March 19, 2020
God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1
News Update - Now weekly

A lot has happened since the last full edition of the News Update  was issued on March 5, including the publication of two News Update 'Extras'.

We are all facing changes and challenges in how we go about worship, outreach, fellowship, and not to be forgotten, fundraising and stewardship. Until further notice we will be issuing the News Update every Thursday so we can all keep in touch. Please send us your news, tell us what you're doing, and how you are coping, we will share your stories across the diocese. Please send your news to

Diocesan staff

All the diocesan staff are able to work remotely if needed. Fortunately, we already use video messaging and chat to work collaboratively at a distance, so any changes in our working practices will not impact our ability to respond to your needs - we are here to assist in any way we can.

You can contact us via email and phone: Contact Details

Online worship & prayers

Several churches in the diocese are offering daily prayers, reflections, and Sunday worship online. We've compiled a list of those we've discovered or have been told about. If you know of others, please let us know.

For church administrators and communicators

We have a private Facebook Group dedicated to church communications where we share information, our experiences, answer questions, and help each other. If you are responsible for any level of communication in your church; from producing bulletins to posting on social media, please come and join us.

Online meetings

Please remember that the diocese has online meeting resources available. These facilities can be booked by any of the churches, complete the form at the link below.

Home worship help available on the diocesan website
One-minute read.
Find out about the home-based resources we've selected to help you worship and observe Lent at home.

Additions to the Pastoral Direction on the diocesan COVID-19 response
Three-minute read.
Bishop Marty's response to requests for further information and guidance following the publication his pastoral directions on March 16.

Diocesan COVID-19 Webpage

Besides the resources given above, we have created a COVID-19 webpage to provide links to all the key resources you need. We provide links to enable you to learn what is going on, and to help you worship and pray in your home.

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What's Happening
Diocesan & Church-wide
March 31
Clericus. Save the date. Online sessions led by the Rev. Jay Sidebotham are currently being organized.
March 21
Central Deanery. Online. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
March 25
Diocesan Council Executive Committee. Online. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 28
Northwest Metro Deanery meeting. To be confirmed. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
April 4
Diocesan Council. Online. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
April 7
Finance Committee. Online. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 17
Commission on Ministry. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 21
Standing Committee. To be confirmed. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
April 25
Youth Ministry Commission. Online. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
None at present
For all the latest information about events around the diocese visit the Events Home Page.

Spot an error or omission? Let us know:
Tell us what you are doing
The next News Update will be published on Thursday March 26, 2020
Clergy, Administrators, and Church Leaders
How to Livestream – a recorded webinar
90-minute webinar.
Heidi Pitts of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon recently held a comprehensive webinar on live streaming. Read on for a link to a recording of the webinar, and links to the webinar notes.

One License offers free music license through April 15, 2020.
Two-minute read.
Please note that you cannot share live church music online without a license. One License are offering free licenses through to April 15.

Bulletin Inserts
Bulletin & church newsletter inserts for you to consider and include.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Inserts

Several bulletin inserts and posters are available in the article linked to below.

Inserts from The Episcopal Church

These weekly bulletin inserts provide information about the history, music, liturgy, mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church, and may be of help to churches with limited time and resources to prepare weekly bulletins.

In Case You Missed It
Cancellation of Church Gatherings
One-minute read.
Notice of a Pastoral Direction to the Episcopal Church in West Missouri from Bishop Martin S. Field

Yesterday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (aka the CDC) issued a nationwide plea for no groups to gather if they are 50 or more in number. I believe we must accept that wisdom and act in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation. o do otherwise would be a serious breach of the moral imperative to act as a community, not just as individuals — to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.

Therefore, starting at 12:01 a.m. this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and until further notice, the buildings of the parishes and congregations of West Missouri are closed to all gatherings. Furthermore, no parochially sponsored gatherings will be held in any other meeting places (e.g. homes, pubs, etc.). Exceptions for small group gatherings may be granted, and I may grant such exceptions after consultation with the leadership of the parish or congregation.

Prayer in the midst of an epidemic

Two-minute read.
COVID-19 is causing disruption to our daily lives like no other circumstance in my lifetime. Not since W.W. II has the United States’ “home front” been forced to alter every aspect of our daily journey through life to the magnitude the coronavirus has already changed our routines. It is unprecedented.

Application process for Episcopal Church’s 2020-2021 academic year scholarships now open
One-minute read.
Applications are now being accepted for educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church for the 2020-2021 academic year. A scholarship applicant must be an Episcopalian and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop.

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