Resources for Being and Doing Church in the Time of COVID-19


Click here to apply for the MCS Congregational Support Fund.

Click here to apply for a $1,000 COVID-19 Safety Materials Grant.

Click here to Donate to the Fund.

Restoring Metropolitan Chicago Synod (Resources regarding planning to return to physical worship)

Restoring MCS is a set of guidelines and suggestions for churches discerning what reopening for in-person worship and activity will look for them as the State of Illinois phases-in, and as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. This document includes helpful worksheets and tools helpful for building each congregation’s unique plan. To augment your use of Restoring MCS, you may also wish to view the webinar on the document, linked below.

En español (PDF y Google Folder)

Restoring Metropolitan Chicago Synod (PDF)

Restoring Metropolitan Chicago Synod (Google Doc)

A recording of the video webinar on Restoring MCS

Other Recently Updated Resources

COVID-19 Congregational Support Fund Application (5/14/2020)

Opening Churches Safely, by Dr. Deborah Burnet (5/13/2020)

Map of Testing Sites in the Metro Chicago Area (updated regularly)

ELCA Info Video for Churches on the Pay Check Protection Program (4/10/2020)

Mission Investment Fund and ELCA Federal Credit Union Info-Letter (4/03/2020)

Information about the Paycheck Protection Program (4/02/2020)

Información importante sobre el Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago (4/04/2020)

An Introduction to the CARE Act and FFCRA for Churches (3/31/2020)

Dr. Deborah Burnet (Chief of General Medicine at the University of Chicago and a member of Faith Lutheran in Homewood, Illinois) explains how staying home means staying healthy.

General Resources

Faith community practices in general, from the Centers for Disease Control

Ideas for ways to sustain community, worship, and prayer apart from or in addition to physically gathering

Chicago Stay at Home Order FAQ's (From the City of Chicago)

Clear Informational Video about COVID-19 from Dr. Emily Landon (U of C)

Mental Health Resources- For Children, Youth & Families

Zoom for Congregational Use

Vanco Mobile eGiving Tools

Givelify Online Giving

ELCA- Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns

ELCA- Worship at Home Resources

Faith Formation at Home

Faith Five- for all ages

Taking Faith Home

Illustrated Ministry

For Youth/Young Adults- Faith Lens

For Adults- Daily Discipleship

Daily Faith Practices

Curated Faith Formation Resources for Home & Congregation

Local Resources

Advocate Aurora Health Info Page

Advocate Aurora Health Faith and Health Partnerships

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