The Diocese of Missouri is closely following the developments of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and prayerfully responding to the advice of local, state and national health experts. Our priority is the health and safety of everyone in our region.
Bishop Wayne Smith and Bishop-elect Deon Johnson are working together to deal with the many ways this crisis impacts our diocese. We will do our best to post the latest information on this page, keeping in mind that the situation is changing each day.
This page offers the following:
- Responses from Bishop Wayne Smith and Bishop-elect Deon Johnson
- Information concerning the bishop transition
- Resources: Online worship opportunities, online formation, prayers, church operation guidelines, access to Zoom conference calls, advice from and access to the Episcopal Network for Stewardship, Episcopal News links, and more.
- Health / COVID-19 information
- Community Resources
If you have any questions or concerns not answered here, please contact the Bishop's office at 314-231-1220 or send questions to email@example.com.
We will continue to update this page as we move forward.
Responses from the Church
- The Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter: A Ceremonial Guide for Dispersed Communities: March 30
The Bishop's office has put together a worship resource to take us all through Holy Week and Easter
- The Anglican Alliance Resource Hub - The Anglican Communion
Our worldwide communion shares resources to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Episcopal Church: Concerning COVID-19
Videos, resources and guidelines from the Episcopal Church
- Financial Assistance to Parishes - March 24: Diocesan Council
Diocesan Council has passed a resolution to defer diocesan assessment payments and offer emergency grants to parishes. Download a grant application.
- Updated Guidelines for Church Operations - March 23: Bishop Wayne Smith & Bishop-elect Deon Johnson
New guidelines addressing worship, weddings, funerals, baptisms, and more
- Video - March 17, 2020: Bishop-elect Deon Johnson responds to change of plans
Our Bishop-elect sends a reassuring message the people of the Diocese.
- Update - March 16, 2020: Bishop Wayne Smith & Bishop-elect Deon Johnson
Public worship is suspended throughout the diocese until April 3, 2020, when we will re-evaluate the situation.
- Guidelines for Church Operations - March 16: Bishop Wayne Smith & Bishop-elect Deon Johnson
A list to help congregations continue to be the Church during this difficult time
- Reflection - March 14, 2020: Bishop-elect Deon Johnson
Now is the time for us who follow Jesus to be reminded that “perfect love casts out fear.”
- Update - March 10, 2020: Bishop Wayne Smith & Bishop-elect Deon Johnson
Recommendations to parishes and individuals in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
- Update - March 4, 2020: Bishop Wayne Smith
We want our members and the public to know that the Diocese of Missouri is responding to the concerns with information, action, and prayers.
Concerning the Bishop Transition
Our farewell eucharist and celebration for Bishop Smith and the ordination of Deon Johnson are both being rescheduled due to the coronavirus.
- Bishop ordination moved to June 13; Retirement farewell postponed
(posted March 17, 2020)
- Presiding Bishop sets new ordination dates
(posted March 17, 2020)
- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry cancels churchwide sponsored meetings
(posted March 13, 2020)
Prayer and Worship:
- Online worship services
Live and recorded video from Christ Church Cathedral and many parishes throughout the diocese.
- Habits of Grace
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry posts a new video meditation every Monday through May
- The Book of Common Prayer
the online version of our beautiful prayer book
- Daily Prayer for All Seasons
a downloadable version of this very user-friendly prayer book
- Prayer and Worship in our Homes
free online class from Church Next / Forward Movement
- Forward Day by Day meditations
from Forward Movement
- Household Bible Readings with Lectio Divina
great for families, small groups and individuals
weekly readings, reflections and family activities
- Illustrated Ministry
offering free weekly faith formation and coloring pages for all ages
- Grow Christians
a group blog with reflections, stories, images and recipes that “inspire generations to come together as they celebrate the presence of God through the Christian year.”
- D365 daily devotional
written especially for youth and young adults, seeks to provide reflections on themes that impact our faith journey.
- Building Faith: Talking to your kids about Coronavirus
blog offers advice for parents
- A Morning at the Office
Audio recording of the daily Morning Office
- Church Publishing
news release of free formation resources
- Selected Prayers from Confluence: A Center for Spirituality
Prayers prepared and gathered by Confluence to enable us to pray regularly in common voice as individuals, groups and parishes during the pandemic.
- Deferred diocesan assessment payments and emergency financial grants to parishes
- Updated Guidelines for continued church operations
- Access to Zoom conference calls for staff or ministry meetings:
contact Janis Greenbaum, Director of Communications, for information
- Advice from and access to the Episcopal Network for Stewardship
- Online giving resources
- Online group AA meetings
- Church Assistance Endowment Grants
- Safeguarding God's Children: letter from Canon for Christian Formation + Diocesan policy
- Safeguarding God's Children advice for virtual gatherings
- Addressing Isolation and Quarantine
- Coronavirus and the Church: News and Advice from Church Law & Tax
- Crisis Communications Guidelines
(information below from www.cdc.gov/COVID19)
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within 3-6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- shortness of breath
What are severe complications from this virus?
Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.
How can I protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventative actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Advice on household cleaning and disinfecting
For more information:
24 hour hotline: 877-435-8411
- World Health Organization