As we face COVID-19 together, we have an opportunity as a church to serve others. This doesn’t just mean giving financially, but by actually getting out of our homes and making a difference. Clearly if you are sick or otherwise high risk we recommend you stay home. But if you are healthy and want to serve, we encourage you to listen to God’s voice and follow. Let us encourage you to not just serve anonymously, but in Christ’s name. Use it as an excuse to tell someone in as little as 10 seconds why you are serving. It could be as simple as, “I’m doing this because God has done so much in my life that I want you to experience a little of His love during these tough times.” Then just see where the conversation takes you. Maybe nowhere. Maybe to an invitation to join us online this Sunday. Maybe to a longer discussion about what God has done for you and can do for them. Pray and follow God’s lead.
Here are some ideas:
- Pass out fun or needed supplies:
Grab a couple rolls of TP, a pack of microwave popcorn, or whatever you think your neighbors might need or want. Drop it off and let them know why you are doing this.
- Offer your assistance to meet their needs:
Drop off a note offering your assistance to run errands or otherwise assist them. Download our template you can print at home. Post on neighborhood Facebook groups.
- Open your driveway or home to guests:
Obviously use wisdom and discretion on this one. But many people are feeling isolated and craving human interaction. Maybe setup chairs appropriately “socially distanced” on your driveway and invite some neighbors over.
- Offer child-care:
As with anything that involved direct person to person interaction, use your discretion. But many are struggling with child-care. Maybe it’s just watching the kids for an hour while mom get’s shopping done? Maybe it’s more.
- Come up with your own idea:
Maybe none of these ideas are your cup of tea or not appropriate for your neighborhood. Share your ideas or get new ideas on our COVID-19 Response Team Facebook Group.
Not sure what this looks like? Check out Chad’s how-to video as he delivers TP to a neighbor.