Coronavirus Worship Resources

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Posters to display outside your church or home

Download posters to print out

A Holy Week and Easter Poster

This poster is in two parts – display the first part (top half) in you window up until Easter Sunday morning. Then add the second part (bottom half) to make the poster complete (as seen here) on Easter Day.

You can also download a black and white version to colour in yourself as a mindfulness activity.

Download the first half of the poster (Pdf) (B&W version) (Pdf)

Download the second half of the poster (Pdf) (B&W version) (Pdf)

Resources for personal prayer and Bible study

From the Methodist Church in Britain

Daily Prayers from the Methodist Prayer Handbook

A Word in Time daily Bible Study 

Bible Reading Fellowship app for daily bible readings: BRF Link

Pray as you go app – Principles of Ignatian Prayer: Ignatian Prayer

Take Time produced by Reigate Methodist Church has many themed meditations on topics such as anxiety www.taketime.org.uk

Other Resources

Pray As You Go are producing a daily retreat for people socially isolating:
Retreat 

 

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

But,
they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
you can hear the birds again.
they say that after just a few weeks of quiet
the sky is no longer thick with fumes
but blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
people are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers
with her number through the neighbourhood
so that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary.

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing, Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

– Fr. Richard Hendrick

 

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Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday. 

They write….

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions.

There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.

In the meantime, do please attend to all the government health advice that will be issued, and look out for resources from your specific church governing bodies. At least for those of us in the global North, we do seem to be in unusual times, and wisdom and flexibility about worship gatherings are a key part of our Christian discipleship during this period.

We note that this call to prayer and action comes on Mothering Sunday: a time of thankfulness, remembering especially mothers who have served us, often in very costly ways. It is also a very mixed day for many. For some the remembrance is painful, and for others Mothering Sunday is a reminder of disappointment or loss. In many ways, this period under the shadow of the coronavirus will be prompting similarly diverse reactions and so it seems especially appropriate that the call to prayer is made this Sunday. At this time of uncertainty join in with the National Day of Prayer and Action, lighting a candle of hope*.

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7
 
Presidents of Churches Together in England

Introduction:

Finding ourselves caught up in a global pandemic is challenging and is going to reveal the essential nature of our discipleship.  

Like the early disciples our call is to follow Jesus in the midst of everything that life throws at us (2 Corinthians 1:8-9). As we do, we know that Christ is with us, God’s Holy Spirit is empowering us and that we have the precious gift of prayer.  Despite severe suffering Paul encourages the Thessalonian believers to be joyful always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:16) and we need to hear this as God’s word for us today.  

Each one of our churches has a vital part to play in being a Beacon of Hope at the moment.  Our neighbours and communities need love, hope, peace and an eternal perspective and we can offer this in abundance, in the name of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Not only should all Christians pray , but I am aware that over the coming weeks some of our churches will close their doors in order to protect those who are at risk, whilst they ride out the pandemic. However it may be several weeks before the doors are reopened. I hope that the  words and ideas posted on this page will enable the Holy Spirit to use our prayers and sustain us all at this time.

Personal Prayers & Reflections

Praying for our world – 14th March:     Prayers for our world – 14th March 2020

Methodist Daily Bible reflections:        Word in Time

Methodist Daily Prayer:                          Daily Prayer

Methodist online prayer wall:               Light a candle

Praying for our community:                 Prayer  – Coronavirus

Praying for our country:                        Prayer for our country

Handwashing Prayer:                            Handwashing-Lords-Prayer

Reflections for each day of the week, written by Rev David Willis: Corin 13 (CORONAVIRUS) Wk1

 

Resources for those unable to attend Church on Sundays

Sunday Worship live from Yate MC – BSGC

Sunday Worship live from Wesley Chapel London

Sunday Worship live from Altrincham MC

Sunday Worship live from Aylesbury MC

Sunday Worship live from Godalming United Church

Swan Bank MC

Westminster Central Hall

BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship 

Simple-Acts-of-Worship

Praying in a pandemic; a resource for prayer for those who are unable to meet together

 

Downloadable Sunday Worship Sheets: 

These short acts of worship have been produced for you if you are unable to attend church.  If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you?

Sunday Worship – 15 March 2020

Sunday Worship – 22 March 2020

Service for home worship – written by Biddy Crossfield

Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 5 April – Palm Sunday

Worship from home service sheet for Sunday 12 April – Easter Day

 

Sunday Worship Resources for Children

When the world feels crazy, it’s even more important to remind children that true hope and peace come from Jesus. Sermons4kids are offering free downloadable  lectionary based activities for parents and others who might not be able to attend Sunday worship. Although it comes out of the USA, the activities include video’s, work and colouring sheets. Parents may need to correct the spelling to UK English.

Sermon4Kids Downloads

During the CoronaVirus pandemic  Family Friendly Churches will offer free of charge worship resources for folk to worship at home. Please do not use these for corporate worship.   Family Friendly Churches

 

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