This page will be regularly updated with prayers and other resources to support churches and communities while we are being asked not to meet together. If you have any resources you would like to share, please email them to the communications team.
Prayer and support card
We have produced a prayer card which parishes are welcome to use to put through the doors of those who are self isolating. Due to infection control measures, it shouldn’t be printed and left in piles for people to help themselves, but is intended for delivery through letterboxes or directly into people’s hands.
The prayer card allows churches and communities to fill in contact numbers for those who are able to reach out and support people in their community who are feeling anxious.
The prayer card is A6 sized and is free to download below as PDFs for both a single card and an A4 option (featuring four A6 cards). There are also JPEG versions of each side should you wish to share on social media. Should you like an editable Publisher version of the file please email the communications team.
In these uncertain times, and without our usual patterns of life and worship, thinking about how we live out our faith day by day becomes even more important. Below are some suggestions and resources that might be helpful:
Everyday Questions: At a time like this, many people begin to ask deeper questions about how they live and what they believe. The #40Questions cards are an easy way of starting some of those conversations. If you don’t have a set of the questions then you can download them below.
Everyday Prayer: You may have picked up a bookmark at one of the Archdeaconry Days but if you haven’t you can download it here. You could simply use the bookmark to form a rhythm of morning and evening prayer and daily intercessions for yourself. You might like to use it with those you live with or you could agree with someone that you will pray separately but at the same time each day. Download the bookmark below.
Everyday Bible: There are Bible apps to help you with a regular pattern of Bible reading. You might also like to use the Lectio Divina approach, either on your own or with someone else by phone, text or online app.
Download the Everyday Faith resources below and visit the Everyday Faith page for further inspiration.
Worship at home ideas
St Cuthbert’s, Wells has put together a really helpful sheet of ideas for their congregation. You can download a copy below.
Digital resources and ideas
If you would like to improve your church’s digital skills to help keep your church connected during this time of social distancing for # you can register for one of the digital team’s webinars. Find out more on the Church of England website.
While we are not able to live stream from church buildings at the moment, people are sharing worship in a range of ways using digital media.
- Frome St John the Baptist has shared a video on their Twitter feed for their parishioners which clearly explains what they can expect their church at the moment.
- Revd Tim Treanor, Rector at Wellington Team, has started a daily podcast, using iKnow Church and accessible via their website.
- The ministry team at Bath Abbey is planning to share a daily message on the Bath Abbey YouTube channel.
- St John’s Yeovil is livestreaming a simple act of worship at 10.30am on Sundays in line with latest guidance.
Know of more? Please email the communications team and we’ll add them to the list.