Churches across Florida are temporarily closed to follow increased COVID-19 safety precautions, causing pastors to get creative to continue ministering to those who worship across more than 40 Salvation Army churches in the state.
Lieutenants Will and Veronica Conley, pastors at The Salvation Army’s church in Sarasota, Florida, delivered ‘Church in a Box’ to their members to make sure they stayed connected.
“We first saw the concept of ‘Church in a Box’ from a Facebook post and we immediately knew this was something we wanted to do for our congregation,” says Lt. Veronica Conley, Corps Officer (Pastor).
Boxes were packed with doughnuts, hand sanitizer, tissues, worship guides, Sunday School materials, devotionals, as well as activities and games for adults, teens, and children.
“Not everyone is active on social media, and we liked the idea of offering a ‘hands-on’ approach to a worship experience,” says Conley. “Breakfast and fellowship are such a special time for our people on Sunday mornings, and you just can’t have Salvation Army fellowship without doughnuts!”
The ‘Church in a Box’ project is just one way The Salvation Army is letting people know how much they are loved and cared for, even during this season of social distancing. Several locations in Florida are live streaming weekly church services, Bible studies, and support groups.
Click here to learn about The Salvation Army’s national response to coronavirus COVID-19.
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