COVID-19

We have compiled a list of resources under various topics to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to get in touch with someone in the diocesan office, you can visit our staff page.

   

If you are a parish leader and have questions about parish finances, contact Steve Baker, Canon to the Ordinary for Mission Resources & CFO.

Read this letter from Steve to learn more about offers from CPG and the CARES Act.

Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ for Faith-based Organizations

Paycheck Protection Program Application Form

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

Find an eligible lender for the PPP (Please note: not all eligible lenders are listed on this site. You can contact your church’s bank to see if they will act as a lender for the PPP)

Church Pension Group can provide consolidated statements of payments made by your church. Call (855) 215-5990 or email admin-assist@cpg.org to request a report.

Pledges/Tithes

View this webinar to learn how set your church up to use tithe.ly for online giving.

Tax Exemption

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is delayed in sending tax exemption certificates. They have issued an extension of exempt status to all churches of the diocese. Download the Tax Exemption Certificate Extension Letter with accompanying cover letter from Paula Lapinski, Missioner for Finance & Administration

Zoom

Every parish in the diocese is eligible to receive a Zoom account at no cost. Any clergy serving a parish or, Senior Warden where there is no clergy, may submit a request for an account to Megan. Megan is also available to answer any technology-related questions.

Tutorials

diobeth.org/how has many tutorials, including how to utilize Zoom for livestream worship services and small-group gatherings

St. Luke’s, Lebanon

St. Luke’s in Lebanon has created videos, lessons, and activities for children. Access the resources here.

Illustrated Ministry

Illustrated Ministry’s website, has tons of illustrated resources for faith formation for children.

St. Gabe’s Kids Rock

Join the Facebook group, St. Gabe’s Kids Rock. Every day there will be fun activities, helpful resources, and kid-friendly prayers posted. You can request access to the group here.

 

Google Arts & Culture provides a collection of virtual tours of hundreds of museums around the world.

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming a different performance every day.

The National Theatre in the UK is providing steams of full-length plays.

Mental Health

The Union of Black Episcopalians, through its mental health task force, is offering resources and support to the entire Episcopal Church community, as anxiety and tensions continue to rise after another killing June 12 of a black man by a white police officer.

The Centers for Disease Control has compiled tips and resources to help people cope with stress during the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has created a COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide. 

The Employee Assistance Program offered to clergy and lay members of CPGs medical plans provides immediate help, referrals and resources to help address your emotional, physical, family, and legal needs.

Episcopal Relief and Development has created Self-care for Church Leaders During COVID-19 to help church leaders cope with stress.

Physical Health

Fitness Blender offers free at-home workout videos that can be tailored to your needs. Always check with your doctor before you begin a new workout regimen.

Addiction & Recovery

Virtual AA meetings are available on the e-AA website.