In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, local churches are responding, helping their congregations to pray in a variety of ways, from Zoom and Facebook Live services to YouTube videos and more.
Below is an overview of what local churches are doing to help congregations come together in faith and stay connected:
• Cedar Hills – Cedar Hills meets Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. To participate in any of its online services, go online to its website at cedarhillschurch.com .
• First Lutheran Church – The church has suspended all activities of the congregation and community groups for at least 30 days (to March 13) and has closed the church office. For any questions or concerns, call 208-263-2048. Online spiritual updates and resources will be added to the church’s website at firstlutheransandpoint.org. or check out his Facebook page.
Mailings will be sent to those who do not have digital access.
• First Presbyterian Church – The session suspended all in-person gatherings, including Lenten worship and devotions.
Additionally, the office is closed to the public and staff will have limited hours to promote social distancing until further notice.
Sermons and online gatherings can be accessed on the church’s website – fpcsandpoint.org – or on its Facebook page – facebook.com/First Presbyterian Church of Sandpoint. The congregation uses the Zoom app for Tuesday afternoon book study, contemplative prayer group, and Sunday school. Participants receive an email with links and must download the Zoom app, and there is a phone connection for audio for those without a webcam, Pastor Andy Kennaly said.
For Sunday services, the church will use Facebook Live to organize and post an abbreviated service, such as prayer, scriptures, and sermon, Annie Welle will perform piano with special music, and Kennaly will publish a manuscript in the archives of the sermon. on the church website.
• Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit – The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane invites the community to join the diocese for morning prayer online. A link to the sermon can be found on the church’s Facebook page, facebook.com/ Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.
• New Life Church (Sandpoint Christian Center) – New Life Church, 1925 N. Boyer Avenue, hosts Sunday services online.
Services start at 10 a.m.
• Northside Christian Fellowship – NCF is temporarily canceling all church services, Gospel Kidz, Bible studies and other church activities at this time, in accordance with requirements issued by the State of Idaho. Watch for updates and information on our website, ncfchurch.net. In the meantime, Pastor Kyle provides study guides and home Church devotions. These can be found on the church’s website under “Sermons.” Each published study guide includes a PDF version for easy printing for your own use or for sharing with those not online.
• North Summit Church – North Summit Church offering online services at 8 am, 9:30 am and 11 am Sunday online at northsummit.online.church.
• River of Life – River of Life offers online services and invites everyone to join the congregation on Sundays at 10:30 am at sandpointriveroflife.com. The service is also available online at any time on the archives. The live service can also be viewed on the River of Life Facebook page and Instagram.
• Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene – Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene does not have regular Sunday morning services. Instead, the church invites people to join them from their homes with an online worship service.
There will be a link on the church’s website – sandpointnaz.org – and also on their Facebook page. The links will go live at 7 a.m. so families can choose the best time of the morning to meet for the service.
• Sandpoint Lifetree Cafe – Sandpoint Lifetree Cafe will not meet until April 2020 to encourage social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Sandpoint Single Adult Ministries – Due to continued concerns about the COVID19 virus and resulting closures, the Sandpoint Single Adult Ministries group is canceling all events until further notice.
This includes the normal group Bible study on Thursday evenings, our First Friday celebrations, and other miscellaneous activities.
The group will reassess at the end of the month and let everyone know which activities are resuming and when.
• St. Joseph Catholic Church – The church broadcasts all Masses and worship live online on its website, st-joseph-church.net.
• Sandpoint United Methodist – Sandpoint United Methodist will worship online every Sunday until the congregation can safely assemble again. The services are on the Zoom platform and everyone is welcome to participate, but you will need an invitation. Please contact Pastor Jo Dene Romeijn-Stout if you would like a link to access the online service. For more information, contact Pastor Jo Dene Romeijn-Stout at 208-263-4232.
• Sravasti Abbey – Sravasti Abbey, the Buddhist monastery near Newport, will use the internet to share teachings and meditations to help viewers stay calm, hopeful and helpful in the face of the pandemic of coronavirus.
Aired on the Abbey’s live broadcast channel, the offerings include lectures from the abbess and author, Ven. Thubten Chodron, and a three-day virtual retreat with Buddhist teacher Ven. Sangyé Khadro.
People from all spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Other live events will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Check out the event schedule at sravastiabbey.org or visit livestream.com/sravastiabbey for detailed information. The abbey is closed to visitors for the moment.
On Fridays at 6.15 p.m., Ven. Chodron teaches a weekly on The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, a book co-authored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Ven. Chodron.
• Victory Church – Victory Church has moved its services online and invites the community to join them Sunday at 10:30 am on vbcsagle.com, where the church will be broadcasting its service online for the next few weeks.
If you would like your church to be added to the list, email us at [email protected] and share the details of how you worship and we’ll make sure to share them with your friends and neighbors.