Online Donation Toolkit
As noted by Archbishop Elpidophoros during his Virtual Town Hall with the clergy of the Archdiocese, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is developing a series of digital toolkits to aid parishes during the COVID-19 crisis. Follow this link to download the following resources for online giving:
- Online Giving: A COVID-19 toolkit for parishes
- How to add online donations to your web site with PayPal: A step-by step guide
- Facebook Digital Toolkit for Faith Communities, which outlines live broadcasting, donations, and more tools Facebook offers for Churches.
- Letter (template) from parish priest and parish council president to parishioners (PDF and MS Word formats)
- How to set up a "Light a Candle" donation system — Slide deck to accompany on-demand webinar below.
Apply for an EIN Number Online for Your Parish
To take advantage of government programs, your parish must have an EIN number. Your parish cannot use either the Archdiocese or Metropolis EIN number. You must have an EIN number specific to your parish. Getting an EIN is easy and you can apply instantly online here.
On-Demand Video Webinars
CARES ACT Informational Webinar for Parishes
Watch the on-demand webinar on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) here. Note: If you have a question after watching the webinar, please send your question to [email protected]
How to set up a "Light a Candle" donation system for your web site Webinar
Watch the on-demand webinar on how to set up a "Light a Candle" donation system for your parish web site. You can download the presentation slide deck here.
Zoom video conferencing tools for Parishes of the Archdiocese
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is here to support parish ministry. We have negotiated a special rate with Zoom just for parishes of the Archdiocese. If you would like to take advantage of this special rate, please fill out this online request form and we will contact you within one business day.
Facebook Social Good Tools and Training
- Facebook & Social Good: https://socialgood.fb.com/
- Training on Facebook's Social Good tools:
- Facebook Donate Button: https://socialgood.fb.com/
- How to set up the donate button to use during Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/help/
- Facebook Crisis Response—Provide information about critical services during and after a crisis.https://socialgood.fb.com/crisis-response/
Prayer and Worship
- WATCH LIVE: Live broadcasts of services from around the Archdiocese
- MOBILE: Download the Daily Readings App
- ON YOUR TV: Download the GOARCH app for AppleTV, Roku, and Amazone Fire
- Office of Supplication upon the threat of Plague by Metropolitan Cyril of Rhodes
- Prayer for Protection against a Pandemic
- Prayers for the Sick
- Thanksgiving for Recovery
- Download the Ecclesiastical Calendar
- Children's Bible Reader Online
Youth, Young Adult and Family Ministry Resources for the Home
- TEACH: Weekly religious education lessons, activities, and crafts
- ENGAGE: Get full youth and young adult toolkit here
- WATCH: Daily reflections for just for families
- 20 Activities while social distancing
More Digital Tools for Parishes
- Free Email Listservers for parishes
- Free parish web hosting services
- Bulletin Builder: Build your weekly parish bulletin instantly and publish as a web page, email, and in print.
Live Broadcast Services
- Information on how parishes can set up live broadcasts
TV and Mobile Apps
- Install the GOARCH app for AppleTV, Roku, and Amazon Fire brings live services, kids programming, and adult educational content on our GOARCH TV Channel.
- Daily Readings app brings the daily Bible readings, lives of the saints, and live broadcasts on your Apple iOS or Android mobile devices.
- Orthodox Jobs
Additional resources for clergy, parishes, and parishioners will be posted soon under an expanded COVID-19 resource section.