Thy Kingdom Come 2020 The Archbishops have invited every Christian around the world to join them in prayer from 21st to 31st May 2020. One of the key themes is Prayer and Care and the website gives suggestions for ways to show love and care in these socially distanced times. The site has many other prayer resources including a downloadable Prayer Journal with illustrations by Charlie Mackesy.
The Church of England has a range of resources including special prayers for this time of emergency which can be downloaded and printed as a booklet. The Daily Hope phone line offers music, prayers, reflections and full worship services 24 hours a day on the freephone number 0800 804 8044
Chester Diocese has a list of churches which are live streaming services online. There is also a list of parishes which are uploading video and audio content to their websites. To find other churches across the country that are live streaming services check out the website A Church Near You
Chester Cathedral is offering a live service at 10am on a Sunday morning on their YouTube channel as well as Evening Prayer on Zoom. They will also be hosting a course on Mark’s gospel from 13th May for 12 weeks, live on Zoom and then on their YouTube channel.
Reflections from Ann, our Reader
Thought for the month April 2020 from the Parish Magazine
The Church of England publishes a Prayer for the Day both as audio and text on its website as well as on several social media platforms. It also offers a Daily Prayer service three times a day either on their website or as an app Time to Pray is a similar app which offers an Order for Prayer During The Day as well as an order for Night Prayer.
Many Church of England resources can be accessed through smart speakers such as Alexa or Google home by asking ‘Alexa open The Church of England’ or ‘Hey Google, talk to the Church of England.’ As well as answering questions, the apps can be asked to read a range of prayers along with such things as the Apostle’s Creed and The Beatitudes.
Many people will have a copy of The Book of Common Prayer at home and the orders of Morning and Evening Prayer can be read aloud. The Psalter which is included in the Book of Common Prayer identifies a psalm or selection of psalms for each day of the month.
Radio and television
The BBC offer a Daily Service on Radio 4 Long Wave every day at 9.45am as well as Sunday Worship at 8.10am on Sunday mornings on Radio 4 and a televised service on BBC One each Sunday morning. There is Choral Evensong on Radio 3 every Wednesday at 3.30pm which is repeated on Sundays at 3.00pm. In addition Songs of Praise is televised on BBC1 at 1.15pm on Sunday. Programmes are also available on BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sounds app.
There are many Bible Study resources available as apps or on the web. The ones which we have mainly been using for our Exploring the Word of God sessions can be found on the following websites:
Chester Diocese is offering a 12 week course on the Gospel of Mark beginning on 13th May live on Zoom from 1.10pm -2.00pm with recordings available on Chester Cathedral’s YouTube channel after the event.
For those who enjoy singing The Royal School of Church Music is offering a Hymn for the Day as well as video-led Vocal Warm-ups. Hymnal.net is an excellent resource of both old and new hymns as is Hymnary.org. If you’re missing organ music a quick search on YouTube or Spotify will also come up with great range of musical offerings.
Roots are offering free resources for the time of emergency as are Fischy Music. The Little Worship Company have free videos on their YouTube page and Messy Church have ideas for activities to use at home.
Keep in touch
During this time of social distancing we can still keep in touch with each other by telephone, email or text messaging. If you have more ideas you’d like to share or to talk about any of these suggestions please contact Ann Barlow.