Coping with Coronavirus

Helping You and Your Loved Ones

Updated 9/15/2020

At this unprecedented public health moment, as we face a global pandemic, let us find ways to best respond and cope to the changing news and uncertainty. Please consider the following resources available for parents, children, friends or yourself. At the same time, let us continue to be faithful and pray for those who are sick, and for the medical/science communities who spend their lives seeking to enhance our well being. Please also remember those who are alone or in isolation, by giving them a phone call and sharing these words of comfort and wisdom. We hope these words of encouragement and fun activities keep you and your loved ones spirits bright as we make it through these difficult times.

For Children
  • Sing Along Songs
    Hey kids, sing along to your favorite tunes with Dr. Nat Sparrow on the piano! You’ll find songs such as “I’ve Got the Joy“, “This is the Day” and “Twelve Disciples“.
    Watch on our YouTube Channel Playlist »
  • Summer LEGO Church School & Raffle
    Gather up your LEGO bricks and LEGO people! Children aged preschool-5th grade, are invited to join us through the Summer months as we explore a Bible story with prayerful preparation, and respond by building a scene or idea from the story! Sound like fun? Scripture references are provided.  For the Raffle: Explain your creation to your parent, and have them email me a picture of you with your creation. All kids sending in a photo will be entered into a weekly raffle. Two people each week will win a LEGO kit that I will mail to your house.
    Find the weekly LEGO lesson on our Website Resources page »
For Youth and Adults

Transitions Grief Care:
Monday, September 14, 2020 – Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Supportive conversations among those whose access to their loved ones in long-term care facilities has been restricted by COVID-19.

  • “Missing Moments”
    This three -part series is designed to create the opportunity for supportive conversations among those whose access to their loved ones in long-term care facilities has been restricted by COVID-19. These weekly open discussions will be facilitated by a licensed clinician via Zoom. Choose the session most convenient for you. For dates/times, download flyer (PDF) »

Online UNC Mindfulness Classes for Teens Ages 11-14:
Monday, October 5, 2020 – Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

  • Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self Compassion Program for Teens
    Modeled on Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff’s adult workshops.
    Instructors: Laura Prochnow Phillips and Karen Bluth
    Learn More »

Online Mood Disorders Support Group:
4th Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:00 pm

  • We are open to patients, family members, and loved ones who want to learn about or be supported in dealing with the effects of Mood Disorders. This is NOT a therapy group, but is instead a place to meet to ask questions and receive support. NO charge for attending! This meeting is open to new participants at any time.
  • August 27: Panel “Managing Mood Disorders During a Pandemic”
  • September 24: Dr. John Beyer “Current Treatments for Bipolar and Other Mood Disorders”
  • October 22: Jennifer Minneli “Communication Issues in Mood Disorders”

To Register and Receive the Zoom Link Email:
Cynthia Jones MS, LCMHCS at or Sarah Stallings, MSW intern at

Racial Equity/Racism:

Managing Anxiety:

  • Holding Hope Virtual Chats: Managing Anxiety During the Pandemic
    Join church members Amy Propst (Clinical Social Worker and Therapist) and Elizabeth Sparrow (Clinical Psychologist) in a new YouTube series of short video sessions as they discuss what anxiety is, common questions and how to get help for yourself or your loved ones during the pandemic.
    Watch on our YouTube Channel Playlist »
  • Reflect on the words of the ‘Serenity Prayer’ by Reinhold Niebuhr.
    Serenity Prayer PDF (color) » | Serenity Prayer PDF (black and white) » 
  • Project Enlightenment Parent Counseling Virtual Services
    Get help with children who are 5 years old or younger.
    Schedule a video conference or join a group.
    Call (919) 694-8991 | Visit Website »
  • Speak with a Trained Crisis Counselor
    Call 1(800) 985-5990 | Text TalkWithUs to 66746 | Visit Website »
  • 24/7 Virtual Chat
    if you worry you may be abusive or if you are being abused.
    Call 1(800) 799-SAFE (7233) | Text LOVEIS to 22522 | What to Expect » | Visit Website »
  • Reach out to a Stephen Minister.
    Stephen Ministry is an important ministry of the church. Our Stephen Ministers have been trained in Christian caregiving and are here to walk alongside you during a time of crisis or pain. If you think a Stephen Minister may be a helpful relationship for you, please contact Laurie Taylor Weicher at

Alcohol and Drug Use:

  • If you are concerned about your loved one’s use of alcohol or other substances, please consider contacting:
    Call (919) 787-1653
    Visit Website »
    Information about online support meetings:
    Email »
  • If you are concerned about your own alcohol or other drug use, please consider contacting:
    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Call (919) 783-8214
    Narcotics Anonymous
    Call (877) 590-6262
    Smart Recovery
    Call (919) 274-8001
    (Andy Orr, volunteer.)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:



Inner Sanctuary Coloring Sheets:

  • Fill your time with sacred reflections drawn from the beautiful wood carvings found in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary. Download the PDF sheets to print at home and color (with your medium of choice) while reflecting on the scripture. View/Download Coloring Sheets »
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