Social Distancing doesn’t mean we can’t help. In fact, now is our moment.

Social Distancing doesn’t mean we can’t help. In fact, now is our moment.

Now is our moment to bring hope, strength, and peace.

We can act. We can lead. We can serve.

So, let’s do this together.

I’m going to provide a few ideas of how we can show our communities we are FOR them during this season. But we need your ideas, collectively. Sure, we may not be able to do all of these ideas. That’s not the point. The point is to pick one or a few, and act.

It’s a whole lot better than worrying.

Okay, here we go. Four Ideas to be FOR your community during COVID-19:

1. Buying online gift cards to support local businesses.

I am featuring local business leaders on my Instagram page and asking people to support them by purchasing online gift cards. The downside of this idea is that not every business has an e-commerce option and it doesn’t apply to every business. However, don’t let that stop you. For ideas, check out my Instagram page at @jefferyhenderson.

2. Support your local food bank.

As you know, school closures are impacting children who depend on lunch programs. One of the ways we are partnering with our local food bank is to explore food drop-offs in the form of a drive-thru. What options are you exploring to help?

3. Five Phone Calls a Day.

We are asking the team at Gwinnett Church to call five people in our church a day as a way to check-in and to ask how we can pray for them. These phone calls are an important way to pastor and shepherd people while also abiding by social distancing protocols.

4. Leverage your Social Media Platforms to support the Community.

Yes, we definitely need to stream our Sunday worship experiences online, but leveraging technology has far greater potential than just that. Our churches and organizations need to become voices of hope, clarity, and communication. Re-tweet messages or updates from local charities. Do the same regarding important health updates. One way to look at it leveraging the three platforms most used by churches:

Leverage Twitter for updates.

Leverage Facebook for hope.

Leverage Instagram for support (featuring local business leaders as an example.)

Now, it’s your turn. Let’s go from four ideas to forty, at least.

What ideas can you share to help us all serve and lead our communities during COVID-19?

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2 replies on “4 Ideas to be FOR Your Community During COVID-19”

I am currently caregiver for my 94 year old mother in my home. We have been keeping to our home. When I go out to run errands, I wear a mask. We are rationing our one bottle of purell, because there is None to be had in my town. The idea below is something that is weighing heavy on my heart as a retired teacher. It is not an idea anyone has implemented that I’m aware of. If anyone can use it, that would be one child who would have some hope for tomorrow.

I don’t know how to make this happen, but there are going to be a lot of people in support fields who have children home and no one to watch over them. This would seem to me to be a place where you could volunteer to baby sit, serve a lunch, tutor, even lead a SMALL group home school lesson. If this winds up being something you don’t do in your own neighborhood, consider pairing up with a neighbor to go to work with the child while parents are at work. First lesson: hygiene. Next lesson: hope.

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