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Resources for Virtual Formation
Resources for virtual and at home formation activities


Advent & Christmas

13 (and counting) Free Family Advent Activities

Advent During a Pandemic

Advent Word - a global Advent calendar

Sanctified Art - resources for Advent and Christmas

The Skit Guys - resources for Advent and Christmas

Advent Resources - A list of resources for Formation leaders and families from Pastor Traci Smith's presentation to CE-Net in October 2020.

Ten Advent Resources for 2020 - from Episcopal Church Foundation

Advent & Christmas Resources - from The Episcopal Church

Becoming Beloved Community - This version of the Becoming Beloved Community curriculum is tailored for use during Advent and Christmas.

Advent Candle Lighting Litanies - a resource from the Salt Project

Christmas Pageants

Christmas Pageants 2020: Recorded, Zoomed, Live Outside 

A Very Mixed Up Christmas Pageant

Digital Christmas Pageant

Illustrated Ministry: Do Not Be Afraid

New Ways of Doing the Christmas Pageant

The Skit Guys: Christmas


Pentecost at Home - Looking for Pentecost at Home suggestions or resources to send to families? The Norfolk formation group recently met and suggested ideas for families to celebrate Pentecost during Covid 19 and who parenting, working and teaching from home. The resources list provides easily done at home ideas with whatever materials you have are on hand.

Season of Creation - The Season of Creation, September 1st through October 4th, is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time for renewing, repairing and restoring our relationship to God, one another, and all of creation. It is an excellent opportunity to try out an outdoor formation event or outdoor worship service where safe, as a source of joy and connection with animals and with God's creation.

Vacation Bible School

Virtual Vacation Bible School - Amazing Stories, Unexpected Storytellers, a virtual Vacation Bible School curriculum created by Southern Virginia's CE-Net (Christian Education Network), and other VBS resources for congregations and families.

General formation resources

Creating Sacred Space at Home a video by Canon for Formation Lynn Farlin

The Questions Project - The Questions Project explores "questions about faith, about being human, about relationships… A faithful life turns your brain on, not off! Christianity doesn’t promise easy answers; it affirms our responsibility for facing up to the challenges and questions life brings us…" This project comes from the Rev. Jacqueline Soltys (formerly at Grace Church, Yorktown), and includes a podcast, blog, video and other resources.

Youth Group at Home  Galilee, Virginia Beach, has put together some awesome youth group at home ideas for the whole family. For more information email Marty O'Rourke, marty@galileechurch.net.

Bruton Forum Lecture series with topics range from Scripture, and Science & Faith to the Doctrine of God

Introducing Matthew - A free course from ChurchNext and part of the Good Book Club. A live class beginning April 23.

A COVID-19 Spiritual Survival Kit - A free course from ChurchNext to help you tap into resources to help us deal with the pandemic in healthy ways. Course is available for individuals or for groups.

Faith@Home Daily Faith@Home is providing a new way to equip families and friend groups to participate in daily formation and discipleship practices at home. Each resource is designed to be experienced inter-generationally, and is provided via email. Click here for more information.

Illustrated Ministry Free weekly faith formation resources for all ages for use during this time of suspended services and programs

Prayer & Worship in Our Homes  a free course ChurchNext focusing on prayer, designed for those who might be seeking alternatives to group formation/worship as churches navigate Covid-19 (the coronavirus) in our communities. The course can be utilized either individually or via a zoom-style classroom.ChurchNext is offering two other free courses: Bridging the Political Divide with Parker Palmer and Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse, sponsored by the Office of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church.

The Work of the People - A spiritual visual library. They offer a number of FREE films for streaming and their videos can be streamed in Zoom gatherings (here's how to do that).

Rule of Life songs for children (videos) from Anne Zobel, Director of Christian Formation, and Rev. Robert Foxwell, Organist/Choirmaster, at All Saints, Virginia Beach. Click here for the lyrics to the songs so you can sing along.

The Salt Project has many formation resources, including a Holy Week Tenebrae devotional for use at home (there is a fee for these resources)

Resources for worship at home

Prayer Amid an Epidemic by Kerry Weber

Live-stream worship at Washington National Cathedral

Alexa and Google Assistant - Both Alexa and Google Assistant have learned some Episcopal prayers. Thanks to a partnership between TryTank Experimental Lab and Forward Movement, you can now say, “Alexa, open Episcopal Prayer” or “Google, talk to Episcopal Prayer” and your device will begin playing the morning or evening prayer podcasts of Forward Movement.

The Audio Office Listen to Morning and Evening Prayer

Daily Office Morning, noonday, evening prayer and compline

Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families

Pause - An invitation to stillness and prayer is a weekly video series from Grace Church, Yorktown. Feeling fuzzy-headed, a bit unsettled or anxious? Need a few minutes to listen and pray and reflect? This is a new weekly offering: a brief series of prayers, readings, and gentle music read and sung by some Grace Church members.

Creating Sacred Space at Home a video by Canon for Formation Lynn Farlin

Bedtime Prayers for Children a video from All Saints, Virginia Beach

Virtual Spirituality Room at All Saints, Virginia Beach

Morning Prayer podcast

Lectionary calendar Find the collect and readings for each day

Online Book of Common Prayer

Last Published: November 24, 2020 11:02 AM