Last updated 12th August 2020
Advice and ideas about how we, as a church, can continue to encourage ourselves and other to pray and deepen our relationship with God during the Coronavirus pandemic will appear here
The people of God have historically and globally worshipped under all circumstances including threats, war and persecution – and for us, now, in a time of pandemic. They have had to ask new questions about what it means to continue to live out their calling to be a faithful presence and prophetic witness in their communities under new circumstances.
It is a 4 session small group resource exploring those questions by drawing on the experience of the early church recorded for us in Acts, and is written to be used in an online context.
You can find ‘A People Transformed’ here.
In response to the Coronavirus outbreak there are a number of prayer and liturgy resources available here on the national CofE website (follow the link).
In addition, courtesy of St Laurence's Church in Chorley, we now have an Order of Service for prayer and worship at home. This Sunday's (August 16) is here and there will be a new one available every week.
We also now have prayers available to be said by a family or carer at end of life. Click here for those.
Ruth Hassall writes:
“Let the Word of God dwell in you richly; ... and with gratitude in your heart sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.” Colossians 3:16
During these challenging days, with gathered worship in its different forms having been put on hold, you may be wondering how you can stay firm in your faith and maintain or establish a regular pattern of Bible reading and prayer.
If you search the internet you will find a plethora of resources to do this but here are just a few suggestions that you might find useful:
With Bible In One Year each day you will receive a Psalm or Proverbs reading, a New Testament reading and an Old Testament reading. It also provides daily audio and written commentary to walk you through each day’s reading, to provide fresh understanding of the texts.
Bible Podlets is a Bible study and discussion podcast for primary aged children to do with adults. Each episode has fun games/activities, an engaging Bible reading in the form of a news story and deep discussion with places to pause and talk together about the topic. Discussion notes are available to download from the Resource Area of the website.
Daily Prayer is available free as an app or on the Church of England Website and gives complete services for Morning, Evening and Night Prayer in both contemporary (Common Worship) and traditional (Book of Common Prayer) forms.
Engage at Home has been created by Engage Worship to resource families to strengthen family worship and prayer. Each day includes a simple prayer or worship activity using movement, interaction, craft, play and more.
Lectio 365 is a devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day and is inspired by Lectio Divina, a way of meditating on the Bible that’s been used by Christians for centuries. Written by leaders from the 24-7 Prayer movement, and produced in partnership with CWR, this resource helps you engage with Scripture to inspire prayer.
Blackburn Diocese Board of Education Facebook page
In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Board of Education have come together to produce a new series of collective worship that can be used at home or school called #OffTheShelf. Through this you can join a member of the team in their study, where they will lead you in a short act of collective worship using resources off their shelf!
Sacred Space is inspired by the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and gives a thought for the day, a daily Bible passage and some guided reflections.
For further suggestions or discipleship enquiries please contact Ruth Hassall, Director of Discipleship at email@example.com.