Bethany Hope Centre Supports Young Parent Families in need During Pandemic - Salvation Army Canada

Newsletter COVID


COVID-19 Info


RESOURCES FOR MINISTRY



Worship & Ministry During Covid advertisement for a series of 4 webinars

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

A series of information and sharing webinars focused on Worship & Ministry During COVID

designed specifically for Corps Officers and Leaders.





Corps Regathering Download:  Regathering Corps- COVID-19  (PDF)
Here is the comprehensive Corps Regathering document, with guidelines for
Sunday Worship, Children & Youth, Music and PPE for corps ministries.
Find Policies and updates Visit www.salvationist.ca/covid-19  Department FAQ page has all the important policies, updates and communiqes during COVID.  Sign in using the MyArmy link.
COVID-19 and SAMIS SAMIS Worship during COVID  Here are the guidelines for collecting statistics for your online services.

New fields have been added to the most used Activities in SAMIS, for data including: #virtual meetings, #virtual households, #ministry connections (calls,cards), #care/resource packages.  Look for these boxes on Sunday Worship, Prayer & Bible Study, WM Activities, Sunday School, Youth Groups, Older Adult Fellowship and many more.
Times of Grief Helpful information on performing a funeral for Indigenous peoples.
   
CANBDA Youth Resources CANBDA YOUTH Resources
Remote Kids Ministry Care Package (pre-school to elementary): video lesson, devotional, printable place mats and teaching guideDownload here.

Angus Reid Institute Angus Reid Institute Research  The results of this research are helpful to understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and well being of Canadians
 CFS Front Line Thanks Download:  CFS Thanks Graphic




Health Worker Thanks Download: Social Services Thanks Graphic

 


 

Recommended for Corps Ministries


Policies & Guidelines

Guidelines for Virtual DiscipleshipSAMIS During Covid
Guidelines are available on the Departmental FAQ page, click the blue button to log in with My Army credentials.

Funeral Information
Guidelines are available on the Departmental FAQ page, click the blue button to log in with My Army credentials.

Virtual Discipleship Guidelines
Best Practices for Safe Digital Discipleship

Regathering Corps Ministries
Download: 
Regathering Corps- COVID-19  (PDF)
Here is the comprehensive Corps Regathering document, with guidelines for
Sunday Worship, Children & Youth, Music and PPE.


CPR - Update

CPR COVID UpdateThe following CPR guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic are taken from the Heart and Stroke website.  Ministry Units are reminded to:

  • ensure staff secure and make use of their own PPE before proceeding with CPR
  • continue to work with their local Public Health and follow recommended guidelines.    read more....





Updates

Worship Services (Excerpt Update - TC)

  • All public Sunday worship services across the territory will be cancelled until further notice. That said, it’s important to note that while formal worship gatherings are cancelled due to directives from public health agencies, we encourage creative alternatives to meeting the spiritual needs of our people and community.  Additional resources are going to be made available later this week.  Reference the 'Regathering Corps Ministries' document above for guidelines on resuming public worship and programs.

Streaming (From MAGA)

CCLI STREAMING LICENSE IF YOU ARE SHARING MUSIC
In light of recent prohibitions on meeting in person, many congregations are now looking at streaming or sharing some form or worship. Please be advised that you need to have a Streaming License from CCLI to do so. Here’s a little breakdown of CCLI licenses and how they work.

Every ministry unit in Canada has a CCLI License that is managed and administered from the Music & Gospel Arts Department. This license only allows for the storing, printing, display and projecting of song lyrics. This license gets automatically renewed for each ministry unit every year to ensure a minimum level of compliance.

Some ministry units choose to obtain a CCLI SongSelect License. This is something a ministry unit purchases directly from CCLI. It gives online access to lyrics, provides the ability to print chord or lead sheets, has an instant transposition function and offers audio samples.

Any ministry unit that wishes to stream any type of live or recorded worship, service or program needs to contact CCLI directly and obtain a CCLI Streaming License. That license allows for the streaming and podcasting and covers every one of the 300,000 songs covered under the CCLI license. Due to the huge demand right now, that streaming license is the first thing you see on the CCLI homepage right now.

Visit www.ccli.com to find more information or to order a SongSelect or Streaming License.

Other Activities (Excerpts from the TC)

Those wishing to proceed with cancellation of other activities due to concerns, are advised to review them with the respective Area Commander and Divisional Headquarters or with the respective Cabinet Secretary.
We encourage corps officers and local leaders to find ways to connect with members of their corps and congregations, recognizing that some will miss the opportunity for fellowship and encouragement in such a time as we find ourselves.


TITHES AND OFFERING



Set Up Pre-Authorized giving for Members
Customizable form and instruction sheet.

PAD Authorization Form 
PAD Instruction Letter

Informational bulletin insert: Pre-Auth-bulletin-insert.pdf 

Offering Plate Cards - Give these out to members who have set up payments, so they can participate in the public act of giving. (Print on Business Cards)  PAD-Giving-Card



Use this graphic and link to the online payment form, on your corps website for members to make regular contributions.Corps Giving Online

 




Learning Cohorts
The THQ Corps Ministries hosted Learning Cohorts will be continuing as planned until further notice.


 

 


 

Recommended for Community & Family Services



A comprehensive document with everything you need to know:CFS FAQ - COVID
Community & Family Services FAQ

Some ideas in line with the government recommendations:

1.  Reduce or remove seats in waiting area, so that visitors are a safe distance apart.
2.  Request clients to call ahead and set up an appointment.  
3.  Provide regular clients with a pre-packaged bag of supplies.
4.  Clean the common area, and areas touched, between each client.
5.  Ensure workers keep a safe distance from clients, perhaps leaving bags at appointed times, just inside the door.
6.  Provide gloves for workers sorting donations from the public.
7.  Provide hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes for workers and visitors.
8.  Remove all magazines in waiting area.
9.  Provide helpful information handouts - especially for clients who may have limited access to news and media.

COVID-19 Multi-Language Information Sheet.pdf
COVID-19 Multi-Language Information Sheet FR.pdf


 

Helping Newcomers with English

Many newcomers are no longer able to attend in-person ESL classes. Others were on wait-lists for ESL classes wNewcomer Language Toolshich will now be delayed even longer. Social and Physical Distancing is hard for everyone and it is important to find ways to keep connected with our neighbours.  Here are some resources to help newcomers continue practising their language skills and make new connections during a time of physical and social isolation.

Mango Languages

Available for free through most major city public libraries or try it for free on their website. The online courses help learn and practice English, French, and many other world languages. https://mangolanguages.com/

Speak   https://www.speak.social/en/

Learn a language and meet people online!

Groups of 4-7 people meet through online forums to learn and practice different languages

Worry & Anxiety - Multi language information
Helpful information in many languages. Psychology Tools/Worry and Anxiety


Other Ideas

If your Corps or Community & Family Services has an existing English Conversation Circle, try moving the group online through Zoom video conference calls or Whatsapp conference calls (many newcomers already have the app on their phones). If it is a large group, you may want to divide into 4-8 people to make it easier include everyone on screens.  

Make new connections between Corps members and (willing) Community Services Clients to help newcomers practice their English one-on-one. Make sure to check after the first call to make sure both sides feel comfortable continuing. The conversations do not need to me longer than about 15 minutes, on a weekly basis. Topics could include food, customs, cultural difference between Canada and their home country, etc.

Ontario Public Health – information sheet available in 28 different languages

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-15

How to talk to kids about COVID-19, now in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

COVID-19 mythbusting – now in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

General information from WHO about COVID-19 – videos in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Persian, Hindi, Turkish, and more being added every day

https://openwho.org/courses/introduction-to-ncov


IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE INFORMATION

Here are two documents outlining an overview of Impact of COVD-19 on Immigration and COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for newcomers from RSTP (Refugee Sponsorship Training Program).



#Whosoever



 OTHER GREAT RESOURCES



Virtual Bible Studies   

Right Now Media

Check out resources from RightNowMedia (TSA Registration Information). 

You can organize virtual studies by asking your members to sign up (free), set a time to view the study.  There are many ways to get small groups toget

her online virtually to discuss the study - even simple ways such as posting a discussion post on Facebook and have

everyone comment. You can also check into FB Group Chats, Skype Groups, Zoom.






The SkitGuys

SKITGUYS

The SkitGuys are offering some free resources to use during the COVID-19 crisis.  Check out what they are offering.
SkitGuys.com





SMALL GROUP IDEAS
From SmallGroups.com
Discipleship in Social Distancing

 

Ministry Ideas


Sunday Worship

COVID-19 Services
Watch Sunday meetings provided by THQ.


 

Resources for Ministry
Ministry Helps Toolkit

Mobilize Your Members During COVID-19


COVID innovation, 48% of corps with virtual services, 29% with virtual groups, 73% providing food relief

Weekly Bulletin

Most corps provide electronic versions of their weekly bulletin with news and prayer requests.  Make the most of this opportunity to stay connected.  If you have members who do not have access to technology, you can print and mail (whoever thought we would say that!). 

Prayer, Planning Meeting, Bible Studies

ZOOM: Set up a Zoom meeting and send out invitations to your participants (perhaps your Ministry Board, your corps members, your leadership team). If participants do not have technology, you can phone them and give them the phone in information. Schedule a weekly time and spread the word.

Facebook, Skype, Facetime: You can use these platforms to connect with your leadership team, meet together virtually, pray, provide direction etc.

Needs Assessment:

If you are looking for ways to support your corps members virtually, set up Survey Monkey (free version) and create a questionnaire. Here are some ideas for questions.

  • Name, Email, Address, Phone Number
  • Do you require assistance with obtaining groceries?  Either provide a box for a list of items needed if you will be filling these individually, or if your family services is providing pre-packed boxes, just the yes/no option.
  • Do you require transportation assistance to medical appointments?  Provide a date box, and destination information
  • Have you been laid off/lost your regular source of income? Do you need assistance applying for government assistance, EI, etc.?
  • Special prayer requests?
  • Is there anything else you are in need of?

Volunteer Manpower
Set up a separate survey for potential volunteers.  Find out who is available to provide assistance (using safe Social Distancing recommendations). Try to find out some of these resources:

  • Available to phone people?
  • Can drop off groceries at the door?
  • Has spacious vehicles and can help transport for medical appointments?
  • Help sort donations?
  • Help provide extra cleaning in your facilities?
  • Help keep your website/social media information current?
  • Communicate/network with other organizations in your community to find ways to work together?



See what others are doing

Guelph Citadel


OTHER GREAT SOURCES

Women's Ministries
Womens Ministries Ideas

Resources for Ministry
Ministry Helps Toolkit


CANBDA YOUTH Resources
Remote Kids Ministry Care Package (pre-school to elementary): video lesson, devotional, printable place mats and teaching guideDownload here.

CANBDA Youth Resources





FACEBOOK PUBLIC PAGES

Facebook
CANBDA Youth

Women's Ministries

Music & Gospel Arts

Corps Ministries

Salvationist.ca

Bethany Hope Centre Supports Young Parent Families in need During Pandemic

Providing help and encouragement at a time of isolation.

Filed Under: FeatureCOVID-19
(Above) A child holds a craft he made as part of the activities offered at the Bethany Hope Centre in Ottawa

More than ever before, vulnerable young parent families and pregnant youth are in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  With daycares, schools and many social services closed, they are facing more barriers to accessing necessities and emotional support while experiencing long days of isolation with their children.

The Salvation Army’s Bethany Hope Centre is reaching out to families to provide comfort, food and baby items as well as continuing to offer virtual programs to help them work towards their goals.

To reduce the number of trips outside of the home and on public transportation with children, The Bethany Hope Centre has partnered with Gopher It Deliveries to help deliver boxes of food to families in need. The Bethany Hope Centre is seeing about twice as many of their participants looking for food support during these difficult times.

Families receive about a week’s worth of food that includes fresh produce, eggs, cheese, milk, non-perishable food items and baby food and supplies where needed. The Bethany Hope Center is also continuing to offer their lunch box program.

“Children still need healthy food,” said Crystal Gallant, Nourish Family food coordinator. “Many of these families are used to relying on school breakfast programs and after school programs to help feed their children, so we need to make sure these gaps are filled.” The lunches are added to the food deliveries in addition to some healthy recipes, instructions, food tips and nutrition facts.

The Parent Support program at The Bethany Hope Centre is also adding activity sheets and crafts to the food boxes to help keep children busy while at home. The activities include writing letters to their parents, time capsule ideas, activities around expressing emotions, listing what they are grateful for and making handprints of everyone in their household. The Parent Support first weekly Zoom Circle with parents and children was held on Zoom video conferencing in late April.

“This is similar to what we do in playgroup only moved to an online format to adhere to social distancing,” said Rachel Arnold, infant and child development worker. “It’s a way to check in with families, sing some classic children’s songs and do a story time with a familiar puppet.  Our nurse from the Bethany Hope Centre Health Clinic was also present to answer any questions.”

Nurse Cathryn Fortier, has also been available to participants through phone calls, email and a chat app to answer health related questions and help connect them to a doctor or refill a prescription through a partnership with Bruyere Family Medicine Centre. “We give patients the number of the Bruyere clinic, but they are often more likely to call me first. I think it’s about having someone they know and are comfortable talking to,” said Fortier.

Pamphlets with health-related phone numbers and health information including hand washing and who to reach out to in cases of family violence are also being put into the food boxes.

While young parents are at home with their children, The Bethany Hope Centre Learning Coach program continues to encourage them to continue their studies, if that is their goal.

The Bethany Hope Centre Learning Coach program helps young parents finish high school by offering them a flexible schedule with one on one teacher support as well as wrap around services including a playroom where the children are looked after while they study.

Because schools, daycares and many services including The Bethany Hope Centre have had to close their doors during the pandemic, young parents are at home full time with their children, making it a little more challenging to complete assignments and study for exams.

“The students are very enthusiastic, but it’s become more difficult for them without any in-class time with their peers and the supports they had,” said Phil Wakeford, learning coach.  “The students however, already worked on their studies remotely and do their courses online, so we were able to make the transition smoothly and I am there to offer help over email or over the phone.”

Along with education help, The Bethany Hope Centre’s Employment Coordinator Stacey Alexandre is helping young parents with resume building, budgeting and keeping them informed on government benefits they may be entitled to during the pandemic.

“A lot of industries are closed right now so it’s a difficult time to be looking for employment, but I am still working with clients via email to help them build skills and provide pathways of support,” said Alexandre.

Alexandre is creating videos and social media posts around self-care, tips to save on groceries and exploring transitioning from home to work. She is also sharing free professional development opportunities such as Smart Serve and the Brain Story as well as employment webinars to assist with pre-employment skills.

The Salvation Army continues to provide essential services across Canada throughout the COVID-19 crisis. To donate, visit SalvationArmy.ca or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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