Resources

 

During this unprecedented time, we are working to provide a raft of resources to help everyone feel ‘connected’ to Christ and each other, during a time of ‘isolation’.

You can find resources to help you pray and worship at home, helping to deepen your faith and stay connected to the wider church family.

You can also continue to contact clergy by phone, email, post, or through social media.

If you have any resources which you feel could help others, please email debragoddard@churchinwales.org.uk

Please continue to pray for all those suffering as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, those caring for others, those who feel isolated and our leaders who are tasked with making key decisions.

O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Bench of Bishops The Church in Wales

Digital ministry

Many churches are launching, or considering launching, video content online, including live streaming. We warmly commend the advice issued by the Church of England on the topic:

Digital ministry through social media is a way of continuing fellowship with people who are isolated. This includes live streaming of services, virtual prayer meetings, Bible study groups and Lent courses. For more information on how to do this see:

Prayers

St Martin’s Church in Llay has created a prayer pack for use at home. It includes some forms of Prayer and Reflection for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.

There are also guides for worshipping at home

An Act of Spiritual Communion

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National Day of Pray and Action this Sunday (March 22).

Light a candle in your window at 7pm as a visible symbol of the light of life Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

The event is being organised by Cytûn, Churches Together in Wales. People are being asked to pray for those suffering from the virus, those who are anxious and fearful, leaders tasked with making decisions and those working in health and social care. They are also being asked to look after their neighbours by keeping in touch and helping where possible.

sermons and services

As all public worship has been suspended, there will be a live-streaming of services lead by Bishop Cherry from Newport Cathedral at 10.30am every Sunday from 22 March which you can watch from the comfort of your own home! Details to follow.

 

Family Worship for Home from Vicki Brackpool

Please find here a Family Worship Service with permission from +Cherry Vann.  This is short, simple and easy to use.  We hope this will give you chance to gather together and connect with God in your home as we continue to seek his help to work our way through all that is going on.  As our 8 year old prayed today, ‘Please help us to know how to get through this with you, show us the way, Amen.’

May God indeed show us the way.

Websites

Bible Exploration

A great interactive tool for all.  Read the Bible together and explore using this great ‘Bible Chat Mat’ for All Ages.

https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/bible-chat-mat/

Devotional – Can be accessed together

d365.org – Simple devotionals which are easy to follow yet powerful.

Creative Prayer Ideas for Home

Here are a couple of prayer ideas you can use at home with simple items that can be easily adjusted if needed.

 

Other services available online

The Rev’d Dr. William Ingle-Gillis and the Rev’d Sally Ingle-Gillis are streaming Sunday worship weekly at 11:00 from St. John’s — and perhaps other locations in the fullness of time — as a joint production of the East Newport and Wentwood Ministry Areas.  All our friends in Newport, Wentwood, and all over the globe are welcome.  We plan to release a schedule for daily offices and compline soon, and we have produced a prayer booklet so that people who wish to download or receive a hard copy can join us in our prayers from home.  Sermons and reflections will be posted separately from the main worship.  Even in the midst of the lockdown, this looks like a new and potentially exciting form of ministry. The Church has been praying continuously as a people for 2000 years, and we do not aim to let it stop now.  We invite all of good will to join us and know that they are not praying alone.

http://saintjohns.stream/youtube

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