Support during Lockdown
Please see below a range of material to help you in this prolonged time of lockdown. There is a mixture of prayers and worship that you can say at home, along with news to help you know what is happening in our churches and the Church of England as a whole. Online services for the Minster and Whitelackington are happening on Facebook at 10.30am on Sundays and 7.30pm on Thursdays – either search The Minster on Facebook or follow the instructions below.
If you are feeling lonely or finding it hard to ask someone to help you get food or other essential supplies then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a small group of volunteers who might be able to help.
For all the following material please click on the words or link to open the item, except the latest letter from Revd Jo.
We would love to pray for you and your loved ones! If you would like prayer for someone or a situation please email email@example.com.
Please give the first name only of the person or the situation and brief details you might want to add, e.g. ‘Bob’s missing his family’ or ‘for Brenda in hospital’. The prayer does not need to be limited to the current COVID19 situation.
Please also indicate whether you would like the prayer (you can opt for all or just 1 or 2 of the following options):
- Mentioned by our vicar, Jo, on Thursday’s Pause to Prayer at 7.30pm live streamed onto Facebook
- You would like the prayer added to one of our pastoral team’s daily prayers
- Added to our Prayer Wall (and shared on Facebook)
Below are some prayers that you can say at home, between you and God.
A prayer from the Corrymeela Community
God who speaks from out of the whirlwind,
and hears sighs too deep for words:
as we come to terms
with what we do not know –
a timeline for return,
a safe social distance –
as we struggle
to make sense of the world around us
and imagine what life will be like,
ground us in our kindness.
May a gracious word
begin our next encounter,
a patient thought
accompany our coming breath,
so that with little left in our control,
we may control ourselves
with grace and faith and compassion.
A prayer for all those 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.
10.30am Sunday’s on the Minster Facebook page a short time of prayer and reflection – follow the link here and if you do not have a Facebook account click ‘not now’ (bottom right in small text) on the log in box that pops up and you will be able to view the page. You will need to scroll down to the relevant date to see previous services or wait a minute or two if tuning in live.
7.30pm Thursday’s on the Minster Facebook page for Pause to Prayer (instructions as above).
Lectionary readings to go with the above https://churchinwales.contentfiles.net/media/documents/1815_-_Lectionary_Year_A_WDIIb_-_Advent_2019-Kingdom_2020.pdf
News and other links
Church of England’s website https://www.churchofengland.org/
Diocese of Bath & Wells website https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/
Courses which you could do as an individual are currently free to access:
- The videos for Alpha are available to watch on YouTube:
- Or if you’d prefer Christianity Explored, which explores the message of Christianity through the Gospel of Mark, is free to watch until the end of June:
- Faith Pictures, a course from the Church Army thinking about how we share our faith, is free to watch once you have signed in
- Or if you’d like to engage with something more theologically dense, the theological college St John’s, Nottingham have a good series of videos you can watch here:
- If you want a film to watch and have a Netflix account, how about ‘The Two Popes’ a fictionalised account of the relationship between Popes Francis and Benedict.
- You might also watch or re-watch Jimmy McGovern’s hard-hitting serial ‘Broken’ starring Sean Bean about the life and minstry of a Catholic priest. As a warning the series does contain very adult themes.