This coronavirus season has altered our regular rhythms, including those that encouraged our spiritual health. Yet now more than ever it is vital that we attend to our health and find ways to connect ourselves with God and others. This page contains practical resources for caring for yourself during this COVID-19 season and beyond.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or are having difficulty coping, contact Melissa Schaser for a referral for professional help or resources to find assistance and support. If you would like to receive prayer, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or text “cpcpray” to 97000 (you will receive a reply text prompting you to share your request). Please include your name and contact method if you would like follow-up from us.
For Grieving Families
Memorial Services and Funerals provide an opportunity for loved ones to come together, share in their grief, and remember their loved ones. Many families have had to postpone memorial services or limit them beyond what they would have preferred because of the health crisis. In this article on Grief During COVID-19, counselor Kelly Grosklags provides practical tips and advice for families who are grieving the loss of loved ones.
Sometimes it can be helpful to process your grief with others. Our Grief Recovery Group meets one Tuesday evening a month on Zoom to experience God’s hope and healing through fellowship, prayer, and occasional guest speakers. Contact Michelle Durrett to learn more about this group.
Grief During COVID-19
It’s common for us to think about grief solely in terms of the loss of a loved one. However, grief is far more prevalent in our daily lives as we make adjustments to what we have hoped or planned. In this season of COVID-19, many of us are experiencing compounded grief as we have changed all of our normal rhythms and patterns. In this video, Pastor Melissa shares how we are experiencing grief in this season, and ways to healthfully cope.
RightNow Media: Love & Loss
Worship from home and Zoom small groups are markers of the newness of the season we are in. For many of us, the healthy spiritual practices we held before the COVID-19 season have been disrupted. Below you will find apps and resources to support you in your spiritual journey. Whether it’s trying Holy Yoga for the first time, engaging in centering prayer, or finding a virtual small group, we hope these resources will help you care for your spiritual health in this season.
Caring for Your Spirit During COVID-19
by Melissa Schaser, Pastor of Congregational Care
What has your day-to-day life looked like over the past months? This coronavirus season has altered our regular rhythms, including those that encouraged our spiritual health. Yet now more than ever it is vital that we attend to our spiritual health and find ways to connect ourselves with God. Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Be honest with God. Sometimes it can be tempting to only bring our positive emotions before God in an effort to not bother Him with what we’re really going through. But God can handle our anger, pain, and heartbreak. Psalm 145:18 tells us that “The Lord is near to all who call on Him.” Call on Him with your full self, the good stuff and the hard stuff. He will listen.
- Read Scripture. This is more natural for some of us than others. If you need an easy on-ramp, I encourage you to start at the beginning of the Gospel of Mark and center yourself on the life of Jesus. Psalm 119:105 tells us that “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Let Scripture guide your mind and spirit in this season.
- Find fellowship. Virtual fellowship is still fellowship. Matthew 18:20 tells us that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” Even on our computers, phones, and tablets, we have the opportunity to gather, share our joys and concerns, and pray together. If you are wondering how to connect, consider joining one of our CPC small groups or Bible studies.
- Spend time with Jesus. Jesus doesn’t have to social-distance; He can meet us right in our homes, bringing us His compassion and love. Find time each day to set apart and spend time with Him in prayer. Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Each day we have the opportunity to center ourselves in the mercy and love of God.
Desire to pray for our community?
Here are prayer prompts to guide you:
For those who are lonely and isolated:
O God who is with us, we pray for the lonely. We pray that your presence would be as real and close to them as their breath.
For those who are in need:
O God of strength, we pray for those who are struggling and lack resources. We ask you to meet their needs and provide a way forward.
For those who are overwhelmed: O God who holds us, we pray for those who are overwhelmed and disorientated in this time of uncertainty. May they rest in the palm of your hand and receive comfort and wisdom.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Holy Yoga offers connection to Jesus and restoration for the body through Scripture, meditation, and movement. Try one or all three of these practices led by Brooke Toftoy. If you love it, Holy Yoga is offering a 30 day trial of their monthly streaming subscription.
Jesus doesn’t have to social-distance; He can meet us right in our homes, bringing us His compassion and love. Find time each day to set apart and spend time with Him in prayer. These apps can help you discover new ways to pray.
Centering Prayer App
Centering prayer is a method of meditation used by Christians that emphasizes interior silence. It opens us up to God’s presence within. The elements of centering prayer are the reading of an opening prayer or Scripture, a sound that indicates the beginning of your silent time, a sound that indicates the end of the silent time, and a closing prayer or Scripture. This app provides a variety of options within the centering prayer structure.
Pray As You Go
This app has many contemplative prayer options and prompts. These include the prayer of Examen, which is a prayer that focuses on taking time to see God’s movement in your day. Lectio Divina, or divine listening, is another guided option as well. You may also choose to use a “Walking with God” guide to develop prayer walks. There are also some guided prayers around specific topics such as loneliness, anxiety, grief, and depression. It is helpful tool to introduce these forms of prayer and provide structure to them.
Small Groups & Bible Studies
We know that community is an essential component of our Christian faith. If you are not already in a small group or Bible study at CPC, we invite you to join one of our summer offerings!
Working from home? Home-schooling? Limited access to childcare? The COVID-19 season has introduced new and greater stressors for marriages and families. The following resources can assist with practical tools and advice for strengthening your marriage during this season and growing together as a family.
RightNow Media: Marriage Night Conference
Taking time to learn and laugh together goes a long way to keep your relationship strong. Learn from Francis and Lisa Chan, and Les & Leslie Parrott in video sessions on RightNow Media.
Job Transition Support
We know many in our community are experiencing job loss, underemployment, or lost income. Mark and Nancy Hirschfeld have over twenty years of experience helping individuals find the right workplace and are giving back to their community by hosting free Online Job Search training sessions on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM over Zoom.
Meeting ID: 867 4264 4068 • Password: 311016
Or dial in by phone:
Mark Hirschfeld also created a series of 12 videos covering topics such as networking, job boards, cover letters and resumes, and much more. You can view the videos below and follow along with this handout.