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 2021 Winter Learning Cohort Topics: Evangelism, Congregational Health, Welcoming Newcomers, Discipleship, Small Groups.  All courses are multi-session and begin in February.  Use the right menu for information about each course and to find registration,

 

12 new Learning Cohorts sessions are beginning in February.  These are small group virtual learning sessions on a great variety of topics:

 

CONGREGATIONAL HEALTH, DISCIPLESHIP, EVANGELISM, SMALL GROUPS, WELCOMING NEWCOMERS

 

New this year:

Book Club options (evenings)

 

Register today:

www.saMinistryResources.ca/learning

Link2Feed Sessions Pass this information on to the Link2Feed editors.
Links for these session are posted on My Army.

Spiritual Tab Training
Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 @ 11:00 – 11:30 am EST
Friday Jan. 15, 2021 @ 11:00 – 11:30 am EST
Friday Jan. 15, 2021 @ 1:00 – 1:30 pm EST

Q & A Sessions
Mon, Feb 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am (EST- Toronto)
Tue, Feb 2, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EST- Toronto)
Thu, Feb 4, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EST- Toronto)
Discernment in Hard Times image
We live in a time of unprecedented change in our church communities - a change that often takes place in the midst of personal life-transitions.
Join Christine MacMillan and Aileen Van Ginkel

More information...
Corps Ministries Name Change to Corps Mission Resource department

 

The THQ CORPS MINISTRIES department is now the THQ CORPS MISSION RESOURCE department. 

This change will bring a strong alignment with our organizational transformation program - “Mobilize 2.0 - Inspired for Mission, Positioned for Growth” - and will help focus the efforts of the department to remain missionally focused in program,services, and new initiatives.

 

Similarly our website can be found quickly and easily at:

www.saMissionResource.ca

Advent - Indigenous Resource

In anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ, Cheryl Bear has prepared a special Advent resource for you and your church to use. This year, we celebrate this sacred season from the perspective of Indigenous peoples through “Advent of Reconciliation”. Let us, as a Canadian Baptist church family, come together to champion restoration as children of God who have been reconciled to Him.

https://agoodway.cbmin.org/advent/

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.

 Right Now Media - worlds largest library of Bible study videos

RightNowMedia now has a new quick button for virtual group viewing.  You can also view off-line.  For more information about the features, view this webpage: Right Now Media Apps

Check out new releases covering a wide range of topics: Right Now Media – New Releases

Evangelism Tool P.L.A.N. Pray, Love, Ask, Nurture A four part focus to increase intentionality and opportunities to share the gospel with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.  Can be used as a four part Sunday or small group engagement tool.
 

Pray * Love * Ask * Nurture

The .zip file contains printable cards for each focus, an explanatory document, a powerpoint set of slides, and images to be used to create other complementary tools.www.saMinistryResources.ca/evangelism
 GROW program for girls 12-17 advertisement

 

GROW: The Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda Territory is introducing Grow, a program designed by Women’s Ministries specifically for girls ages 12 to 17.  Find out how this will help you disciple your young women!

salvationist.ca/women-s-ministries/grow/

 

Worship & Ministry During Covid advertisement for a series of 4 webinars
Recordings are now available.

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.
   
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.


 

 


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

Serving Soup, Compassion and Hope, in Thunder Bay

Salvation Army soup van feeds 200 daily during COVID-19.

Filed Under: FeatureCOVID-19
(Above) "I will go no matter what," says soup van driver Ron Fournier when given the option to stay home

After weeks in quarantine, those facing financial insecurity may struggle with expenses such as rent and utilities, often not having enough funds left to provide food for the entire month. The Salvation Army’s soup van in Thunder Bay, Ont., is the city’s only mobile feeding program and has been running for decades. During these challenging times, their community needs them now more than ever.

“In normal circumstances, depending on the time of year, we feed 100 to 240 people a night,” says Gail Kromm, community engagement manager. “But now, due to COVID-19, we are averaging 200.” The meal service stops at the south and north end of the city nightly throughout the year, providing hearty soups, sandwiches, drinks and pastries, all while following local health agency guidelines. 

For some, visiting the soup van not only provides much-needed nourishment but might be the most interaction they will have in the day.

“Several people who access the soup van live in isolated environments,” says Kromm. “Talking to our staff and volunteers helps lift their spirits and makes them feel valued.”  

Ron Fournier, one of the volunteer drivers, is proud to be making a difference and giving back to those in need. When given the option to stay home, he replied, “I will go no matter what. It is my duty and honour to carry out.” 

With help from the community, the Regional Food Distribution Association, and Thunder Bay’s District Social Services Administration Board, The Salvation Army has continued to provide safe access to adequate food resources to neighbours in need.

“The soup van not only provided dinner, but we were able to take extra home to have for breakfast the next day,” says a parent of a family of eight. “We wouldn’t be able to feed our family without this service.” 

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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