By Stacey Egger
As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps many Lutherans in their homes and away from church, Concordia Publishing House (CPH) has been offering a multitude of resources free of charge for churches, families and individuals.
“Concordia Publishing House regards it as a great privilege and honor to provide helpful tools and resources for free during this difficult time and will continue to do so,” said the Rev. Paul McCain, CPH publisher and executive director of Editorial. “We realized very quickly that congregations would be moving heavily into reaching their members in their homes via the Internet, and we thank God for the technology available to allow our pastors, teachers and other church workers to keep in touch and reach out with the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Among CPH’s free resources to aid congregations during this time are:
- A limited promotional license of Lutheran Service Builder software, which helps congregations create and share PDF bulletins. It includes a streaming license that authorizes churches to stream their worship services online.
- A seven-week, online church communications strategy training course.
- Resources for planning a virtual VBS with CPH’s “Rainforest Explorers” curriculum.
Among CPH’s free resources for families and individuals are:
- Books of the Bible study questions to help guide a Bible study or individual reading.
- Access to dozens of Bible studies and Lutheran coursework through CPH FaithCourses.
- Daily Portals of Prayer devotions posted on the CPH home page.
- An app for Luther’s Small Catechism, available for free download from the Apple and Google Play
- Activities for children, including New Testament coloring pages and a hymnal timeline scavenger hunt.
- Access to the complete January issue of The Lutheran Witness.
These and many other resources will be available, free of charge, until sheltering in place has ended, with more free resources added weekly. Visit cph.org to browse free resources for worship, study and home.
Posted April 27, 2020