Holy Week events are available online

Church of the Brethren events are offered online during this Holy Week. They include congregations that are holding love feast and Easter Sunday worship services online; a love feast coordinated by the Office of Ministry to be streamed live on Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time) with pre-service music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Online book discussion is offered by Intercultural Ministries

“Take a break. Connect in. Join us for a book read and discussion together,” said an invitation from Intercultural Ministries director LaDonna Nkosi to a new online book discussion. The event invites people to read the book “Everyday Ubuntu” by Mungi Ngomane and join in a discussion to take place online. This is a follow-up

Ecumenical Stewardship Center offers helpful guide to implement online giving

By Joshua Brockway Congregational leaders often do not think of funding needs in the first quarter of the year. The budget preparations feel like they just finished, and we already did the annual giving appeal. Every congregational treasurer will remind us, however, that the expenses don’t stop after the budget is passed, and neither can

Ministry Office collects resources for love feast and Easter virtual worship services

Following two webinars with Church of the Brethren pastors this week, the staff of the Ministry Office are collecting worship resources for use in virtual love feast and Easter services. The COVID-19 emergency means that congregations are faced with the question of whether to hold love feast virtually or instead to postpone it until a

Children’s Disaster Services shares Covid-19 resources for children

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) associate director Lisa Crouch has shared Covid-19 resources for children. These include online resources from trusted sources for talking with children about the virus, a comic for exploring the situation, downloadable resources for working through emotions and helping children cope, among others: “Talking with Kids” from PBSwww.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus “Just for Kids: A

Webinar on Holy Week worship planning is offered by the Office of Ministry

By Nancy Sollenberger Heishman The Office of Ministry of the Church of the Brethren will host a Zoom webinar conversation on March 26 focused on Holy Week worship planning. Many congregations have suspended in-person worship during the COVID-19 crisis yet are seeking to find ways to stay deeply connected to one another and their communities.

Brethren Press makes free, downloadable resources available

By Jeff Lennard We know that many congregations are cancelling services as the COVID-19 virus spreads. Brethren Press wants to make it as easy as possible for your congregation to study and worship together–even from afar. Therefore, each week during this outbreak, Brethrenpress.com will be updated with free resources to help people in your church

New webpage provides ministry resources for congregations and church leaders

A new webpage with resources for congregations and church leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic has been posted at www.brethren.org/discipleshipmin/resources . This webpage, which will be updated on a regular basis, is focused on ministry resources to support congregations and church leaders during a time when congregations may not gather in person. Brethren Disaster Ministries continues to offer

Some Church of the Brethren congregations are offering live-streamed worship

A number of Church of the Brethren congregations already offer live streaming of worship services. Now those congregations are in a position to be able to offer worship and fellowship online in the event in-person worship services are canceled because of the coronavirus. The denomination’s one fully online congregation is the Living Stream church. The