by CVC Serve Pastor Rick Eimers
The coronavirus is causing a lot of scare in our community right now. As the body of Christ, this is an amazing opportunity to share the loveand hope of Jesus to the people who are most vulnerable and high risk to contracting this virus. With that in mind, here are a few practical ways to get the church out of the building and into the community!
Engage Your LifeHouse
Do you have a neighbor within your context that is more vulnerable to the coronavirus?
- Can you pick up medications and place it on their front step?
- Can you buy groceries and drop them off for them?
- Do you have extra toilet paper in your house? Can you spare a square?
When you do, leave them an encouraging note letting them know you’re praying for them.
Engage “Your One”
Is the person you are praying for in 2020 more susceptible to contract this virus because of their stage of life or health complications? Give them a call and offer to pray for them over the phone. Ask them who they have concern for and offer to pray with them for that person.
Engage the Community
We have a texting service that attempts to mobilize people from within CVC to serve families in the community. Comment in the thread if you’d like to be added on that list. This will allow you to respond quickly to needs locally and in the community. I’ll send the needs out through the texting service and have you as the point person. I may post those on our missions page as well.
- Give a gift card to a family that may not be able to afford lunches for their children.
- Offer to go to the local store to sanitize grocery carts.
- Call a nursing home to offer to pray with an elderly shut in who would like prayer.
- Shop for a single mom in the area
- Engage your teenagers to run errands for the elderly! They have time on their hands!
In all things, please be wise. Continue to follow all guidelines pertaining to safety and cleanliness. When there is fear in the community, God’s people can shine!
The church has left the building!
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18