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Resources for prayers and worship
The church buildings are closed, but there are a variety of ways to continue to pray and worship together.
Firstly, by using the resources you have at home
The Book of Common Prayer, Common Worship or other prayer books you may have had for years.
The Bible – reading the scriptures contains prayers of lament, praise, songs, and lots of words of encouragement. Perhaps you’d like to read a Psalm a day, or work your way through a Gospel or other book of the Bible.
Online There are lots of online ways of joining in too which we will post here from time to time, but you will find lots by simply searching on the internet.
For now, here is what is currently available via the Church of England Website? (this sunday’s service is on the front page https://www.churchofengland.org/
- Weekly service broadcasts – these be made available each Sunday through the Church’s Facebook page.
- Time to Pray app – everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year. Download for free.
- Daytime prayer and Night prayer service audio – building on the existing daily prayer feed, this includes daytime prayer and night prayer for each day. It will be available as a downloadable app in the coming weeks.
- 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.
- Increasing the number of training webinars – to help churches stream sermons, events and make the most of digital platforms. Sign up for free.
- #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 for free.
- The BBC’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship – radio programmes will be using some of the themes from #LiveLent as part of their broadcasts.
- 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.
- Mental health reflections – 13 daily reflections that seek to provide hope, reassurance and comfort. We have also published five tips to help tackle loneliness and isolation.