In an average year, many churches host a Thanksgiving meal or host some type of outreach. Obviously, 2020 is anything but average thanks to COVID-19. The unique dynamics of a global pandemic require us to think about every potential event a bit differently…including Thanksgiving.
Ministry is complex under normal circumstances, but in the middle of a pandemic, what once was overly-busy ministry is now a response to people in crisis. In reaction to this pandemic, researchers are suggesting expanding access to social supports, treatments, and harm reduction services as the mental health impacts of COVID will outlast the physical impacts.
Faced with a global pandemic, churches around the world are adapting. The response has been incredible as churches have met fear and crisis with innovation and connection. In the midst of the first lockdowns, churches ranging from solo pastors to multi-campus congregations with thousands of members picked up the phone and worked through their rosters from top to bottom.
Around late summer, most churches start looking towards fall and what events to host that time of year. Obviously, 2020 is anything but a typical year. Even planning weekly services is influx based on the spread of COVID-19 in your region.
In June, after months of being forced to hold worship services in an online-only format, California churches were allowed to begin meeting in person again. This time, with a limit of 100 people or 25% of the building’s capacity.