Wessex Synod have produced some basic guidelines on using video conferencing which we hope will be of help to you. Download them here: Video conference Guidelines
The Church of England has set up this free phone line.
Hope Together’s website has resources and prayers available
The resource hub, ‘Together Apart: A rural response to coronavirus’, continues to grow to include even more resources rural Christians can use in their homes and communities as well as signposts to a host of advice and expertise around the practical issues that we are facing.
Faith and Leadership have produced some information on How should Christian Leaders respond to a pandemic? With a collection of resources
A new, basic guide to using Facebook Live, YouTube and Zoom for the recording and broadcasting of acts of worship or Bible studies. Download it for free from the URC website: https://urc.org.uk/information-guides
As our nation faces the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, Churches Together in England (CTE) is encouraging Christians across our nations to continue uniting in prayer, praying #PrayersOfHope in their homes at 7.00 pm each Sunday evening.
Following the overwhelming response which the National Call to Prayer and Action received on Mothering Sunday, CTE has prepared a candle poster for those who would like to place a permanent symbol in their front windows of Christ’s light shining in the darkness. Visit www.cte.org.uk/prayersofhope
This poster has been made available due to our awareness of the potential fire risk posed by lighting live candles, particularly on windowsills. We are keen to avoid adding any pressure to our emergency service personnel, particularly at this difficult time.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ John 1:5
ROOTS are providing free resources for anyone to use at: https://www.rootsontheweb.com/lectionary/2020/106-march-april-2020-a/lent-4-mothering-sunday/worshipathome
If your church uses ROOTS, then there are more resources available through the person/people who are registered subscribers. If you are a subscriber, ROOTS are encouraging you to cascade the material that you can access to others in the church.
Reform is available to download free at present:
Over the Easter period, communion is usually celebrated in our churches. The Faith and Order Committee of the URC has prepared a paper which gives guidance on the potential for sharing communion as a part of ‘virtual’ services during this period when we cannot meet together. You can find it at: Virtual Communion
Resources which come via Churches Together in England
Churches Together in England have sent us the following articles:
Hope in a time of COVID-19. A great website from a church in Pinner. Their lockdown ideas section covers lots of helpful ideas for staying sane at this time. https://hope1513.com
Leadership in troubled times – Alban Institute – https://faithandleadership.com/resources-christian-leaders-during-coronavirus-pandemic?utm_source=albanweekly&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=faithleadership
Free Easter resources + much more – Bible Society – https://www.biblesociety.org.uk
Walking the Way – URC resources – https://urc.org.uk/images/WalkingtheWay/documents/Continuing_to_support_each_other.pdf
Collated by the Revd Canon Cynthia Dowdle OBE and Ultan Russell