A free national phoneline Daily HOPE has been launched aimed particularly at the over 75s who don’t have access to the internet. Research indicates that some three million people – particularly those in this age group have no, or very irregular, access to the internet.
The line will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.
It is a simple new way to bring worship and prayer from the Church of England into people’s homes while church buildings are closed. Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. A section called Hymn Line will also offer callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’ provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by Connections, a group focused on this age group.
The challenge is that those with no computer access won't know unless someone tells them. So it is being publicised by broadcasters and the press. But the best way is for church members to contact people they know could benefit.
Your Church Needs You
1. Think of folk who would appreciate the service
2. Phone in yourself to find out more about it.
3. Seek out and tell those who could benefit!