Welcome
Ministries
Formation
Youth
Congregations
Clergy
Administration
Contact Us

Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101
Newport News, VA 23606-3071
757-423-8287 Main
800-582-8292 Toll Free
757-595-0783 Fax

Click here to contact us.

Click here for staff.

The diocesan offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for directions to the diocesan office.

Guidelines & resources in reponse to coronavirus/COVID-19

 

National Day of Mourning and Lament on June 1

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined other faith leaders in calling for a national day of mourning and lament on June 1 as the United States exceeds 100,000 documented deaths from COVID-19, and he invites Episcopalians to commemorate the victims during worship services this weekend.  More info here.
 

Advisory Panel on Re-Gathering the Church

A panel of clergy, health professionals, mental health professionals, musicians and formation directors who will help Bishop Haynes to formulate clear guidelines by the end of May 2020 as to how to re-gather the church safely.

Update, May 19, 2020
 

Messages from Bishop Haynes

Click here for Bishop Haynes' message: As the world and the Church re-gathers, May 5, 2020

Click here for Bishop Haynes' Easter Day sermon, 2020

Click here for Bishop Haynes' Holy Week message, 2020

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

Palm Sunday - April 5, 2020

Easter Day sermon - April 12, 2020

Easter 2 - April 19, 2020

Easter 5 - May 10, 2020. Click here for video reflection.

Easter 6 - May 17, 2020

Easter 7 - May 24, 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.
 

Dealing with grief and loss during COVID-19

Video addressing loss, grief and disillusionment - At the request of Bishop Haynes, Dr. Beverley Buston, a psychologist, has created a video resource addressing the loss, grief and disillusionment that clergy and lay people alike may be experiencing as our time at home and away from the Church and Sacraments lengthens. The video and a transcript of it are available here.

Psychological First Aid - a webinar from Church Pension Group that offers resources and strategies to support you, your family, and your community. The webinar and resources it presents are available here.

Finding Brave Space is a series of new videos with Dr. Catherine Meeks from the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. There is also a new episode on the A Brave Space podcast on  Lament in the Midst of COVID-19. In the coming weeks Dr. Meeks will facilitate three webinars on lament.   
 
Grief and Graduation and Ideas & Resources For Lament & Thanksgiving *Especially Appropriate For Those Working With Youth are posts by Sharon Ely Pearson. They can be helpful in processing loss and grief with youth and young adults, including ideas for celebrating important moments the best way we can right now.   
 
Processing Grief And Death With Picture Books by Anna V. Ostenso Moore lists great books for helping children process grief. Sesame Street's Caring for Each Other Hub also has great resources for how to have conversation with children about COVID-19, anxiousness, and more.  


Pentecost, VBS and summer formation

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. Click here to get the document.

Colleague Groups - Christian formation leaders, would you be interested in forming a colleague group in your area of the Diocese? The Norfolk Formation Colleague Group has been a much-needed thing during this time. We are a group who supports one another 100% and shares our challenges and love of ministry. If you would be interested in forming a group, contact CE-Net Co-Chairs, Vicky Koch, vkoch@stpaulsnorfolk.org or Gizelle Moran, gizelle@trinity-portsmouth.org and we’ll help you get started.

Virtual Vacation Bible School - Wondering what you’re going to do for Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer. Have you thought about a Virtual VBS? CE-Net is working on a Virtual Vacation Bible School program that will be offered to all churches in the Diocese at no cost. This program will allow you to adapt it to meet your specific needs. The Virtual VBS program will focus on themes of Faith, Hope, and Love and will include Bible stories, crafts and activities as well as a suggested mission focus for each day. We plan on sharing this resource on the CE-NET diocesan web site by mid-June. For more information, contact CE-Net Co-Chairs Vicky Koch, vkoch@stpaulsnorfolk.org or Gizelle Moran, gizelle@trinity-portsmouth.org or Canon Lynn Farlin, lfarlin@diosova.org.
 

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

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
 

Formation resources for online use

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

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.

Ask a Theologian These lunch time chats over Zoom with theological experts speak to our time. The chats have so far addressed death, Martyrdom, and the Domestic Family during Crisis. Info about Ask a Theologian can be found on the Bruton Forum facebook page. They meet every Wednesday at 12. www.facebook.com/BrutonForum

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)
 

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
 

Outreach opportunities

Support Virgina's Latino communities, hard hit by pandemic
Virginia's Eastern Shore and the Latino community are among the hardest hit during this pandemic. Latino Missioner Mario Melendez offers the following suggestion for how you can support this community through this crisis. Gift cards (from $10 to $20) for Food Lion and Walmart, and for gas stations (like WaWa, Royal Farms, and Sunoco) are welcome, allowing families to buy food, gas, toiletries, and any other items they need. Cards can be sent directly to the Rev. Mario Melendez at Church of the Holy Apostles, 1593 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23453. Questions? Contact Mario at mmelendez@diosova.org or 757-427-0963.

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.

http://hrfoodbank.org/covid-19/

https://www.faswva.org/fightcovid19/

https://feedmore.org/
 

Communication resources

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

Digital Church Policies, a very helpful Building Faith article with sample policies

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

FaithStreet - FaithStreet is equipping new and existing customers with (1) ways to not only maintain but increase generosity right now and (2) a digital platform for congregations to pray, reflect, learn and stay connected. During this crisis they are offering: Get small congregations (under 75 attenders) on online giving at no cost to them; Get any congregation set up on low-cost, zero fees online giving or their new congregation app.
 

Online giving platforms

American Church (same folks that make offering envelopes)

Tithely

EasyTithe

Givelify

PushPay

PayPal

SecureGive

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.
 

CARES Act and Other Resources

Summary of the CARES Act

The CARES Act possibilities for parishes

Payroll Protection Program, how churches can apply

Payroll Protection Program loan forgiveness application and information

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

Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) has shifted all Continuing Educational offerings to online platforms. Visit their Eventbrite page for a variety of online courses, retreats, and programs for both clergy and lay leaders. Visit http://bit.ly/VTSWebinars for monthly webinar offerings.

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
 

Last Published: May 28, 2020 10:35 AM