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Guidelines & resources in reponse to coronavirus/COVID-19


Messages from Bishop Haynes

Summary of CARES Act, March 31, 2020

Click here for the March 31, 2020 message from Bishop Haynes

Click here for March 31, 2020 Joint statement from bishops of Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC (in English & Spanish)

Video: Being the Church during the coronavirus, March 24, 2020

Click here for the March 21, 2020 message from Bishop Haynes: Holy Week, Triduum and Easter during coronavirus

Click here for the March 12, 2020 update from Bishop Haynes: suspension of church activities

Click here for the March 10, 2020 update from Bishop Haynes: more news on the coronavirus.

Click here for the March 3, 2020 message from Bishop Haynes: Guidelines for Congregations to Prevent Spread of Illness

Lectionary reflections from Bishop Haynes

Lent 4 - March 22, 2020

Lent 5 - March 29, 2020

Thankful Thursdays, #SoVaGrateful

The Diocese of Southern Virginia invites all congregations to join the Thankful Thursday bell ringing and social media #SoVaGrateful efforts to let our health care workers and first responders know that their care and commitment to others is appreciated beyond what words can express. Click here for details.

Resources for Triduum

As we navigate this global pandemic health crisis we are reminded that as we maintain social distancing and are prohibited from physically gathering in our church buildings, for the health of all, we are still the church. We will still be the church during Holy Week and Easter even if our worship looks and feels different from what have previously experienced. Creativity, connection, and innovation have been the new benchmarks for clergy and lay people alike as we explore and experience being church in new ways during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resources included in this Google Drive were curated and provided by Lisa Kimball and James Farwell from Virginia Theological Seminary for their two-part webinar, Triduum Under Quarantine. You can find the recorded two-part webinar here and also in the Google Drive under "Follow Up email." In addition to those resources, we've provided an edited version of  "The Three Days for Home Use"  for use in Southern Virginia. It is available here in both Word and PDF versions and includes hymns from the 1982 Hymnal (with video links for those without access to a hymnal), and The Solemn Collects for Good Friday.  In addition,  individual names have been removed from the prayers and prompts are provided to encourage users to read or view individual clergy sermons if they are available.

Resources for Holy Week at Home

Holy Week, Easter Vigil at Home resource from Preparing For Holy Week At Home by Allison Sandlin Liles

Holy Week Resources for Family Worship resource from Preparing For Holy Week At Home by Allison Sandlin Liles

Holy Week at Home a resource created by Kristen Ketron, Director of Formation Ministries for Children & Youth at St. Matthias, Midlothian

Stations of the Cross for younger people a resource created by Kristen Ketron, Director of Formation Ministries for Children & Youth at St. Matthias, Midlothian (a PDF in booklet format)

Holy Week Resources for Families a free download available from Church Publishing

Resources for worship at home

Prayer Amid an Epidemic by Kerry Weber

Live-stream Sunday worship at St. David's, North Chesterfield

Live-stream worship at Washington National Cathedral

The Audio Office Listen to Morning and Evening Prayer

Daily Office Morning, noonday, evening prayer and compline

Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families

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

Formation resources for online use

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

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

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.

Lent Madness - This annual saintly competition is carrying on and is a good option for online formation.

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)

Outreach opportunities

Get info about how you can help those in our communities who are especially vulnerable, like the elderlyand those who may be temporarily out of work feed their families.




Talking about coronavirus with children and youth

KidsHealth: Coronavirus - How to talk to your child

Harvard Medical School - How to talk to children about coronavirus

Child Mind Institute - Talking to kids about the coronavirus

CDC - Talking with children about coronavirus

The New York Times - 5 Ways to help teens manage anxiety about coronavirus

Building Faith - Coronavirus, anxiety, children and the Church

Communication resources

Congregations meet in virtual space, March 17, 2020 eNews extra

Resources for Communities Online a wealth of resources from Virginia Theological Seminary

Taking your worship online: A guide for beginners and everyone else

Quick start guide to live streaming - Facebook and YouTube are excellent platforms for easily live-streaming worship. (You do NOT have to have Facebook account to watch.)

Zoom - A web-conferencing platform that offers free and very affordable services that are great for bible studies, Lenten programs, and other gatherings - even worship.

Facebook groups - For folks on Facebook, the Groups feature is a good way to stay connected, but in a more private way than on a regular Facebook page. These are a great way for bible studies, book groups, prayer groups, etc to gather in virtual space.

Free Conference Call Enables you to hold conference calls for free

Center for Lifelong Learning at VTS offers numerous video tutorials on the use of digital media like Zoom, Facebook, etc.

Beyond Livestream Worship: What we learned from our experiment with online worship a series of blog posts by Episcopal Church Foundation

Invite Welcome Connect in Virtual Church Episcopal Church Foundation blog post

Online giving platforms

American Church (same folks that make offering envelopes)







Churches that use ACS accounting software can set up an online giving platform through ACS. Other church accounting software systems likely offer the same type on on-line giving platforms.

Additional resources

Summary of the CARES Act

The CARES Act possibilities for parishes

Resource list and PowerPoint from the Faith Leaders virtual meeting with Governor Northam & Virginia Dept of Health on March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for Churches
Episcopal Church Foundation, updated regularly

Church Fundraising in a New Normal
Webinar recording from The Episcopal Network for Stewardship and the Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes

Don't Feed the Beast: Trusting the Gospel in Trying Times
Webinar recording from The Episcopal Network for Stewardship and the Consortium for Endowed Episcopal Parishes

10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Article from Christian Century

Recommendations for Food Pantries & Food Ministries
Very helpful guidelines, from Diocese of Virginia

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
A statement from Presiding Bishop Curry (video and text) with guidelines and resources from The Episcopal Church

Faith-Based Response to Epidemics
Episcopal Relief & Development

Get Your Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for Pandemic Flu
from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Assistance & Info for individuals and small businesses

Dial 211 for information and assistance




Last Published: April 3, 2020 11:33 AM