Each day, more businesses, schools, and churches are temporarily closing their doors due to COVID-19, leaving many people, including our church families, feeling lonely and isolated.
Even though we may be tempted to think that it’s impossible to stay connected with the families in our churches during this time, we must choose to believe that while it will be challenging, it is not impossible.
With the gift of technology and an intentional mindset, this could be an incredible opportunity for your church to reach the families in your community like never before. While you may not be able to meet with the families in your church physically, you can still be connected to them relationally during this time.
Below, you will find three practical ways you can stay connected with your church families:
1. Utilize Social Media
While we can all agree that social media has its downfalls, it also gives us the incredible ability to reach people with the love of Jesus - anywhere at any time. The Highlands Kids team utilizes Instagram regularly, and we highly encourage you to do the same. Instagram is free, and starting an account is easy. As you begin to use social media to stay connected with your families, be sure to:
1. Study other accounts. Don’t be afraid to replicate what you see is working! Even consider partnering with other kids’ ministries and share their posts on your account.
2. Take advantage of the Instagram Live feature. This is an easy and effective way to stream real-time words of encouragement, messages, and more to your families.
2. Build a Pinterest Board
This is a fun and free way to resource your church families while they’re at home with their children. Starting a Pinterest board is easy and only takes a few minutes! Once your board is ready, you can share it with your church families by emailing them a link. Research exciting games and activities, and post them on your board. Even though you may not be physically there to engage with the kids and parents as they complete these activities, it’s unifying to know that parents and children across your city are participating in the same games at the same time! For some ideas, check out the Highlands Kids team Pinterest board.
3. Don’t Forget the Power of a Phone Call
Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to create a high-touch environment without physically touching! The power of personal touch goes a long way, so be sure to pick up the phone and connect with your church families during this time. As you’re thinking of people to call, consider making these groups a priority: 1. Volunteers who are at higher risk. If you have people who serve on
your Kids team that are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, be sure to check on them periodically, see how they are doing, and let them know that you are praying for them. 2. Children in your ministry that are at higher risk. While it may be hard to talk directly with the kids, reaching out to the parents of children who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 will mean the world to them. Be sure to see how the child is doing, but also let the parents know that you are available to help them and pray with them as they carry the weight and concern of keeping their child safe.
By implementing these practices, you’ll not only stay connected with families in your church but will also equip them to navigate their relationships and family time together over the next few weeks. As you begin to put these tips into practice, be sure to stay connected with Grow Online, ARC Churches, and Open Network for more resources on how to lead your ministry through COVID-19.
We truly believe that this is the Church’s finest hour, and we are in this together!