there other resources that would be helpful? Let us know. And if these free materials are helpful to you, please consider making a donation to help us keep providing theologically sound content for the church.
 
Grace and peace,
Jill Duffield

‘Church attendance is an individual choice’

PCUSA Stated Clerk speaks about in-person worship and the coronavirus, and a PC(USA) office has gathered live streaming guidelines

Click Here for the article.

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance releases pandemic preparedness guide 

Common-sense tips for congregations and individuals during the coronavirus outbreak By Mari Graham Evans| Presbyterian News Service 

LOUISVILLE -- In light of the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, more commonly known as the coronavirus, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has released a “Preparedness for Pandemics” guide for congregations.

The guide contains valuable, common-sense tips on what congregations and individuals can do to keep themselves safe in the midst of a “severe infectious disease outbreak.”

According to the guide, congregations can take simple precautions like creating a task force that is in charge of coordinating a response within the congregation and the surrounding community.  Congregations are also urged to ask members who are sick to stay home, have alcohol-based hand sanitizers (containing at least 60% alcohol) in or around bathrooms and pay increased attention to cleaning overall.

“It is important for faith leaders to proactively model protective health practices in congregational life, resist and renounce the racism and xenophobia at this virus’ geographic point of emergence, and make sensible plans to support vulnerable and isolated members of their community,” said the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, PDA’s director.

Kraus added that congregations should also consider alternative ways for the congregation to come together in case regular services need to be suspended.

For congregations interested in holding virtual Sunday services, the guide provides suggestions.  For example, congregations may consider using video conferencing services like Zoom, livestream through YouTube or Facebook, or post sermons online to their church’s website or social media channels.  (Additional questions about the use of social media or other digital platforms can be directed to social(at)pcusa.org.)

During what can be a frightening time for many, PDA encourages congregations to remain as calm as possible and to follow common-sense measures to keep their communities safe.

Guidance for Congregations

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance serves as the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Their responses to emergencies are made possible thanks to your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing.  Learn more at pcusa.org/pda.