America’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, have meant canceled church services and children’s ministries as well as closed schools. And that means church families—especially kids—are holed up at home. The Regular Baptist Ministries Resource Center offers the following resources to help your church or family make the most of this time of crisis and change.
- Strong Kids Curriculum at Home
- Charting a Course for VBS 2020
- At-Home Discipleship Resources from Kids4Truth Clubs
- Virtual Women’s Ministry
- Prayer Requests
- Blogs, Podcasts, & Websites
- Ordering Info & FAQs
Ministering to Children
Strong Kids Curriculum at Home
As churches are closed or conducting online-only services due to CDC guidance and shelter-in-place orders, they can continue to build strong lives! Here are ideas for your church to keep in touch with students using Strong Kids curriculum.
Access digital resources using download codes.
If your church purchased a Teacher Kit, we have already uploaded additional digital resources to your download code. While Strong Curriculum’s format is intended for use in a classroom setting, you can continue the momentum that you built earlier this quarter. It’s important to keep up with the scope and sequence to provide continuity for the kids.
If you haven’t used the Strong Curriculum Resource Downloads site, register for a free account. This login is not the same as your ordering account at RBPstore.org.
Exclusive to the Summer 2020 Quarter:
There are a wide variety of situations that churches are facing for the Summer 2020 quarter. As some areas of the country begin to open, others remain under shelter-in-place orders. We are offering different levels of Strong Kids resources for churches impacted by COVID-19. Learn more at StrongCurriculum.com/summer2020.
Exclusive to the Spring 2020 Quarter: Regular Baptist Press has provided PDFs of take-home papers for Pre-Primary through Junior and the student book pages for 2s & 3s. Even if you didn’t purchase take-home papers, these downloads are available to any customers who have purchased the Teacher Kit. The PDFs are connected to your unique download code and have already been placed on the Strong Curriculum Resource Downloads site and are provided free. Please download the PDFs and, each week, send them individually to the parents of your students.
Again, these digital resources are available for download using the unique download code you received in the Teacher Kit. Here are the steps to access your downloads:
- Log into your account on Strong Curriculum Resource Downloads.
- If you do not have an account, please register for a free account, then follow the next instructions.
- If you haven’t already done so, locate your unique 14-digit download code in the Strong Kids kit and enter your code(s). The download code is on a sticker adhered to the back of the Resource CD envelope. Each code is tied to a specific department level, so you’ll need to enter all your codes to receive those levels.
- View your downloads by clicking My Downloads.
Keep in touch with students.
Video or live stream. Allow children to engage with the familiar faces of their teachers! Consider live-streaming or recording a short video of you teaching the Bible study portion of the lesson. Since kids are likely out of school, parents may appreciate this added learning feature.
Call your students and pray with them. Let your students know you’re thinking of them and they’re not alone. Ask them for any prayer requests and pray with them right then. Consider giving them a pop quiz about what they learned from the video or take-home paper you sent them.
Send students free digital take-home papers. Whether or not you send parents a video of the lesson, it’s important to get the take-home papers into the hands of parents each week so they continue to have in-home discipleship resources to help build strong kids!
At-Home Discipleship Resources from Kids4Truth Clubs
As Christians, we care about the COVID-19 virus. As disciplers, we also care about continuing to disciple those in our care. With their kids sequestered at home, parents will be looking for family discipleship resources. Your church can help families with at-home resources by pointing them to three free resources from Kids4Truth Clubs, a division of Regular Baptist Press. Take advantage of 10 FREE lessons and workbooks.
- In churches that don’t have Kids4Truth Clubs, parents can download an entire unit for free. This is a great way to teach their kids 10 key truths about God’s Word, the Bible.
- In churches that do have Kids4Truth Clubs, families can focus on the doctrinal unit their kids are currently studying. Additional resources for each unit are available on EquipU.
Listen to free daily devotions for the family.
RBP wants to help families grow spiritually each day of the week, so it provides Kids4Truth Clubs devotions that discuss the attributes of God. The daily devotions complement the Kids4Truth Clubs curriculum but can be used for standalone discipleship. Families can read or listen to the podcast on our website or stream these daily podcasts at home through their smart speaker, computer, or iOS or Android device.
Enjoy free a weekly podcast about people who stood for truth.
Truth in Real Life, about real historical figures who stood for and defended truth. These people are powerful reminders for kids to stand for truth when they’re tested. Just as God helped others, He can help today’s kids stand for truth too. Families can read or listen to the podcast on our website or stream these daily podcasts at home through their smart speaker, computer, or iOS or Android device.
Virtual Women’s Ministry
RBP’s women’s Bible studies are perfect for individual study, but consider doing a study with friends, family, or neighbors using an online meeting tool (e.g., FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, or Zoom). While RBP offers more than 45 women’s Bible studies, here are five studies that may be timely for your group:
- Climbing Higher: Overcoming Spiritual Obstacles by Dorothy Davis
- Facing Your Fears with Faith by Juanita Purcell
- Growing through Crisis: Help from the Book of Nehemiah by Martha Tyler
- Soul Rest: A Journey with Jesus by Amy R. Dunham
- Worry-free Living by Juanita Purcell
Join Mike Hess, national representative of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and ministry colleagues as they pray together for the following requests:
- spiritual strength for believers as they live out their faith in difficult circumstances;
- pastors as they care for people and adjust ministry methods;
- churches as they reach out and support their communities and those in need;
- physical healing and spiritual openness for those contracting the virus;
- government leaders (local, state, and national) as they determine guidelines and assistance;
- provisions for individuals, businesses, and ministries facing the financial impact of the virus; and
- Regular Baptist Ministries’ decisions regarding ministry opportunities and operations.
Blogs, Podcasts & Websites
Fear and Anxiety
- COVID-19 and Anxiety by Ryan Frank
- How God’s Love Helps Us When We Are Afraid by Rob Green
- A Refuge for Ourselves and Others by Josh Mason
- Crisis Catapults Courage by Dan Nichols
- Five Encouraging Observations about GARBC Churches during the Coronavirus Pandemic by Mike Hess
- On Uncertainty by Dan Olinger
Ministering to Children
- Charting a Course for VBS 2020
- Churches Bring Kids4Truth Clubs Home
- Kids4Truth Clubs Choir Meets Virtually
- Engaging Strong Kids via Digital Sunday School
- Free Podcasts & Resources for Families Sheltering at Home
- Camp Director Shares Tips for Helping Children Cope with Change
- Craft Lets Kids Build a Camp with Scioto Hills
Financial Assistance for Churches
- CARES Act Offers Forgivable Loans and Financial Assistance to Churches
- Updates and Clarifications for the CARES Act
Safety Precautions for Churches
- CDC Checklist for Community and Faith Leaders
- CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
GARBC and the Coronavirus
- 2020 Conference Update: Exclusively Virtual
- At Home with Dave and Darlene Murdoch
- ‘And Toilet Paper Evangelism Was Born’
- Baptist Bulletin Podcast: The Church and COVID-19
- Camp Hosts Online Events for Youth Workers and Students
- Church Loves Its Neighbors by Distributing Food
- Church Ministry Continues in Epicenter of Pandemic
- Church Polity and the Coronavirus
- Donations Are Providing Covid-19 Relief in Congo
- Easter Is Going to Be Different This Year
- Food Pantry Aims to Be ‘a Light in the Midst of This Dark Hour’
- Food Pantry Moves to Curbside Pickup
- Hospice Chaplain Reflects on Covid-19’s Impact on Ministry
- Maranatha Village Crafters Sew Masks for Assisted Living Residents
- Meal Kit Distribution Serves Church’s Neighbors
- Memorial Baptist (Columbus, Ohio) Prepares Care Packages for Nursing Homes
- A New Normal for Ministry of Presence
- Regular Baptist Chaplains Ministering in the Worst of Circumstances
- Where 70 or 80 Are Gathered: Prayer during a Pandemic
- Why We Care about COVID-19 by Mike Hess, national representative of the GARBC
- Yards Signs Spreading Hope and Joy
Books for Adults
- Dependence in the Wilderness: Biblical Hope and Direction in Suffering
- Did I Say the Right Thing?
- God Gives More Grace: Walking with God through Life’s Trials
- How to Handle Life’s Hurts
Books for Families & Kids
- Abraham Trusts God
- Bible Infographics for Kids
- Big Book of Bible Crafts
- Big Picture Bible Crafts
- Easter Is Coming!
- Goodbye to Goodbyes: A True Story about Jesus, Lazarus, and an Empty Tomb
- The Good Shepherd
- Our Daily Bread for Kids: Bible Quizzes and Games
- 77 Fairly Safe Science Activities for Illustrating Bible Lessons
- What’s in the Bible? Coloring Book