Ministry During the Ongoing Pandemic

Ministry During the Ongoing Pandemic

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” [Jeremiah 29:11]

The above verse from Jeremiah 29 came when the Israelites were going through an awfully difficult time. It was a moment when God’s children needed to be reminded of their common hope and future.

We have weathered much in the past year and a half. As youth workers, we have had to be present to others amidst pain, loss, uncertainty, and anxiety. This has been no small task.

The pandemic is not over, but we are entering a new season. A season of some uncertainty about how we will be able to do ministry as our ability to gather keeps changing. We continue to update resources and hope these tools will be helpful as you determine what you and your youth will need in the time to come.

Curricular and Sample Materials

Youth Worship, Bible Study & Formation
Children’s Ministry Curriculum ResourcesUCC Southern New England Conference outline on exploring curriculum resources for the pandemic and beyond.
Resources for Lent and Easter for Children and YouthThe Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ has compiled resources for children and youth for Lent and Easter.
Compiled Recommendations for Safely Gathering Youth In-Person
Compiled Recommendations for Safely Gathering Youth In-PersonRecommendations and best practices for gathering youth in-person.
Church Safety Best Practices During COVID-19
Church Safety Best Practices During COVID-19Best practices for ministering to youth online during the pandemic and beyond.
Ministering to Youth During COVID-19
What’s Next?Videos, articles and ideas about re-engagement and what comes next.
Quest for Truth
Theological ReflectionsArticles for theological reflections.
Leading Transformative Service Days and Mission Trips
Creating a Virtual Mission Trip, Service or Camp ExperienceResources for creating a virtual mission trip, service or camp experience.
Quest for Life
Pastoral CareHelp in caring for youth and their families during a time of Pandemic.
Quest for Life
Training for Youth Workers and VolunteersResources for training youth workers and volunteers, and for gathering your team for bible study.
Ministering to Youth during COVID-19
Spiritual PracticesResources and ideas for spiritual practices to help support spiritual health.
Gathering Your Youth
Gathering Your YouthProgramming ideas, curricula, technology and more for use in safely gathering your youth - in person and online.
Quest for Life
Scripture of ReassuranceScripture that reminds us that God is with us and all is well.

Articles and Readings

COVID Resources
COVID ResourcesA collection of articles and resources to support youth and families curing the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Mental Health
Mental HealthArticles and resources on the mental health issues facing adolescents.

Best Practice Videos

Ministry During the Pandemic
Ministry During the PandemicCaring for Ourselves and Others in Unusual Times
Yale Youth Ministry Institute