Prayer and worship resources

This page will be regularly updated with prayers, worship resources and advice for churches and communities while the pandemic continues, and many churches offer online worship.

If you have any resources you would like to share, please email them to the communications team.

Throughout these changing times we are sending out a weekly, shorter Connect e-bulletin to keep people up to date with the latest guidance and resources. Sign up to receive it on our Newsletters page. You can find all the latest related news items in a dedicated Coronavirus Guidance and Updates news section.

Bishops’ livestreamed services and reflections

Bishop Peter and Bishop Ruth are livestreaming a mid week Eucharist each week.

Each week, one of them will lead the service on Wednesday at 10.30am via our Facebook page. It will also be streamed on the home page of the diocesan website.   And each Sunday one of the Bishops or archdeacons will also offer a pre-recorded reflection which can be shared by congregations, which is particularly intended for those congregations whose own church is in vacancy or is not able to offer livestreaming. The reflection will be added to the livestream and reflections page and also shared via Facebook and Twitter.

Everyday Prayer

We will be putting a human face on our daily prayers and publishing them here, on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed and our YouTube channel. 

Church of England resources

The Church of England website has a page with prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use when 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.

They have also produced liturgical resources, which you can download at the bottom of the page, for:

  • Re-entering our buildings
  • Lament, thanksgiving and restoration
  • Remembering and memorials

Other useful resources

Resources from the monastic tradition
In these strange times, many are searching for a healthy rhythm to their day. Alone Together comes from the Benedictine community and is a guide to finding a daily rhythm within isolation and social distancing from those who know all about it. It includes how to guides and suggestions on shaping the day.
An Act of Commemoration from Somerset NHS Chaplains
This video takes you through an Act of Commemoration remembering all who have died or been bereaved in Somerset during the current pandemic.  It is based on the four elements of fire, air, earth and water and lasts just over 10 minutes.  If you have an electric, or real candle, a shawl, blanket or coat, a flower (paper or real), or a pot plant and a container of water you can pour from; you will be able to use them during this commemoration. The words are inspired by liturgy written by Tess Ward – ‘Alternative Pastoral Prayers’.

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.

 

Everyday Faith
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.
Accessible resources
Cristina Gangemi, who was the keynote speaker at our Archdeaconry Training days on disability some years ago, has recommended some books on bereavement for people who can’t read or who have difficulty reading.

The Kairos Forum has some useful resources on the SPACE section of their website which offers a sacred place for accessible communication and empathy.

Know of more? Please email the communications team and we’ll add them to the list.

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