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    Virtual religious services provide encouragement, connection as critical COVID-19 prevention measures go into effect

    Virtual religious services provide encouragement, connection as critical COVID-19 prevention measures go into effect

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot | Chaplain (Maj.) Tracy Kerr, chaplain resource manager for Fort Stewart/Hunter Army...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot 

    50th Public Affairs Detachment

    During times of crisis and uncertainty, spiritual guidance provides hope and support. Despite no longer being able to conduct religious services in person due to recent directives aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield chaplains are using prerecorded video and live streaming to connect with individuals and Families.

    “Just like in a combat zone, chaplains must adjust worship services depending on how the situation dictates,” said FS/HAAF Garrison Chaplain (Maj.) David Beavers. “This is something similar, as the mission is currently impacted by COVID-19.”

    According to 3rd Infantry Division and FS/HAAF Command Chaplain (Col.) Chip Huey, installation worship services and congregations are utilizing their Facebook pages to continue to provide religious support to the community.

    “We are using this platform as a place where our Soldiers and Family members can come for spiritual nurture even during this time of being separated from others,” Huey said. “So far we’ve had a healthy average of viewership across our different outlets.”

    In addition to tuning in to weekly worship services, viewers can also find online devotionals and virtual youth group meetings. There are plans to begin online bible studies, as well.

    Devotions, produced by FS/HAAF chaplains and religious affairs specialists, are posted on the FS/HAAF Religious Support Office Facebook page, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

    “We hope that these devotions are a way for folks to have a spiritual jolt; a boost; for the day,” Huey said.

    Chaplain (Capt.) Andrew Anderson, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, said the feedback he has received has been positive.

    “Although we lose the unique experience of being there, we are providing a good alternative for when people are unable to attend a service,” said Anderson. “It’s providing a way to connect with one another while sitting at their homes. God designed us for social interaction. As much as possible, this is a good time to reconnect with people, and we should use the means that we have.”

    Along with connecting with others, the chaplains also recommend individuals and Families set aside time each day for spiritual reflection and growth, what Anderson refers to as, Daily Religious Exercise.

    “That is what encourages us when life is thrown out of balance,” Anderson said.

    The FS/HAAF chaplains are available around the clock to provide spiritual guidance to individuals and Families. For more information, call (FSGA 912-320-5051 or HAAF 912-320-0371)

    “It’s truly our desire to be here for 3rd Infantry Division and tenant unit Soldiers, Family members and our civilians; to be a resource for them and to walk alongside them, virtually, through this,” said Huey.



    Date Taken: 03.31.2020
    Date Posted: 04.04.2020 12:22
    Story ID: 366608
    Location: FORT STEWART, GA, US 

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