With schools shut down, many parents are being thrust into the brave new world of homeschooling for the first time. Free help and resources are available from several Christian organizations.
One company, the streaming site VidAngel, is making its service free for the time being. Neal Harmon, CEO of VidAngel, said he hopes it “will provide some healing balm for the world right now.”
“The world just needs a big hug,” he said. “There’s only so much negativity that humanity can handle, and at some point, it just doesn’t become helpful and people, I think, are inherently good, inherently want to collaborate, inherently want to look out for each other.”
The digital media streaming app Minno is offering a free resource called “Church at Home,” a program offering parents tools they need to recreate the Sunday school experience for their children during this time of social distancing, when attending church isn’t an option.
Minno also is making free daily devotionals available for parents to share with their children who are out of school. The service also is offering parents resources on how to talk with their kids about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
LifeWay is giving churches access to free, digital Bible study curricula, access to its Kids at Home service and resources to help parents study Scripture with their children. The company also is giving churches access to Ministry Grid, its database of information to help ministers lead their congregations through this crisis. For churches, LifeWay is also giving churches access to its online giving portal, Generosity, for the 90 days
The owner of Ministry Designs announced last week that his company is offering free websites to any church in need of one until April 1.The company opted to remove its $1,000 activation fee “in an effort to enable every church during gathering restrictions.”
“During this time of uncertainty and unprecedented gathering restrictions, we want churches to know that we are here for them no matter the circumstance,” said Tyler Rominger, founder and CEO of Ministry Designs. “We want to be a blessing in a possible time of need when meeting in person is unavailable, so web communication and Sunday service streaming are required.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice