COVID-19 RESPONSE

Holy Week Resource

Please click to see “Holy Week at Home Guide” which provides you with a daily Bible passage to read, reflection, prayer and suggested activity as you observe Holy Week at home.


The Diocese of Ohio will provide a diocesan-wide Online Easter Service, with participants from a number of congregations contributing from their homes. This is offered as an alternative or in addition to services provided by individual parishes, and will be available on YouTube and through the Trinity Cathedral website beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Easter morning. Dean Owens will be the celebrant and Bishop Hollingsworth the preacher, and it can be accessed at any time.


Please join, and spread the word: 

It’s a weird time. Students grades 6 and up (including college students!) are invited to gather on Sunday nights during Corona-crazy to check in, share, pray, and reset, before another week of unknowns.  Because what we do know is that God is with us, always, no matter how scary or unpredictable the world is. Zoom in on Sunday nights at 8pm @ HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/2167742230

The Rev. Anna Sutterisch

She/Her/Hers
Canon for Christian Formation
Office for Congregations and Christian Formation

Update March 23, 2020:

Spiritual and Pastoral Home and Family Resources
There are dangers and difficulties for everyone in our current situation. Two possible blessings are:

  1. that we grow closer to each other – families and friends – by having meaningful conversations about what we are going through; and
  2. that we take this opportunity to deepen some of our personal and family spiritual practices.

The Rev. Brad Purdom
Canon for Congregations

For a consolidated list of ‘Helpful Resources for Individuals, Families, and Congregations During the Pandemic including:
Resources for Personal Prayer and Spiritual Practices
Emotional Care for Individuals and Families
Resources Specifically for Congregations
Screen Time
Screen Sabbath
….. and more
Please visit https://dohio.org/blog/march-2020/helpful-resources-for-individuals-families-and-c

Update March 14, 2020: As we have made the decision to suspend in-person services at St. Michael’s, here are the options for live streamed and online worship for which the diocese has received URLs:

The Washington National Cathedral will live stream a service of Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. on Sundays March 15 and 22, with Presiding Bishop Curry preaching this Sunday. These services can be accessed via www.cathedral.org.

Trinity Cathedral will live stream a service of Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. on March 15, 22, and 29, accessed via www.trinitycleveland.org and their Facebook page.

Christ Church, Shaker Heights, will provide services of Morning Prayer with homily by the Rev. Peter Faass on YouTube for Sundays March 15 and 22. These will be accessed via their website, www.cometochristchurch.org, and their Facebook page for use at anytime.

Trinity Church, Toledo, will provide Sunday Morning Devotions for March 15, 22, and 29, that can be viewed on and downloaded from their website at www.trinitytoledo.org.

St. Thomas, Berea, will broadcast Morning Prayer at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday March 15, 22, and 29, on their Facebook page.

March 13, 2020:
Our Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Following discussion with clergy colleagues and the Vestry of St. Michael’s, and considering the pastoral letters sent by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and our Diocesan Bishop Mark Hollingsworth, we have decided to cancel in-person worship through Sunday, March 29 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a difficult decision, but as we consider:
– The current rate of spread of the virus- The vulnerability of much of the congregation- The likelihood that some among us have already been exposed and may be contagious while appearing to be asymptomatic, and- The impracticability of maintaining social distance and verifying sanitization throughout a service.

It becomes clear that we cannot ensure you that there is no risk of contagion at St. Michael’s. Accordingly, we have decided to cancel all in-person worship at St. Michael’s in the Hills through Sunday, March 29.
In the interim, worship resources will be posted on our website and Facebook page as soon as they are available.
Yours in Christ’s love,
Foster+ Julia

The Rev. Foster M. Mays  Julia Burtscher
Priest-in-Charge  Senior Warden
St. Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church