Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “go big or go home.” It’s a call to live in a larger than expected way. It’s the sentiment behind God’s command to Joshua: “Be bold and very courageous” (Joshua 1:9). Jesus followers have always gone big in the face of challenging circumstances. So how could the church go big during Covid-19?
Here are 7 “go big” ideas for churches:
Idea #1: PLAN A COMMUNITY-WIDE ON LINE PRAYER GATHERING
A church could organize a community wide on-line prayer gathering. Community leaders would be invited to participate. After updates on Covid-19’s local impact, prayers would be offered for leaders, care givers and the community as a whole. Prayers should focus on lament, intercession & Gospel hope.
Idea #2: COORDINATE A COMMUNITY-WIDE PPE TREASURE HUNT
Recently I discovered in a work room a dozen N-95 masks. I’d forgotten purchasing them for a dusty construction project. Hidden in homes and businesses are much needed Personal Protective Equipment. Stage a treasure hunt for PPE. Collect the materials and distribute to organizations in need.
Idea #3: ORGANIZE A BLOOD DRIVE
The Red Cross has been sounding an alarm about short supply in their blood banks. They are able to conduct blood drives that respect social distancing and keep all items virus free. The Red Cross is looking for organizations willing to host and encourage members to participate.
Idea #4: PROVIDE ON-LINE MEMORIAL SERVICES
A church could partner with a funeral home to provide on-line memorial services. Comforting hymns would be pre-recorded from which a family selects 2 or 3. Reflections on a person’s life would be submitted by family via YouTube. Scriptural reflections on hope can be included along with prayers for the bereaved. Additionally, families could submit pictures of their loved one which would be set to music. All elements would then be woven together into an on-line memorial service.
Idea #5: PROVIDE SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS OF A LOCAL MISSION OR AN ADULT FOSTER HOME
Missions and various adult homes have resident populations larger than considered safe. Many missions and adult foster homes are looking for places where smaller groups of residents can be lodged and supported. Churches and church buildings could provide shelter, staff and nourishment.
Idea #6: CARE FOR THE CARE GIVERS
Every day care givers are putting their lives on the line. They include first responders, hospital workers, police officers, grocery store workers and delivery drivers. A church could organize expressions of appreciation including posting signs acknowledging gratitude in locations where care givers work.
Idea #7: HELP STAFF DAYCARES
There are young parents in our communities who must work to help those in need. Their children need a safe place to shelter. Local daycare providers are looking for people willing to love and serve the children. A church could be an epicenter of volunteers for this and other community agencies seeking assistance.
What “go big” ideas would you add to this list?