Resources from the Diocese and Beyond
There are many, many resources available to parishes and individulas to help sustain our faith practices during this unprecedented time. This is by no means a complete list, though it does cover mahy areas of need.
Hymns: Hymnary is an online resource of hymns and other music. You’ll find it here.
The Bible: We use the NRSV translation which can be accessed here. If you’d like to look at different translations of the Bible, biblegateway is a comprehensive resource, though it does not include the NRSV.
Lectionary for Sundays: This is the place to find the readings for Sunday worship.
Daily Lectionary: This is the place to find readings for morning and evening based on the two-year cycle found in The Book of Common Prayer.
The National Cathedral: livestreams worship and hosts podcasts, all of which can be accessed here.
NEW! Faith@Home, a ministry of Forward Movement Publications and Forma, a ministry of the Episcopal Church Foundation, offers weekly lectionary-based readings and reflections for all age groups, here.
For Children and Families
“Praying with Children” is an article from the library of The Episcopal Church.
Common Prayer for Children and Families by Jenifer Gamber and Timothy J.S. Seamans is a wonderful resource for children with prayers for the season, special and ordinary occasions, and the daily offices. It is available through Church Publishing and on Amazon in both hard cover and Kindle editions.
Call on Me is a prayer book written especially for teens. A free download is available through Church Publishing until April 15, 2020.
What We Do in Lent is a children’s activity book written by a priest now serving in the Diocese of Newark. A free download is available through Church Publishing until April 15, 2020.
“We Wonder” is a wonderful podcast “for children and their families.”
Candle Walk is a beautifully illustrated way to pray Compline with children. A free download is available through Church Publishing until April 15, 2020.
The Diocese of Newark has a page dedicated to pastoral messages, informational updates and directives, and resources for use by parishes and people of faith, here.
The Episcopal Church, nationally and internationally, has information on its website. including pastoral messages from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry here.
The Society of St. John the Evangelist offers a variety of resources for prayer and spiritual growth, including brief daily offerings via email. Enjoy yourself as you spend some time exploring their website.
Forward Movement, publisher of “Forward Day by Day”, offers online resources for daily prayer and meditation. You’ll find them on their website under the “Forward Day by Day” tab.
The Center for Action and Contemplation offers a number of resources on its website.
Prayers to Say Goodbye to a Loved One when Separated: Bishop Hughes has given us these prayers.
All diocesan messages & resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on its website here.
The Essex County resource links below provide a wealth of additional support in terms of access to the vaccine and social services, mental health support, and financial assistance. Again, your local health department is a prime resource that you can reach out to. Questions? Please contact: Richard Budris, Deputy Director, Essex Regional Health Commission, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039; Phone: 973-251-2059, Fax 973-251 2779