Comforting those who mourn has certainly been challenging during the past months. Things grievers need when they have lost a loved one—a gentle touch, a genuine handshake or hug and the gathering of family and friends—have not been possible during Covid. How then can we bring comfort? Brenda Atkinson, a funeral home chaplain, shares some thoughts.
Listening to families express their frustrations about the limitations they face in burying their loved ones during these days of Covid is part of helping them get into their grief. This is the first of two articles from Brenda Atkinson, a CBF-endorsed funeral home chaplain.
Technology is making it possible for the the ministry to Japanese living in South Carolina to continue. Because of Covid, some Japanese who went back to Japan are not now allowed to return to the US and many of those who are still here are afraid of attending in-person worship. Using Zoom and YouTube sermons in Japanese can be seen anywhere and classes in English as a Second Language can be taught, in South Carolina and Japan.
Hope steamed from coffee cups in Allendale County as citizens, law enforcement and National Guard representatives gathered for conversation about how they can improve their town. CBFSC and CBF Global’s Together for Hope initiative are also at work in Allendale.
CBFSC is participating in Giving Tuesday this year for the first time. Your gifts will go directly to the Beverly Greer Offering for State Missions and then distributed to our mission partners.
What should churches be thinking about now related to the Covid-19 pandemic? Steve Carroll, a member of Providence Church in Charleston and a physician who has been actively involved with the pandemic, offers insights and suggestions.
We are being bold this year and hope to raise $2,500 on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. Money given on this day will go directly to the Beverly Greer Offering for State Missions. Metanoia and Palmetto Works will be among the beneficiaries.
Quilts are still being made and food delivered to those in need as the ministries of Augusta Heights Baptist Church in Greenville shifted gears during the pandemic to continue to follow-through on their commitments.
Covid has limited our ability to do hands-on mission work. One thing we can do is pack flood buckets in our local churches and send them to areas of the Gulf Coast most impacted by this season’s hurricanes to help them clean up.
October is Clergy Appreciation Month. Jay is referencing an article and video by Jake Topper about how some pastors have struggled during these days of Covid.