Shelby County to Help Small Churches Set Up Virtual Services


Shelby County has set aside $ 150,000 in CARES funding to support technical assistance and the establishment of these small faith-based organizations.

UPDATE 12/15/2020 – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie Jones and County Commissioner Reginald Milton have launched the ‘Our Faithful Grant Fund Comeback ”to help more than 170 small faith-based organizations set up a virtual option for congregational services. In addition to organizations receiving live broadcast equipment and installed, 50 other small faith-based organizations received a reimbursement of $ 1,500 for personal protective equipment (PPE) under the program.

Faith-based organizations, including churches, synagogues and mosques, with 100 active members or less are still eligible to apply for support until December 18, 2020. Qualified applicants can apply by visiting www.shelby.community and clicking on the Our Faithful Comeback Grant button. Successful applicants can choose a live broadcast equipment and setup or a PPE reimbursement of $ 1,500.

Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie Jones: “Some residents of Shelby County depend on places of worship for their most critical needs, including ministries of food, clothing and more. When places of worship cannot offer virtual services, there is a risk of not having a way to communicate with their members or their community. Our loyal feedback ensures that small faith-based organizations stay connected and secure to stay operational during this time. “

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris: “Faith-based organizations are where we go to nurture our faith. In addition, our community depends on our churches, synagogues and mosques to serve some of our most vulnerable populations. Several small faith-based organizations in Shelby County have halted in-person services to slow the spread of COVID-19 and have struggled to stay in touch with their members. We hope that this program will put these organizations in a position to reconnect with their members in a safe way. “

Shelby County Commissioner Reginald Milton: “The impact of COVID-19 has affected many people, including religious leaders. This has resulted in the indefinite closure of some places of worship. While some places have been able to recreate a connection through virtual services, small places of worship often do not have the finances or the know-how to support this. It is an honor to support a grant that will provide these organizations with the means to connect with their communities.

Pastor Leon Jones, Jr., The Dwelling Place Christian Church: “I am truly grateful to Shelby County for providing a grant for live broadcast equipment. I have had a great experience working with Forever Ready Productions. They are professional and helpful. The process was swift and transparent; I picked up my gear on Friday and I was streaming Sunday.

Pastor Josh Germany, New Heights Memphis: “I want to thank Shelby County for this incredible program. The equipment provided by Our Faithful Comeback transformed the experience of our congregation during this difficult time. It has been such a blessing for our church.

Lady Beverly Ann Davis, St. Paul Douglass MBC: “The Shelby County Government and ProductionOne have been a blessing to our ministry with this grant. I was amazed at how easy the camera was to install and use. Thanks to this grant, we were able to connect with our members online via a live broadcast. “

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10/20/2020 – Today Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie Jones and County Commissioner Reginald Milton announce the launch of ‘Our Faithful Comeback, ”a fund meant to help small faith-based organizations with 100 or less active members set up a virtual option for congregation services. Again, churches, synagogues and other small faith-based organizations in Shelby County are eligible to receive paid technical assistance from Shelby County to set up a virtual live streaming option for the services.

Shelby County has set aside $ 150,000 in CARES funding to support technical assistance and the establishment of these small faith-based organizations. Qualified candidates can apply to covid19.shelbycountytn.gov and click on the “Our Loyal Return Grant” link. At the link, organizations will have the opportunity to choose between technical assistance, equipment and installation for the live broadcast of services OR $ 1,500 for reimbursement of purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) made necessary due to COVID-19. Organizations can apply while funds are exhausted.

Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie Jones: “Some residents of Shelby County depend on places of worship for their most critical needs, including ministries of food, clothing and more. When places of worship cannot offer virtual services, there is a risk of not having a way to communicate with their members or their community. Our loyal feedback ensures that small faith-based organizations stay connected and secure to stay operational during this time. “

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris: “Faith-based organizations are where we go to nurture our faith. In addition, our community depends on our churches, synagogues and mosques to serve some of our most vulnerable populations. Several small faith-based organizations in Shelby County have closed to slow the spread of COVID and as a result have struggled to stay in touch with their members. We hope that this program will put these organizations in a position to reconnect with their members in a safe way. “

Shelby County Commissioner Reginald Milton: “The impact of COVID-19 has affected many people, including religious leaders. This has resulted in the indefinite closure of some places of worship. While some places have been able to recreate a connection through virtual services, small places of worship do not have the finances or the know-how to support this. It is an honor to support a grant that will provide these organizations with the means to connect with communities.

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Perry A. Thomasson