Faith Formation Resources
Resources to help us practice our faith in isolation.
Illustrated Ministry is supporting local congregations and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages. https://www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve
Mediacom has made this Sunday's Seasons (Exploring the Bible) material available for free here
The Synod of South Australia has produced a print-ready worship from home resource for Sunday 29 March.
Being in the Church of Un-gathered Times - Message and resource curation from Rev Sue Page the Associate General Secretary of the Synod of SA.
The Assembly's National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev Dr Stephen Robinson has recommended a suite of resources on Ministry during the Pandemic from the US-based Ministry Matters website.
Information about COVID-19 in 18 different languages from health authorities at Federal, State and global levels.
Resources For CALD Communities:
Gospel Hall Melbourne UCA (Chinese)
Taiwanese UCA Brisbane (Taiwanese)
St Albans (Filipino) UCA Melbourne (English)
St Andrews UCA Melbourne (Indonesian)
GKI Perth UCA (Indonesian)
For additional multilingual resources and advice about COVID-19 go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19.
By the Well Podcast: produced by Pilgrim Theological College, Senior Lecturer Dr Robyn Whitaker, UCA minister Rev. Fran Barber and a scholarly guest discuss one or more of the lectionary readings, to help preachers prepare or for self-reflection. Existing episodes can be found at www.bythewell.com.au and on all the main podcast platforms.
The Sacrament of Empty Hands: written by Rev. Dr Amelia Koh-Butler, the liturgy follows the pattern for Holy Communion and allows for the absence of consecrated bread and wine/juice, written with the Easter season in mind. Find it here
Liturgy During a Pandemic
A liturgy designed for use at home from SCM Press by liturgical theologian Porter C. Taylor:
The Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts is developing worship resources for communities to use as congregations are not able to gather together. The first are now online: https://www.cmla.org.au/resources/worship-in-times-of-isolation/
Project Reconnect: A Resource created for small congregations. The resources include a weekly DVD and worship Information sheet. The DVD includes two messages, a short “all-age” and a longer main message, discussion questions, hymns and choruses. Find out more here http://www.projectreconnect.com.au/
Coronavirus Liturgy and Prayer Resources: from the Church of England including prayers about the outbreak, prayers with children, worship at home and prayers if you can’t get to Church.
Palm Sunday Worship at Home service by Rev Charissa Suli
Prepared for St David's Uniting Church in Dee Why on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Home Church Resource: An example of a resource to use for home worship who do not have an online option, prepared by Rev. Jon Humphries for Sunday 22 March.
Free Music Licence: One License is providing gratis license options valid through April 15, 2020 giving permission to reprint or project music for their congregations from Member Publishers and also to podcast or stream religious services.
Because the Lord’s My Shepherd: Song and music score composed by Rev. David McGregor for Psalm 23, which is in the Lectionary for this Sunday 21 March. Chris McNaught has recorded the vocals.
Click here for the Music: https://www.facebook.com/dmacgreg1/videos/pcb.10157844678954871/10157334835597986/?type=3&theater&ifg=1
Click here for the Score Sheet: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157334836187986&set=pcb.10157844678954871&type=3&theater&ifg=1
See also this post from the Progressive Christian Artists Network on access to streaming music