SEPA Pandemic Resource Archive

These items are no longer updated, and are posted here for reference.

View Current Guidance



Diocese of Pennsylvania:Updated Protocols on Singing and Ventilation  — Insights from an ecumenical partner.

Considerations for safely reopening by Church Mutual  — Church Mutual offers a webinar, slides and guidelines to prepare and implement a plan to safely reopen churches.

CDC Guidelines for Faith-Based Organizations

COVID Guidance for Schools from ELEA

ELCA: Resources for Returning to In-Person Worship — Considerations for being church together during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Spanish

Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic — Protocols for worship during the COVID-19 pandemic as commended by an ecumenical consultation. | Spanish

Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns: COVID-19/Coronavirus — Considerations for building church community and participating in worship when we cannot gather in person. | Spanish


Resources Provided by Congregations:

Decision Tool from Emmanuel, Souderton


Archived Documents:

Bishop Davenport Urges Churches Not to Reopen Until July 1 (May 23)

Considerations for Churches under PA Process for Reopening (May 27)

ELCA: “Congregational Planning Checklist for Public Health Concerns — Lutheran Disaster Response details how you and your congregation can plan for the impact of a public health crisis in your church. | Spanish

ELCA: Considerations for Remote Council and Congregation Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Frequently asked questions regarding appropriate use of technology to conduct the business of your congregation.


Other Resources: — Service that helps churches reopen safely in the age of the coronavirus by providing a simple (and free) registration form that distributes people across multiple services and rooms.


Background Reading:

FAQs on Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission — Document compiled by scientists and engineers with many years of experience in this field. Updated regularly.

Article: This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic — An engineering professor sheds light on the importance of super-spreading events.


Worship Resources

  • Resources for Worship in the Home are posted weekly at
  • Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns English | Spanish
  • Prayers for Times of Public Health Concern: COVID-19/Coronavirus English | Spanish
  • How to stream your worship service — A starter guide English | Spanish
  • Intercessory Prayers in the midst of the spread of COVID-19 from the Lutheran World Federation English | Spanish
  • Guidance for funeral practices during a health crisis Download

Faith Formation Resources




Congregational Administration and Support


Updated: November 20, 2020 by Bob Fisher