Ministry Resources 

We are curating this page every day for Churches that are looking for resources during this time while we can't phyisically gather together to worship.

As you come across resources you think would benefit the whole Church please send the links to Angela Cadena angelac@nswact.uca.org.au.

  • Watch the the Easter preaching series from Rev. Simon Lee "Perspectives from the Cross" from New Beginnings Uniting Church here.
  • Download the Holy Week Reflections from Rev. Dr Ockert Meyer, Lecturer in Preaching, Worship and Theology at United Theological College here.
  • North Ryde Community Uniting Church have produced a Stations of the Cross film and Call to Worship video for Easter Sunday services.
    Stations of the Cross - Watch | Download  
    Call to Worship for Easter Sunday - Watch | Download
  • Rev Dr John Squires reflects on Easter and Holy Week here.

Liturgy of the Empty Hands: The following Liturgy is designed to deviate only minimally from the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as set out in Uniting Worship and other liturgical resources, to allow for the absence of bread and wine/juice – while retaining familiar foundations, in uncertain times. Download the liturgy here.

Coronavirus Liturgy and Prayer Resources: from the Church of England including prayers about the outbreak, prayers with children, worship at home and prayers if you can’t get to Church.

Liturgies for Worship offered are offered by a group of scholars, teachers, and worship leaders in The United Methodist Church.

 

Free Music Licence: One License is providing gratis license options valid through April 15, 2020 giving permission to reprint or project music for their congregations from Member Publishers and also to podcast or stream religious services.

Because the Lord’s My Shepherd: Song and music score composed by Rev. David McGregor for Psalm 23, which is in the Lectionary for this Sunday 21 March. Chris McNaught has recorded the vocals.

Click here for the Music: https://www.facebook.com/dmacgreg1/videos/pcb.10157844678954871/10157334835597986/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

Click here for the Score Sheet: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157334836187986&set=pcb.10157844678954871&type=3&theater&ifg=1

See also this post from the Progressive Christian Artists Network on access to streaming music.

  • Prayers for the current season from the Assembly are available here.
  • Download the Pandemic Prayer from Rev. Margaret Reeson here.

Toilet Paper Blues: A 5-minute reflection and prayer from Rev. Rod Pattenden, Adamstown Uniting Church on toilet paper shortages – “We thank you God that you provide us with what we need.” https://vimeo.com/397871432

Reflection on community in the midst of a pandemic: a theological reflection by Rev. Dr John Squires on how we be Church in the midst of a crisis.
https://johntsquires.com/2020/03/15/when-you-come-together-reflections-on-community-in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR12z-xY6YLwZdckisNhzejwXJVyKbxeTHs1XG90oxAYiIGlXJgXJw8fdOA

Colliding calamities are hurting the most vulnerable - a reflection by Doug Taylor, Director of Mission, Communities and Social Impact at Uniting 

Certainty in uncertain times: Reflection and Prayer from Ravenswood School Chaplain Rev. Jon Humphries:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/growinginfaithuca/permalink/1280841815442499/

A Call to Worship for Dispersed PeoplePrayer from Craig Mitchell
https://www.facebook.com/groups/PrayersThatUnite/

Insights magazine articles on COVID-19 are available here.

Ministry During Pandemic: From Awareness to Implementation by Dr. Naomi Paget, B.C.C., B.C.E.T.S. Fellow, National Center for Crisis Management 

 

The Saltbush - Uniting the Scattered Community team are doing weekly resources for use in any context. You can access their Vimeo channel here (resources are downloadable).

Project Reconnect: Find out more here . Project Reconnect are now offering free resources for personal use at https://projectreconnect.uca.org.au/sunday-messages-for-the-crovid-19-emergency/

Hold That Thought - Two seasons of 90 second sermons for use as conversation starters for small groups. You can stream from YouTube or download on the Hold That Thought Vimeo Channel and like and follow the Facebook page.

Illustrated Ministry is supporting local congregations and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages. Visit the resources here.

Resources to assist Churches during COVID-19: A basic handy list of resources in one place.

If you want to reach out and assist the vulnerable in your community, an excellent initiative started by The Kindness Pandemic is cards you can put in your neighbours letterbox letting them know you care and if they are unable, offer to shop for them or pick something up from the local post office. Simply use the attached cards, by printing them and offering help during the COVID-19 crisis. Download the #viralkindness cards here.

Churches can extend their CCLI music licences if they haven't already, by contacting CLLI here to livestream across any platform, whether it is from a website or from Facebook. The approximate add-on to your licence will be approximately $2 per person if you haven't already got livestreaming as part of your

There has been a lot information doing the rounds of the web about "Zoom bombers". This can occur when you publicise a Zoom link on a platform like social media. We would warn against such a practice and advertise the Zoom meeting with an invitation to join through email.

If you have already begun a session and find an unwanted attendee has joined you can do the following:

  1. If the Participantspanel is not visible, click Manage Participants at the bottom of the Zoom
  2. Next to the person you want to remove, click More.
  3. From the list that appears, click Remove.
  • Personal giving can be set up through Uniting Financial Services with Giving Direct here.
  • The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania has produced an excellent document on digital giving with a lot of options for Churches. View the document here.

During the COVID-19 crisis we will all be spending more time online and it is a good time to have some refreshers for cyber security and how to recognise scams and other important information. Synod IT have prepared the following documents: