St Peter’s Online
As we have already announced, public worship is suspended for the time being and the increasingly tight restrictions mean we have had to close the church building for the time being as we all heed the government’s advice to stay at home unless absolutely essential.
However, as Bishop Nick has made clear, while public services cease, prayer and worship must not!
We want to try and continue with the daily round of prayer and worship as an important frame to all of our lives during this difficult and unprecedented time.
We would like as many as possible to try and take time at the start of your day to say a form of morning prayer. We will all manage this at slightly different times and in different ways but the important thing is that we do it! By clicking here you will find two suggested patterns for morning prayer for this week in case this is a helpful resource for you to use. We know that people like to pray differently – some find it helpful to follow a set pattern of written liturgy, others prefer to pray more informally. Whichever way works best for you, we have provided outline formats for both formal liturgy and an informal morning prayer time – please use these if helpful.
We are posting a pre-recorded service of Evening Worship at Home on the church’s YouTube channel here at 6.30pm on Sunday evenings, which allows as many people as possible to access it. Do join others to watch it together then if you are able, or watch it later when you can so that we all still share in worship. You can download the order for the service here so that you can follow it as we go through the worship. Do use the comments function under the video to post requests for issues you would like everyone to pray about – or you can post prayer requests on our Facebook page as well.
If you would like to join in online worship on Sunday morning as well, a variety of churches around the diocese are live-streaming on Sunday mornings – you can find out more on the website here. The national Church of England service also takes place each week you can listen to live on Radio 4 at 8.10am or it will be broadcast on the Church of England’s facebook page here at 9am and or via the Church of England’s website here.
We very much hope these opportunities will help us all to feel we are still connected through worship and God is still with us, wherever we are.
These are difficult and challenging times but we continue to pray that God will be glorified through all of this.
Find out more about what we will be doing for Easter here.