Staying Safe in the Midst of Contagious Disease

Pentecost Theological Roundtable

View the Pentecost Theological Roundtable, featuring reflections shared by the Rev. Gordon Rankin, Conference Minister, New Hampshire Conference, United Church of Christ; Rev. Dr. David Felton, Interim Minister, First Church in Jaffrey; Rev. Deborah Knowlton, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Hampton, and Rev. Cynthia Bagley, Senior Minister, The United Church of Christ in Keene, at: 

Worship Service offered by the Council of Conference Ministers of the United Church of Christ

The Council of Conference Ministers invites you to worship with them on May 17th, or any other Sunday in Eastertide, depending on what works for your church schedule. As mentioned in last week's Weekly News, our hope is that this will allow our churches to provide pastors and worship leaders a "Sunday off" from having to plan worship during these taxing days.

The materials (full video, video segments, bulletin, and read-only service) can be found on this the page for this calendar event:

These materials may be used in whatever way works best for your congregation.

Communications from Conference Minister, Rev. Gordon M. Rankin

COVID-19May 26, 2020: Not Yet…And I Don’t Know When (Personal reflection)

May 22, 2020: President Donald Trump labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.
Read Rev. Rankin's Facebook post response >>

May 12, 2020:Decision Making Amid Covid-19 (A personal reflection)

May 4, 2020: Covid-19 May Update, Horton Center Summer 2020 Update, and related documents (NH Governor's Stay at Home 2.0 Universal Guidelines)

April 28, 2020:
Things To Be Considered in Discerning When and How to Resume In-Person Worship

March 31, 2020: Covid-19 April Update

March 16, 2020: Covid-19 Update and Pastoral Note

March 12, 2020: Covid-19 and Conference Activities

United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund Pandemic Relief Loans

Download the Relief Loan Flyer to learn more. (posted May 13, 2020)

SBA Payroll Protection Loans

Download the FAQ's from the Small Business Administration (Updated April 29, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Payroll Protection Program Borrower Information Sheet
Paycheck Protection Program Application Form

Legislative Acts Related to Covid-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) will be effective April 2, 2020 and remains in effect until December 31, 2020
FFRCA applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees, including religious organizations engaged in commerce; organizations with 50 or more employees are deemed to be engaged in commerce.

Procedures for Organizations Seeking to Postpone or Cancel Meetings or Switch to Electronic Meetings or Voting in Light of Covid-19
(Updated March 25, 2020)

New Hampshire Conference Zoom Meetings - Ministry in the Midst of Covid-19

Clergy Check-Ins

All Clergy Check-Ins use the same Zoom connection information.
The Zoom link to join these sessions is: 
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Our next Clergy Check-ins for Local Church Pastors will be:

  • Tuesday, May 19, 10:00 -11:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 20, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Chaplains, Counselors and Non-Parish Clergy Check-in will be held on Monday, June 1st from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.  

Other Coronavirus Resources

Pastoring in a Time of Pandemic - Thursday, May 21

Solihten Institute and PCS present a live interactive webinar featuring Rev. Kelli Walker-Jones and Rev. Dr. Graham Standish. They will provide important information of how mental health dynamics can intersect with one's faith as we live in these challenging times. This conversation is especially timely as congregational leadership are discussing when and how to begin to join together in face to face worship. Both speakers also have personal and professional experience to understand how clergy may also have been impacted by the transitions and stresses of the past few months.
Download the event flyer to learn more.   

Generosity in Challenging Times Webinar 

During these challenging times, many pastors and lay leaders wonder about church giving and finances.  On Thursday, April 16th, Rev. Andrew Warner, Generosity Outreach Officer in the national setting, held a webinar to discuss stewardship during the pandemic and to think of how adopting best practices can be crucially important.  
Watch a replay of the webinar at:

Other resources recommended by Rev. Warner include:

The Insurance Board is providing many webinars to assist your church and ministry during this time. Webinars include topics such as Online Giving, the CARES Act, Social Media guidelines, and Church Safety/Best Practices. Visit to learn more.

HR Issues and Your Ministry During Covid-19 Webinar
Churches across the country are faced with a multitude of concerns, including maintaining staff, reducing staff, and re-employment. This discussion will address the primary HR matters facing your ministry during these challenging times.
Insurance Board continues to protect your ministry by offering resources to support it; join us for our third webcast on trending topics relating to COVID-19. This webcast is free, and open to all.
Download the flyer for more information.

The United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has created a webpage to share resources with guidance on prevention and preparedness for congregations/individuals at:

Among those resources are also some helpful links:

New Hampshire Conference Minister, Rev. Gordon Rankin, adds "as we consider how to be thoughtful as churches in light of public health risks of contagious disease, it is also important that we continue to be attentive to the emotional and spiritual needs of our communities. We have received information from some of our New Hampshire colleagues that there have been reports of Asian-American students in some school systems being ridiculed by classmates (saying they create health risk for them). Too often it is the marginalized who are scapegoated and blamed in situations of public health risk. Please be extra attentive to the pastoral needs for persons of color and immigrants within your community."

General Information on Contagious Diseases:

We thank our Episcopalian colleagues from the New Hampshire Episcopal Diocese for the their Guide to Safe Practices in a time of concern about contagious diseases.

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