Welcome to the Coronavirus Hub at Churches Together in Devon
On this page, and linked pages, useful items will be added as the weeks progress, to help churches throughout Devon and beyond to continue to worship, pray and witness as they deal with social isolation and being church in this time of crisis. Some of the links are embedded in the text – see words and phrases in red and underlined – just click the links.
If you have helpful items to add, please get in touch via our contact form at the foot of this page.
Prayer & Worship
Sunday Worship broadcast 22 March
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to lead a national broadcast as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The service will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship at 0810 and all local radio stations in England at 8am and will premier online at 9am on Sunday. More details here.
National Call to prayer & action
Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday.
This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.
At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer. More details about the Call to Prayer are here
The United Reformed Church
Full services will be available from the URC’s Daily Devotions website each Sunday. The Daily Devotions offers a daily Bible reading, reflection and prayer. Visit the website to read or listen to today’s devotion, and to subscribe to them if you would like them sent by email.
A comprehensive list of United Reformed Churches around the country offering live streamed services, sermons as podcasts, recorded services on YouTube, audio files of services and sermons and other resources has now been published.
Social Media guidance
Visit the information guides page on the URC website for guidance about using WhatsApp, to keep in touch with members and friends of your church, the recording of podcasts and using Facebook Live, YouTube and Zoom for recording and broadcasting.
South West Baptist Association
Online Family Worship – Nick & Becky Drake have led Family Worship at Spring Harvest and alongside their family are live-streaming worship for families including action songs, all age bible teaching, and lots of fun! Join in live on Wednesdays and Saturdays 4pm (FBlive – find their page here)
The BBC has produced a step by step guide to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Digital Tools for Churches
Digital Tools for churches during the Coronavirus
A crowdsourced index of useful digital communication tools for church leaders, communications teams and church staff to refer to during the coronavirus outbreak. Follow the link here to a GoogleDocs Document
Rev Paul Stokes – Plymstock United Church – gives advice and ideas on a great way to live-stream a service using a simple tool. A Facebook link is here and we will upload the full article in due course.