ONLINE SERVICES

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.

Online Worship

10AM Zoom online service this Sunday morning

Via computers, tablets and mobile phones:

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 to you.

A new service booklet for this service can be found here when available:

Children’s Activities

Why not make your own easy Advent wreath:

  • Cut the middle out of a paper plate, leaving a thick ring shape.
  • Draw round your hands lots of times on green paper (if you have it, otherwise other colours will do!) and stick these down to completely cover the ring or cut out leaf shape templates instead.
  • Then you can either use tea lights, battery operated tea lights, or decorated loo rolls to represent the 5 candles (4 around the ring and one in the middle.
  • Place it in the middle of the table where you eat and ‘light’ one each Sunday in Advent.

Click here to have a go at doing the Roots family activity sheet together that we started last week: Children’s resources for Bible Sunday

11.30AM Sunday Service of the Word

Under the 2nd lockdown in England arrangements this service have been cancelled.

We hope that the rotating service of the word will restart on the 6th December, but this is subject to government permissions.

We will keep you posted.

7PM Zoom online Service of Night Prayer this Sunday

A service using contemporary language on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, traditional language on the 3rd Sunday and traditional language Evening Prayer on the 1st Sunday of the month – via computers, tablets and mobile phones.

To join this Service 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 to you.

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.

Stress Management
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.

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 in 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