As there will be no services of public worship at St Mary’s for a while, here are some pointers for where you might find inspiration in these strange and troubled times.

Knowing others are praying too will be a help to so many of us.

Deborah will be holding a service at 10.00am each Sunday from her home using Zoom, a free video communications app. You will be most welcome to join her.

Join Deborah at 10.00am on Sunday mornings

A prayer for all affected by Coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Prayer and worship resources

The Church of England The Methodist Church

Seven Whole Days - passages from Scripture, photographs and prayers for each day of the week Seven Whole Days – a passage from Scripture, photograph and prayer for each day of the week
#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.
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.
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.
Hymn for the Day Each day the Royal School of Church Music will choose a hymn for the day
Reflecting on scripture A gentle way to reflect on scripture
Smart speakers Daily prayer and #LiveLent audio content can be accessed via your smart speaker apps
Prayer An article by Paddy Walker-Taylor
Service of spiritual communion A service for use at any time
The Manchester Passion Performed in Manchester and shown on the BBC in 2006
The Wintershall Passion Performed in Trafalgar Square in 2019
Light a candle On the Church of England website, you can light a candle in memory of someone you have loved and lost
Prayer wall Add your prayer to this prayer wall on The Methodist Church website
Westminster Abbey Podcasts
St Albans Cathedral Liturgies and reflections

Other resources

Dealing with loneliness and isolation: five top tips (Church of England)

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health (BBC)

Coronavirus and your wellbeing (Mind)

Culture in isolation (BBC)

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