Church During Covid-19
In these challenging times we hope this page will offer spiritual nourishment and avenues for practical care. Although public gatherings for worship are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 virus, we will now be having services online, shared with our sister church, Cotham Parish Church and opportunities for virtual gatherings for prayer.
Online Services & Virtual Gatherings
Sunday 29 November, Eucharist: Advent
This Sunday’s Service is via Zoom at 10.00am
You can also watch live on YouTube.
The Zoom login is here with Meeting ID: 864 062 7995 and Password: 640517
The Zoom is open from 9.45am and please join by 10.00am at the latest
The service sheet can be downloaded here
Past services - still available to view
Sunday 12th July, 5th Sunday after Trinity: Service link
Sunday 5th July, 4th Sunday after Trinity: Service link
Sunday 28th June, Ss Peter & Paul: Service link
Sunday 21st June, 2nd Sunday after Trinity: Service Link
- Sunday 10th May: Link to Service Video. Service Sheet for Easter 5
- Sunday 3rd May: Link to Video. Service Sheet for Easter 4
- Sunday 26th April: Link to Service, 26th April. Service Sheet for Easter 3
- Sunday 19th April: 2nd Sunday of Easter Service
- Palm Sunday Worship April 5th: Link to Palm Sunday Service, 5th April. Palm Sunday 2020 service sheet
- Sunday Worship March 29th: Link to Service 29.03.20. Downloadable Service Sheet: 29.03.20 – Fifth Sunday of Lent
- Sunday Worship March 22nd: Mothering Sunday Benefice Service @ 10.00am. Click here to view. You can download the accompanying service sheet here: Mothering Sunday service 22 March.
Holy Week: Still Available to view
- Monday April 6th: Online reflection – Video link here.
- Tuesday April 7th: Online reflection – Video Link here.
- Wednesday April 8th: Online reflection. Video Link here
- Maundy Thursday April 9th: Link to 7.30pm service. Accompanying .Maundy Thursday order of service
- Good Friday April 10th: Good Friday Reflections: Link here – A series of reflections with accompanying artwork, music and silence. Streaming of the the Liturgy of Good Friday via Facebook – link here: https://www.facebook.com/CothamParishChurch/ You do not need to have a Facebook account to view.Good Friday service sheet
- Easter Sunday April 12th: 10am Celebratory Service, with Bishop Viv’s Easter Message, service link here. Service Sheet for Easter Day
Downloadable Holy Week resources and Covid Prayer resources that you can print at home and use for your own meditation and prayer. Covid Prayer & Holy Week Resources
- Daily Prayer with the Pray As You Go App – a wonderful 10 minute led daily prayer meditation, with music, scripture, space to pray and reflect. Download here for computer, or search for the App on your tablet/smartphone. You can also join our PAYG WhatsApp group for reflection on the day’s PAYG.
- Thursday Eucharist @ 9am. You will be able to join this using Zoom. A link for the service will be sent in an email the day before. If you would like to be added to the mailing list email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Thursday Pause @12.30pm. Currently via Zoom, this is a 30 minute pause in your day offering mindfulness and meditation grounded in Christian spirituality. A supportive, peaceful space. All are welcome. Zoom Meeting ID: 780 0786 5113, Passcode: 54911
Helpful Information about Zoom
Zoom is an online video conferencing application. It allows groups of people to gather for meetings using a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. It even allows people to call in with any kind of phone and participate in gatherings. A Zoom meeting needs to be hosted by someone, usually the meeting’s organizer. They are the “host” and have some control over the meeting, like sending out invitations to join the meeting.
Joining A Zoom Meeting There are several ways to join a Zoom meeting.
1) You can join using a link provided in an email. Click the link and your computer’s browser will automatically prompt you to download the Zoom app. You must allow this to join the meeting. NOTE: in order to participate in a Zoom meeting, your computer must have a microphone and speakers. To allow others to see you, you will need a webcam, which most laptops have but not desktop computers. External webcams connected to a computer work fine as well. You don’t need a camera to use Zoom and see what is on the screen. A camera only allows others to see you.
2) You can join with a smartphone. It is similar to joining with a computer; you need the Zoom app to join. The steps are similar to joining with a computer.
Let’s look at joining a meeting on a computer:
Start by clicking the link in the meeting invitation. Your computer’s default browser will automatically try to launch the Zoom software. If the software is not already on your computer, the browser will automatically download the app. Follow all the prompts to install it (just click where it tells you to click). If it asks you to “Run” a file, click yes or run. You will join the meeting as soon as the software installs. This should only take a few seconds. If the software is already on the computer, you will be asked to “launch” the Zoom app. Before entering the meeting you will be asked to join audio. Click “Join with Computer Audio.”
National Call to Prayer & Going Deeper
November Reflective Bible Reading – Monday 16th & 23rd Nov, 8-8.45pm
For some spacious time to reflect on Kingdom season bible passages there are two evening ‘Lectio’ sessions (Lectio Divina is sacred reading, the ancient name for ‘Reflective Bible reading’). No prior knowledge or experience of ‘lectio is required – the sessions will invite us to read with the ‘eyes of our hearts,’ and there will be shared silence and space to hear each other’s reflections.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 883 5044 0912
Advent Book Group
For those who love poetry (and there’s a lot of us!) this year there is a wonderful new Advent book to enjoy: ‘Frequencies of God: Walking Through Advent with R.S. Thomas’ by Carys Walsh. On Tuesday evening’s, 8-9pm, starting December 1st we will meet to share our own reflections on the book and the poems together in small groups on Zoom, and hope to offer some offline joint reflection opportunities for those not online.
On 15th December the author, Carys Walsh, will be joining us for the Zoom session, giving us an opportunity to explore with her some of the themes.
Virtual Book Group – The Benefice Book Group is alive and well and ‘met’ recently. The next meeting by Zoom is at 8pm on Thursday 10th December. We’ll be discussing Books for 2021, focusing on BAME authors.
Everyone is very welcome. It’s an informal group – still getting to grips with the technology! Do get reading, and please contact Rob via email@example.com if you’d like to join the next discussion. Bring your own tea!
Student Group – Currently meeting virtually for a cup of tea and catch up every few weeks, contact Pippa for more details. Students also very warmly invited to The Thursday Pause (see above.)
- Call or email the office if you would like a phone call or to let us know if you need support. 0117 973 3395, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prayer list. Firstly, please know you are all being prayed for daily. Those on our intercessions list will be circulated with our weekly email newsletter. If you would like to pray with someone over the phone, or wish your prayer request to remain anonymous, please email email@example.com and one of our clergy will be in touch.
- Phone a friend. Whilst we can’t be together in person, we can call, WhatsApp or even write a good old fashioned letter, let’s be in good touch with each other and beat social isolation.
- Bristol Sanctuary Offer a mental health service in partnership with the NHS that would normally provide a safe physical place for people to come to for a few hours in the evening if they are struggling emotionally. Whilst currently not seeing people face-to-face they are offering telephone support seven nights a week from 4-10pm. Call 01179542952 or 07709295661 from 4pm
- Oasis Trust Friendship Phone Line, if you fancy a chat Oasis have opened a special Friendship phone line during Covid-19. Open M-F, 11-3pm: 020 7921 4272.
- MIND resources. Mental health charity MIND have created an excellent set of resources for coping with all that Covid-19 is meaning for our mental health, particularly in coping with social distancing, anxiety and depression. Click here for more information.
Clic is a free online community here to support everyone with their mental health. A place to connect with others for mutual support, share your thoughts and find helpful information.
Online Resources – new resources added
- Pray As You Go App – a wonderful 10 minute led daily prayer meditation, with music, scripture, space to pray and reflect. Highly recommended. Download here for computer, or search for the App on your tablet/smartphone.
- Daily Meditation (via email) from the Centre for Contemplation by Fr Richard Rohr. A short centering email meditation, offering helpful perspective and spiritual resources for our current situation. Visit www.cac.org to sign up for the daily email.
- A Prayer for Sleep – an 18 minute guided prayer for when you are finding sleep hard, from Spiritual Director Julian Maddock. Link here.
- Insight Timer: a smartphone app to support a spiritual practice, with meditations and prayers lead by people from all religious traditions
- Reimagining the Examen: another smartphone app, this time with wonderful takes on the Examen
- Sacred Space: screen-based prayer, with options for prayer in this time of pandemic.
- The BBC’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship
- Prayer for the day – each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.
- Smart speakers – daily prayer and other helpful audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps.
The latest issue of Connections is now available, reflecting on light and darkness in these challenging times, it is full of articles, poetry, reflections and art to enjoy and ponder. Click below to...