Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What we are doing

[Last updated:  Thur 9 APR 2020 17:10]

We are being Guided by The Church of England which is examining the latest advice from Government and Public Health England and we will update our website as is necessary.

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

In consequence all Services are now suspended and the church will not be open during published service times.

Please click here to see the latest advice from the Church of England.

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We feel it is worth highlighting some of the content, as,  for those of us who are stuck at home and unable to access church, there is something fresh everyday.

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What is currently available?

There are a range of Christian resources already available:

  • #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – The Church of England’s Lent campaign for 2020. With weekly themes shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. This daily audio content is available via the app and daily emails. Sign up hereThe BBC’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship radio programmes will be using some of the themes from #LiveLent as part of their broadcasts. Find out more online.
  • Prayer for the day – each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day
  • Smart speakers – daily prayer and #LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps. Enable our smart speaker app 
  • Live streaming services from churches – AChurchNearYou.com now lists hundreds of churches offering livestreams of services from across the country. Churches need to add the ‘Livestream’ tag to their services and events that will be broadcast. Remember to add into the description how people can watch this. You add a link to the platform you’re using to stream, such as your Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Find out more about live streaming services and events.

Prayer and liturgy

Advice for marking Holy Week and Easter has been prepared. It includes practical activities to do at home, suggestions for prayer and Bible study, live-streaming services, and useful guidance for dioceses and churches.  

 

This page contains prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church, and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.

These resources are offered to help those who are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even if it is not possible to gather in church. “