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We will use this space to provide information regarding COVID-19 as it is made available.  We will post links to resources that offer guidance, protocols and best practices for virtual community as we navigate social distancing.

From National Capital:

Letter from the Leadership Council of National Capital Presbytery (March 31 2020)

Recommendations from the Leadership of National Capital Presbytery (March 13 2020)

March 24 2020 Presbytery Meeting is cancelled –  Letter from the General Presbyter

Message from the Director of Communication

Links to resources:

CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security)

Loans in the Midst of the Pandemic – Constitutional Musing
In response to questions about applying for aid through the Payroll Protection Program of the CARES Act, Laurie Griffith, Associate Director for Constitutional Interpretation, has provided a Constitutional Musing concerning Loans for a Congregation or Session. (4-7-2020)

Authority of Sessions In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to Enter into Paycheck Protection Program Loans Letter
from Stated Clerk, Sara Coe (4-6-2020)

SBA Clarifies Eligibility of Faith-Based Organizations to Participate in Paycheck Protection
and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs (4-6-2020)

SBA Faith-Based Organizations FAQ (4-6-2020)


Applying for CARES ACT Funds – Letter from John Molina-Moore, NCP, GP (4-1-2020)

Employer Documentation for Employees Who Must Commute to and from Work in Maryland and Information on the District of Columbia and Virginia Orders (3-31-2020)

SUMMARY OF CARES ACT PROVISIONS This document briefly summarizes provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“the CARES Act”) that could possibly be of interest to church plans, ministries and plan members. (3-30-31)



Online Music, Legally (4-2-2020)
Even in a crisis, it’s not ethical or legal to violate artists’ rights by ignoring copyright law, but some corporations are being generous in this situation. PPC is granting rights to live-stream or distribute photocopies of anything in the hymnal (Glory to God) that is copyrighted by Westminster John Knox Press; same goes for the Book of Common Worship.
Additionally, here’s a list of the hymns in Glory to God that are in the public domain and so are ok to use anytime.
For new customers or for existing customers who do not already have a podcast/streaming license, ONE LICENSE is offering a one-month gratis license, valid through April 15.

Worship and Sacramental Celebrations (3-28-2020)
The PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship has developed guidelines for Online Services for Holy Week and Easter 2020, including best practices for live-streaming in Holy Week; simple outlines for online services; creative ideas for Palm/Passion Sunday, Holy Week, and the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday); and musical suggestions in the public domain. An ecumenical resource on Home Worship for the Three Days (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter) is also available.

Resource for Funerals During COVID-19 – This resource was prepared by the Massachusetts Council of Churches (4-5-2020) 

Glory to God Copyright Basics

Advisory Opinion – Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic Office of the General Assembly

Resources for Doing Church Digitally: A NEXT Church Response to COVID19

Creating Live Streamed Worship Service

Taking your Worship Service online (a guideline for beginners) – from UMC
(added 3-17-20)

Guidelines on Live Streaming Services

Technical Guidance/Tip

ZOOM Meeting Safety (3/26/2020)

NEXT Church put out three blogs this week that help orient people to online meetings: 
1. Basic Tech Tips
2. Participant Tips
3. Facilitation Tips
You can view them all here: https://nextchurch.net/blog/

Financial Guidance

Responding to a Shortfall in Revenue During the Coronavirus Crisis
Jon Moore, Mission Engagement Advisor, Presbytery Mission Agency (3-28-2020)

Message from the Board of Pensions (PCUSA) – Regarding coronavirus, COVID-19 coverage

Online Giving Program – Presbyterian Foundation


Preparedness for Pandemics

Pastoral Message regarding the coronavirus from Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, J. Herbert Nelson, II, and President/Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Diane Moffett

Advisory opinion from the Office of the General Assembly (Church in Emergency/Pandemic)

COVID-19  Pastoral Statement

Communication Resources from the CDC 

Guidance for Congregations (preparedness for pandemics)

COVID-19 resources for churches and individuals (PCUSA)

COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices and FAQs
for Faith-based and Community Leaders

From the Stated Clerk of General Assembly of the PCUSA

Preparedness for Pandemics (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)

Pandemic Plan (sample)