As the coronavirus pandemic has caused services and other groups to be suspended, we are going to post online resources and links to sites to provide prayers, services, reflections and similar.
We will build this up as we go along and please do send us your own resources that you have found helpful. Send us a message by clicking here.
A prayer for now
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Prayer, devotionals, meditations
The Church of England has published a page here with prayers and liturgy especially for this time. There is even a resource for carrying out worship at home.
The Church of England publishes a prayer each day which you can read or listen to here.
Some other useful links are:
Lectio 365, a daily devotional;
Our Bible App is a downloadable app offering a progressive, affirming view of faith for everyone.
Pray As You Go, with music, prayer, a Bible reading and reflection;
Richard Rohr offers daily meditations from the Center for Action and Contemplation
Sacred Space, which takes you through guided prayer and reflection.
The United Reformed Church has daily devotions online which you can subscribe to here.
Greenbelt has just put its past services online here
There are lots of Lent resources out there. Click here to discover the Church of England’s Lent Campaign for 2020 #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation. It has been inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent Book, Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK).
Sacred Space’s Lenten Retreat is available here.
Resources for worship at home.
Roots is offering resources for the whole family to use at home.
The Church of England has put together some daily reflections to help people, especially at a time when they are feeling lonely, isolated or anxious.
Colouring can be very soothing. Jules Middleton has produced some colouring sheets with a Bible verse on them here.
Click here for a thoughtful article from the New York Times about when loving your neighbour means keeping your distance.
Be not afraid? Easier said than done. But what if the opposite of fear is not courage but love. Nadia Bolz-Weber has written a ‘mini-sermon on fear, love and Kent Brockman’ You can read it here and watch it here.
More to follow.