Included in the Flex Chapter Guide:
- Guidelines for COVID-19 safety
- Social distancing in-person activities
- Virtual ministry best practices and activities
- Recommendations for making your in-person activities “hybrid” to accommodate more students
- Ideas for integrating OCF Everywhere offerings into your weekly meetings
UPDATED for Spring Semester!
Flex Chapter Guide 2021
Navigating Campus Ministry During COVID-19
Created for advisors and student leaders to plan a spiritually-enriching year that prioritizes the health and well-being of students, parishes, and campus communities.
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After serving in Romania on Real Break 2020, I applied to be Real Break Student Leader for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. I wanted to help create other service opportunities for students. What a whirlwind of a year! Back in early Fall 2020, we did not know how long the Pandemic would last (2 weeks, until Pascha, two semesters, a year?). We kept running into barriers in planning. We did our best trying to navigate traveling precautions as well as most schools canceling their spring breaks. As the year progressed it became obvious that a traditional Real Break would not happen. To be completely honest, this was frustrating and disappointing. I found myself nervous that I would not be able to do the work of my position on the Student Leadership Board. However trying this time was, it was fruitful nonetheless!
It’s that time of the year again — Student Leadership Board (SLB) applications are OPEN!
My name is Jeanine Kaileh and I have served as the Southwest Regional Student Leader (RSL) on the SLB for 2 years, and I’ll be serving as SLB Chairwoman for the upcoming academic year!
In April 2019, I was volun-told by two friends of mine to apply for the Southwest RSL position. I did not know much about what I was getting myself into, but I did know that it was for the Church, and that in itself is what drew me to apply. During that summer, I met with a few SLB members to discuss our upcoming year, gaining a better sense of what being on the SLB entailed. It was not until the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) in August 2019, that I fully understood what my responsibilities and expectations were. After two years (and moving onwards with a third year), I can confidently say that applying without fully knowing what was going to happen was one of the greatest, most unexpected blessings of my life.
St. Seraphim of Sarov tells us “Acquire the spirit of peace and a thousand souls around you will be saved”
Practicing the faith is showing up for the practices and through these things becoming a source of harmony for the world and love for the people around us. Before we start this time of preparation let us first find ways to practice peace.
What are some practical ways of practicing peace? Here are 5 methods of practicing peace I have learned over the years and constantly am trying to remind myself to practice:
Day of Light
Pray for your campus. Day of Light is a simple activity for your chapter to bring Christ’s light to your campus.
Holistic Living Guide
A guide for Orthodox Christian College students to live better in body, mind, community, and spirit–the Holistic Living Guide includes articles, journal topics, and activities you can explore on your own or as a chapter!
Orthodox Awareness Month
Situated at the beginning of the school year, Orthdodox Awareness Month is a time that the members of your OCF chapter can devote to both examining aspects of the Faith they wish to develop, and to being a witness to the faith on their campus. In our daily life it is important that we grow in understanding our faith, and are knowledgeable representatives of our faith when people have questions or want to learn more. This is also a good time to revisit complicated topics within the church, or even the basics, which some may have forgotten. All and all it’s a wonderful way to start off the year on the right foot as a strong, connected OCF!
Are you stuck with the same three meal ideas for fasting? Check out the OCF cookbook and try to make a few new recipes. Maybe start a Lenten Potluck with your chapter.
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There’s a Saint for That
Get to know the saints and discover how they can intercede for us.
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