- Hurricane Hygiene Kits
- Revitalization (VCI)
- When To Re-Open?
- Essential Church Service
- COVID-19 Resources
Hurricane Laura Hygiene Kits | Download PDF
The Presbytery office will serve as a drop off location through September 25 during normal business hours, 9am-5pm, M-F. Please drop off completed kits and any left-over supplies you collect.
We ask that kits are put together prior to drop off. We will also make sure any extra supplies that could not complete a kit get to an agency that can use them.
If you are able to help deliver to sites in either DeRidder, LA or Sulphur, LA, please let me know.
Texas Congregational Disaster Response Trainings:
TX CDR is offering a number of in person and Zoom Trainings related to disaster response.
Training topics are:
- Hosting Out of Town Responders
- Muck & Gut
- Tarp & Board
- Support Transportation
- Chain Sawing
- Compassionate Care
- Pet Sheltering
- Alert Media
- Disaster Readiness Coordinator
Link to training descriptions, schedules, and registrations can be found here: https://txcdr.org/training-schedule
Houston Responds Information:
Here is a link to their site regarding supply drop off locations, needs, and volunteer opportunities. houstonresponds.org/disaster
If you would like to make a financial contribution, see the “Give Now” tab on the home page and enter an amount in Disaster Assistance, or you can send a donation to the Presbytery office.
Presbytery of New Covenant
4803 San Felipe St.
Houston, TX 77056
Thank you all for your continued support,
Vital Congregations Revitalization Initiative (VCI)
The Revitalization Initiative is a two-year covenant relationship between Presbyteries and the PC(USA) to prayerfully walk with pastors and existing congregations in intentional efforts of revitalization. Year I builds authentic relationships of faith. Churches will embark on an honest assessment, capturing their unique stories, confessing their realities, and discerning the Spirit’s call to action. From 7 Marks of Congregational Vitality, churches will determine a course between 3 Actions:
- Re-forming churches—re-envision and change how we are church together through the 7 Marks of Congregational Vitality
- Missional Clustering churches—revitalize by clustering congregations into new communities of worship and ministry
- Death and Resurrection churches—revitalize by grace and gratitude in the death and legacy of a congregation, in witness to the resurrection
No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. – 1 Corinthians 10:24
The decision on when to re-open for worship and other church activities is complicated. Each congregation has its own context. A church of under 50 has different circumstances that a congregation of 600 or more. Our congregations spread across 39 counties in Southeast Texas. Some counties have had more cases of COVID-19 diagnosed than others. One pastor said, “When I can make visits in the hospital again, we will consider reopening.” Another said, “With all of the precautions, and no singing, and no bulletins, while keeping our social distancing, it just isn’t worth it to gather at this time.”
Resources for Congregations
From Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Hymnal and Book of Common Worship Rights during Covid-19 Pandemic
Presbyterian Publishing grants rights to livestream or distribute photocopies anything in the hymnal ( Glory to God ) that is copyrighted by Westminster John Knox Press, which is around 30 hymns. Public domain hymns are always okay to use. But most copyrights are owned by others and we cannot speak for them. As of March 13, ONE LICENSE has posted an announcement about their response to the virus and gratis licensing is available through April 15. For more detailed information regarding the use of the Glory to God and 1990 hymnal during this time, please download our fact shee t . Note that as the rights situation changes we will update this document.
Book of Common Worship
We’re happy to grant gratis permission for use of any Book of Common Worship material copyrighted by Presbyterian Publishing. To determine if the material is owned by another publisher, please check for three small initials immediately after the text. If no initials appear, no permission is necessary! If initials do appear, the copyright holder will be listed next to the corresponding initials in the acknowledgements section on pages 1152-1154.
Applications for our presbytery’s 2020-2021 PYCC are now available!
- Youth who exhibit a mature faith, potential for leadership, and a heart for service
- Young people who have gifts and abilities for music, drama, worship, recreation, AV
- Adults with a mentoring spirit, strong relationship with Christ, and who encourage others
Our Filing Cabinet
Many useful documents and links are in Our Filing Cabinet to help you find just what you are looking for! Each folder listed on the following page contains documents, forms, flyers, manuals, articles and links related to the name of the folder.