May 25, 2020
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick expresses his gratitude to all in the Diocese as churches begin a return to in-person public worship.
May 22, 2020 - Special Announcement from the Bishop: RETURNING TO PUBLIC IN-PERSON WORSHIP
Click HERE to read his message.
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WORSHIP RESOURCES - The Episcopal Church has a wealth of worship resources on their website HERE. You will find links to guides, podcasts, programs, reflections, seasonal guides and more.
COVID-19: 100 IDEAS FOR MINISTERS AND MINISTRY LEADERS - Tracy Smith shares ideas during this time that includes using online communication apps, simple and fun activities, faith practices and event outreach ideas. Click HERE.
FAITH AT HOME - Lectionary based readings and reflections to read online or download. They will be publishing things daily for this season. Click HERE.
FORWARD MOVEMENT: BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER - Forward Movement is making available an easy-to-navigate PDF version of the Book of Common Prayer, and other free resources for devotional use. Click HERE to view or download. The BCP is also available online HERE.
FORWARD MOVEMENT: PRAYERS FOR "SPIRITUAL COMMUNION" - In these challenging times, many people may find themselves unable to receive Holy Communion physically due to illness or suspended worship gatherings. Forward Movement is pleased to offer a venerable resource from the Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book (Forward Movement, 2014) for use. Click HERE.
IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: THE DAILY EXAMEN - The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Bishop highly recommends this practice that is very important to him. Click HERE.
ILLUSTRATED MINISTRY - Free resources for all ages, meant to help support churches with formation at home during this time. Click HERE.
MISSION ST. CLARE WEBSITE - The Bishop recommends this site for Morning and Evening Prayer at home. Click HERE to go there now.
PRAY AS YOU GO - Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, with reflection and prayer tools. Click HERE.
PRAYER HAVEN - For personal or group use, this site allows you to chose between Morning, Noonday, Evening, and Compline Prayer services from the Book of Common Prayer. Click HERE.
PRAYING IN COLOR - Do you want to pray but words escape you? Or perhaps sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge. Perhaps you need a new way to pray! Praying in Color is a visual concrete way to pray. Click HERE.
For Children & Youth:
BRAIN POP - A website with tons of resources and activities to help kids understand their world. There is a new section about the Coronavirus HERE.
CANDLE WALK: A BEDTIME PRAYER TO GOD - From Church Publishing, a beautifully illustrated book that can be read online which leads up to and ends with the evening liturgy of compline. Click HERE to begin reading it!
CHRISTINE V, HIDES - A website chock full of childrenʻs resources with a new section, Childrenʻs Ministry During COVID-19 HERE.
GODLY PLAY: SHARING BIBLE STORIES AT HOME - Charissa Simmons welcomes you to YouTube Godly Play! While we are unable to meet together in person, we can still keep sharing the stories your children hear in Godly Play each week, and now you can join too! Click HERE.
JUST FOR KIDS: A COMIC BOOK EXPLORING THE NEW CORONAVIRUS - Based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did asking some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China. Print and fold it out! Click HERE.
TUCKED IN: BEDTIME STORIES & PRAYERS WITH EPISCOPALIANS AND OTHERS - Each Wednesday evening, and occasional Mondays, different storytellers read Bible stories and short bedtime prayers through Facebook Live. The stories are recorded and available for viewing at any time. Click HERE.
Other resources & links for these times:
COMMUNION UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES - Fr. Gregory Johnson shares this worship alternative for those who are unable to partake of the Blessed Sacrament due to sickness, disability, disaster, quarantine or family emergencies.
ONLINE GROUP AA MEETINGS - Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Group online is a growing community of motivated individuals who will support and inspire you along your journey. We are here to help. Post this flyer on church facilities, especially where recovery groups meet.
GUIDELINES TO OUTREACH MINISTRIES
WENDY CLAIRE: FAITHFUL PARENTING IN A PANDEMIC - From Wendy Claire Barrieʻs Faithat Home blog: Right now, “the hardest thing for teenagers is that they’re not allowed to be together,” notes Barrie, whose son is 17.
GROW CHRISTIANS PARENTING BLOG - This blog page is brought to you by Forward Movement, a ministry of The Episcopal Church that seeks to inspire disciples and empower evangelists.
PANDEMIC - Written by Lynn Ungar, a poignant poem for our times. Download: JPEG file or PDF file