COVID-19 Resources

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Quick Reference Guide 

May we have 

  • Live-streaming or pre-recording of services in the sanctuary? YES, if you already have permission to do so, following the guidelines referenced below. 
  • Drive-in services in the parking lot? YES, under certain conditions/guidelines and after submitting a brief written plan to the Bishop’s Office at bishopsoffice@thediocese.net. 
  • In-person worship indoors? YES, if your locality has 10 or fewer new daily cases per 100,000  (effective 2/21/21) and your plan for regathering has already been approved.  We would recommend that you wait until you've remained at this level or less for three weeks before proceeding, but that's a decision for clergy and vestry to make.
  • In-person worship outdoors? YES, if your locality has 25 or fewer new daily cases per 100,000 (effective 2/21/21) .
  • In-person small groups outdoorsOnly up to 10 adults 
  • Baptisms? YES, within the limitations of indoor or outdoor worship, and following the guidance here.
  • Funerals? YES, within the limitations of indoor or outdoor worship, and following the guidance here.
  • Weddings? YES, within the limitations of indoor or outdoor worship, and following the guidance here.
  • Eucharistic visitation? Unless your locality (and that of the place where the visitation is taking place), is determined to have ten or fewer new daily cases per 100,000 persons, only in exigent circumstances following these written guidelines and instructional video.
  • Pastoral visitation? Zoom is preferable. If in person, 15 minutes only outdoors. 
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 Other questions? If the answer is not listed in this FAQ, please contact Canon Mary Thorpe at mthorpe@thediocese.net. 

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Announcements from Bishop Goff, guidelines for pastoral care, FAQs from clergy calls. Read more.

 

Includes regathering guidelines, checklists and a health marker analysis by location. Read more. 

 

From online giving to financial administration. Read more.

 

Includes tutorials on streaming services, Zoom, and Facebook Live, best practices for virtual liturgy, music, links to online worship and more.

 

Prayers, devotions, tools for youth ministry and resources for at-home and online worship. Read more.

 

Includes food ministries, caring for our most vulnerable, guidelines regarding groups that use your church space. Read more.

 

Mensajes de los obispos y recursos para adoración en línea. Mas.

 

 

For more breaking news, please refer to: CDC Information on COVID-19  / Virginia Department of Health site on COVID-19  The National Episcopal Church COVID Resources / Governor Northam's March 23 Call with Faith Leaders