This is the third “COVID–19 Resource Roundup” (click here to view them all), collections of resources that are encouraging to the Body of Christ. Behind the scenes of worry and terror, our clergy are stepping up and doing new things in a new age. Their creative energy and passion are making these days effective for the Lord. Go to the opening page of Anglican Compass and check out what has been gleaned. There are many examples of great ideas and programs.
The Evergreen Project is broadening its scope. Archbishop Foley Beach and Canon Alan Hawkins have tasked Canon David Roseberry (of LeaderWorks) and the Evergreen Project along with Canon Phil Ashey and the American Anglican Council to collect, create, and curate resources from around the Anglican church to help all of our congregations in the Anglican Church in North America through this time. Every week, the Evergreen Project Team will be featuring some of the best resources out there right now here on Anglican Compass. The American Anglican Council is also curating a page of resources. Together, we want to help by pointing busy pastors and ministry leaders to things we are finding helpful amidst the vast amount of information being produced and published right now.
(Please send us what you are finding helpful in your context. Our point of contact for each week’s Resource Roundup is the Rev. Daniel Adkinson. If you’d like to join our team of curators, creators, and collectors, please email Daniel.)
Upcoming Webinar: The Church Sustainable (Apr 15, 4 pm EST)
Tomorrow, join the Evergreen Project and the American Anglican Council teams for an online webinar looking ahead. Many of our leaders have been laser-focused on Holy Week & Easter. Now, during the Easter Season, we need to look further ahead and talk about sustainability. It is becoming clear, we may be dispersed physically for quite some time. Even when businesses and companies open up, some think that church services might be one of the last things to come back online. Can you conceive of being dispersed for a longer period of time? Church finances will be a major challenge over the next 12 months. What would sustainability look like? What do leaders need to do to be sustainable through the summer months? Are there ministries you can emphasize during this Easter season what will help make your church sustainable? What digital and online options need to be strengthened? What low-tech means of pastoral connection require intentionality? How are we re-tasking our staff and ministry leaders to do the work that God has given us to do?
“The Church Sustainable Webinar” – Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15th
4 PM EST, 3 PM CST, 2 PM MST, 1 PM PST.
Click Here to Register!
(This will be a very important webinar to attend.)
Here is your COVID-19 Resource Roundup
Last week was all about Holy Week & Easter. Earlier, we hosted a webinar on this topic and put out a resource roundup specifically for Good Friday. This week, we want to highlight some articles about Easter that give us a framework for our pastoral ministry. We also want to highlight some next steps resources for children’s ministry, Spanish-language resources, and digital best practices. We are devoting less attention to technology set-up, but you can check out our past resources and the American Anglican Council resources for ongoing help in that area.
Timely Easter Reminders
- The Rev. Dr. W. David O. Taylor has an article here on Anglican Compass – COVID-19 and the Death of Death.
- Christianity Today featured several Easter articles written by ACNA clergy last week: If Easter Is Only a Symbol, Then to Hell With It & Not Even the Gates of a Hellish Pandemic Will Prevail Over God’s Church.
Next Steps Resources
- Caminemos Juntos is leading the way in producing Spanish-language resources. We highlighted this here on Anglican Compass. Find out more on their website.
- Here is an in-depth video conversation for pastors on Doing Church at Home.
- We are beginning to learn more about how to help children engage in worship at home through digital services combined with great low-tech ways to create sacred space at home.
- The American Anglican Council highlights this great resource about online education best practices applied to online worship.
- We have featured the great work being done by many of our Dioceses right now. The Anglican Diocese of New England is doing a great job mobilizing for prayer, worship, and ministry.
- The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others has set up this resource page and their Bishop is offering Zoom resources for pastors and other caregivers.
- Last week, we featured the Holy Week at Home website from Church of the Resurrection. Their Easter Vigil was a combined effort from all of their congregations and multiple dioceses in the ACNA. It is great to see how we can work well together right now!
- The Anglican Network in Canada has a great resource page for Church at Home.
- I sat in on a video conference yesterday featuring some Youth Pastors in the province. It was great to see the planning that is adapting to their quarantine life. Please contact The Rev. Aaron Buttery At Christ Church, Plano who leads the initiative.
News / Stories
- Many of our congregations are finding practical ways to help. For example, here is a story about the Mask-Makers from Church of the Epiphany in Chantilly, Virginia.
- One of our Rectors in Pittsburgh made the local news through this wedding story posted to Facebook by Channel 9 News. Another made news for drive-thru communion on Palm Sunday.
Do you have a resource or story to share?
Let us know! Post in the comments and/or send an e-mail to the Rev. Daniel Adkinson (DanielAdkinson [AT] me.com).
The Rev. Daniel Adkinson serves as the founding rector of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Athens, GA. Prior to moving to Athens to plant St. Thomas, he served for almost a decade at Christ Church in Plano, TX. He is married to Holly and they have two children. Daniel and Holly met while in college at the University of Georgia. So, they love being back in the Classic City!