Are you thinking about reopening?

Last week there was more talk about reopening. Starting last Friday I began reviewing articles and plans about reopening. Some of what I read I have shared below. If you have suggestions to add to this list please email me.

Also t hank you to  Rev. Christine V. Hides  for allowing me to share some of these resources from her  blog .

Here is one of my favorite video's
Re-Launch Guidelines Considered  watch this Pastor measure her Sanctuary for placement of people.

Stay Safe and Healthy.

Charlaine Apsel
Resource Center

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Plans for Reopening

Wisconsin Council of Churches  outline of how a session might decide to reopen and what criteria it might use at each stage to make that decision. 
Webinar registration below.

Presbyteries of Grand Canyon and de Cristo  a detailed outline of how a session might make those determinations.  

Thoughts on Reopening

Re-Launch Guidelines Considered   watch this Pastor measure her Sanctuary for placement of people.

Music and Congregational Singing

From Timothy Michael Powell:
A summation of the ACDA/NATS/ChorusAmerica/BarberShop national Pandemic webinar: 

1) There is no safe way for choirs to rehearse together until there is a vaccine or 95% effective treatment in place, most likely 1-2 years. Perhaps occasionally outside in small groups, but only when the wind is not at your back. Masks and spacing DO NOT protect your singers from contagion, and singers are super-spreaders 

2) Though there may be some mitigation using a combination of UV lights and fan/atmosphere scrubbing inside, it is not 100% effective and the UV in particular may be both expensive and dangerous 

3) No concerts or public performances this fall, and frankly, maybe not for 1-2 years, though we actually don't know. 

4) Once rapid testing becomes available, possibility to rehearse with immediate testing before every rehearsal with iron-clad agreements from choir members. 5) AUDIENCE: liability insurance for your arts org. Temperature checks at the door and required masks. US government Phase THREE recommendations for actual safe return to public performances. ***if I missed something or if what I’ve said is incomplete or in error, please let me know and I’ll fix. It was overwhelming*** 

Link to the full webinar:

What could we learn from Covid 19?

Adaptive Change during a Crisis – Kairos Time! By PneuMatrix   - a short piece based on Heifetz' notion of how to approach adaptive change during a crisis.  We adapted/interpreted it as we think it applies to churches

Up Coming Webinars
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We only have room for 500 attendees for the live webinar,if you are #501 you will get a message the meeting is full. If you are registered you will receive a link to the recording the next day. You can find links to all the recorded webinars on our website .

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
7:00 – 7:30 PM Eastern
Leader: Katie Snyder
Learn about the upcoming ecumenical curriculum, Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum! The curriculum is inspired by  Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible  and will be available Summer 2020. The curriculum focuses on o ne of the first ways we begin to understand God’s self-revelation -- hearing, engaging, and wrestling with the written Word. In other words, it is through the stories of the Bible that we get to know God.  Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum features 35 units, which allows you to build a library of stories. It’s ideal for small churches and big churches alike. While this curriculum is meant to be a multiage curriculum for K-5, each unit includes suggestions on how the curriculum can be used in intergenerational settings. Sign up for this webinar today to learn more about this exciting curriculum and how easy it is to use in your church setting.
Katie Snyder , raised in Winchester, VA, graduated with a dual degree in Christian Education and Elementary Education in 2010 from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. A Certified Christian Educator in the PC USA, she previously served as the Director of Christian Education for over 8 years at churches in and around northern Virginia. In 2019 she moved to Louisville to be the Curriculum Specialist and POINT Coordinator for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Katie aspires to faithfully seek God while encouraging and empowering others to do the same. She enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, their cat, and their dog. She loves learning, knitting, singing, and reading mystery novels.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Kerri Parker, Breanna Illéné - Wisconsin Council of Churches
Though in the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis many of us had mental images of returning to our churches relatively soon, in one large celebration, we are now recognizing that returning to church will have to happen in stages. We'll look at what types of in-person or on-site activities may be appropriate in different phases - including worship, faith formation, support groups, outside groups, and recreation. We'll also consider pastoral care and how church staff might be faithful in their engagement with the congregation and the church building. The way forward will not be a matter of following a known timetable, but of faithfully discerning the signs of the times, and responding accordingly.
Rev. Kerri Parker  has been Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches since 2017. She previously served as pastor of McFarland United Church of Christ in McFarland, WI, and as Executive Director of YWCA Rock County, in Janesville, WI. She has a passion for congregational vitality and contextual ministry. She has been published in There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, an anthology of essays gathered by the RevGalBlogPals community of support for clergywomen.
Rev. Breanna Illéné  is the Content Curation and Ecumenical Innovation Coordinator at the Wisconsin Council of Churches and the pastor at Trinity UMC in Madison, WI and has passions for social media, justice work, and community engagement.
Choir directors, worship musicians, organists, Christian educators, artists, clergy, and lay people
For our first 50 years, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians has been your community of worship, music, colleagues, and resources – and we’re not about to stop now! It’s a different summer, but PAM will be right there. As we stand at the threshold of the next 50 years, and with trust in God “whom alone we worship and serve,” we are joyfully able to announce to you that we are adapting the 2020 Worship and Music Conference from an in-person event at Montreat Conference Center into a one-week, online conference, June 21 – 26.
PAM is not just for Presbyterians. Other denominations find our resources, conferences, and publications helpful in their service to God. Our members represent multiple denominations including Methodist, Baptist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, Unitarian, and Mennonite! 
We know that everyone wants to be Montreat. We all do. Our prayer is live streaming from Montreat will allow for all of us to be virtually together at Montreat – for Morning Yoga at the lake, conversations at the Huck, Montreat Moments and Morning Prayer around the campus and Worship.
This is an opportunity for those who have not been able to attend in the past, and those of you who don't know about PAM, or about this annual event, to share in a week of Worship and Music.
We are grateful for you, and we are excited to bring you the best lemonade you’ve ever tasted out of all these lemons we’ve all been handed!
In the peace of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
The Presbyterian Association of Musicians
Here's How The Conference Will Work:
The conference website will take you to the conference’s daily streaming. Lots of offerings are live; all are recorded and available throughout the week and the next week. You won’t have to miss a thing!
This will be an interactive conference: you’ll be connected and participating.
Worship, Routley lectures, Bible classes, Art classes, Hymn Festival, Organ Recital – these familiar things and more are part of this online conference.
We have partnered with GNTV to produce the conference and to provide the best quality experience possible.
As many sessions as possible will be streamed live and recorded at Montreat Conference Center. We’ll do this if it is safe and within guidelines. 50 years of PAM has also been 50+ years at Montreat, and we’re still honoring our historical and financial partnership with them.
Schedule: Online, we want the conference to feel organic, energetic, and nourishing. Now that we are moving to an online format, our schedule looks a bit more like an issue of TV Guide – we will stream events live at scheduled times, but each day’s offerings will be available to viewing at any time you choose the very next day! You can check out our new, modified schedule at
Pre-Conference Training: We know that this online conference format might seem unfamiliar to some. We can help! PAM will provide pre-conference training before the conference. We’ll send an email in a few weeks allowing you to sign up if you would like.
In exchange for the PRC promoting PAM’s 2020 Virtual Worship & Music Conference, PAM will offer PRC subscribers/members the opportunity to register at the PAM member rate of $175.
When you register you need to select PAM Member at Registration Category on the first screen, then type in the code at the payment screen
To receive the discount code  please email PRC .
Not sure if our church is a member,   email to ask .
Also churches in the following judicatories are considered to be members
Central Atlantic UCC Conference
Metropolitan New York Synod ELCA
New York UCC Conference
North Carolina Synod, ELCA
Northeastern Christian Church
Presbytery of Long Island
Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley
Southern New England Conference UCC
Registration Fees: Conference registration rates have been lowered significantly. The new rates are $175 for adults who are PAM members, $250 for non-members,
Registration is open through the start of the conference (June 21st).
It’s a digital conference, but we’ll have hard copies of the conference book, choral packets and hymns! Register by May 15th to guarantee receiving our mailing of hard copies of the conference book, choral packet, and hymn booklet, as well as a t-shirt if you ordered one.

Everyone Has a Calling - Ours Is Helping You!

Do You Need Help?

We realize moving to a virtual church is a cultural shift for many churches, and we are here to help. The staff here at PRC has been working diligently to answer all the email questions we have gotten and to monitor the FB page to make sure questions are getting answered. We are doing this work for all churches; members and non-members.

Join the   Face Book page for Church Onlin e  people are asking all kinds of questions and resourcing each other.
Visit  the Online Church page  of PRC’s Online Resource Center
You can find all recorded webinars we have that pertain to online church.

Charlaine Apsel
PRC - Executive Director

Recorded Webinars Click the title to register

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Leader: Eric Seiberling
Leader: Marcia McFee
PRC Staff
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