Holy Week at Home
The links below will provide helpful information to support you with parish church children's and family work at home during the current Covid-19 crisis.
Holy Week Reflections from the Diocese of Norwich HERE
In Christ Alone by Virtual Worship Orchestra All Souls as shown on BBC News yesterday HERE
From Revd Dr Sharon Moughtin-Mumby creator of Diddy Disciples
This Holy Week and beyond, Diddy Disciples is providing free audio storytelling and prayer resources HERE
- audio storytelling for babies and toddlers during Holy Week and Easter
- audio storytelling for children aged 3-9 during Holy Week and Easter
- stories for strange times including home based memorial services (coming soon)
Our hope is to support families at this time and to provide resources that will make praying together easy, accessible, and sustainable.
Holy Week and Easter Prayer Card Activities Diocese Of Durham HERE
Lots of ideas streaming for Holy Week from Engage HERE
Lent and Holy Week at Home HERE
From Diocese of Bath and Wells Palm Sunday and Easter HERE
We just wanted to let you know that we have a Palm Sunday and Easter Bible Chat Mat ready to go and freely downloadable from our website. We hope households can enjoy using them over the next few weeks. For those of you who are interested, most of the Chat Mat’s have a bunch of hidden theology within them, many referencing some of the Old Testament parallels or they include images that hopefully provoke a conversation, our aim being, to produce a resource that can engage all ages on different levels. Our vision is for this resource to be far more than a colouring sheet, but rather something that encourages households to read the Bible, have a conversation, pray together and explore together.
Please feel free to share the Bible Chat Mats in your networks.
Also, the Bible Chat Mat ‘Jesus the Chef’ could be useful in the next few weeks, in that it is based on John 21: 1-14 – Jesus and Miraculous Catch of fish.
Lots of Ideas, songs and videos from Alastair Ghinn (Youth Children and Family Leader Selsey Churches) HERE
The Donkey's Day Out by Michael Forster read by Lauren from Bosham Church HERE
Downloadable Spreadsheet of a Huge List of Resources from Church of England National Advisers Network HERE
Church of England Safety Advice on Video Conferencing HERE
Links to Guidelines for Parent and Toddler, Playgroups, Early Years Provision and Churches:
A Prayer for Coronavirus by Dorothy Moore Brooks, Chaplain at Great Ormond Street Hospital
When I feel worried about what is happening in the world,
Blow my worries away like the wind blows leaves on an autumn day.
When I feel sad about how this virus is making so many people sick,
Wash my tears away like a waterfall washes over rocks and makes them smooth.
When I feel scared that I might get this horrible virus,
Calm my fears like the dawn makes a dark night fade away and I feel safe again.
Thank you that you are with me and everyone I am worried about.
Thank you that you love me and will always be with me.
Family Worship at Home
Please click on the Going for Growth logo below for resources for Family Worship at Home
Lots more to follow - watch this space...
Ideas and Resources from other Dioceses below
Pilgrimage at Home
by Tony Cook Director of Education at Diocese of Bath and Wells has designed a great way to journey round your home with creative prayer stations as you go.
“Faith Formation Every Week at Church and Every Night in Every Home”
There is a simple faith practice built into the core of every Faith Inkubators system, resource, and product. It is a powerful framework that deeply connects people to God and one another, connects church to home, and connects faith to daily life. We call this practice FAITH5™.
When modeled every week at church and practiced every night at home, FAITH5 carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, and promote mental, physical and spiritual health.
The five steps are:
STEP 1: SHARE your highs and lows
STEP 2: READ a Bible verse or story
STEP 3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows
STEP 4: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows
STEP 5: BLESS one another
A Prayer for the World by Mary Hawes
God of love and hope
You made the world and care for all creation. But the world feels strange right now. The news is full of stories about Coronavirus. Many people are anxious because of it. Many people are anxious that they might get ill. Many people are anxious about their family and friends. Be with them in their worries and help them to find some peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists who are working to discover the right medicines to give hope to those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these strange and worrying times, you are with us. Help us to look for the signs of your goodness and love towards us. Amen.
A prayer for when a friend is ill by Mary Hawes
Dear God, (name of friend) is ill. They are not allowed to go to school or come over to play. I’m sad because I miss them. They must be feeling miserable and lonely as well. Please be close to him/her. Please be with the people who are looking after him/her. Please help him/her to get better and to know that you love him/her. Amen.
A Prayer Remembering God is With Us by Mary Hawes
Lord God, you are always with me. You are with me in the day and in the night. You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad. You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill. You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am anxious. Today I am feeling ………… because …………… Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.
A prayer at bedtime
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the World, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for
(names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus)
and the people of
(country or place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.