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Resources and Communications Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

REOPENING GUIDELINES

PEVA leadership urges all congregations to take precautions to support the health of the whole community by following COVID-19 protocols. We recommend that all congregations continue to exercise caution and remain "safer at home" for the time being. This will allow us to see if there is any resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases in our area when more businesses open up. 

We encourage congregations to continue with virtual worship as they are able, perhaps partnering with a neighbor, experiment with drive-in worship, or worship outdoors with physical distancing, especially as the weather improves. Read more ...

6/26  Virginia Forward Phase 3 - Religious Services 

 

6/12 Covid-19 Online Worship Technology Fund - The Presbytery of Eastern Virginia has established this fund  to assist churches looking to begin or to further equip their online worship ministry. This fund, administered by the PEVA Congregational Vitality Team, is offered solely for the purchase of equipment and resources (cameras, microphones, laptop computers, etc.) necessary for online worship. The maximum amount of disbursement shall be $2000. Click here for the grant application.

6/5 Scientists to choirs: Group singing can spread the coronavirus, despite what CDC may say 

5/26 ZOOM Conversation About Signing (Recorded 5/26) with Bob Shoup, Chorus Master for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chours, Founder of the Norfolk Street Choir, and Director of Music at Second Presbyterian Church

 

5/15 A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) webinar (2 hours).

5/27 Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) - Singing and Making Music as churches return to public worship PDF

5/21 Pastoring in a Time of Pandemic (recorded 5/21) with Graham Standish, author of several books, including Becoming a Blessed Congregation, and Kelli Walker-Jones, a pastoral counselor. The webinar is sponsored by the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center.

 

5/15 Virginia Forward Phase One: Religious Services Guidelines (PDF)

5/15 Check with your insurance company before reopening: As pandemic persists, churches and insurance companies grapple with risk - Presbyterian Outlook

5/12 How COVID-19 Can Spread in a Community - YouTube

5/12 Forward Virginia Guidelines - Safer at Home (Phase 1) - Religious Services (Phase 1) Mandatory Requirements, Best Practices, and Communication Resources

5/13 Forward Virginia Phase One Religious Guidelines PDF

Ken Braddy

 

5/12 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return

5/12 Wisconsin Council of Churches: Returning to Church - Church Music in the Age of COVID-19

5/12 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

5/12 Brotherhood Mutual - Before we Gather: Building Preparation - Deep Clean and Disinfect

5/12 Insurance Board

5/8 PCUSA - Reopening after COVID-19

4/29 Forward Virginia: a Blueprint for Easing Public Health Restrictions

 

 

QUICK LINKS TO TOPICS BELOW

MONEY MATTERS

 

6/12 Covid-19 Online Worship Technology Fund - The Presbytery of Eastern Virginia has established this fund  to assist churches looking to begin or to further equip their online worship ministry. This fund, administered by the PEVA Congregational Vitality Team, is offered solely for the purchase of equipment and resources (cameras, microphones, laptop computers, etc.) necessary for online worship. The maximum amount of disbursement shall be $2000. Click here for the grant application.

5/12 US. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information

PEVA: Emergency Advance Funds - The Trustees have set up this fund to provide an advance  with no-interest for those PEVA congregations in immediate need of funds to pay necessities such as staff and utilities, with re-payment not due until June 2021. In some cases, all or part of the advance may be forgiven. PEVA emergency advance funds application

Timely Board of Pensions Resources/Responses to Coronovirus 

  • The Board announces dues relief for small churches, deferments for other churches and employers. More details on dues relief and deferment
  • The Board is providing 100% coverage of Coronovirus testing costs for members of all Board medical plans.
  • The Board is waiving Teledoc copays for PPO and EPO medical plan members through June 30, 2020.  Access Teladoc 24/7 online, or by calling 800-835-2362.
  • For more details and process information for these services, and for additional resources, please go to www.pensions.org.

 

Government Assistance from the CARES Act—the new stimulus package includes provisions that can potentially benefit churches. PEVA trustees and others are reviewing information so they can be helpful to you. SPEED is of the essence, especially to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Churches with Pre-schools may be particularly interested in the Paycheck Protection Program.
 
      Resources on the CARES Act:  Church Law and Tax - Richard Hammar

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - The first legislation Congress enacted was the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Signed into law on March 18 and effective April 1 through December 31, 2020, the act requires paid sick leave and expands eligibility for family and medical leave. Michael Kirk, general counsel for the PC(USA) A Corporation, wrote a summary of the act and described its application to churches. Another resource about this act is a webinar aired by the Insurance Board on March 31 featuring Heather Kimmel, general counsel for the United Church of Christ.  
 

ClergyAdvantave:New Care Act - “How the New Stimulus Package Affects Churches, Ministers & Small Business


Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Scams, Student Loans, Mortgages, and more.

letter from the president of the Presbyterian Foundation

The Presbyterian Foundation provides online giving to congregations and has other information about finances.
 

If your congregation has urgent financial assistance, please contact Liza

WORSHIP RESOURCES

6/26 Presbyterian Outlook Resources
Sing, sing a song — Christian education at home by Joelle Brummit-Yale
Mission and welcome — Family faith formation at home by Rebecca Davis

Copyright Licensing: does your congregation have a copyright license for using music and streaming? Some free rights for COVID 19 expired on April 15th. While some hymns are in the public domain many are not and simply owning the hymnal is not sufficient for legal streaming. Also, a standard One License or CCLI license may not be sufficient for streaming copyrighted music and texts. See guidance from the Presbyterian Publishing House or contact the licensing agency. 

Click here for a list of PEVA Churches that are having alternate worship services, bible studies, etc. via Facebook Live, YouTube, and other internet technologies.

STAY INFORMED

6/26 The Presbyterian Foundation is please to announce the launch of the Church Financial Leadership Academy. This e-learning platform provides financial literacy education in a convenient online format that's available any time you are ready.

MORE INFORMATION          |          GET STARTED NOW


6/26 The Presbyterian Mission Agency - Office of Public Witness encourages PCUSA members nation wide to learn about and support the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. 

6/12 21-Day Race Equity Challenge: A humble beginning on a long and important journey - The 21 Day Challenge provides a way to expose yourself to voices and perspectives different than your own through articles, videos, and podcasts. Each day you choose one form of engagement from a long list of resources and then reflect in a journal. There are resources for adults and for children.

6/12 PCUSA - Racial Justice Resources

6/5 Mathew 25 PC(USA) Resource 

6/5 The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA),remembers recent victims of racial violence.

6/5 Statement from the Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount (President, Union Presbyterian Seminary) on the Death of George Floyd.

6/5 George Floyd Is My Brother - Jill Duffield (Editor, Presbyterian Outlook)

5/12 How COVID-19 Can Spread in a Community - YouTube

Resource Toolkit from Church Mutual Insurance

 

5/8 Presbyterian Outlook

 

It’s official. The 2020 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held virtually, with plenary sessions June 19 (to elect a moderator or co-moderators) and June 26 and 27 (to consider critical business only). Read more ..,

Board of Pensions - Protect yourself from coronavirus scams and identity theft

Hospice Foundation of America - Making Funerals Meaningful in the Ages of COVID-19

Advisory Opinion on Communion - PC(USA): Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic

Advisory Opinion - PC(USA): Church in an Emergency or Pandemic

Updated Daily: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Congregations and Members from the PC(USA) website.

Sentara is closely monitoring COVID-19  Updates from Sentara

A letter from the president of the Presbyterian Foundation

A pastoral message regarding the coronavirus from Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, J. Herbert Nelson, II, and President/Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Diane Moffett.

Faith Communities Guidance Document - Commonwealth of Virginia


Virginia Department of Health - What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?

STAY WELL

 6/19 Holding Space at William Black Lodge (Montreat, NC) - June, July and August 2020

William Black Lodge in Montreat, NC is opening its doors—with 50% occupancy—and inviting those who work in ministry to take a break from the pressures of church and life and find space to breathe this summer. Their program, Holding Space, runs throughout the summer while Montreat conferences are canceled. Learn more about the program and safety procedures on the website at williamblacklodge.org/holding-space. Use the discount code PCUSAPRO for 50% off your stay.

6/19 Presbyterian Mission Agency - Mental Health Ministry: Steps Pastors and Congregations can Take to Prepare for the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19.

5/8 The Presbyterian Mission Agency has a list of mental health resources gathered from trusted sources and grouped by intended audience. Additions will be made as new resources are identified and vetted.

Board of Pensions

Pastoring in a Time of Pandemic (recorded webinar) with Graham Standish, author of several books, including Becoming a Blessed Congregation, and Kelli Walker-Jones, a pastoral counselor. The webinar is sponsored by the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center.

 

Breath Prayer Eases Anxiousness – Presbyterian Mission Agency

Emotional & Spiritual Care Webinars from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ | 1.800.273.8255

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Stress and Coping

Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Serviceshttps://tidewaterpastoral.org/ - 757.623.2700

Peninusla Pastoral Counceling Centerhttp://peninsulapastoral.org/covid-19 - 757.873.2273

Ten Guidelines for Pastoral Care During Coronavirus” by Eileen R. Campbell-Reed, Christian Century

Resisting Busyness in the Time of COVID-19” by Melessa Florer-Bixler, FaithAndLeadership.Com

Trauma Brain” – A blog by Jan Edmiston of Charlotte Presbytery about recognizing how trauma affects us.

Practicing Grace” – a video reflection by Jaime Ambrose (Green Acres PC)

Pandemic Stress: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health breaks down what it is, what it looks like, and ways to ease it

KIDS, CAMPS AND VBS RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES, CHILDREN, CONGREGATIONS, AND ADULTS

 

6/26 Camp Hanover at Home - Summer 2020: The Isaiah 40 Project & “Hanover at Home”
The Isaiah 40 Project: For 10 weeks this summer, a small group of eight young adults have been invited to live at Camp Hanover and practice love of God, neighbor and self. In doing so, they will establish an intentional community focused on service, spiritual growth, and personal development.
 
Hanover at Home is a series of special events over the next 9 weeks for campers and camp alumni of all ages.

5/19  VBS Resources

4 Strategies for VBS (video) and 4 VBS Strategies for Summer (article) from Lifeway Publishing

All God's Children: The Church Family Gathers for Summer from GenOn ministries - with adaptations

Bolt is a “Quarantine Friendly VBS” from Go! Curriculum

Compassion Camp: Be Loved. Be Kind. Be You. is an at-home/virtual VBS from Illustrated Ministry

COVID-19 Updates from Group Publishing

Rocky Railway Online VBS Guide from Group Publishing

VBS Planning Resources & Ideas During Covid-19 from Concordia Supply

VBS 2020 | Strategy Session: Neighborhood Parties and FOCUS VBS - Strategy Session #7 from Orange Kids

VBS and COVID-19 Resources and Information from Cokesbury 2020 - Knights of North Castle

5/15 Presbyterian Outlook Staycation Bible School 2020 - Feet that follow: "Awesome are YOUR feet! The carry God's love where ever you go!"

5/15 Flyaway Books - Flyaway Books has created resources and activities that invite children, educators, parents, and booksellers to further engage with their favorite picture books. We have everything from original music to printable activity sheets to thematic guides for educators and parents, with much more to come. Return here often for new downloadable offerings

5/15 Bring Ferncliff to your house this summer with Camp in a Box. Camp in a Box brings the fun of a camp or VBS program to your doorstep! Camp in a Box provides fun, meaningful activities for kids as an alternative to face-to-face summer programming. Recognizing the limitations of this platform, this program is not meant to be seen as a full Camp-2-You, Vacation Bible School, or Ferncliff Camp experience, but rather an alternative option during a time in which people cannot come together physically.

The Thoughtful Christian – Resources for Families, Children, Congregations, and Adults

Devotional for Mothers – Join Rev. Higgins and moms of First Hampton for a devotional for mothers by a Mother (Robin Meadows) beginning this Wednesday, March 25. It’s through the Bible App and is called “Overwhelmed by My Blessings --Encouragement for Moms.” To join, download the Bible app (the You Version). The icon looks like a little bible.

 

SERVING THE COMMUNITY/COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Be mindful of those without a bowl of soup or a plate of food  to eat, your senior neighbors, neighbors who have children out of school, neighbors who cannot go to work, and lack food security. Worship in person services may be cancelled, the church building may be closed to the public, however we are the church.

COVID-19 Hunger Relief: WhyHunger Launches Largest Crowd Sourced Map to Connect Food Insecure Individuals to Free Meal Sites  https://whyhunger.org/map.php

UPDATED 7/1 The Foodbank of South Eastern Virginia Many of their Partner Agencies have re-opened. Visit thier Partner Agency Directory to search for food resources by zip code.

Summer Meals for Children - Summer Feeding Sites List Click Here.

Distributions for the Foodbank’s Eastern Shore Branch

  • Tues. & Thurs.  9 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia’s Eastern Shore Branch 24530 Coastal Blvd., Tasley, VA 23441

 

Foodbank’s Eastern Shore Branch Mobile Pantry

  • Tues. 10 a.m. - noon Northampton High School 16041 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA 23347

 

UPDATED 7/1 Virginia Peninsula Foodbank Emergency Food Distribution due to COVID-19: These drive through style (USDA Emergency Food Assistance) distributions are for those households that are experiencing significant economic loss or food access challenges due to COVID-19.  Please remain in your car, and open your trunks.  The volunteers will place the food directly in your trunks. Disaster Relief emergency food can only be received twice a month.

 

  • July 9 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m, First Baptist Church Newport News 12716 Warwick Blvd (First 400 households will be served)  Effective July 1, Please be aware that the USDA qualification requirements will be re-instated, therefore, they will be verifying Name, Address, Household Breakdown, and Self Declaration of Income for anyone to receive the emergency food box.  If you do not qualify for this emergency food box, you will receive other food items provided by the Foodbank.
  • Additional Resources: Five Loaves Food Pantry Mon.- Fri. 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 14425 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News?

 

UPDATED 6/24 High Demand Volunteer Opportunities (Please check these guidelines - healthy volunteer guidelines

  • Mercy Chefs Kitchen volunteers to plate and portion meals Sign Up Here
  • Mercy Drops Door-to-door delivery of meals for students Sign Up Here
  • Meals on Wheels-Chesapeake Drivers to deliver meals to seniors Sign Up Here
  • Meals on Wheels-Suffolk Drivers to deliver meals to seniors and people with disabilities Sign Up Here
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging Drivers to deliver meals to seniors Sign Up Here
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Drivers to deliver meals to seniors Sign Up Here
  • Shore Delivery Corps Drivers to deliver meals to at-risk people on the Eastern Shore Sign Up Here
  • Compassion Cards Write cards for senior citizens Sign Up Here
  • Compassion Cards Celebrate the class of 2020 across the country Sign Up Here
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Comfort callers to call seniors while they practice social distancing Sign Up Here
  • Tidewater Friends of Foster Care Voluntweeter- Social Media Advocate Sign Up Here

5/21 The Virginia P-EBT Card will have food assistance benefits on it that can be used for food items anywhere SNAP benefits are accepted. You did not apply for these benefits, but you have a student or students in your household who are eligible for free/reduced meals at their school. Because they are not in school right now, Virginia can give you these P-EBT food benefits to use. The benefit amount for the total estimated period of school closure per child is a maximum of $376. Some students will get less because they became eligible later is around $5.70 Pper day per child. Click here for more info

Tell Congress: Increase funding for nutrition programs in this unprecedented crisis!

Text the word “FOOD” to 877-877, you will find a nearby location where free meals are available for children K-12.

Sew face masks.  Several  PEVA churches and PW groups are busy making  face masks  for local hospitals, nursing homes, long care facilitates, EMT's  and for those most at risk in their communities. Homemade masks aren't suitable for protecting healthcare workers, but EMT’s can give them to patients they assist. Also bus drivers, farm workers, and countless others that need masks.  CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings (non medical grade) in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.You can make these as  the congregation as a whole,  or contribute supplies, prayers,etc to a group that is busy sewing. It is definitely a community effort! Sew and No Sew PatternsCotton Face Mask Pattern Hepa Filter Vacuum Bag Mask Pattern.  

Here are notes from PEVA's Hunger Action Advocate

Your PEVA Hunger Ministry Team is ready to assist you with funds.  If your church is assisting those in your communities that are affected by this pandemic in ways of hunger relief and are seeking funds please submit a Community Hunger Grant Request ASAP to jessica@pcusa-peva.org and note on the application goals and purpose of your project “COVID 19 HUNGER RESPONSE.”

STAY CONNECTED

Here are ways that congregations, sessions, committees, prayer groups, Bible study, and Sunday schools can stay connected while adhering to social distancing mandates. We are in the process of assembling a group of volunteers to assist you with these technologies. For now, please feel free to contact the Presbytery office (757-397-7063) or Raymond Rodrigues (rrodrigues@pcusa-peva.org) if you need any assistance with these technologies and we will attempt to connect you with someone who can help. If you would like to be a volunteer, please contact Raymond Rodrigues (rrodrigues@pcusa-peva.org).

Facebook Live - free real-time video broadcasts; video stays on your page, but also can be uploaded to YouTube; if your page is public, users do not need a Facebook account to view

 

YouTube - free video hosting  

 

Skype - free group video calling for up to 50 people

Free Conference Call - free group calling and video conferencing; users may experience long-distance telephone charges

 

GoToMeeting - videoconferencing; $12 per month for meetings for up to 150 participants 

 

Zoom - videoconferencing; free for meetings up to 40 mins with Internet audio or $14.99 per month for unlimited time and telephone option

Ten tips for folks new to online meetings from Next Church - NEXT Church has been operating virtually for the past 7+ years, so they are super familiar with meeting online! Mostly, they have used Zoom, so they refer to that platform here, but they hope these tips will translate across different platforms.