Church of England Diocese of York St. Hilda York

Prayers for you to use at home on your own or as a family

There's lots of new resources coming out almost on a daily basis.  

For families:

There's great ideas from Messy Church, and from the Thy Kingdom Come Website

If you want a daily devotional, then the Easter Pilgrim App is a good place to go:  There's 40 days of reflections on the Lord's Prayer with readings and prayers, and suggested family activities.  (if you're not on apple, you can download here.  You can also purchase copies if you prefer it in a booklet format

If you want help to pray with your children during this very tricky time, there's some suggestions here.

For individuals:

There's some user friendly free apps available to help you into a routine of daily prayer, with both audio and written resources.  You can sign up on this website here. or follow a daily pattern of prayer here.    You can also download the 'Prayers to use at Home' from this page.  There's lots of other resources, including prayers for children which you can find by following this link here.

Archbishop Justin has posted a five part series entitled 'Exploring Prayer', which looks good to use. 

We realise that it's going to be a hard road to travel over the next few weeks.  I've found some of these podcasts about Supporting good Mental Health inspiring and helpful, and I commend them to you.  You can follow the link here:

And if like me you're finding your emotions a bit of a roller-coaster at present, then I found this article a helpful way of explaining why.

Many of you will be missing receiving Holy Communion.  The Book of Common Prayer instructs us that if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves. This is called 'Making a Spiritual Communion' You can find an on-line version of this by scrolling to the bottom of this internet link here, or by going to our page 'making a Spiritual Communion' and downloading the leaflet.

If you know of someone who can't access the internet and would appreciate some of these resources, then either print them off or if that's not possible, let Revd Fran know, and we'll make sure they can have a printed version.

Finally, if you have some thoughts or prayers which you think might help others in our community, then do get in touch with me.

With my prayers,

Revd Fran

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