COVID-19 Response from ECMN
Find below all of the information that has come out from ECMN regarding resources and recommendations regarding COVID-19 response, and a regularly updated list of resources.
Have questions or need support? Contact your Missioner for Community Engagement, Rachel Babbitt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 612-870-3321. Even though she's working from home, she'll get your voicemail!
ECMN Re-Gathering Guidelines
Guidelines and Planning Resource Document
ECMN released the 3rd iteration of the ECMN Re-Gathering Planning Document on August 18th. To be clear, there is no expectation that faith communities can/should/must return to their buildings.
Download the Plan
Weekly Metrics Highlight
In the ECMN Re-Gathering Plan, faith communities are instructed to determine what phase they are in based on statewide as well as county-wide 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate. Each report includes 5 weeks of data - each week’s number is the 7-day positivity rate for that week. Seeing all 4 weeks of data will hopefully allow you to see where your county is trending week to week.
ECMN is still in Phase 1.5
All in ECMN are still in Phase 1.5 of our Re-Gathering Plan. This means that the 7-day positivity rates are trending at or above 5% for either the state or county.
During Phase 1.5, the Building Use Task Force will now consider plans for the reopening of church buildings for use by clergy, church employees, volunteersand businesses or organizations operating in church buildings.
Planning for Phase 2
In order to be considered in Phase 2, the 7-day positivity rates of the state AND county must both have trended under 5%. This means that some faith communities will likely move to Phase 2 before others based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in their counties.
When a faith community is considered in Phase 2, the Building Use Task Force will consider plans for opening buildings for ministries, outside groups, and limited capacity in-person worship.
Please let us know if there are further resources you need as you plan. We will do our best to continue to add to this document as time goes on. Email Rachel Babbitt, your Missioner for Community Engagement, at email@example.com.
Submitting Your Plan
Once you are ready, you can click here to submit your plan for regathering to the Building Use Task Force.
We have received several plans that have been an exceptional example. Find two below that can act as a template for you in the creation of your plan.
Communication from ECMN
Click this link for links to all the messages that have been released from ECMN with recommendations, resources and updates.
Leading Beyond the Blizzard
Online Gatherings, Tuesdays at 2pm
These gatherings, hosted by Bishop Loya, are held weekly on Tuesdays at 2pm gathering for clergy and lay faith community leaders. This is our time to stay in relationship with one another, and learn and grow together. Click here to register.
If you miss a gathering, you can find recordings from each week by clicking here.
Resources for Faith Communities
Bishop Loya has offered framing theology and sanctioned practices for practicing the eucharist during the time of pandemic. Click here to read it.
Webinars and Trainings
Click this link for recordings of past zoom meetings and webinars offered by ECMN, Episcopal Relief and Development, the CEEP network, and others.
Resources for Youth Gatherings
Click here to find resources to help those doing youth ministry continue to hone their plans for gathering young people throughout the year. We know there continues to be much complexity in planning, meanwhile the need for young people to gather in community is pressing. While they are not formal guidelines, this page includes a lot of resources and helpful ideas to help you in the planning process.
Financial Support for Faith Communities
There will be financial impacts on faith communities as this situation unfolds. There are resources available, and ECMN has formed a Financial Task Force to help vet resources, make them available, and walk with faith communities through whatever their financial journey may look like. Click here for more information.
Click here to find resources including best practices for offering online worship and services, as well as places to find livestreamed services on Sundays.
Pastoral Care Resources
Click here for resources on providing pastoral care for those within your faith communities, as well as finding places to receive pastoral care and support as a leader of a faith community.
Building Management and Planning Resources
Click here to find resources to help faith communities plan and prepare both for office and business closures, as well as for their eventual re-opening, including planning worksheets and building sanitiation guidelines.
Primary Resources for Information & Guidelines
Centers for Disease Control
Minnesota Department of Health
Has a main page which is constantly updated with information specific to cases and response to the situation here in Minnesota.
Here's a great guide to resources available during this crisis. This is especially great for people with children at home!
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church has curated resources that can be found here. Stay up to date on words of love and encouragement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Offers great resources for faith leaders that we commend to you, including recordings of the webinars they have been offering.