Lift Up Your Hearts
Weekly spiritual sustenance from the Church Times. Download the free PDF to print at home:
Lift Up Your Hearts: No. 1 | 27 March 2020
Lift Up Your Hearts: No. 2 | 3 April 2020
The Time to Pray app (Church House Publishing/Aimer Media) includes the orders of service for both Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer. The app is now completely free to use.
The Time to Pray podcast features daily audio to accompany the app.
Prayers and intercessions about the outbreak from the Church of England are available online and as PDF downloads to print and share with those without internet access.
Radio 4’s Daily Service features a Bible reading, prayer, and music.
Join RSCM in singing their Hymn for the Day. A new video with music and lyrics is published every day, Monday to Saturday.
A collection of reflections and Christian meditation techniques designed to help people cope with physical distancing are available to read online and to download as a PDF to print (Church of England).
Anne Holmes offers advice to clergy and lay people who are struggling with their mental health: How to build resilience during Covid-19 crisis (Church Times).
The Arthur Rank Centre has collected a selection of worship resources and practical advice specifically for rural churches: Together Apart: A rural church response to coronavirus
From the Church of England: Guidance on Spiritual Communion and Coronavirus
Listen to David Suchet read the Sunday lectionary readings each week. The recordings are from the NIV Audio Bible via Soundcloud, which you can use either personally or download for use in online services (Hodder Faith).
Hodder Faith are also offering the complete NIV Audio Bible read by David Suchet free of charge until Monday 6 April (normally £20). Compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Live streaming and prerecording services
Start here: A beginner’s guide to live streaming your service (Church of England).
The Revd Bryony Taylor blogs on two alternatives to live streaming: creating a podcast for your church and prerecording a Sunday service.
The Revd Ruth Frampton offers tips for holding worship over the phone using a teleconferencing service (Arthur Rank Centre).
RSCM offer detailed advice on the rules around including music under copyright in a streamed worship service.
Get a free one-month licence to include music in your live stream from One License.
Professional support: Captive North, who have live streamed sessions for us at the Festival of Preaching, offer consultancy services and equipment hire to churches looking to start live streaming.
Theology and reflections
Theologians share their words of hope for anxious times as part of the #Theologyinisolation blog series (SCM Press).
Daily reflections from the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines: Nick Baines’s Blog: Musings of a restless bishop.
On his blog, the Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Andrew Rumsey, considers communion in a time of quarantine. He is posting regular video messages.
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, is posting Bible reflections on his YouTube channel.
A sermon given on the Fourth Sunday of Lent by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Revd Dr David Hoyle.
A sermon titled “But this I know”, given on the Fourth Sunday of Lent by the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Revd Dr Sam Wells.
Church House Bookshop have put together a selection of Books for Troubled Times. The shop in Westminster is closed, but books can be ordered online (and UK delivery is currently free for all orders placed on the website).
Malcolm Guite, the poet of our Poet’s Corner column, has launched a new YouTube channel: A Spell in the Library.
Don’t forget: your weekly Church Times includes a reflection on each Sunday’s lectionary readings and dedicated faith features.