Last Updated on April 13, 2020
As we journey through the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, we're using this page to share resources for your faith (and more). We invite you to use what works for you and to share this information with everyone you can.
How-To Access Online Gatherings
Faith Resources For Families
- Visit our youtube channel to see how to access our Midweek Lent Worship, Prayer Meetings, Committee meetings, and calling into Worship and other sessions.
- Zoom has many tutorials as well. Click here to view them.
Fun Resources for Families
- Click here to view an 8 week faith devotion for families designed for this period of time. It includes a reading and a faith practice while also illustrating something called "Faith Five."
- Illustrated Ministry will be sending out coloring sheets that kids (and adults!) can use on a weekly basis. Sign-up here: https://www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve.
- And as you finish up your kids finish up their work each day, invite them to say a prayer - something like: Dear God, You came among us in Jesus Christ to teach us your saving truth by word and example. Help us to enjoy our learning together and enable us to take delight in exploration. Watch over all of us - students and teachers a like. Amen.
- If you're looking for more ways to pray during this time with your entire family, Christine Hides provides a few possibilities - including looking for gifts, talking about only taking enough, and looking forward to Easter. https://christinevhides.com/2020/03/12/look-for-the-gifts-praying-with-children-during-a-pandemic/
- If you have access to a printer and want to make a large poster shouting ALLELUIA or view a coloring page/devotion based on our gospel reading from Sunday, click here: https://illustratedmin.s3.amazonaws.com/weekly-resources/Easter.pdf. If you make the poster or the coloring sheet - please send me a picture. I'd love to see how creative everyone is!
- If you're looking to add some new petitions, consider checking out the Prayer Ventures by Living Lutheran. You can view them each day on their website www.livinglutheran.org or download a guide from that website. Here's a link to today's venture: https://www.livinglutheran.org/2020/04/prayer-ventures-april-13-3/
If You Need Help
- At 1 pm EST on weekdays, Mo Williams (author/illustrator of Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) is hosting a special series online. You can doodle with Mo and visit his studio. You can view it here: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
- If you're looking for a coloring book (and I always am), one of my favorite cartoonist created a downloadable book. Liz Climo creates funny one or two panel comics using animals. You can view her coloring book here: https://lizclimo.tumblr.com/post/613057271422910464/free-coloring-book-download-yours-here-if
- The American National History Museum is posting a lot of things online. You can check out their resources here: https://www.amnh.org/. They're also sharing daily lessons on twitter. Follow them here: https://twitter.com/AMNH.
- If you're looking for more museums/concerts to view - there's a list here: https://ritholtz.com/2020/03/online-museums-concerts/
- For some of our families with older kids (or kids at heart), here are a list of free online courses from the Ivy League that we can take: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/
- And speaking of ivy league courses, Yale offers one about the science of well-being that people really enjoy. It might be something for parents to view late at night when you're drinking your favorite beverage out of a kid's cup from Ikea. https://www.businessinsider.com/coursera-yale-science-of-wellbeing-free-course-review-overview
- Cape May Zoo does a presentation with animals everyday at 11:30 am. They also are doing a March Madness Style animal event too. See it all on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/capemaycountyparkzoo/
- If you'd like to watch some zoo animals on webcam, check out the Smithsonian: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams.
Sesame Street has some web-based resources on how to build resilience in kids: https://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/challenges.
Geek Gurl Diaries is a collection of videos on being a maker: https://www.youtube.com/user/GeekGurlDiaries
The Tri-Boro Food Pantry is located just up Pascack Road (65 Pascack Road in Park Ridge, located in the parking lot for the Pascack Reformed Church/Park Ridge High School). It distributes food Tuesdays and Thursday from 9 am to 11 am. They pantry has implemented new procedures to keep volunteers and clients safe.
If you would like to support the work of the pantry, they are accepting donations. This is the most recent news from the pantry:
Limitations at grocery stores are making it very difficult for us to stock our shelves. Many people have asked if they can still make donations and so I am writing to ask if you can please let your community know that we are accepting and in need! Donations can be dropped directly at the pantry. Questions can be directed to the pantry at 201-573-9083.
We are grateful for all non-perishable donations- we are packing bags full of necessities. We are very low on canned fruit, canned tuna, macaroni and cheese, all pasta, oatmeal, pancake mix, dried legumes in a bag, peanut butter, jelly, meal in a can like chef boyardee.