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.
We invite you experience a rich, holy and meaningful Holy Week using these resources in your homes.
Messages from Bishop Susan and many more resources on the diocesan website
The diocesan website has a wealth of resources to assist churches and their parishioners in being the Church during the coronavirus and new resources are being added. Messages from Bishop Susan, including her lectionary reflections, are all available on our website here. Here are a few of the newly added resources:
Resources for Communities Online - a wide variety of great resources from Virginia Theological Seminary
Invite Welcome Connect in Virtual Church - from Episcopal Church Foundation
The Work of the People - offers many free films for streaming, including the series The Four Gospel Journey.
Outreach opportunities - Foodbanks in Southern Virginia have information about how you can help provide for the vulnerable and those out of work in our communities. Find that info here.