COVID-19 RESPONSE

Staying Connected

242 LIVE

It is good to continue connecting with each other in creative ways. We hope you can join us at 242pm today and every weekday as we go live on Facebook for a few minutes of Scripture meditation, prayer, and pastoral guidance as we dive into 1 Thessalonians. If you’re not able to join us live, you can access the webcast later on our Facebook page or through this link. Also, if you have a prayer request, pastoral care need, or desire to connect to a virtual group, please fill out our care and connection request form.

KIDS WAREHOUSE & YOUTH

While there are lots of great resources out there, we wanted to provide something familiar to your kids. This a chance for you to see more of what happens on a typical Sunday morning at Warehouse. We’d also love for you to continue reading the Gospel of Mark with us using the Cultivating Conversations Family Lent Guide.

Toddler through Pre-K – Our Topher video this week continues the Big Idea from last week  “Jesus wants to spend time with you!” This week we take the lesson a little further to focus on how Jesus wants to be with us no matter what we are feeling. This is a good lesson for all of us–especially right now!
Here are some ways to help reinforce the lesson at home:

  • Play Red Light/Green Light. Have kids run towards you when you say “Green Light” and freeze when you say “Red Light.” Remind them that there are no red lights between them and Jesus! Variations include hopping on one foot, hopping on two feet, skipping, twirling, walking backwards, crawling, crab walking or hear crawling.
  • Set up an obstacle course outside or around your house. Use pillows or tape to create places for kids to jump over or crawl through. Let kids know that nothing separates them from God!
  • Print this coloring sheet. While kids are coloring ask “Why do you think the disciples told the little children to leave Jesus alone?” “Why do you think Jesus said, ‘No, let the little children come to me’?”
  • Model sharing your own feelings and talking to Jesus about how you feel. Remember that whatever you are feeling is ok, it’s what we do with our feelings that can be right or wrong.

Elementary  Here is a link to a powerful video of “The Story of The Trees.” We talk more about the video here.

We are inviting kids to respond by going for a walk with the family, collecting sticks, and forming a cross similar to the one you see pictured here. You can use rubber bands or string to tie the sticks together. We’d love to see pictures of what the kids make!

We also read through Matthew 6:9-13 and asked kids to consider praying like Jesus told us to “Your kingdom come, your will be done.” We will take a deeper dive into the Lord’s Prayer in a few months, but we wanted to provide this prayer as a tool for now.

Here is one of our favorite songs on Sunday mornings in Kids Warehouse.  And it’s not to late to encourage your kids to participate in the kindness challenge!

Youth Henry will be hosting weekly live devotions for Warehouse Youth through Instagram on our w242_Students account and also creating video lessons as we move through these strange days together. Here is the link to the latest student devotional and this week’s lesson.

The challenges from the video lesson this week are 1) to take time to love yourself, to prioritize doing something that makes you feel rich and satisfied, 2) to love a neighbor by giving them the gift of attention and time, by sending an encouraging note to someone that the Spirit brings to mind, and 3) to read Mark 13 slowly every day and spend five to ten minutes meditating alone on the text and singing a song of worship, praise, or lament, just between you and God.

Walking With Our Neighbors

ASHLEY PARK

Warehouse 242 has agreed to be a supply drop-off site for Ashley Park PreK-8 in order to help stabilize food security for families in need. Please read the attached informational sheet to learn more about how to be involved and pray alongside this effort, but in short, we would love you to consider donating supplies as well as assisting the leaders at Ashley Park as needs emerge.

Thanks to those of you who have already dropped off or ordered donations through the Amazon wish list, all of which is assisting students and their families at Ashley Park school. As coronavirus cases escalate and needs increase, questions are surfacing related to essentials like food, job training, housing, health care, therapy, and more. To help point you and others in a helpful direction, we have compiled a list of Community Resources and organizations who are offering free or reduced cost for essential services.

Note: W242 remains focused alongside Ashley Park PreK-8, while remaining attentive to wherever supplies are needed most across the city. W242 is making other deliveries where possible to continue to assist neighbors in quiet ways, and your donations continue to make a difference in the lives of local children and families.

SWANNANOA CORRECTIONAL CENTER

The Warehouse community has been invited to write notes of support and encouragement to women at the Swannanoa Correctional Center. During lockdown, these women are not allowed interaction with any visitors, volunteers, or groups, and the chaplain has invited our church to fill the walls of their prison chapel with our notes. Art and messages from all ages, including children, would be wonderful, and the more colorful the better! One idea is to write out phrases from 1 Thessalonians or Mark that are standing out to you as we study these passages together, but any creative expression of love is welcome. Please scan your notes and email them to Steph Vander Lugt, who is coordinating this effort on behalf of our church and Changed Choices, one of our core justice partners.

COMMUNITY-WIDE RESOURCES

As coronavirus cases escalate and needs increase, questions are surfacing related to essentials like food, job training, housing, health care, therapy, and more. To help point you and others in a helpful direction, we have compiled a list of Community Resources and organizations who are offering free or reduced cost for essential services.

SCREENING CENTER LOCATIONS – Dedicated coronavirus screening services are now located outside several of Novant Health medical centers, including a drive-up option at certain screening locations. These sites are designed to be convenient for individuals who have symptoms and want prompt screening. The centers will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Novant Health Screening Center − Highland Oaks, 600 Highland Oaks Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
  • Novant Health Screening Center − Matthews, 3330 Siskey Parkway, Matthews, NC 28105
  • Novant Health Screening Center − Kernersville, 111 Gateway Center Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284
  • Novant Health Screening Center − Huntersville, 16525 Holly Crest Lane, Suite 120, Huntersville, NC 28078

People who have no symptoms will not be screened at these locations. Visiting a screening center when you have no symptoms could increase your risk of exposure and put a strain on resources for those who need them most.

For information on screening centers or coronavirus, please call 877-9NOVANT.

SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOL NOW AVAILABLE – Novant Health has launched a self-guided assessment tool to help patients determine if they should seek care. The self-guided assessment tool can be found here.