Formation and Personal Devotion
Participate in Worship Online
Holy Week & Easter Resources
Faith at Home
Habits of Grace
We Wonder Podcast for Children
Social Media Prayer Graphics
Suggestions for Youth Ministry
Click to access the current list of online worship opportunities throughout the Diocese of Virginia.
- Online Stations of the Cross from the Episcopal Church: Stations of the Cross is a devotion that is widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem. It is an offering of prayer and reading at that mark the story of Jesus’ passion and death. Since many of us cannot walk the Stations of the Cross in our communities, we wanted to offer some online options that are appropriate for all ages. We encourage you to do this at home or online with friends.
- Google Drive link from Virginia Theological Seminary re: Triduum Under Quarantine: Curated by Virginia Theological Seminary, this cloud drive folder is available to the public for planning Holy Week and Easter while under quarantine.
- Illustrated Ministry’s Palm Frond Coloring Page: Perfect for making your own palm to wave in a video on Palm Sunday, and to share online!
- Making a Home Altar for Holy Week & Easter: “In the midst of the chaos of homeschooling and worries of this world right now, working together as a household to build a home altar or sacred space may be an excellent way to create order and peace.” – Sharon Ely Pearson
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.
From the creators of the podcast: “We want to invite children into a life of wonder, engagement, and curiosity about the Bible. Children's spiritual lives are real and vibrant: they are known and loved by God as they are right now, not just as grownups in training! That's why, on this podcast, we allow children the space to enter God's good words together, wonder about them, and talk with God about what we find.”
To find more expertly curated resources and ideas, we encourage you to check out the offerings from Ministry Architects. Their page, “Innovative Ideas for Unprecedented Times,” has a collection of direct tips and tools which are not overwhelming, and will be helpful.
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 email@example.com.
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!