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 sheet. 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.
A reality for all of us is that during this time, bills come in and tithes tend to go down. There are multiple solutions during this time. I have put a link to a website that breaks down multiple online platforms.
The top choices tend to be
The Presbyterian Foundation also offers online giving services.
You can find that information here.
Square is another dependable and user friendly platform. With Square there are no long term commitments and you can accept almost any type of payment.
Business Interruption – Check your Insurance
Pastors if you have suspended your services due to COVID-19, check your insurance policy. You may have coverage for missed offerings or a ‘business interruption rider.’ In states where it is suggested to close and not mandated please advocate for your municipalities and states to make the mandate so you can have access to coverage.
Resources for Children
A link with lots of resources
Other helpful links
U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes More Guidance for Workers and Employers Explaining Paid Sick Leave, Expanded Family and Medical Leave Benefits
U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Additional Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The stimulus package offers significant help with unemployment benefits, especially for those who would not normally qualify. At present the guidance that Jim Kirk (PDA) has seen is to go your state unemployment office. This link will take you to a site from which you can access your states unemployment office.
Coping with Stress
Share for those having a difficult time!
The national Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7/365 crisis counseling & emotional support continues to be available for anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 infectious disease outbreak. Calls (1-800-985-5990; press “2” for Spanish) and texts (text TalkWithUs to 66746) are answered by trained counselors from a network of independently-operated crisis centers located across the U.S.
The DDH is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration & administered by Vibrant Emotional Health. SAMHSA tip sheets available for download include “Coping During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” http://bit.ly/2ThfO2X & “Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” http://bit.ly/2xpbCXQ
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks | SAMHSA Publications
This fact sheet provides tips for coping with stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes common signs of stress and how to…
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has recorded one hour webinars on resilience. https://pda.pcusa.org/page/esc-webinar/
Phil Helsel, from Austin Seminary, was helpful to our pastors after Harvey. This is titled “Pastoral Care in a Desert Time” https://vimeo.com/400822017
How to do a Facebook Live Using Your Smart Phone
|1||You will need to use your church account. You will need to know who is the administrator of your church account. You cannot do a live post if you are not an administrator or editor. You add administrators under “page roles”|
|2||Go to your church page and create a post. It will look like this.|
Next, chose the “go live option”
Now you start the video. Once you started the video, point you camera in the right direction. I recommend setting your phone on a stand of some sort. Otherwise it will shake in your hand and you will lose the video quality. Once you are done recording, click finish and share.
HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN TO REOPEN?
There are so many things to consider for the health and safety of our congregations. Although it seems that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has given the go ahead for churches to meet again, there are parameters which you can find here on pages 39-41
New guidelines from the Attorney General’s office are found here