Right now, anything is possible. With all these new happenings daily, we can’t deny the fact that there could be another quarantine in the future. The least we could do is to prepare ourselves and our churches. What lessons did you learn from our current situation?
Here’s what our members had to say.
“This is the opportune time to chart what works, great vendors, credible community connectors, authentic medical research sources and what to avoid. I am also collecting church outdoor sign messages, and church interior signage.” Patti Hackett-Hunter MEd
“We’re expecting to stay closed to in-house worship through the second wave. But the main thing we learned is that having our musicians record from home works great. We had been replaying music recorded at previous services.” Richard Hong
“Living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we’re also having to think about hurricane season. A basic lesson there is having your “hurricane kit” of essential supplies – flashlights, batteries, water, canned food, tarp, etc. – prepared in advance. We’re doing something similar as we order COVID supplies now and will keep a reserve stock for a “COVID kit.” But still thinking through what that should look like. Besides face masks, hand sanitizers… and toilet paper (lol), what would you put in a COVID kit, for next time?” Tracy Thornton Yanez
“Maybe normalizing online worship and Bible study/fellowship groups so that it is more seamless. I really think that like so many churches have a traditional and contemporary service, we should also have online programs each week. Also, offer help using the online platforms and if budgets allow and families need financial help, offer WiFi.” Brook Dwyer
“I think this whole thing has made many churches painfully aware of their lack of technology resources and budget. I think churches would be wise to budget for continual incremental improvements to their AV tech to avoid large emergency expenditures in times like these.” Chris Rothgeb
This pandemic has brought us lots of hardships and taught us lots of lessons. It is better to come prepared next time something like this happens.