As the COVID-19 pandemic continues for nearly two years, communities of faith are struggling to meet the spiritual needs of individuals, congregants, and communities during a particularly trying time in history. They have experienced closures, phased re-openings, and reinstated restrictions as the pandemic sees the fourth surge and a deadly more transmissible form of COVID in the Delta Variant. Faith Community Nurses, who are specially educated to provide intentional care of the spirit, play a pivotal role in providing care, support, and education to maintain and improve whole person health when people are isolated, physically distant, and at times critically ill.
This article provides a perspective on the impact of church closure and re-opening, the needs of individuals, congregations, and communities, and the creative and innovative ways faith community nurses have adapted and persevered in caring for people in need. Lessons learned will be discussed.