Blackhawk Presbytery
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 476
Oregon, IL 61061
779.771.2088 (general inquires)
779.771.1896 (Transformational General Presbyter / Stated Clerk)



COVID-19 Information

ALL Previous "COVID-19 Updates" are Available in the Newsletter Archives


General Resources

Consult your County Health Department website (or their Facebook page) for the latest COVID activity. Or consult IDPH county statistics, and COVID risk by county here.
PC(USA) COVID-19 page serves as a clearinghouse for a variety of best practices, ideas, opinions and congressional legislation.
Tricia Dykers Koenig, PC(USA) Associate for Mid Council Relations, has posted a COVID-19 Resources for Mid Councils document with more resources. 

Worship Resources

Remote Worship Options in Blackhawk Presbytery 
(Not updated since June 2020)
Making Plans: What if someone gets sick. In the event of a church outbreak
Zoom Faith: Worship, Gatherings, Community (Lots of Technical and Practical Information Shared Here) This is a public Facebook group that is focused on using Zoom for congregational life (Bruce Reyes-Chow, Administrator)
A very comprehensive site with information about doing church (worship, ministry, study, etc) online from a solely online church. There are a number of resources here!
BoxCast is a complete, easy-to-use live video streaming solution for organizations (Ridgefield- Crystal Lake, recommends)
Try the acapella app - An easy to use singing app to create multi frame collage videos. Play an instrument, sing, harmonize, perform, beatbox your favorite song all on your phone. (Sterling First recommends)
In-Church Transmission reports and information: news reportsspecific case studiesa report specific to singing

Session and Congregational Meeting Resources


A Policy Statement on Pastoral Services During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Adopted by Presbytery Nov. 10, 2020

A long-standing article of faith in the Presbyterian Church (USA) is that "God alone is Lord of the conscience." In keeping with that principle, if a pastor in Blackhawk Presbytery is asked to perform a service or attend an activity which they feel could potentially lead to his or her contracting Covid-19 or endangering the congregation, they shall be given the right to either abstain from that service or to find a safer alternative means of performing that service. No Session or congregation may use such an incident as grounds for changing that pastor's employment by the congregation in any way.

Need to have a session meeting, but not everyone is computer savvy? Try a conference call (Presbytery uses People just call a number from their phone, enter a simple access code and join the call.
Ruling Elders in a Pandemic (from re:RE monthly series) Food for thought for your next session meeting? 
Tips for the Casual Zoom User - excellent for sharing with beginners

Financial Resources


In January 2021, a second round of Small Business Administrations PPP loans become available. You may also visit the US Dept. of Treasury or the SBA  NOTE: As of early May, 2021 money allocated for PPP loans has depleted. Whether additional funds are made available by Congress is not known at this time.

     Information and Applications:


The Church After COVID-19


Leading a Post-COVID Church by Thom Rainer (Free e-book)

10 Leadership Qualities of the Post-COVID-19 Church (from Christianity Today)