Copyright 2020 © INCM. All rights reserved.
Resources for Children’s Ministry to Lead Through Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Planning to Re-Open
- How you come back will depend on your state regulations, your church policies, and your leadership team. What I am suggesting here are steps our church is planning on implementing in the coming days.
- It’s important to think through what your strategy will be when they return. What should you do? What should you not do? Your answers to these questions can help you formulate what your strategy will be.
- This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting (Resource)
EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List (Article)
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process.
Church Assistance Package (Resources)
- While many church leaders are eager to resume in-person ministry as safer-at-home guidelines are eased, they are also continuing to feel the effects of the disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis. Churches are trying to make sure they’re able to keep going, even as they begin to imagine what ministry will look like in the months ahead.
A Pastor’s Playbook for Virtual Ministry (Free Resource)
- he moment we closed our buildings to staff, members, and guests, we knew everything had changed. Unfortunately, there was no model for us to immediately adopt. Instead, our executive team gathered for our last in-person meeting in order to put together a playbook of how to move forward.
- This is the current million-dollar question. What will church look like as we move forward? The answer? Well, “reopening” church could look very different for everyone in the upcoming weeks, months—possibly stretching into next year.
VBS / Summer Resources
Missions Projects for virtual VBS (Resources)
- Does COVID-19 have your VBS going virtual this summer? We have FREE, downloadable resources (perfect for at-home VBS missions projects) that kids and families will love!
Family Experience (Resources)
- This program can be used by churches to engage their families remotely, or by individual families who are simply looking for fun and impactful missions projects for their kids.
Info & Stats
- The World Health Organization has defined four transmission scenarios for COVID-19. Information to be prepared.
- “It’s not just whose hand you shake, it’s whose hand that person goes on to shake.”
- For more information about how you can protect yourself and loved ones from the spread of COVID-19, listen to the latest episode of the TED Interview on Apple Podcasts.
Planning at Church
- This interim guidance is to help community and faith-based organizations (CFBOs), whose members may include vulnerable populations, plan for community transmission of coronavirus disease in the United States. The CDC encourages CFBOs to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their local communities.
- The World Health Organization provides guidance with critical considerations and practical checklists to keep schools safe. It also advises on how to adapt and implement emergency plans for educational facilities.
- The coronavirus pandemic will have medical and economical effects, but it doesn’t have to affect the spiritual growth of the families we serve. While we don’t quite yet know the full extent of this virus’s impact, we do know we have to be prepared.
- How to Prepare for the Coronavirus at Your Church: 4 videos, 7 ministry-specific checklists, and a sample pandemic policy all for you to contextualize for your church.
- Learn more about what to include in your plan, phases of implementation, attendance metrics to monitor, how to alter common weekly ministry practices, and what to do if you need to cancel Sunday Services.
Saddleback, Billy Graham Institute, Humanitarian Disaster Institute & The Peace Plan
Coronavirusandthechurch.com (Articles, Free Resources)
- The purpose of this site is to assist churches and ministry leaders as they prepare for and respond to the effects of the Coronavirus in their congregations and communities.
- Ideas and plans for the Virtual Church Service (how to host virtual service, how to facilitate community, how to continue small groups, how to continue to take the offering), and the In-Person Church Service (how to greet with cautious care, how to serve communion, how to prompt the passing of the peace, how to coordinate volunteers, how to handle children’s ministry, and how to successfully communicate important information.)
The Church's Response
- When circumstances are changing daily, even hourly, here are a few broader principles that I hope can guide you as a leader that I’m trying to bear in mind as well.
Your Church’s Plan For Coronavirus (Article)
- Your communication around the Coronavirus should be a two-fold approach: pastoral and tactical. Communication should be pastoral because, in a time of fear and crisis, people will need to be reminded that God is their refuge, strength, and an ever-present help in times of trouble.
- While we at the Global Leadership Network certainly make no claims of healthcare expertise, we recognize that sound leadership in a season of crisis can help prepare us for a new reality, solve difficult problems and provide hope.
At this extraordinary moment, local leaders—people who lead groups of 10 to 1,000 people—have perhaps the greatest opportunity to shape culture in the United States that they have ever had. This is a guide for those of us who are Christian leaders at this moment.
Remote Solutions for Your Children’s Ministry Environment (Free Resources)
- From Orange: In order to support you as much as possible during this tricky time, we have created some free resources to help you out. Including: Story and Worship Experiences, Helping Kids Navigate Anxiety, Partnering with parents, and conversation guides for multiple age groups in English and Spanish!
- The ripple effects of each historical “what if” significantly alter history, life, and ultimately how people think. Applying an alternate reality to what might happen on the other side of COVID-19, we might not like those results. What I fear more is that until they see the five-year ramifications, people might even be ok with that new reality.
Talking to Kids
- Todd and Beth Guckenberger write about using trauma-informed principles that encourage you to be a non-anxious presence in the lives of those around you. We have an opportunity to bring God’s peace and healing into our homes and among our friends.
- Talk and preparation for the coronavirus will very likely exacerbate anxiety symptoms for many children, and precipitate anxiety in kids predisposed to anxiety who have never before exhibited symptoms. What can parents do to support the mental health of their kids amidst talk of the coronavirus in the weeks and months ahead?
God Takes Our Worries: COVID-19 Lesson and Resources For Kids (Free Resource)
- Here are the resources you need to help children through their coronavirus worries! Remind kids what God says about casting your cares on Him, because He cares for them so much. Grab these free resources and help kids release their worries to God.
- With all the talk about COVID-19 and the many changes to family routines due to school closings, changes in parents’ work schedules, and cancellations of many events, this can raise concerns and questions. So how do we talk to our kids during this health crisis?
Orange Kidmin (Free Resources)
- Helping a child with anxiety is a challenge. Parents can download these age-appropriate resources to find tips and practical ways to help their children.
- Kids want to know… What is coronavirus? What should I do about it? Do I need to be scared? This video answers those questions and points kids to the Bible for direction on what to do when they feel afraid. It’s perfect for use at home or at a church Sunday School or Children’s Ministry.
Ideas for Home Worship
- How to have a family worship service at home. “While many of us might be tempted to enjoy a break from church, that’s the last thing we really need. At times like this, we desperately need God’s Word to reassure us that He is in control; we need to sing songs that remind us of His power; we need worship…”
ReFresh: Free Videos to Encourage (Free Resources)
- Online Training Program with some freebie messages that might be encouraging to adults. There’s only a few of them in the freebie carousel right now, but there are some good ones.GEMS: Are you a mentor for girls? Watch inspirational, relevant content on mentoring girls today. Learn more about sharing your Christian faith and issues girls face in our changing culture.
- Church is canceled. Now what? We are living in completely unprecedented days… I would have never guessed last Sunday that our church would not meet this week, our spring break mission trip would be canceled, and that our kids would be out of school for an extended time…Here are a few things you can do in this temporary new normal.”
Children's Ministry Resources for Home
- D6 (Deuteronomy 6) is a Family Ministry Movement Connecting Church and Home has offered free resources during this time!
SLAM: Fun Kids Services Streaming online! (Free Video)
- SLAM is our kids’ service designed for kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Your kids will enjoy a power-packed hour filled with hilarious games, fantastic music, crazy characters, and powerful teaching from the Bible! Each week our kids learn the exact same thing as the adults, but on an elementary-aged level, so that families can learn and grow together each week!
Slam Kids: Videos On Demand! (Free Videos)
- You can check out our SLAM services on demand at slamkids.tv! We want you and your child to have a great SLAM experience, so feel free to watch online with your child and get an idea of what they can expect in our weekly services!
GEMS ReFresh (Free Resources)
Recipe Ideas: fun for kids at home!
Spiritual Growth Ideas: encourages kids to pray for our world during this global pandemic.
- Also, encourage kids to Think About the Truth with this handout; or use it to write a letter to someone else and remind them of who they are in Christ!
Kids Church Online (Free Resource)
- FREE Online Kids Church Services for churches who have had to cancel public gatherings due to the CoronaVirus. If your church, like mine, has had to cancel live services, I am creating ON-DEMAND Children’s Church videos for kids and parents to watch at home. Join Us!
Family Easter Event (Free Resource)
- This event will allow you to walk through the story of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection as it happened during the week. You will begin with the Triumphal Entry the Sunday before Easter. You will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, then the crucifixion, resurrection, and appearances of Jesus in the order they occurred.
- We are granting a FREE temporary license to use Doorpost Songs audio and video in streaming church services. Download the license here.
- We are making a digital copy of our Promises Family Worship Guide available for FREE direct to families and through churches. It includes six family worship moments – Scripture, song, devotional, discussion, and prayer time. Find out more.
Stay Home, Stay Active (Free Resources)
- Our hope while here is you will find just a few simple ways to be active with your kids. As a ministry we focus on empowering young people to live God’s Word, share His Gospel, and serve His Church. As athletes and parents we understand the need for kids to stay active and get exercise.
Konnect: Kids Curriculum (Free Resources)
- The LifeKids team and our partner ministries create colorful, Bible-based series for elementary students of all ages. In this category, you’ll find free lessons, videos, art, teacher guides, and in-class activities for kids in 1st grade through 4th grade.
Switch: Content for 6th-12th graders (Free Resources)
- With engaging video dramas and Bible-based topics, our Switch curriculum offers free middle and high school series complete with leader guides, youth pastor notes, video promos, and activities.
- Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
We hosted a FREE webinar for anyone who serves children and families!
With all the changes that have happened recently, we need to make space to assess “here and now” and determine intentional steps forward. By the end of this webinar, you will be empowered to:
- Define and identify strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats you are encountering
- Contextualize this analysis tool for your personal and ministry leadership
- Guide yourself and your team through an engaging process that produces intentional momentum