Staying connected is even more important in this new season of life. As Christians, we believe in new life and redemption… AND we also believe in good science and modern medicine. We urge you take care of yourself with social distancing and at the same time we want to help you deal with the byproducts of that need for distance. This is landing page is dedicated for providing resources, information, announcements, and inspiration in the coming weeks. Keep checking this page. We will be adding things often. Do you have a resource you want to share? Email Emily Given with a link.
COVID 19 Reputable Sources
Worship is at the core of the St. Thomas Church. We have moved on online worship for the next few weeks. To view the lifestream at 10:00 AM on Sunday, please click HERE. There will be a blue link that connects you to the video.
Opportunities for Daily Worship
Michael Smith (Minister of Music) recommends DAILY PRAYER PODCAST and DAILY PRAYER ANYTIME from Forward Movement, which produces the Forward Day By Day daily devotional books provided by St. Thomas’ Church.
Dennis Bingham (Deacon) recommends saying morning, noon, and/or evening prayer with the DAILY OFFICE NETWORK.
We ALL recommend digging deeper into the Book of Common Prayer. If you one at home, great. If not, view the ONLINE VERSION.
Meaning for Resources for At Home Formation
Each day, a short video of inspiration and information will be posted to ST. THOMAS’ YOUTUBE CHANNEL. You will also receive this video via parish email.
Sign up to receive a daily devotion 365 days a year at D365.
Erika Bower (Children, Youth, and Family Minister) and Paul Briggs (Interim Rector) recommend checking in daily with DO AT FAITH AT HOME. It offers lectionary-based readings and reflections. “Lectionary” means the daily, appointed readings set out by the Episcopal Church and all denominations who use a “common lectionary”.
Emily Given (Director of Engagement and Communication) recommends Faith Incubators and their FAITH5 STEP – SHARE, READ, TALK, PRAY, and BLESS. These steps for faithful conversations can be used with all ages.
Emily Given (Director of Engagement and Communication) and Erika Bower (Children, Youth, and Family Minister) recommend people of ALL ages to watch videos on the GODLY PLAY YOUTUBE CHANNEL. It is a storytelling model that we use with our children on Sunday mornings but truly is a Montessori method of storytelling that speaks to all ages.
Emily Given (Director of Engagement and Communication) recommends the website for the NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY. They are currently offering free downloads for over 300,000 books.
Faith Formation Resources for Families with Young Children
Erika Bower (Children, Youth and Family Minister) recommends joining the facebook group TUCKIN IN: BEDTIME STORIES AND PRAYERS WITH EPISCOPALIANS AND OTHERS.
Paul Briggs (Interim Rector) recommends visiting ILLUSTRATED MINISTRY for coloring pages, prayer resources, and free downloads of faith-based coloring tools.
Now you can watch bedtimes stories from space! Emily Given recommends ASTRONAUT BEDTIME STORIES as a fun way to get ready for bed.
Educational Resources for Families
Whitemarsh Township offers a DAILY ACTIVITY to creatively spend your time.
Shari Petrakis (Preschool Director) recommends 55+ WAYS TO STRENGTHEN FINE MOTOR SKILLS AT HOME, ACTIVITIES TO DO WHILE YOUR CHILDREN ARE HOME, PUBLIC TELEVISION SHOWS AND LEARNING RESOURCES, and ACTIVE LITTLES
Listen to famous authors read their own children’s books HERE.
Miss Emily offering a MINDFULNESS MOMENT with grounding and sun salutation.
While AA meetings continue to be held 7 days a week in Whitemarsh Learning (formerly the School House), ONLINE MEETINGS are available.
The Episcopal Church’s Response to COVID-19
Helping Children and Teens Cope with the Anxiety of COVID-19
Just For Fun!
Adventures from Your Couch
Shari Petrakis (Preschool Director) recommends SIX VIRTUAL TOURS TO TAKE WHEN STUCK AT HOME
We seek to continue to provide care of you in all the seasons of your life. please be sure to contact a member of the clergy, if you are in need of support. The pastoral care phone line is 610.400.3250. The Pastoral Care team is working to make phone calls to members. If you would find a phone call helpful, please email Tim Steeves or call the church office – 215.233.3970 x120.