Resources for prayer and worship

St Oswald’s and St Lawrence’s are again closed for public worship as part of an endeavour to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The following resources may be helpful for use when attending a service is not possible.

During the first lockdown, Ann, our Reader, circulated a weekly reflection on one of the readings for the given Sunday. During the November lockdown, we will keep in touch with a weekly email including a reflection from either Fr Murray or Ann. The reflections are available here. If you’d like to be added to the circulation list please let Ann know.

Resources from the Church of England

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York together with other senior church leaders are encouraging Christians to pray each day at 6pm for a specific area of national concern for the duration of the month of November. Resources are available here

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 is posting regular video reflections on its main page such as this video from Archdeacon Ian. The diocese also has a list of churches which are live streaming services online. To find other churches across the country that are live streaming services check out the website A Church Near You

Daily Prayer

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. 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.

Bible Study

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:

Yale Bible Study

The Bible Project

Musical Resources

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.

For families

Roots are offering free resources for the time of emergency as are Fischy MusicThe 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.