Community Ideas – What are you doing?
• In 1967 my father was a minister in California where he maintained a Dial-a-Prayer. I recently found a notebook of them dated Feb 1967 – Aug 1968. I have started a blog page where I am slowly adding each one. It is there for people to go back to each day, read and feel inspired. Click here to go to the blog.
• Care Calls – Calling home-bound and senior parishioners, to check in and see if they need any help. “One parishioner called it “Care Calls”, so that is what I calling it now. 🙂”
• Video Chats – Doing a prayer service & rosary for the residents at the Memory Care facility via Face Time. Learn how to use software like FaceTime or Facebook Messenger.
• Care Letters – Sent out a care letter to all our grief support participants
• Information – Bulletin articles with helpful information about the COVID 19. FB and email blast with mental health article for them to post dealing with this COVID 19 pandemic.
• Care and Connection Team – “Our small Lutheran congregation quickly made a call tree of home-bound, singles and potentially ‘high risk’ individuals that we wanted to keep within our care. The group was identified by staff and several individuals who serve with the faith community nurse as a “Care and Connection Team.” The FCN and Care team divided the group amidst themselves and began making phone calls, sharing of online worship resources, a new daily devotional that was obtainable through the church’s phone line and asked how to meet tangible needs of the individuals. The groups were then ‘reassigned’ to another individual (of the Care/connection team) the following week with a similar rotation to be continued until we are able to once again resume meeting together as a congregation, in person. The contacts have been extremely positive, with a renewed sense of church family taking place as people reach out to one and other.”
• Buddy System – “Our church is staying connected in a variety of ways. We have a live streaming worship service that people can view and then it goes on to our website so that they can watch it at another time. We have our missions board looking serving our refugees and homeless, continuing to provide meals on Saturdays outdoors. I, as the Faith Community Nurse, reached out to all my clients, checked in with them and asked if they would like to be included in a Buddy System. A script was created to help the Buddy to ask pertinent questions regarding health, food/supplies, anxiety, tech support etc. Then a spreadsheet was created that includes the person’s name, their buddy, date of the call and answers to the questions. I go in daily to check the intake spreadsheet for needs that must be addressed. It is a very flexible system that is growing every day. I also provide short weekly videos that cover a current topic around the pandemic. Our church is quite literally, “all in this together.””
• YouTube – This will open a whole new world. Invite people to check out YouTube, and even start your own channel. Here is a video on How and Why to Sign into YouTube, and Create a YouTube Channel.