Formation and Personal Devotion
Participate in Worship Online
Adult Ministry & Lifelong Formation
Faith at Home
Habits of Grace
Social Media Prayer Graphics
Suggestions for Youth Ministry
Click to access the current list of online worship opportunities throughout the Diocese of Virginia.
The Diocese of Virginia Office of Christian Formation is committed to the belief that each person's faith journey is a lifelong one. Here you'll find links to resources for that journey.
A lectionary-based devotional resource for families of all shapes and sizes – in this season, they are offering free, daily resources for families and individuals. Each day there will be three to four watch, listen, do and pray resources.
Illustrated Ministry creates faith-based resources for the church and for home. Presently, individuals can sign up to receive weekly resource packets to bring families and children together in faith formation. Each week will include a set of resources for people of all ages, following the Revised Common Lectionary.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s weekly meditations for people of all ages. He invites us to create and cultivate “habits of grace,” that will draw us closer to God and each other during this time of physical distancing.
Foster a prayerful space on social media by sharing prayer graphics collated and formatted by the Diocese of Virginia. You can also share posts directly from the Diocese of Virginia Facebook page and The Episcopal Church Facebook page. If you find prayers for us to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this moment, there are many opportunities for prayer and more formalized “formation” with your youth using tools such as Zoom or Facebook live. However, remember that youth are often very social people, and are not accustomed to being isolated or simply in their house for long periods of time. One of the best gifts you can offer them is a chance to “be together” and have fun as a group. Here are two ideas for you:
- Include fun and games!
- Watch shows together and discuss. There are several ways to do this, but Netflix just made it very simple. Check out netflixparty.com to learn more about how your group can watch a show together and then discuss afterward.
- Remember to model safeguarding practices. This checklist includes 11 tips for safe ZOOM gatherings. Also from VTS eFormation, check out this 4 minute video:: Safe Church and Online Spaces: a few guidelines!
A longer list of curated resources based on the bi-weekly formation leader lunches is available at the Christian Formation website.