Workshop Series for Churches
Lackawanna, Lehigh, and Northumberland Presbyteries jointly offered a series of important Zoom workshops on topics of concern for churches in the COVID-19 era: re-opening our buildings, the financial impact of remote worship, and the format(s) of our worship and other ministries as we move forward. These workshops were open to everyone: church members, elders, and ministers. They began with a presentation highlighting the major issues, followed by a Q & A time and conversation. The workshops were recorded and posted below.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Theological, Ecclesiastical, and Practical Issues Related to Re-opening Church Buildings. Current PC(USA) Co-Moderator Rev. Cindy Kohlman will help us explore the complexities of returning to our sanctuaries in the midst of the current pandemic. What is the church’s faithful response in red, yellow, and green regions of Pennsylvania?
If you were unable to attend in person, this workshop was recorded and can be viewed on you tube at https://youtu.be/j1iq6pgY6gc Rev. Kohlmann shared some important information on Returning to the Building
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Generosity in Uncertain Times. Ministry Relations Officer Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley and Vice President for Planned Giving Resources Karl Mattison, both from the Presbyterian Foundation, will help us address the effects COVID-19 has on stewardship and giving–now and in the future.
If you were unable to attend in person, this workshop was recorded and can be viewed on you tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cx4mXDiYfl. Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley and Karl Mattison shared some important information on stewardship, giving, and best practices now and going forward. Here is the document Karl Mattison shared: Generosity in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 (Synod-wide)
The Expanded Table: Ideas for a Hybridized Worship Experience Between People on Zoom and People in Person. Former PC(USA) Moderator Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow will led us in a conversation about how churches’ new ways of worshiping can be combined with pre-COVID-19 worship as a both/and rather than an either/or.
If you were unable to attend in person, this workshop was recorded and can be viewed on you tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkq_id5HLDc Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow shared some informative information on worship practices and what is needed. To view the powerpoint he shared during the workshop click this link https://bit.ly/BRCTrinityJune2020
Monday, August 3, 2020
Science of COVID-19 – A Presbytery-wide Zoom gathering about re-opening church buildings, participants agreed that there is a lot we still don’t understand about how the coronavirus is spread and the most effective ways for congregations to keep it in check.
As a result, a follow-up Zoom call has been organized to allow an online conversation with scientists who can provide current information and guidance in making important decisions.
Workshop: Online Giving with Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley
Monday, April 20, 2020
Ellie describes how the Presbyterian Foundation can assist churches in setting up an online giving program, allowing them to offer a mobile responsive donation forum, receive donations online or from a mobile device, and monitor contributions.