Blackhawk Presbytery
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061
815.732.6111
 

 

 
 
 

COVID-19 Information

 

 IDEAS

Please submit YOUR ideas to office@blackhawkpresbytery.org
 
Use the Presbytery list of Remote Worship Options (June update) to experience worship on Tuesday...Thursday...Friday...
(Please let us know if your options have changed)
 
  • Learn how to share the peace in American Sign Language with this easy video.
  • Share a brief video of congregation members' 'selfies' - perhaps around a theme (see Pentecost selfies - RCLPC)
  • Pre-record a special worship message for children so parents can share at the most opportune time (Geneva and Elgin)
  • Communicate regularly with your congregation (and potential visitors) via a updated COVID specific letter on your website
  • Involve the whole church in a mission project - gather warm weather gear for distribution as winter approaches
  • Don't forget to alert your local paper of your community outreach efforts - they are looking for positive stories to report!
  • Need help with technology in the church? Check your local Tech/Trade school or Community College - investigate an unpaid internship.
  • Share a Monday morning email with prayer requests (Elgin)
  • Do 'drive-by' visits to members while video-taping their greetings from a safe distance (*unprofessionally combined with a simple movie app) (see Fulton's)
  • Engage your youth in helping with technology ideas and plans* 
  • Ask church members to report "What have you been doing during quarantine?" - share via mailed newsletter & online too (from Kankakee First)
  • Need to have a session meeting, but not everyone is computer savvy? Try a conference call (Presbytery uses freeconferencecall.com). People just call a number from their phone, enter a simple access code and join the call.
 
 

RESOURCES

(Latest added at the top) 
 

A Policy Statement on Pastoral Services During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Adopted by Presbytery Assembly Nov. 10, 2020

A long-standing article of faith in the Presbyterian Church (USA) is that "God alone is Lord of the conscience." In keeping with that principle, if a pastor in Blackhawk Presbytery is asked to perform a service or attend an activity which they feel could potentially lead to his or her contracting Covid-19 or endangering the congregation, they shall be given the right to either abstain from that service or to find a safer alternative means of performing that service. No Session or congregation may use such an incident as grounds for changing that pastor's employment by the congregation in any way.

 
GATHERING IN PERSON AFTER THE PANDEMIC     
  • Actual sample plans you might want to consider borrowing or re-tooling for your situation (ordered by size of congregation from small to large - church names changed):
  1. Spruce Presbyterian Church (small)
  2. Galena First Presbyterian 
  3. Birch Presbyterian (medium)
  4. Elm Presbyterian (medium)
  5. Maple Presbyterian (larger/multiple services) Note: they did a poll to see who may attend each service and who would probably continue remote worship - excellent idea
(Thank you to the anonymous churches who shared their plans!)
 
 
  • FINANCIAL RESOURCES:
 

Blackhawk Presbytery COVID-19 Response Task Force:

Eric Heinekamp (Transformational General Presbyter / Stated Clerk)

Chuck Johnson (Presbytery Moderator)

Catherine Martin (COM Moderator)

Alex Regets (Manteno Community, Pastor)

Ron Barkby (Elgin First, Elder)