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

All worship services may be found on the Online Worship page, including links to our online Wednesday noontime service of prayer and fellowship and Morning Prayer on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. When in-person outdoor services resume, online registration will be required HERE.

This Holy Week Guide is designed to help you prepare for Holy Week services live-streamed via Zoom or pre-recorded. We encourage you to read it in preparation for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Day services. 

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 & Liturgies for the COVID-19 Pandemic - These prayers were compiled by Isaiah Shaneequa Brokenleg for The Episcopal Church and Forward Movement.

Family Activities

NEW! This Easter, please enjoy our Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!  Enjoy finding Easter eggs in familiar spots around the St. Anne's grounds. To make it more challenging, don't enlarge the photos.  To make it easier, zoom in on a photo to find the hidden egg. 

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.

Illustrated Ministry has created three coloring page prayers for times when you might feel anxious. The free, downloadable, and easy to access coloring pages are available for a limited time. Through words, images, shapes, and opportunities to color and reflect, we hope you will find peace and calm in your life while coloring these pages. 

Mental and Physical Health & Wellness

Did you know you can register with the Virginia Department of Health to be notified when you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination?  Click HERE to access the easy online process.

 

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.

Community Assistance

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. 

 

Fairfax County 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.

Latest update from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Information in Spanish here. Información en español aquí.

A Covid-19 Parent Guide for School-Aged Children provided by the Virginia Department of Education.