Coronavirus Update from Christ Church

 
Resources: Rev. Susan Richardson has compiled a great list of resources about staying connected, talking to kids about COVID-19, hearing from the Presiding Bishop, and more, located below on this page.
 
Worship
  • Christ Church Philadelphia is not suspending worship.  We will hold a Morning Prayer Service this Sunday at 10 a.m.  There will be no passing of the peace or communion.  
  • However, in the interest of public health and “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 infections, Christ Church Philadelphia asks the congregation to stay home and share in our live-streamed service.  We will strive to be a community while not congregating physically; we will congregate spiritually and, for those who can, virtually.
  • Because all consecrated communion held in reserve for the sick is being retired, we will consecrate new reserve sacrament after the 10 a.m. service.
  • Rev. Susan Richardson , Rev.Palmer Hartl, Parker Kitterman and Rev. Tim Safford will conduct the service, and it will be “live-streamed” on Facebook (https://facebook.com/christchurchphl).
  • Even though we’ve asked our congregation not to gather, we will warmly welcome anyone who arrives but seat people in every third pew.
  • We will evaluate the worship schedule each week.
Program
  • All parish programs, childcare, youth group, sandwich making, Godly play, Sages, etc. are postponed for the next three weeks, and their schedule will be evaluated.
Offerings
Christ Church is facing challenges with cash flow, a battered endowment, and the hope that we can honor the hours already scheduled for our part-time childcare workers, sexton and artists. Keeping your offerings regular and up-to-date will make an important difference. Please contribute forward, if possible. As always you can give online through Paypal or Tithe.ly. Follow the links on our giving page.
 

General info and staying in touch with community:

 

Christ Church Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ChristChurchPHL/

As support for the in-person Christ Church community, there’s a Facebook group created there for staying in touch during COVID, called “Christ Church Connection.”

 

The Presiding Bishop’s March 12 statement

https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2020/03/12/presiding-bishop-voices-support-for-bishops-who-cancel-worship-services-suspend-common-cup/?utm_source=ENS+English&utm_campaign=9ac101f910-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_12_07_37&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d473cad2d8-9ac101f910-42136861

 

Episcopal Church news related to COVID, including messages from our Presiding Bishop

https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/tag/coronavirus/

 

Diocese of Pennsylvania resource page, including messages from our bishop

https://www.diopa.org/news/faith-based-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

 

FAITH-BASED RESPONSE TO EPIDEMICS

EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT

https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/us-disaster-program/faith-based-response-to-epidemics/

 

Coping with anxiety and depression during this time; working from home; helping our kids:

 

How to Work From Home Now That Your Boss Doesn’t Want You Coming In:

If your company is making you work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, here’s what you need to make that transition work.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/smarter-living/wirecutter/work-from-home-if-boss-doesnt-want-you-coming-in.html

Coping with coronavirus anxiety, from Harvard Health

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/coping-with-coronavirus-anxiety-2020031219183

Coronavirus, Anxiety, Children and The Church, from Virginia Theological Seminary

https://buildfaith.org/coronavirus-anxiety-children-and-the-church/?mc_cid=8dddb6f467&mc_eid=c40092ba2f

5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus Adults can help by making sure adolescents don’t overestimate the dangers or underestimate their ability to protect themselves. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html

Coping with COVID-19, from the Phila-based Council for Relationships: On stress and anxiety https://councilforrelationships.org/coping-with-covid-19/?utm_source=General+Email+List&utm_campaign=34c13e35c6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ac96e1ab17-34c13e35c6-143997341&mc_cid=34c13e35c6&mc_eid=97f103d573

 

And of course, the hand-picked Lenten resources Susan sent around:

Video on invitation to Lenten practice from Michael Curry 

https://episcopalchurch.org/invitation-to-fast?wvideo=jcwrh1wyqv&wkey=c3JpY2hhcmRzb25AY2hyaXN0Y2h1cmNocGhpbGEub3Jn&foreign_data=mailchimp_campaign_id%3Adf5910f141

On forgiveness of our sins – just a great blog posting by Garrison Keillor

http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/an-old-mans-sunday-morning-annotated/

 

Virginia Theological Seminary prayer all for Alexa

https://www.amazon.com/TryTank-Episcopal-Prayer/dp/B07PLB1YZY?mc_cid=4ca3c7f6be&mc_eid=c40092ba2f

Can say things like “Alexa, open Morning Devotion (or noon or evening or bedtime) ” or “Alexa, open Anglican Rosary.”  It uses the wonderful historic collects from the BCP.

 

Signs of Life: a curriculum collaboration between the Brothers of SSJE (Cambridge) and Virginia Theological Seminary – includes videos, email newsletter, and a downloadable Lenten calendar ($5)

https://www.signsoflife.org/?utm_source=SSJE&utm_campaign=44d45b0814-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_10_09_12_02_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d17480dad0-44d45b0814-55612845

Progressive-faith podcast

https://www.faith-forward.net/podcast?mc_cid=4ca3c7f6be&mc_eid=c40092ba2f

 

The Presiding Bishop’s “Way of Love,” Lent curriculum

Videos:

https://episcopalchurch.org/life-transformed?wchannelid=pth3zvokmx

Lent calendar: 

https://episcopalchurch.org/files/documents/wol_lenten_calendar_2020.pdf

 

“Living the Way of Love” – 40-day devotional 

https://www.churchpublishing.org/livingthewayoflove

 

“Pray As You Go” app for phones

Ca. 10-minute daily prayer sessions in the Jesuit tradition that each include a Scripture verse, a few thoughts, and space for prayer, plus other prayer tools around topics like loneliness or insomnia. 

 

Meditations using the Sarum prayer, “God be in my head”

https://www.churchpublishing.org/godbeinmyhead

 

Churchnext – online mini-courses and resources

https://www.churchnext.tv/p/churchnext/?mc_cid=4ca3c7f6be&mc_eid=c40092ba2f

 

A Lenten coloring book for adults

https://chalicepress.com/collections/easter-lent/products/coloring-lent

 

Good Book Study Club

https://www.goodbookclub.org/

 

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