FAITH DURING LOCKDOWN

During this difficult time for us all here are some ways to sustain our Christian faith.

Below is information on how to take part in online services, resources for children and young people, and links to information and good news stories during lockdown.

For information on local support and how you can help others, please click here.

Beatitudes for a Global Pandemic
Based on the Book of Matthew, chapter 5.
Which of these resonate most with you?


(This image is licensed from CartoonChurch.com, written by Jayne Manfredi and illustrated by Dave Walker.)

Online Worship

Everyone within Botley, Curdridge or Durley is invited to participate in our online services via Zoom.  Details will be emailed and posted here in advance of each service.

Pentecost Online Service: Sunday 31st May at 10am

Click here or on the image below to access the Service Booklet.

To join the worship on Zoom you need to click on the link which is sent from the church office with the weekly news sheet.  If you do not receive this, please ask for your email to be added to the distribution list by contacting Karen at the office:  office@bcd-churches.org.uk

Alternatively, you can obtain the link by asking another church member, who you know personally, to forward it onto you.

For children

So that parents are not prevented from participating fully in online worship (esp. after a week of home schooling!) I’m encouraging households to use as little or as much of the following material as they wish during the week before the worship – perhaps at tea time or whenever the time seems right for “talking faith at home” together. If any want to, they can “Show and Tell” in the Zoom service. You may wish to use your own ideas.  If you’ve nothing to bring don’t let that stop you joining in, it’s great to just see the many faces.

Please don’t feel under any pressure to use these materials – they are just ideas you may enjoy that tie in with the reading for this Sunday. Read on!

At Pentecost Jesus gave the gift of his Holy Spirit to encourage the work of building the church and to help them continue the work he had begun.

Here’s a nice messy activity for you to try during the week! Ha Ha. Make a sandwich without using your hands. You will need a blindfold, sandwich making materials – plate, slice of bread, knife, butter and sandwich filings. Get 2 people in your family to stand in front of each other. Blindfold the person at the back and the person in front clasps their hands behind their partner’s back. The person behind reaches through their partner’s arms to act as their hands. The person in front now gives instructions to make and eat a sandwich. Everyone else gets to watch and laugh at the chaos!  Afterwards, reflect on the task together. Jesus needs us to continue the work he began on earth. He can’t use his own hands – he only has ours to rely on.

Roots childrens activity sheet – click here.

Daily Prayer at Home
A new Eastertide version of the Daily Prayer booklet is now available for use each day at home with some additional prayers.

Daily Prayer at Home – Additional Readings contains readings up to June plus 4 extra Psalms. Alternatively you can download a Daily Prayer app on a smart phone or tablet – click here for a range of apps available.

Daily Services online
The daily videoed prayers that we have been offering during the coronavirus lockdown will also continue to be available, Monday to Saturday, at around 8am each day, via Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on this page of our website: https://bit.ly/33GRRqD

An inspiring image to remind us that God cares for the world and that our prayers for each other can be in the context of whole world, especially those parts of the world with redimentary heath care systems. Click here.

Sunday@7
Please light a candle where it can be seen in your community as a sign of both support for all front line staff and carers – and a sign of our hope and prayer that the experience of the pandemic will make us kinder and better people at the end of our confinement.

Thursdays 8pm – Clap for our Carers
It’s been moving to see (and hear!) households showing their support for those caring for Covid-19 suffers: trumpet blasts, saucepans and ladles to the fore! Keep it up!

Journaling
During this time when most of us will be at home you could make time for keeping a journal.  If you’ve never done this before you may find that it helps to get things straight in your head.  You needn’t spend very much time each day doing this.  Writing in this way is a spiritual activity and you may find that once you start you’ll be wondering where all those thoughts came from!  Try writing rather than on a computer, the mental-physical process get a different result. See where it takes you! Find out more about the benefits of journaling for stress management.

Taize worship
Faced with the measures of isolation that are now the rule in many different countries, the Taizé ecumenical  religious community,which welcomes 1000’s of young people each year, would like to express their spiritual solidarity with all those who find themselves alone.

A prayer with a small group of brothers will be broadcast live from the Community:   https://www.taize.fr/en_article27540.html

Portsmouth Cathedral
Daily live streamed services online: www.portsmouthcathedral.org.uk

Tim Daykin on BBC Radio Solent
6am-9am Sundays
With music and conversation to lift the spirit.

Good news stories
Click on this BBC link:    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cx2pk70323et/uplifting-stories

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Join the Facebook page “YCMM Diocese of Portsmouth” as lots of useful resources for youth and children are posted here.  Take a look!

Rainbows! Yes more rainbowsMany rainbows that households have drawn, painted, coloured have been appearing in the windows of homes around Botley, Curdridge and Durley.  Please consider doing the same. Young or old can participate is this act of hope.

Click here for the “I can pray a rainbow – activities for children” sheet.

RAINBOWS OF HOPE: Click to see a range of rainbows spotted around the local area – why not send us your pictures too?  Please email to data@bcd-churches.org.uk to have yours added to the gallery.

Boredom Busters!

Here are loads of resources to help keep children and young people busy!
https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home

Marwell Zoo – watch animals via webcams

VE Day Activity Pack

Disney Inspired Educational Activities

Film Competitions

Marvel Comics Online

Jokes for Kids