COVID-19 Resources

Our All Belong team will be compiling ideas and resources and posting them on this page. Please know we are praying for you, your students, and your families.

Mindfulness webinar with Dr. Irene Kraegel

Dr. Kraegel, of the Center for Wellness at Calvin University, shares techniques and research regarding Christian mindfulness.

Becoming Trauma-Informed Webinar and Corresponding Handout

All Belong’s director of evaluation services, Betsy Winkle, Ed.S., provides a webinar on becoming trauma-informed for your children’s and youth ministries. The link above leads to the full webinar and corresponding handout. The links below are split into sections.

Part 1 – What Do We See  & Part 1 Handout   

Part 2 – What Do We Think  & Part 2 Handout   

Part 3 – What Do We Do  & Part 3 Handout   

Q&A session 

Navigating Extended Time Away from Schools: Information for Families with Children Receiving Special Education Services

Supporting children with intellectual and developmental disabilities during extended times away from school and changing routines due to health outbreaks can be challenging. There are a number of strategies to use at home to help children settle into time away from school and into new routines, and to reduce worry and anxiety. The following strategies are universal, meaning they work for children with and without disabilities.

Home Day Ideas

We know that many of you are in a position where you will be home with a child who craves the routine of school. Here are some tips we hope will be helpful as you figure out how to configure the days ahead.

Coronavirus Social Story

This story uses simple language and simple pictures to explain the virus and staying home from school. People often associate social stories with Autism, turns out this works well for most humans. Click for the PDF above or access it online.

A Parent Resource for Talking to Children about COVID-19

These recommendations are taken from the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses. Specific age appropriate talking points to use with children are on their website.

Exploring the Coronavirus: A comic just for kids

Download the image above and find directions here.

Family, Home, or Group Blessing

What will those in your home remember from this time? Our Christian response may be to spread blessings to our family, homes, or other groups we are a part of.

Repeated Questions

How do you deal with questions that may be asked many, many times a day? While there may be several reasons why people ask the same question, here are a couple of thoughts and then strategies to use that could bring some comfort and resolve.

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times Full Packet

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times Article Only

This toolkit was created by a team of experts who want families to know there are resources and support for them.

Tips for Parents: Social and Emotional Support for Kids (and Ourselves)

Our social and emotional skills are being tested ways they have not before. Here are some research-based strategies for those supporting the varied emotions—stress, anxiety, restlessness—of kids and the adults caring for them.

Serving Students of All Abilities During COVID-19

At All Belong, we have had the privilege of collecting creative ideas for supporting and maintaining church and school communities in this time of crisis. Our All Belong team members share instructional tips for administrators and support services staff and social/emotional tips for families in this blog post for ACSI USA, a national Christian school organization.

Staying Together While We are Apart

This resource offers creative ideas for connecting peers, especially those who find connecting challenging. Be intentional with connecting students during the final weeks of school.

Finding the Horizon: Reviewing Assessment in this Time of Remote Teaching

Remote teaching calls into consideration some of our most basic tasks as teachers, including assessment. At All Belong, we’re gathering stories and resources from schools throughout North America as we support your migration to remote teaching; this blog series answers questions about testing, grading, and general assessment concerns.

Coronavirus Social Story

This story uses simple language and simple pictures to explain the virus and staying home from school. People often associate social stories with Autism, turns out this works well for most humans. Click for the PDF above or access it online.

Exploring the Coronavirus: A comic just for kids

Download the image above and find directions here.

Church the New Way – Holland Northpoint

View an example of how to explain the changes your church is going through during this time.

Tuesdays at 2 – Member Church Ideas

Every week, our Member Churches meet to discuss new ideas to best support church communities during this time.

Making Ministry Personal in Times of Grieving and Connecting with Families During Quarantine

A short video series from our Member Church, Shades Mountain Baptist, that offers tips on grieving with families and connecting with families during quarantine.

Sharing the Lord’s Supper While Social Distancing and Online Church Services

A short video series from our Member Church, Northpoint AG, that offers ideas on sharing the Lord’s supper during quarantine, and ideas for technology and streaming church services to help everyone participate.

Adapting Ministry for the Isolated and Vulnerable

A five-minute video from our Member Church, Ridgewood CRC, that discusses adapting ministry to reach the most isolated and vulnerable.

Equipping Others to Minister Well While Social Distancing

A five-minute video from our Member Church, Menlo Church, that provides insight on being a disability ministry leader in a large church while social distancing.

Gathering for Worship in New Ways

A three-minute video from our Member Church, Moran Park Church, that provides ideas for gathering for worship in different ways, and how those ways may draw different people into the church.

Helping Kids Interact with Scripture from Home

A three-minute video from our Member Church, Chapel in Green, that provides ideas to help kids interact with Scripture and ministry leaders.

Ideas for Churches Supporting Their Community

Our Member Churches have compiled a list of ideas for what all churches can do to support their community. This resource will be updated periodically.

COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation

As containment of COVID-19 forces your worshiping community to implement ‘shelter in place’ worship and practice social isolation, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers these resources to help you plan and cope in ways that encourage and support your community.

Prayer with Icons

This prayer resource comes with icons paired with every word of the prayer.

Family, Home, or Group Blessing

What will those in your home remember from this time? Our Christian response may be to spread blessings to our family, homes, or other groups we are a part of.

Phone Call Guide

This guide is for making calls to people who are in isolation. It offers recommendations for conversation and prayer.

Phone Call Guide for Encouraging Someone with COVID-19

This guide is for making calls to people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It offers recommendations for conversation and prayer.