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 the lockdown.
For information on local support and how you can help others, please click here.
Everyone within Botley, Curdridge and Durley is invited to participate in our online services via Zoom. Details will be emailed and posted here in advance of each service.
All Saints Day Service:
Sunday 1st November at 10am
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: email@example.com
Alternatively, you can obtain the link by asking another church member, who you know personally, to forward it to you.
All Saints Day is the day when we celebrate the lives of the famous saints such as Mother Theresa and St Peter but we also remember that we are all saints – trying to follow Jesus in our day to day lives.
Read the following words based on Matthew 5:1-12, the reading for this special day and blow bubbles as you read each line to help picture God’s blessings.
Jesus said that God promises blessings for everyone who knows they need God’s help;
for everyone who feels sad or lonely;
for everyone who thinks about other people;
for everyone who wants the whole world to do what is right;
for everyone who helps other people;
for everyone who loves God with their whole heart;
for everyone who makes peace;
for everyone who gets picked on because they stand up for what is right.
All these people will be filled with blessings.”
Make a card ring large enough to sit on your head and cover in silver foil. Wear your halo as a reminder that we are all called and blessed by God. Think of one thing you would like God to help you with as you make your halo.
Make a paper chain of 4 saints and decorate to look like famous saints, people that have inspired you in your faith journey and yourself. Glue the chain around the outside of a clean clear jam jar and place a candle inside for an All Saints lantern.
Daily Prayer at Home
A Daily Prayer booklet is 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 smartphone or tablet – click here for a range of apps available.
Daily Services online
The daily videoed prayers that the Diocese of Portsmouth 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 their website.
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 the whole world, especially those parts of the world with rudimentary health care systems. Click here.
Some kinds of stress or certain situations can present the opportunity to harness stress positively.
For instance, it can be a driving force to succeed or fuel the desire to push the limits, but it’s all about managing stress in the right way – recognizing when it’s a problem and when it can be utilized for good effect.
This website introduces 9 Inspirational Stress Management Quotes to Keep You Motivated.
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
Daily live-streamed services online: www.portsmouthcathedral.org.uk
Tim Daykin on BBC Radio Solent
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 rainbows. Many 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 in this act of hope.
Here are loads of resources to help keep children and young people busy!