CARING DURING A PANDEMIC
For Parishioners and Neighbours

Life in a new era of pandemic is disturbing to us all. Many people are coping with high levels of stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness. Others may be facing serious illness, battling addictions, fearing job loss, dealing with financial troubles or grieving. Even though we cannot be physically close, there are ways to connect, listen and show that we care. Explore these resources to see how you and/or your congregation can respond with the compassionate heart of Christ.

10 GUIDELINES FOR PASTORAL CARE DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

How can we accompany people through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death? Article by Eileen R. Campbell-Reed in The Christian Century website.   https://www.christiancentury.org/blog-post/guest-post/10-guidelines-pastoral-care-during-coronavirus-outbreak

 

SUPPORTING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH – The Church of England

Thirteen themed daily reflections written by Professor Chris Cook and accompanied by "have a go" habits developed by Ruth Rice. Given the challenging times we are living in with coronavirus, the booklet of reflections seek to provide hope, reassurance and comfort. (Free downloadable PDF)   https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/mental-health-resources/supporting-good-mental-health/supporting-good-mental-health 

 

ONLINE WORSHIP (MAY NOT BE) THE ANSWER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

The importance of focusing on the simple 1-to-1 or small group connections of phone call, text, and single recipient email. From Contemplative Cottage, Written by Dr. Susan Forshey, professor of Discipleship & Christian Formation, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque.       https://contemplativecottage.com/2020/03/13/online-worship-may-not-be-the-answer-you-are-looking-for/?fbclid=IwAR31oyKUYfq6y2WC-cn0MF6K6Zk8CZ-4pZKJQKoETAQOAP98ndzHe7tubH0

 

BEYOND LIVESTREAM WORSHIP: Keeping Faith Communities Connected

Posted by ECF Vital Practices (Episcopal Church Foundation), written by Ken Howard, a congregational development and missional consultant in the Episcopal Church.   https://www.ecfvp.org/blogs/3767/beyond-livestream-worship-keeping-faith-communities-connected-in-the-face-of-covid19

 

CORONAVIRUS, ANXIETY, CHILDREN & THE CHURCH

Explore the long-term impact of how we manage and narrate pastoral responses to this pandemic, particularly where children are involved, so as to not allow adult anxieties to take over the story. Written by Angela Compton Nelson, in Building Faith from Virginia Theological Seminary.   https://buildfaith.org/coronavirus-anxiety-children-and-the-church/

 

 

 

PASTORAL CARE - TIPS ON VIDEO

The Rev. Canon Dr. Jody Clarke is an Anglican priest and Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax. He teaches courses in pastoral psychotherapy related to death, dying, bereavement, trauma, individual and community resilience, as well as leadership.

 

 

 

 

BEATING BOREDOM
HOLY WEEK CRAFTS, PROJECTS, ACTIVITIES

 

HOLY WEEK IN A BOX

Crafts, printable devotionals, and more for families and children.   https://adventuresinmommydom.org/palm-sunday-craft/

 

ANGLICAN FAMILY HUB

Connect families together through resources shared here related to home prayers, worship, activities, crafts, games and more! Share, connect and join the community on Facebook! From the Diocese of Niagara.   https://www.facebook.com/Anglicanfamilyhub/ 

 

THE GREEN DOOR WEB SERIES – FOR KIDS

A a new Canadian Anglican program for children. Posted five days a week, it follows Barley and Nosebag, resident puppets of St. Michael & All Angels Church (Diocese of Toronto), as they navigate the various impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in their community—with the support of lay pastor Jenni Feheley. The Green Door - for Kids

 

TUCKED IN: BEDTIME STORIES & PRAYERS

Each Monday, Wednesday and occasional Fridays join us to hear Bible and other stories and short bedtime prayers. A Facebook page featuring Episcopalians and others.   https://www.facebook.com/episcopaltuckedin/

 

CANDLE WALK BEDTIME BOOK

An illustrated picture book that prepares children for sleep. Author is Karin Holsinger Sherman, published through Church Publishing Incorporated. https://issuu.com/churchpublishing/docs/candlewalk5?fr=sNmZhNjY3MDM3Mg