COVID-19 Response

In compliance with orders from the State of California and the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SECC), the Redlands Church has temporarily ceased in-person gatherings. We continue to pray and work for the health and healing of our wider community, and hope that our actions supporting social distancing will contribute to the best possible outcome in these unprecedented times. 


The Redlands Church continues to offer many-times-per-week online spiritual events and programming for people of all ages, including Sabbath Worship at 11am on Saturday mornings (hosted here on the website and also on Facebook). In addition, the pastoral staff is available via phone, email, and instant messaging platforms for prayer, counseling, and other support. Church staff has also been faithfully connecting people in our community who are in need, with those in our church family who have abundance and wish to share. Thank you for your generosity and grace during this time!

How to Love Your Neighbors RIGHT NOW

PRAY

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1. Make it a habit of taking regular (even daily) prayer walks through your neighborhood, apartment complex, or place of shelter. Pray for protection and comfort for each household.


2. Pray for our leaders (church, government, medical) that they may have wisdom and courage to make the best possible decisions. 


3. Join Redlands Church weekly prayer meetings on Zoom. (Thursdays at 6 p.m. - Meeting ID: 989-467-503 - check your weekly email for the password) - sign up here to get it. 


4. In interactions with your neighbors while on walks or trips to the mailbox, maintain your physical distance, but consider asking how you might pray for them or otherwise support them during this time. 

Encourage

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1. Write messages of kindness and love on the sidewalks in your neighborhood, on a chalkboard sign in front of your home, or front window: ("We're all in this together!" "Everything will be ok" "Thank you for your good work!")


2. Join or launch a front-window bear hunt for your local kids and neighbors.


3. Hand-write a note of thanks or encouragement and leave it for a delivery-person, mail it to someone who is alone, or drop it off at a local business that is still open and serving customers.


4. Use social media for messages of kindness and support instead of critique and judgment. Build each other up (1 Thes. 5:11). 


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5. Make a list of all the people you've thought about re-connecting with, but haven't. Call or message them to check how they are doing. Consider doing the same amongst church members who are isolated - contact Shelli@redlandschurch.com for a list of names and numbers. 


6. Hold a balcony/porch/sidewalk concert or choir practice if you're musical. Keep your distance, but share your gifts!

Give & Serve

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1. Redlands Church has an active list of people who have volunteered to be called on for helping people in our community by shopping, making deliveries, running errands, etc. To add your name to that list, please email: office@redlandschurch.com


2. The Redlands Church maintains a fund designed for financially supporting members in our community. As recently as April 16, funds have been donated and disbursed to help those in need. To donate to the fund, go to AdventistGiving and select "member assistance" in the envelope options, or turn a check into the church office marked accordingly. 


3. A number of our ministry partners are readily requesting volunteer and other support during this time. In particular, Helping Hands Pantry is asking for volunteer drivers and food packers. Please contact Shelli via email to help. To sign up to receive food delivery service from Helping Hands, please follow the instructions at this link: https://helpinghandspantry.org/programs/delivery-service/


4. Intentionally offer patronage to local small businesses and restaurants. Purchase meals or gift cards to help them make it through this difficult time. 


5. Clean up trash from streets and parking lots (be sure to protect yourself). 

Connect

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1. Deliver gifts to neighbors' doorsteps (toilet paper, cookies, flowers, etc.)


2. Launch or join a social-media page (Facebook, WhatsAp, NextDoor for your neighborhood to share needs, ideas, and encouragement.


3. Offer a spare room for free or reduced rent to someone who has lost their job, is vulnerable, is an immigrant or asylum seeker, or is otherwise at risk.


4. Set up a community free pantry in your neighborhood and stock it with essential items - invite neighbors to join in contributions. 


5. Drop cards in your neighbor's mailboxes offering practical help during the crisis.

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6. Join the church's (and others) weekly zoom social activities and games. 


7. Host a virtual dinner party, birthday party, or other gathering via zoom. 


8. Launch a weekly balcony/porch/sidewalk exercise class for your neighbors. 


Thanks to Pastor Mike Frost for the great ideas - www.mikefrost.net