Weekly church meetings and community events have been curtailed by social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. It’s really hard to direct people in your community to look beyond themselves and to pray for or support people in need around the world—and that’s okay. But, there are still things you can do to make a difference and encourage others to do the same during this difficult time.

Read our COVID-19 page to stay informed about PWS&D’s response to the pandemic.

E-News: A great way to make sure people in your congregation continue to hear about our work when you can’t give them Sunday morning announcements is through our e-newsletter. Make sure your minister—or anyone else who is asking about our programs—is signed up! Hint: you can even include snippets from the newsletter or other articles from WeRespond.ca in your church’s correspondence.

Kids Create Change: Have you heard about the new Kids Create Change challenge? Encourage children and youth in your congregation to learn about development and respond in a way that’s meaningful to them! This is especially helpful if you hear of anyone looking for an activity to keep their kids busy at home. Visit WeRespond.ca/Kids-Create-Change for more information.

Happening across Canada the first Wednesday of each month, Champions Pray is a meaningful time of remembering the needs of people around the world in prayer.

Pray: Our prayers as Champions continue to be essential. Join in on Champions Pray the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm EDT—or at any time—by using the Champions’ Pray guide. You can even join the Zoom call to pray in the company of others. Contact eclarke [at] presbyterian [dot] ca for more information.

Lean into Learning: If you’ve got a little extra time on your hands, why not take the opportunity to read up on the ways PWS&D supports people around the world? Visit WeRespond.ca and click on What We Do or Where We Work. Psst… why not share what you’ve learned in the Champions’ Corner Facebook group?

Take stock: Step back and think about the past year or two of engaging your congregation. What worked? What didn’t work? Make a colourful chart, and at the bottom list a few things you can do immediately or once your community begins meeting in-person again.