For three months, six new resources will be available to nurture community and support the mission and ministry of congregations across North America in this unique time.
Building Faith from Virginia Theological Seminary offers this Liturgy for Regathering in the Sanctuary - for returning post-Covid and for other times when sanctuary worship has been forestalled.
Convergence offers the on-demand course How to Do Hybrid Worship with Jim Keat:
A 3-week cohort exploring tips, tricks, and best practices for what it means to be a hybrid church.
Live sessions: May 12, 19, 26 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM ET
All sessions will be recorded and available to watch on demand.
Nuns & Nones provide an excellent article on emerging from Covid-19 and an interactive resource guide for creating ritual to help us move - individually and collectively - into the future "with little luggage, ready to imagine another world."
Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a growing list of Covid-19-related resources on topics of Social Action, Stewardship, Technology, and Hospitality.
“Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life in a Lingering Pandemic” is a comprehensive update from the consultation on Ecumenical Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacramental Practices. Incorporating the latest CDC guidance, this update informs decision-making and basic practices of Christian worship and congregational life. Additional resources related to the pandemic available on the ALCM website.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance from FEMA: FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. Applications will be accepted starting April 12. Please share this resource with loved ones of those who passed away of COVID and had a funeral at your church.
Relevant documents are
Online & Hybrid Ministry Resources: blogs, podcasts, articles, etc.
suggests What to Bring out of Quarantine with helpful leading questions
Letters from Outside the Camp from Fr. Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation offer insights and wisdom for moving through this apocalyptic time.
Bishop Bill Tesch of the ELCA's NW MN Synod offers guidance and Martin Luther's comments on faith during The Plague in this video.
The WI Council of Churches offers these important and thoughtful Returning to Church guidelines and suggestions; dated 05.13.21.
The leaders of more than a dozen judicatories in Minnesota, including Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough, crafted a joint statement voicing concern about the increase in COVID-19 cases and urging Minnesotans to serve their communities, partner with neighbors and health care workers, and make changes that will save lives.
offers their Covid-19 Response which includes Phased Regathering Plans for Churches and Re-Opening Considerations. Bishop Ough's Conference Regathering Plan Moves to Orange may be helpful in decision-making.
offers links to worship resources, preaching/sermon videos, Sample Policies for reopening, and guidance for Congregational Life.