Living God’s Love At All Times: One-Stop-Shop
‘Living God’s Love at all times’ is a resource to help parishes, schools and chaplaincies through the challenges and changes of the Coronavirus pandemic.
New Covid Christmas guidance was issued by the Church of England on December 9th 2021. Please click here to see the latest guidance.
You can also keep up to date by visiting the National Church of England guidance:
On this page:
- Christmas Resources from the Church of England Digital Team
- Latest Coronavirus Guidance for Churches
- ‘How to’ guides for digital communications
- Prayer Resources
- Liturgy and Worship
- Daily Hope – dial up by phone
- Digital Services
- Information on maintaining well-being
- Information on finance and giving
- Opening Church Buildings
Christmas Resources from the Church of England Digital Team
- National online services: Join online services from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Our friendly online community are ready to welcome viewers. If you aren’t worshipping online locally, you could share the national services.
- Questions answered: ‘What to expect at church this Christmas’ is a resource for those in your community with questions about anything from wearing masks at church, to attending services with children, and much more.
- Daily Hope: The 24-hour Daily Hope line provides prayers, readings, carols and full-length services, at the end of a phone line. Share the number with your community who can’t make it to online or onsite services this week. 📞 0800 804 8044
- Virtual reality carols: Experience Christmas carols in Virtual Reality– Best viewed on a mobile or tablet, it’s as if you are in the room.
- Reflections for the 12 days of Christmas: The Christmas reflection journey starts on Christmas Eve and ends at Epiphany on 6 January. On each day, a different contributor will share something that lies close to the heart of Christmas for them. You can access this via our app or sign up to receive email reflections. Download this poster from the Resource Hub to share the link on your noticeboards.
Information – please check frequently
- Latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance for Churches from The Church of England
- FAQs include advice on weddings, funerals and caring for church buildings (scroll down)
- Archdeacons’ and Registar’s Wedding FAQs
- Marriage Register for June 2021 onwards
- Wedding Welcome Forms
- List of Marriage Surrogates
- The Faculty Office gives advice about legal matters, emergency situations etc.
- This page on stalbans.anglican.org gives further local buildings advice and updated advice from Ecclesiastical on preparing buildings for opening and opening for private prayer.
- Churchwardens’ Updates April-May 2020
- Bishop Alan’s Bulletin Archive
- Supported Thinking from the Flourishing Churches Team
- Starting and Stopping
‘How to’ guides for digital communications
- *NEW* Protocols for Lives Streaming Services
- A beginner’s guide to going live with your service or event for free from The Church of England
- How to set up to film a video on your phone from The Church of England
- How to create a Facebook page for your church from The Church of England
- Getting started with Mailchimp from The Church of England
- Streaming Worship advice including technical advice from the Diocese
- Resources to support online content
- Streaming Advice – Safeguarding
- ‘Streamed service’ graphics, for download (right click on the link and save)
- Promoting Online Services
- Building Online Engagement and Relationships
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources from The Church of England and other churches
- Downloadable and printable prayers from The Church of England
- A Service of Daily prayer from The Church of England
A Wild Worship Field Guide for praying while walking (especially rural walks). External content from the Sanctuary Centre
Liturgy and Worship – together but separate
Children’s Videos from Margaret Pritchard Houston:
Epiphany 3 Jesus returns to Nazareth
NB read this alongside the C of E FAQ –Can we worship outside?
Services by phone
Daily Hope – dial 0800 804 8044 for prayer, reflection, music and worship services from the Church of England. A weekly service is available from 9 am every Sunday.
SPCK materials copyright free for use digitally:
“Churches and charities will usually be able to use material from our books digitally free of charge including in streamed services. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more on how you might do this.”
Some children’s ministry examples:
- Family Resources
‘Worship at Home – Journeying with Jacob’ (These resources have been adapted from the ‘God in this Place’ schools’ Lent resources to have a school- and home-facing aspect)
Digital Services – Broadcasting and national resources
– some materials aimed specifically at ministers; others more general
Revd Kate Peacock’s contributes to this topic: Self Care – Covid 19
From the ‘Tragedies and Christian Congregations Project’: updated ‘Thoughts for Ministers’
Dr Richard Pile – a GP and worshipper in the diocese has written this book: ‘Fit for Purpose’
From Luton Council of Faiths: Supporting Your Mental Health
Support Hub at Sheldon: https://www.sheldonhub.org/
The C of E guidance on mental health at this time:
And more specifically for ministers here:
A link about collective trauma. There is also some work done on the grief cycle based on Kubler Ross’s work.
St Luke’s for Clergy’s: “Thoughts from a trauma-informed perspective on the Covid-19 crisis”
- Bishop Alan’s video on ‘Generosity’
- The Diocese’s webpage on Giving Generously to God’s Church
- A guide from the national church, updated 1.6.20: Access to Government Financial Support
- Parish Resources guidance on encouraging online donations including a short animated film that can be personalised to a parish through achurchnearyou.com
- See Parish Buying’s promotion for online giving
- Sign up for the next Church of England webinar for online giving
- Fundraising advice for churches from Ecclesiastical
Resources and Encouragement for Opening Church Buildings
Church of England advice on Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals, Holy Communion, Confirmations and Individual Private Prayer
Supported Thinking from the Flourishing Churches Team