COVID-19 Resources

A Faith-Based Response to Infectious Disease

During this season, the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas invites clergy, lay leaders, and congregations to commit to standard hygiene practices, to consider reasonable liturgical adjustments, to contact public health officials in their community for local conditions, to extend care and compassion to those in their congregations and communities who may be affected by the disease, as well as healthcare workers.

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus disease 2019, is a respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you experience these symptoms, contact your health care provider and stay home to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

This page is up to date as of March 27, 3:00 p.m. CDT. General information, updates, and resources will be added to this page, as needed. Please keep the specific, local needs and current status of your community in mind while considering your congregation's response. 

Communications from the Diocese & The Episcopal Church

"The Next Right Step: Apportionment and Public Worship" - The Rt. Rev. David Reed announces the cancellation of April apportionment payments from every parish and mission of the Diocese, and extends the suspension of in-person worship and meetings through Thursday, April 30th. He shares, "I cannot stress enough that Church is not cancelled. Easter is not cancelled. We are the Church, gathered in person or not; and we are worshiping together as the Church, whether we’re in the same room or not." Click the link above to read more. [March 27, 2020]

"Diocesan Office Closes During San Antonio's 'Stay Home' Order" - Effective Tuesday afternoon, March 24, the diocesan office will close through April 9, in response to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County issuing a "Stay Home, Work Safe Order," restricting normal travel, work, and other activities. A small number of staff members will visit the office from time to time to maintain the necessary business functions of the Diocese. All other diocesan staff members will work from home. Click the link above to read more. [March 24, 2020]

"The Next Right Step: Two-Week Suspension of Public Worship and Meetings" (Spanish translation) - Effective Wednesday, March 18th, the Rt. Rev. David Reed calls on all clergy and congregations of West Texas to cease gathering in person for worship and meetings until April 1st. In this way, we will join our communities’ and our nation’s efforts to slow community spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the link above to read more. [March 18, 2020]

"COVID-19 and Summer Camp" - a letter from the diocesan Camps & Conferences Department to all camper families and churches. [March 20, 2020]

"Resources and Recommendations for Gathering as the Body of Christ Online" - "In order to support clergy and church leaders during this season, the Communications Office is providing a Digital Communications Resource Guide for online worship services and virtual meeting tools for ongoing church business, digital Christian Formation, and ministry meetings. With these tools, congregations and the diocesan staff can continue the missions and ministries of the diocese, while honoring the social distancing recommendations from public health officials." [March 17, 2020]

Presiding Bishop Curry's Word to the Church: March 17, 2020 - "It is important to emphasize that suspension of in-person gatherings is not a suspension of worship. I very much encourage and support online worship. God bless you and keep the faith." [March 17, 2020]

"Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry"- "As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.' A new video meditation will be posted on Mondays, through May." -Presiding Bishop Curry [March 16, 2020]

"Presiding Bishop Curry: Statement on coronavirus" - The Most Rev. Michael Curry shares, "In this time when we are all affected by the coronavirus, whether directly or indirectly, whether physically, biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and for many economically, it may be helpful to remember that we're in this together." [March 10, 2020]

"Resources and Recommendations for a Faith-Based Response to Infectious Disease: Guided by the CDC and Episcopal Relief & Development" - from the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, [March 4, 2020]

 

Public Health Information & Resources

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary - a webpage updated daily with information, guidelines, and resources in English and Spanish by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent the spread of disease and misinformation. Click here to view CDC resources specifically for community and faith-based leaders.

Faith-Based Response to Infectious Disease - a webpage curated by Episcopal Relief and Development with scientific information, print resources, and liturgical resources to support church leaders and congregations. Follow Episcopal Relief & Development's website or social media accounts for updates, support, and resources. 
Facebook: @EpiscopalRelief | Twitter: @EpiscopalRelief

Webinars from Episcopal Relief & Development - Episcopal Relief & Development is gathering friends from different areas of expertise to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on various communities and industries 

Concerning COVID-19 - a resource page from The Episcopal Church with general guidelines for churches and safe measures for equitable treatment of church employees

Directory of Local Health Departments - the National Association of County and City Health Officials maintains a list of contact information for local health departments; enter your zip-code or city to find the ones nearest you.

 

Resources for Remote Worship & Formation

From the Diocese:

"Digital Communications Resource Guide For Church Communicators" - a resource guide from the Diocese of West Texas Communications Department for online worship services and virtual meeting tools for ongoing church business, digital Christian Formation, and ministry meetings. With these tools, congregations and the diocesan staff can continue the missions and ministries of the diocese, while honoring the social distancing recommendations from public health officials. [March 17, 2020]

"Christian Formation Resources for Families" - Christian Formation activities, videos, and devotionals for children and youth, recommended by the diocesan Christian Formation Committee [March 18, 2020]

"Liturgical Resources For Congregations Responding to COVID-19" - prayers, liturgies, and an order of Morning Prayer collected by diocesan clergy for families and congregations

Shared Congregational Resources Basecamp - a virtual workroom for clergy and lay leaders to share resources, pose questions, discuss ideas, and work together to sustain (and grow) our ministries during this season and beyond

From Other Ministries and Organizations:

"How to Livestream Your Church Service in Four Easy Steps" - a video tutorial produced by the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego explaining four steps to plan and prepare for live broadcasting a worship service

"Forward Movement offers resources for prayer and worship at home" - a collection of free resources "to support individuals, families, and groups as they worship and pray at home" from Forward Movement, a ministry of the Episcopal Church that inspires disciples and empowers evangelists

Connection in the Midst of an Epidemic - a webpage of resources and ideas, collected by Episcopal Relief and Development, to guide congregations seeking to stay connected while remaining physically apart

Complete List of Hymns Within the Public Domain - a list of hymns within the public domain for church's consideration in planning live-streamed or recorded worship services

"BCPOnline.org" - The (Online) Book of Common Prayer, for anyone who may wish to stay home, but remain connected to Sunday morning prayers

 

Worship Service Livestreams Within the Diocese

The following congregations are sharing live and recorded worship services throughout the week: St. Philip's, Beeville;  St. Francis, Canyon LakeAll Saints', Corpus Christi; St. Matthias', DevineSt. Barnabas, Fredericksburg; Trinity, JunctionEpiphany, KingsvilleChrist Church, Laredo (English & Español); St. Peter & St. Paul, MissionTrinity, Port Aransas; Grace Church, San AntonioHoly Spirit, San Antonio; Reconciliation, San AntonioSt. David's, San Antonio; Christ Church, San Antonio; St. Luke's, San Antonio; St. Margaret's, San AntonioSt. Mark's, San Antonio; St. Paul's; San AntonioSt. Mark's, San Marcos; St. Andrew's, SeguinSt. Philip's, Uvalde; Grace, Weslaco

Members of the Coastal Bend Partnership: email Rev. Canon Bev Patterson for an invitation to weekly Zoom Worship Services.

"How to Update Service Times & Add Livestreaming Details on the Episcopal Asset Map" - step-by-step instructions for changing worship information, adding livestream details, and updating clergy and church contact information on the Episcopal Asset Map.

For recording or livestream questions, contact the Diocesan Communications Office, at communications@dwtx.org.

Other Information, Resources, & News

"Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations releases Public Health and Policy Advocacy Document related to the coronavirus" - a media release from The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, [March 13, 2020]

"A message from Presiding Bishop Curry related to worship changes during a public health emergency" - shared by the Most Rev. Michael Curry during the House of Bishops' virtual meeting, [March 12, 2020]

"A message from The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry regarding worship in response to the COVID-19 pandemic" - shared by the Most Rev. Michael Curry with bishops of The Episcopal Church

"Coronavirus: Safety Tips for Religious Organizations" - an article from Church Pension Group, [March 12, 2020]

"H-E-B Is Ready & Here for Texas" - "We understand our customers want to prepare by stocking up on the essentials. Texans must continue to prepare, but panic does not promote progress." [March 7, 2020]