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30+ Ways to Safely Serve Others During the Coronavirus

by finds.life

People around the world are still being affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) as we write this. It feels so big and leaves so many of us wondering, “How can I help during the coronavirus crisis?” Maybe you want to serve others, but you just don’t know how. Here’s some good news to remember: It’s not on you to save everyone. But we all can serve someone. And serving others around us is always one of the primary ways God works in us and through us. 

Here’s something many of us need to hear right now: One of the best ways you can serve others is by protecting them. How can you do that? By following the safety precautions outlined by the CDC and other local health and governmental officials where you live. Following protocol from doctors and leaders doesn’t mean you’re living in fear; it means you’re living wisely. 

Does staying safe mean you holing up and just wait for the worst to pass? Not at all! You can follow safety guidelines and serve others at the same time. You can prepare to meet your family’s needs and generously give to others to meet theirs. These things aren’t at odds with one another. In fact, we live in a time when there are plenty of opportunities to serve others digitally, emotionally, and spiritually while continuing to practice social distancing. To help, we’ve listed below 30+ ways for you to safely serve others during the coronavirus. 

Remember: God does the saving, but He allows us to be a part of the serving (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). God put you on your street, in your apartment, in your unique situation for a reason. Look around you. Who lives near you? How might you help your neighbors, your LifeGroup, or your specific people? Leverage where you live to share God’s love. 

So instead of worrying about everything, we can spend time praying about everything. And instead of being overwhelmed by the great need, we can think of ways we can meet a need. (P.S. Prayer changes things. Check out what Pastor Craig says about that.) 

This is a unique opportunity for the Church (that’s everyone who follows Jesus) to be the Church. This is a time for us to love God by loving others. This is an opportunity for us to be a light in the darkness. 

So, yes, we’re going to serve others. But we’re going to do it safely, knowing that one of the best things we can do is protect others and pray for others. And sometimes, God calls us to be an answer to the prayers we pray. 

30+ Safe Ways We Can Serve Others

Connect Digitally

During this time of uncertainty, people will rely on social media to stay connected even more than they do normally. Consider yourself a digital hope spreader and leverage your social media as a place to invite people to Life.Church Online and share the hope of Jesus. 

Meet Physical Needs

Make sure you’re following all guidelines recommended by the CDC and your local health authorities. Practice excellent hygiene, wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching items or use gloves if you’re delivering items to someone. 

Spread Hope and Be Neighborly

Take Pastor Craig’s Not Afraid Challenge

Find out more about this challenge from Pastor Craig’s Midweek Worship Service, Attitude Is Everything

  1. Pray with someone you’ve never prayed with before. Not sure where to start? Check out this guide on prayer to help. 
  2. Give to someone in need. 
  3. Serve someone.
  4. Encourage someone who is hurting. 
  5. Post something about your faith. Not sure what to share? Share something from Life.Church, Pastor Craig, or YouVersion
  6. Invite someone to Life.Church Online. You can even find great photos to post here.
  7. Pray for those outside of your normal circle.

Interested in telling others about the Not Afraid Challenge? Download images you can share on social media here.

Find and Share Hope-Filled Resources

Looking for ways to encourage others but aren’t sure where to start? Here’s a curated list of resources to help you get started: 

It’s possible to safely serve others during the coronavirus pandemic. Try out these tips or come up with your own ways to be neighborly and to spread hope. And if you’re in need of a little hope yourself, remember Paul’s words: 

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 MSG