COVID-19: Ways to worship, connect, serve and give
A Message from Pastor Kevin: “Dear Friends, every day brings news of how our community and world are seeking to respond to COVID-19. Please know that our church and leadership team is striving to find new ways to be faithful during this uncertain time. Below are some resources and correspondence we have been sharing over the past months. We have now begun to migrate all of our information about how to worship, connect, serve and give to the rest of the website and not just to one COVID-19 information page.
We will continue to keep this page active just for news and updates related to COVID-19 for now.
Other Messages/Enotes in Order of Date: 1) March 13, 2020, In-Person Worship Suspended, 2) March 19, 2020, Church Giving and Expenditures in Response to COVID-19, 3) April 6, 2020, Holy Week, State of the Church, and our Continued COVID-19 Response (Bookmark this page and refresh often for updates)
COVID-19 Phasing Plan video from Pastor Kevin
COVID-19 Phasing Plan Document
Current Office hours
The church office is open Monday – Thursday 9 am -12 pm.
If you would like to meet with a staff member we ask that you please call and make an appointment. You can make an appointment by calling the church phone number (910)326-4822.
Ways to Worship
Worship is at the heart of what we do and it is difficult to be worshipping at home and without the benefit of gathering in-person. Find ways to turn your home into a place of worship and make sure to spend daily time in prayer and scripture reflection. If you have difficulty with setting up worship via the internet, let us know how we can help.
Wednesdays, 8:00 am – Morning Prayer lead each week by pastors, laity, or guest preachers via ZOOM – Click this link to join (there is a waiting room if you get there before the host)
Children’s Worship Bulletin – If you would like a bulletin for your child, email Alysia. Let her know which age group you need (3-6 years or 7-12 years), she will email it to you.
Ways to Connect
Are you a member of a Sunday School Class or small group? Decide together to check-in, call, email, and/or send cards to those in your group. Here are some other ways to connect:
Pastor Kevin’s Book Reading Discussion Group – Stay tuned for information about the next book study.
Thursday Night Book Study – Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Biblical Responses. The class will be on Zoom from 8 pm-8:40 pm every Thursday for 15 weeks. Sign up here.
Phone Prayer Partners – would you like to be connected to a daily or weekly phone prayer partner that can spend a few minutes with you in prayer via phone? Sign up via our webform here.
Ways to Serve
Reach out to your neighbors, friends, and loved ones and check on anyone who God may bring to mind or lay on your heart. Call the church if you know of specific needs or services that are lacking during this crisis. In addition, here are some other ways to serve:
Food Delivery – Would you be willing to help deliver food to families in our community that are food insecure during this crisis?
Meals on Wheels – Would you like to help deliver meals? Would you like to order a meal? Contact Robert Lenthall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-352-8511.
Serve Volunteer – can you help get groceries or medications for the homebound? Do you have other skills or forms of assistance you would like to offer?
Want to volunteer – Sign up.
Please fill out this form and someone will be in contact with you.
Ways to Give
Giving during this time is critical to helping us continue ministry while we are unable to take up any tithes and offerings in-person. Anything you can do will help us keep the doors open and operating to serve you and the community around us.
Mail – send checks to 665 W. Corbett Ave. Swansboro, NC 28584. If you would like us to send you or deliver offering envelopes to you, please contact the church office.
Online Giving – Give through our Website (Set up a one-time gift or a reoccurring gift to be withdrawn each week or month).
Direct Pay – from your banking bill pay option – more information here If you need assistance, please call Carol Ferry at the church office to set it up.
Volunteer Pick-Up – Yes, we can make this happen also! If you are uncomfortable mailing in your tithes and offerings, we have a “saddlebag team” who will come to you. We will even bring you a jar of SUMC peanuts and our prayer resource!
How to Support Older Relatives During the COVID-19 Outbreak, Cathleen Colón-Emeric, MD
NC Department of Health and Human Services – ncdhhs.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – cdc.gov
Onslow County – onslowcountync.gov
Carteret County – carteretcountync.gov