Church of England Diocese of Rochester Westerham

Worship From Home

If you cannot join us in our building  you can still worship from home.   Follow the underlined links to access these resources which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.

These resources are offered to help those who are struggling to find words at what continues to be a difficult and stressful time, and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even if it is not possible to gather everyone together in church.


Join us online...

Our 10.30am Sunday Morning Service is livestreamed via our Facebook page and uploaded later to Youtube.

On Sundays, read the clergy's " Thoughts on a Sunday 


Please tell those who are not on-line...

... Daily Hope; a new national, free phoneline from the Church of England. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – offers music, prayers and reflections, as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone.

The church office will also post details of "Thoughts on a Sunday", prayers and the newsletter if requested.   Please call 01959 561330.


National Church Service

This Church of England national service premieres each week on the Church of England Facebook page at 9am on Sunday and YouTube.  


Rochester Cathedral

Weekly service premieres on Facebook and is then published on their website. The cathedral also share Choral Evensong and other services so do look at their schedule to see what is available now. 


TV

BBC1: 1.15pm Songs of Praise


Radio

• Radio 4, 8.10am - Sunday worship


Prayer

To help with daily prayer... Prayers for the morning, during the day, evening and night (compline) on the Church of England website, in traditional or contemporary language.  You can also download the Daily Prayer app on your phone - it's available for both iOS and Android devices. (Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England web site, © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2002-2004.)

Faith at home.  The Church of England has launched a programme for families to help make prayer a household habit once again.   #FaithAtHome will feature weekly video content to help families to talk about faith and pray together.   The videos will be led by children, young people, staff and school leaders from across the country.   #FaithAtHome will explore themes including courage, patience, generosity, resilience, love and hope and can be accessed on the Church of England website

The Church of England has provided a number of different sets of prayers to use

Or perhaps you have a Prayer Book (Book of Common Prayer) at home; you might find it helpful to say Morning and Evening Prayer in traditional language, and / or "The Litany" from the front of the book, or other prayers and Psalms in words that are familiar to you.

Diddy Disciples offers resources for families with children.

The Church will continue to share audio of Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer, which many thousands of people listen to on a regular basis. Christians can join in these services by downloading the free Time to Pray app from Church House Publishing.


Study and Reflections

Why not take the time to learn more about our faith, choose from one or some of the following, depending on what is most helpful to you... 

The Bible Project is a series of short videos to help us how to approach and understand the Bible, particularly to read each story in its overall context.

The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) provides many resources, including 

   40-day prayer journeys - daily prompts to spark your imagination, encouraging you to pray – however briefly – with renewed energy, creativity and faith that God’s purposes will be worked out in your life.

   Connecting with Culture - a weekly blog reflects on news, trends, innovation, and the arts, looking for what we can learn from, celebrate, and critique in culture and every area of life.

The Bible Society produces Daily Lyfe - an opportunity to spend a few minutes during each day to read and reflect on a Bible passage.


For families

Together At Home - Resources provided by Jessica Jenner - released daily to help children and families connect with God and one another.   Find these resources on Facebook...


The Diocese's Children and Young People Team have a facebook page with lots more information on here for material, keeping in touch at home etc.   In response to the concerns regarding mental health the Children and Young People team, has collated resources and signposts to specific agencies, to encourage and enable parishes in their ministry with young people on the topics of Anxiety and Mental Health and Bereavement and Trauma which you might find helpful.


Growing in faith together (Thy Kingdom Come) has issued five simple ideas for families to weave prayer and bible readings throughout their days.

1. Keep a regular routine of prayer. Good times to pray together are those times you do something regularly, eating together, going to bed or washing your hands! Or Light a candle and Pray the same family prayer at the same time every day.

2. Read a bible story at bed-time or watch one online with them during the day.

3. With the ongoing situation, it can be difficult adjusting to not seeing family and friends in person as often as we would like, however, you can still pray for them together daily. Write them a letter or send them a picture saying that you are thinking and praying for them?

4. Choose one of the follow family fun prayer ideas - Bright prayer ideas for families at home!

5. Listen to a podcast together. For example, you can click here to listen to Family Prayer Adventure podcasts.


Spiritual Communion

The Church of England recognises the Church of which we are members is not defined by the walls of a building but by the Body of Christ of which we are members. In making our communion spiritually, we are joining with Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us, ‘I am the Bread of Life’. In making a Spiritual Communion, you may wish to pray all or part of the Act of Spiritual Communion.


Please use these resources, either on your own or with your household.   Finally we remember, as St Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."     Romans 8:38-39 (NRSVA)