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
Don't have a Book of Common Prayer at home? Here are easy 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.
Forward Movement publishes a quarterly book called Forward Day by Day with daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage. The passages are chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer. The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. You may access these Forward Day by Day daily meditations online.
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.
As St. Anne’s continues to worship together online from our own homes via Zoom we want to help you prepare for major feasts and other important seasons and events in the life of the church. The Day of Pentecost is Sunday, May 31, and we have prepared a Guide for Celebrating Pentecost from Home designed to enhance your experience of the joy and wonder of this day – the Christian feast day on which we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the very presence of God within and among us. This Pentecost guide includes some teaching about Pentecost, a variety of craft ideas and activities, and twelve works of art with the theme of Pentecost for you to explore interpretations of the event itself and the meaning it has for us today.
This Eastertide, Church Publishing has made available Kate Moorehead's Resurrecting Easter: Meditations for the Great 50 Days. Moorehead's daily meditations help retain the focus of Easter throughout the length of the Great Fifty Days.
Jenifer Gamber and Sharon Ely Pearson wrote Call On Me as a creative compilation of over 100 original prayers for teens, but these prayers may be relevant for you no matter what your age! This currently free book includes a wealth of diverse prayers on all manner of topics from prayers for the days of the week, to seasons of the year. Youth will find prayers to celebrate personal achievements and to address obstacles to grace and faith.
Families with kids of all ages are invited to participate in a 5:00 p.m. 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 11:00 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.
Easter is not one day, it is a seven-week season! Celebrate by coloring an Alleluia poster for Easter!
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.
The Fairfax County Health Department has current and relevant Coronavirus information for specific audiences such as people at higher risk, parents and students, travelers, food establishments, impacted businesses, community-based organizations, long-term care facilities, and deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals.
New! Fairfax County now provides Grocery Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-up Service for Older Adults. In response to the increased needs of residents who are 60 years old and older and who require assistance, Fairfax County, through the Health Department's Neighbor to Neighbor Program (N2N), has launched a free grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service. The service is provided to seniors at private residences by volunteers who have completed background checks. To request shopping and pharmacy pick-up, or to find out if you are eligible for financial assistance to obtain food, contact the Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource line at 703-324-7948.
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.