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Learning Pods? Providing Space? How can churches help parents and kids whose schools are partially or totally closed?

The new school year is arriving with a great deal of stress and uncertainty for families across the U.S. Many school districts are trying to reopen partially or fully. Others are staying closed for the short or long term. The prospect of mass on-line schooling is sending shockwaves through living rooms and board rooms as working parents struggle to deal with oncoming challenges. Safety is a high priority, but so is learning, childcare, and the emotional and social health of our kids and parents.

Where is your church in all of this? 

There are many opportunities for churches:

  • open up our space for socially-distanced study halls  for online learners
  • provide safe space for small learning groups (aka "pods") being organized by neighborhood parents
  • support or even set up groups for tutoring/supervising children
  • loan tables and chairs to neighborhood learning pods and share our supplies with parents in need

This is an opportunity for churches to serve their communities at a time of dire need.  It is an opportunity for churches to turn their sadly empty or underutilized buildings into a blessing to those in need. 

Responding to crisis requires asking important and difficult questions. And every crisis is also an opportunity to show who we are.

What conversations are you having? What questions are important in this discussion?

How is your church planning on being the church in this time of need?

(See also our discussion on shared spaces.)


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