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.)
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.
4th Sunday after Trinity Sunday Service: Sunday 5th July 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: email@example.com
Alternatively, you can obtain the link by asking another church member, who you know personally, to forward it onto you.
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. If any in your household have produced other items, perhaps as part of their school work etc, we’d love to see them too. Read on!
Have a look at Sunday’s reading Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. Jesus talks about wisdom and he also invites us to depend on him for everything instead of trying to do it all on our own.
Look at the Roots family activity sheet for some fun activities and things to discuss.
Look at what Jesus says about wisdom in the reading. Print out the Wisdom Quote Quiz sheet and cut it up then see if you can match the quote with the person who said it.
Create a comfy quiet corner in your home where people can go for peace and rest
Write rest or wisdom in large letters on a piece of paper and decorate it in whatever way takes your fancy as a reminder of today’s reading.
The government has allowed churches to open from 15th June, not for services but for socially distanced and supervised individual prayer. Our thanks to the wardens for procedures that allow us to do this safely for both welcomers and visitors.
Durley Church is open this week Mon-Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 10am-12noon. Thereafter the idea is for opening on Saturdays and Sundays (times TBC)
Botley Church. From Sun 21st June the church will open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 2-4pm.
Curdridge Church. Thursday 25th June the church will open 10am-12noon. Thereafter the church will open Tuesdays 1-3pm & Thursdays 10am-12noon.
Please kindly note that BCD church opening can only happen if we can get enough volunteers to act as stewards to welcome and give simple advice to visitors. This is a real opportunity to enable people who have not had access to their village church to come and pray. We will keep you informed.
PARISH MAGAZINES ONLINE
For the time being the parish magazines for Botley, Curdridge and Churches can be viewed here: www.bcd-churches.org.uk/magazines
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 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 the whole world, especially those parts of the world with rudimentary health care systems. Click here.
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!
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.
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!