Best Practices for Staying Connected

In Sunday’s message, Pastor Brian Rice will share some practices for staying connected during this strange time of social distancing.

We asked some of our staff to share their best practices for staying connected.

Right now I am using text, email, and old-fashioned phone calls to connect to people. I am hoping next week to capture some video content and share it on social media as a means of encouragement to our ministry partners. In this season it seems a good practice is to connect with people regularly for a shorter amount of time.

—Chris Smith, Worship Arts Pastor


I am making a lot more phone calls to talk to people directly, We are still reaching out to serve others at the Food Bank and through Compassion York and Our Daily Bread. I am also starting to use more virtual meetings to stay connected with people I work with and in class situations.

—John Hilliard, Missions Pastor
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I’ve been using technology to stay connected. I have a couple of group texts going, one with a group of mom friends who can commiserate about attempting to work while home with our kids, one with family, and one with two friends who know me really well.

I’ve also been so encouraged by artists, writers, and educators posting great content to social media platforms. It makes me feel like we’re all part of a greater community attempting to get through this together.

—Kendall Potter, Communications Director


The Counseling Center at Living Word continues offering face-to-face counseling appointments for anyone desiring counseling services. In light of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution to address the health and well-being of our clientele and staff.Effective Monday, March 23, we are also offering online counseling sessions through a HIPAA-compliant platform called G-Suite. If you or someone you know is in need of counseling services, please contact The Counseling Center at 717.893.2336.

—Rebecca Rice, Director of the Counseling Center at Living Word

  • Use your screens, but don’t stay glued to them! Connect with people via FaceTime, video platforms, and avenues to see each other’s smiling faces, but also regularly take a break from your devices.
  • Send short text messages to people. Tell them you are thinking of them, praying for them, and wondering how they are.
  • Pick up the phone and say, “Hi, how are you?” and really mean it!
  • Send postcards and letters to people via regular (snail) mail.
  • Take a walk together, while keeping your social distance.
  • Do something together while on a video call or the phone. Read a passage of the Bible or another book together; pray together.
  • Set up a conference call (via FaceTime for iPhone users) or use a free version of Zoom with friends who have common circumstances or interests. For example, parents of younger children can get together after the kids go to bed, share about their day, and give each other ideas for the next day.

—Brian Newman, Leadership Development Pastor


The Spiritual Exercises class will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 pm via Zoom for a short reflection. The eight small groups will continue to meet weekly for their group processing using Zoom, Google Hangout, and FaceTime. Thursday Mornings in the Word will meet this Thursday at 9:00 pm for 30 minutes, which will include worship and a short devotional. We will be encouraging each other to connect via phone calls, texts, emails, and snail mail. Some of our members do not have computers or Internet access, so we will regularly call them and send mailings of the reflections. The core class on Prayer that was in session will meet on Thursdays at 6:30 pm for 30 minutes. I will present one prayer practice along with practice.

—Gordon Carpenter, Spiritual Formation Pastor