With the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, we just don’t know what the next few weeks or months will hold. For some of us we’ll be self-isolating for our own health reasons, some of us may get sick, and for now we will not be gathering to worship together physically as we usually do. Who knows how long all this will go on for, so let’s not forget our spiritual wellbeing too!
Spending time with God or with other Christians can help to boost our faith and remind us of the truths that we do know, even in difficult times. To help you feed yourself here’s a list of resources that might be useful. There’s lots to choose from so find what works for you and maybe try something you haven’t done before? Many of these suggestions are online so if you know of someone who can’t access the internet maybe you could consider printing some bits out that could be delivered to them.
We’ll add to this list as we find other things that might be useful, so do share your suggestions with us by emailing Jules.
Daily prayer and bible reading
Your daily routine may be different to usual but do try and find some time in each day to pray and read your bible. If you need some encouragement there are various organisations that offer commentary with readings, for example:
Scripture Union do daily bible readings with commentary online and you can sign up with TRINITY or Scripture Union to have them emailed to you daily
Bible in One Year is available online/ via app or emailed to you, and also has an audio option so you can listen rather than reading.
If you want something a bit deeper Tom Wright’s ‘For everyone’ series of commentaries are excellent and easy to follow. They include passages of scripture and then the commentary so are self contained and divided up into smaller chunks, so could also be used daily. Most are available for kindle/digital editions. For info you don’t need an actual kindle to get Kindle books – you can download a free app from apple of Android. But if you want an actual book do order it from your local bookshop which probity needs your custom right now!
Lectio365 from 24/7 prayer – is a free app based on Lectio Divina
The Church of England has a prayer of the day (also in audio) which you can find on their social media or online.
They also have a selection of prayers and worship at home resources to download.
If you want something more substantial the liturgy (ie: the words) for Morning and Evening prayer (a set pattern of prayer that many clergy pray each day) is also on the Church of England website which you can pray through yourself. It includes bible readings and takes about 15-20 mins.
This is also available on a free app called ‘Daily Prayer’ and available for apple or android from Aimer media.
Jules will be leading this live in our Facebook page on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8am.
Obviously not everyone is online or digital savvy, if you know of those who aren’t going to make it online why not print something out and drop it in to them (with clean hands, of course!). Several churches have already designed some printable resources for this and are happy to share, here’s a few:
The Bible & Theology
NT Wright online – website of the brilliant forenamed. Download a free ebook on Paul, John’s Gospel or Acts 15, or just read some of his articles