Mar 12, 2020The diocesan response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The diocesan response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Gary Allman Two-minute read.   Resources
Decorative Panels In the close outside the Diocesan Center.

God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1

To cope with the rapidly changing situation regarding the spread of COVID-19, we are actively monitoring the situation and consulting widely with experts and those impacted. In response, temporary changes are being made to how services are conducted, we’ve canceled or postponed all diocesan events through to the end of April, and we are working to move all scheduled meetings to online attendance.

Keeping You Informed

The diocesan staff has been closely monitoring the spread and impact of the novel coronavirus. Our work started by attending an online briefing session provided by Episcopal Relief & Development. We have produced an article on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to share what was learned. We are continually updating the information in the article to ensure it represents the current situation.

You can read all the diocesan COVID-19 related news here.

Update: March 16, 2020

Bishop Marty has issued a further ‘Temporary Pastoral Direction’ which cancels all in-person worship and meetings within the diocese as of March 18, 2020. You can read about this here.

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Bishop Marty has issued a ‘Temporary Pastoral Direction for Liturgical Celebrations’ to the clergy, which among other things, sets out changes to the distribution of communion wine and requests that baptismal fonts be emptied. He has also asked that the Episcopal community in West Missouri pray for all involved and impacted both directly and indirectly by COVID-19.

All diocesan events scheduled through to the end of April have either been canceled or postponed.

Where practical we are looking at providing online materials and online sessions to replace planned activities. We are working with the various committee chairs to enable them to hold all scheduled meetings online.

The diocese can host meetings of up to 250 people online and via telephone, and we can run three such meetings concurrently if required. Forms for booking our online meeting facilities are available on the diocesan website.

For the latest information on diocesan events and meetings, visit the diocesan events home page.

Online worship and prayer

For anyone unable to attend worship, we have compiled a list of churches in West Missouri that stream their worship services online. We’ve also listed daily online prayer and reflection resources. This list can be found on the diocesan website.

If you know of other online resources within the diocese that are not listed, please let us know so we can share them. If your church is considering  streaming worship or other online community activities and you need help, please contact us.

Stewardship

Church attendance is expected to temporarily decline, if your church has not made a provision for online giving, now is a good time to do so.

If you need help with any of the above, please contact me – communications@diowestmo.org

Gary Allman is Communications Director with The Diocese of West Missouri, and 1st VP Communications and Public Relations for the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

Updated: March 16, 2020.

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