COVID-19 Updates and Resources from the Presbytery of St. Augustine

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Guidance on ReopeningThe CARES Act and Your ChurchWorship Resources
Caring For Each Other and OurselvesEducation ResourcesTechnology Resources

Updates From Our Churches

An ongoing blog to share stories of how our churches are adapting their worship and programming. If you have an update to share, please email info@staugpres.org.


Presbytery of St. Augustine Coordinating Council Updates

August 7 Update 22July 31 Update #21July 24 Update #20
July 17 Update #19 July 10 Update #18July 2 Update #17
June 26 Update #16June 18 Update #15June 12 Update #14
May 29 Update #12May 22 Update #11May 15 Update #10
May 8 Update #9May 1 Update #8April 24 Update #7
April 20 Update #6April 10 Update #5April 3 Update #4
March 27 Update #3March 20 Update #2March 14 Update #1

From PCUSA

Comprehensive Resources on the PCUSA Website
COVID-19 Resources for Churches and Individuals


Guidance on Reopening

Hurricane Preparedness During a Pandemic – from FLAPDAN (added 5/29/2020)

CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators and Leaders of Community- and Faith-Based Organizations (added 5/23/2020)

Who Risk Assessment Guide for Religious Organizations Mass Gatherings (link updated 5/28/2020)

CDC Decision Tool Guidelines – linked below are documents designed to provide guidance on the decision making process of reopening in the face of coronavirus (added 5/15/2020)

Returning to Church (from the PCUSA) – these guidelines from the PCUSA offer a provisional timeline for resuming public worship and additional resources (Added 5/8/2020)

Insurance Board COVID-19 Resources and Legislation – Numerous loss prevention / control resources (Updated PDF 6/26/2020)

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidance on Conditions for Reopening Churches (Added 5/1/2020)

Returning to Church – a thoughtful and thorough resource for ministry during the pandemic and published by the Wisconsin Council of Churches (Added 5/1/2020)

24 Questions Your Church Should Answer Before People Return (Added 4/24/2020)


The CARES Act and Your Church

COVID-19 Related Legislation Review: A Guide for Presbyterian Churches and Ministries (Added 4/16/2020)

Critical Decisions for COVID-19 as a Church Employer – Webinar Recording (Added 4/10/2020)

Email to Pastors and Session Clerks about the CARES Act (Added 4/2/2020)

Paycheck Protection Program


Worship Resources

May is Mental Health Month PowerPoint Slides – Slides to include in your Zoom worship, perhaps at the beginning of Sunday worship as your congregants log into your Zoom worship.  Can also be incorporated into YouTube videos. Format can be modified easily to support your individual needs.

Online Worship Opportunities within the Presbytery of St. Augustine
(see links to numerous Worship resources on the PCUSA website)

The PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship has developed guidelines for Communion in an Emergency / Pandemic. (PDF download)

The worship Committee of Highlands United Presbyterian Church and Rev. David Lee share their guidelines for Sharing a Virtual Communion Service. (PDF download)


Caring for Each Other and Ourselves

Mental Health Month Resources (From Comfort My People Initiative – Added 5/8/2020)

Mental Health Month Resources from PC(USA) Mental Health Ministry (General and COVID-19 Specific – Added 5/8/2020)

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources


Education Resources

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators – Remote Ministry Resources (Added 5/15/2020)

Remote Faith Formation… For the Long Haul: A resource for faith formation ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond


Miscellaneous Technology Resources

Presbytery ZOOM Quick Start Guide – A guide to get started using ZOOM for virtual meetings, worship and other gatherings (Added 4/16/2020)

Online Giving through Presbyterian Foundation – If you’d like to talk to someone about setting up Online Giving for your congregation, click here for the contact information for our Ministry Relations Officer (Added 4/16/2020)