Resources During a Time of Physical Distancing
We want to help our St. Anne's community remain connected and informed about the life, ministry, and latest issues during COVID-19 isolation. We understand that there is an abundance of information coming at us from so many angles, so we hope these links are helpful without adding to your stress. And we encourage you to check back often as we update and add to the links provided below.
*All links are accessible by clicking the name of the resource underlined and in bold.
Worship Links, Prayers, Spiritual Practices, and Faith Formation
Sunday, March 29, 2020 10:00 a.m. Worship Keep an eye out for other worship opportunities announced via email and the website's "pop-up" announcement window each time you visit www.stannes-reston.org.
Don't have a Book of Common Prayer at home? Here are two ways to view the prayer book online: an easy-to-navigate PDF version of the BCP and an online BCP that includes a Table of Contents with quick links.
Prayers & Scripture in the time of COVID-19 - These prayers were written by members of the Virginia Theological Seminary community, and include one from Episcopal Relief & Development.
How might we observe a holy Lent? Barbara Cawthorne Crafton offers Living Lent: Meditations for These Forty Days a free resource which uses seasonal hymns as inspiration for daily meditations. Crafton's meditations on faith, prayer, forgiveness, healing and more, are an excellent companion for this season.
Families with kids of all ages are invited to participate in a Thursday night weekly bible story and conversation via Zoom. Each Thursday night session includes a bible story for the upcoming Sunday, a time of wondering and conversation about the story, an opportunity to share what's on your hearts, and encouragement to take the next couple of days to creatively respond. Kids will then be invited to share their creative responses on Sunday morning around 11:15 a.m. during our virtual coffee hour! Connect to the Thursday night story time and the Sunday morning coffee hour by clicking on those events underlined in bold above. If you need assistance using Zoom, please click this How To.
Here are two offerings to help kids and their family members walk through Holy Week. The first Holy Week Activities for Families is a compilation of excerpts from fabulous resources by Church Publishing. The second Holy Week at Home resource was produced by a local Episcopal school chaplain. And here is a fabulous template for coloring your own palms for Palm Sunday!
We hope families of all shapes and sizes will join us for online worship as you are able. This document - How to Create a Worship Space at Home - shares some fun and meaningful ways to set up an altar or decorate a sacred space in your home. Be sure to share pictures of your family's worship space on our St. Anne's Facebook page!
Check out the Quarantine Family Toolkit, developed by Kristin Ramsey, ATR-BC, LPC, a local art therapist and Episcopalian, which offers suggestions and resources on how to talk with children about COVID-19, a sample daily schedule for working/learning at home, online apps, podcasts and other resources for daily activities, mindfulness activities and short guided muscle relaxation script, as well as many art activities instructions and examples.
If you use Facebook, Tucked In: Bedtime Stories and Prayers with Episcopalians and Others is a great resource to hear Bible and other stories and short bedtime prayers each Monday, Wednesday, and occasional Fridays.
Candle Walk: A Bedtime Prayer to God by Karin Holsinger Sherman is a special way to close the day with a child. This beautifully illustrated picture book, available free online at this time, invites families to enter into a calm, contemplative quieting-down based on a centuries-old practice of evening prayer from the Christian liturgical tradition. Appropriate for toddlers and school-children alike, Candle Walk is a wonderful way to prepare children for sleep, assured of the nearness of God.
The free, downloadable, and easy to access weekly coloring page from Illustrated Ministry is the same resource we use in our Sunday Worshiper in Training bags. Enjoy!
Mental Health & Wellness
An excellent article on Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides excellent information for managing anxiety and stress, and includes contact information for the Disaster Distress Hotline and the National Domestic Violence Hotline
Action for Healthy Kids has compiled a wonderful list of resources for physical activity, play, and discovery, online learning, food access and nutrition and other areas in light of COVID-19.
Cornerstones has information regarding food, financial and urgent assistance; both how you can give and receive.
Federation of Virginia Food Banks – Provides information about COVID-19 food banks response as well as links to regional food banks and resources in Virginia. Families can also text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 to find out more about nearby options.
A Covid-19 Parent Guide for School-Aged Children provided by the Virginia Department of Education.