Bayshore Christian Ministries Response to Coronavirus
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2
Alongside many of you, we are living in a reality where schools are closed and we are sheltering in place inside our homes. By order of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, schools in our area will remain closed and we will continue to shelter in place through May 1. We hope to resume normal program activity on May 4. In the meantime, we have been finding new ways to reach out and serve our youth and families.
As we continue to minister in our community, we have defined some goals for this time of upheaval. First, we want to provide as much of our regular programming as we can through online means. In addition, we want to increase the frequency of contact with students, and especially parents. We hope to keep our volunteers engaged as fully as possible. Everyone has been impacted heavily by the shutdowns and we want to do our best to help the families we work with, who have been hit particularly hard. Finally, we are asking families for their input – about their needs, how we can best serve, and how we can pray for them.
We are grateful for the opportunity to be a light to our students and families during this difficult time. We are very thankful for the many partners in the work of BCM and would love your help during this challenging season.
Our prayer team is expanding, and we are providing more frequent requests to the members. If you would like to pray for the needs of the ministry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even though the timing is odd, we’d love to talk to anyone interested in volunteering with programs this summer or beyond. For more information, contact email@example.com.
COVID-19 Family Assistance Fund for BCM Students and Families
Putting together kits of materials for Bible Club activities
Staff and volunteers hosting weekly Bible Club meetings online
Checking with all parents about student progress, adapting to new online formats
Providing books and fun items to help students through quarantine time
STEAM + Workshops
Two workshops on temporary hold. High school robotics team continues meetings on schedule through Zoom.
Eleven students and ten coaches remain active
Teams working on programming, robot design, and business development
Middle School Spiritual
Conducting weekly meetings by Zoom plus contact from two adult leaders and one peer
Providing relational and spiritual grounding amidst upheaval
Students are participating in weekly quarantine activities to help them stay healthy, creative, active and connected
Leaders in Training
High School Spiritual and Leadership
Frequent check-ins from staff and volunteer adult leaders
Holding regular weekly meetings, tutoring sessions and academic direction workshops
Students are participating in a weekly self care challenge including taking walks, creating art and cooking healthy meals
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19- 20