The Spiritual Development (SD) department at Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) continues to offer pastoral leadership and support to staff and residents despite shelter-in-place and social distancing instructions in Waco.
“I am beyond proud of my team for taking on this challenge by creating quality programs and genuine interactions through technology,” said Kim Clark, director of spiritual development. “We have been able to continue many of our groups because of the dedication and persistence of our staff and youth.”
As part of the adjustments, weekly worship, previously held congregationally in the Harrell Memorial Chapel, is being shared through video for viewing in the campus homes. Staff are encouraged to submit prayer requests through an employee website.
SD staff are also offering Bible studies, devotionals, individual and group prayer meetings, and pastoral conversations using electronic and online tools such as cell phones, email, video chats, and teleconferencing for young people in residential and transition services programs. Youth normally involved in weekly SD activities are continuing music lessons, worship planning and art programs using online methods or in small groups while practicing social distancing, Clark said.
“We have had an excellent response to group activities,” she said. “Our young people are enjoying creative interactions with others outside their home. MCH has supported us and given us an opportunity to be the Church by reinventing the way we deliver services to those in our care during this time.”