Last called us to respond to the COVID-19 crisis with faith, for our own peace of mind and so we can boldly love neighbors. This letter is sent to help you engage the needs around you.
We were reminded that love requires caution with our health and the health of others, but also calls us to proactively care for one another and people in our neighborhoods and workplaces.
During the sermon David shared these words from Rodney Stark’s The Rise of Christianity.
[The plagues of the 3rd and 4th centuries] swamped the explanatory and comforting capacities of paganism and of Hellenic philosophies. In contrast, Christianity offered a much more satisfactory account of why these terrible times had fallen upon humanity, and it projected a hopeful, even enthusiastic, portrait of the future.
He then reminded us that we cannot simply talk about the gospel’s answer to suffering. The world needs to see us apply it to our own hearts and the service of our neighbors.
Thankfully, we have not experienced the historic devastation of previous epidemics. We shouldn’t assume we will nor presume we won’t. Fear does not befit the people God, but neither does it suit us to dismiss the fear and needs of others. Rather, we are called to meet our neighbors in this hour of need whatever comes of it.
With that in mind, please take the time to read this guide and prayerfully consider how you can sacrificially love your neighbors.
Who Might Need Your Help—
This following list is provided as a prompt to prayer and action. Consider it with your coworkers and neighborhoods in mind, as well as one another. Of course, individuals and families have the best sense of their own setting and capacity to serve; however, loving others invariably costs the lover. Please reflect on what time, money, comforts, and convenience you are called to sacrifice.
After considering what you can do in any of these areas, do what you can in faith. We have provided a list of resources below to help you, or to help you help others.
- Shut-ins: The elderly and disabled have ongoing needs for companionship and help with daily life logistics.
Consider who in your neighborhood is isolated or in need of help with shopping, housework, or companionship. Reach out, check in, and offer help.
- People in high-risk categories: Some of your neighbors or coworkers may have underlying health issues that require special caution.
Reach out to them as well, and ask how you can provide support that keeps them away from potentially compromising settings.
- Contract employees and low-wage earners: An economic retraction’s first victims are contract workers (including tech-workers) and hourly earners who cannot work remotely (e.g. restaurant and hospitality workers, laborers, and others).
Who do you know in those sectors? Think about establishments you frequent and the people who work there. Reach out to those folks and ask what you can do to help.
- Families that use school meal programs: Seattle schools and affiliated volunteers provide thousands of meals a day and send home food over the weekends to needy families.
Reach out to your local school and its PTA to see how you can help. We have already reached out to Adams Elementary, our local partner school, and await a response.
- Parents without childcare: Tens of thousands of parents have been forced to radically realign life and work since schools closed. Many are under tremendous stress, especially single parents who have no one to bear the financial or daily care burdens. However, couples who need both incomes are also overwhelmed.
Who among your friends, workmates, and neighbors could use help with childcare? Can you provide relief, either financially or with childcare yourself?
- Teenagers out of school: Families with older children may still be concerned for kids who do not need day care.
See if they would appreciate contact with their student. You can offer to check in, provide lunch, or be available if the parent needs close-by help.
- Health care providers: Nurses, doctors, medical assistants, front desk workers, and others are under increasing pressure, and in some cases risk during the outbreak.
Consider how you can provide support and relief for those on the frontlines. Ask them what kind of help would be meaningful.
How Trinity Church Seattle Can Help You and Others—
Individual Christians have always been the frontline of care for people in need. However, the church community and its officers have a critical role in supporting you in those efforts.
- Diaconal Care: Trinity Deacons exist to support church members, and by extension their communities. They are eager to help those in need and support our members’ service to one another and to neighbors.
- Care-List: The diaconate maintains a list of members of our community who have acute health or other needs. The officers and staff do their best to check in on these brothers and sisters, but please reach out if emerging needs arise that we are not aware of— or 206-486-6393.
- Child care networking: Options for backup childcare (urbansitter, care.com)
Our Trinity Kids ministry and nursery leaders, Sarah and Madeline, are assembling a list of childcare helpers from our database of background-checked providers who have agreed to consider special needs during the current crisis.
This system is available to members of TCS and neighbors or coworkers they introduce to us. If you or someone you know needs help, please do contact Sarah Seitz with the following information.
- Age and number of children
- Any special developmental or health needs
- The family’s neighborhood
- The hours and days needed
- The expected duration of the need
- The part of town the parent works in or will be during the care
Once that information has been provided, we will distribute it to the list and request volunteers. If care is available, we will connect the parties. We cannot guarantee responses for all needs, but we are hopeful many can be met.
If no volunteer is available or the specific situation does not lend itself to volunteer care, parents may request financial assistance for childcare from the deacons.
- Financial Assistance: Trinity Church Seattle’s budget includes funds to meet the needs of those in our congregation and community. The deacons have established a review and distribution protocol and are prepared to receive requests for support.
You may call for yourself or on behalf of another, but please be advised that the recipient will need speak with a deacon. Our policy does not allow for cash support, but the church may help with needs like,
- Utility bills
- Partial rent or mortgage costs
- Health care costs
For more information contact the deacons at or call 206-486-6393. Leave a message with contact information and a brief description of the need. One of the deacons will respond as soon as possible, within no longer than 24 hours.
Finally, remember that the deacons are called to serve the church in its service to others. You are the hands and feet of the Body of Christ. Please consider how you can help the people you have relationship with first. The simplest offerings from Christians who live next door or down the street are powerful: a phone call, a meal, a few hours of childcare or help with a financial need from someone they know is profoundly powerfully. If the needs are beyond your reach, the church is eager to help.
NOTE: If you want to personally serve, there may be opportunities to pick-up and deliver prescriptions or other items for those who aren’t able to. Contact the deacons.
This is a time of great isolation and fear. It is also an opportunity for the church to step in and invest our time and resources.
Your pastors, elders, and staff are available to you and your neighbors for prayer, visitation of the sick, or to seek clarity about the church’s response to the virus. Regardless of the eventual magnitude of the epidemic, people’s lives have already been profoundly impacted. Our members and their neighbors are already experiencing isolation, stress, and anxiety. We are eager to provide pastoral care and counseling for anyone who is in need.