Neighborhood Prayer Walk: Individuals are invited to take prayer walks in their neighborhood. This is a time of intentional prayer for our neighbors. This resource invites people to visit, stop, and pray for those places and people who we encounter on a regular basis. Jesus is in your neighborhood so join him.
D365: The online d365, with its format of Pause, Listen, Think, Pray, Go, provides daily scripture readings, reflection, and prayer for young people (although adults will find it inspiring as well). Users can subscribe through email or download the app. The format is succinct and engaging, start-to-finish requiring approximately five minutes.
Pray As You Go: An online portal (or app) to pray the scriptures. Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time. A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection. It’s aim is to help you to become more aware of God’s presence in your life, listen to and reflect on God’s word, and grow in your relationship with God.
Daily Prayer: This site offers the daily selections from Forward Day by Day, a liturgical calendar, and more resources to strengthen your faith and heart.
Finances: TENS offers a few best practices to prevent cash-flow crises to help keep “programs that benefit our communities running and the staff our congregations employ being paid through the near term:
For congregations which already have electronic giving set up as an option for pledge redemption and offerings, this is a good chance to promote it, to remind your congregants that they can easily sustain ministry through online gifts.
If you have not set up electronic giving yet, there are many options, and some of them take only minutes for your treasurer or someone with access to your accounts to set up. TENS recommends Tithe.ly. Click here to learn more.
Consider other options for electronic payment, such as PayPal and VenMo.
Keep your stewardship messaging about the mission. Your gifts are funding essential programs that your congregation offers to your neighbors
Encourage members who are able, to pay off their pledges early to avoid a cash-flow contraction
Remember to thank people for their generosity and encourage abundance in your community
Donate to your congregation through the diocese’s PayPal account here.
Watch the Horizons Stewardship webinar on giving during social distancing and how to setup online giving here.
The slides from the Horizons Stewardship webinar are available here.
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