Our church is open again, but things are not quite the 'normal' we are used to. We understand that for some, the time is not quite right yet to return to church. On the welcome page of this website you will find a list of online services, prayers and other resources which is updated frequently. Below, they are arranged into groups, for ease of finding something that might appeal to you. Our church is a 'church without walls', so whether we meet in person or online, we pray that you will feel the comfort of God's love at this time.
Resources for those not online:
26/4/2020: The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a free dial-in worship phone line called 'Daily Hope'. This is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. If you know of anyone who cannot get online to access online church services, but who might be missing their regular worship, please do tell them about this! The number to ring is 0800 804 8044.
Online services to watch:
1. We have recorded some online services during the church closure and you can watch them here.
2. Rochester Cathedral is sharing daily prayers and occasional services. Click here to find out more.
3. The National Church is producing a weekly Sunday service - available online and on the radio - and much more. Click here and scroll down to 'digital resources'.
4. The website 'A Church Near You' lists all of the churches near to you when you enter your postcode, and those who are live streaming will indicate that they are. You can then visit their website for more details on how to watch a service: click here to visit 'A Church Near You'. The church closest to St Botolph's which is live streaming is St Nicholas, Sevenoaks. This is their website where you can find more details.
5. 26/03/2020: St Justus Church, Rochester, is live streaming Morning Prayer every day at 9am on its Facebook page. Click here to watch.
6. 24/03/2020: Durham Cathedral is posting live streams of services on its Facebook page. Click here to watch them.
7. BCP Services: The Prayer Book Society is listing all online Book of Common Prayer Services of which is it aware. Please click here.
8. Holy Trinity Brompton is live streaming services which can also be watched afterwards at any time. Please click here.
9. Please click here and scroll down for a pre-recorded Service of Holy Communion from Durham Cathedral which can be watched at any time. It lasts around 12 minutes and includes prayers for all affected by the pandemic.
Orders of Service to Read Online or Download:
1. For a service of Morning Prayer (Common Worship) from the Church of England, click here.
2. Durham Cathedral produces a weekly resource called Praying Together. It includes a reading, thought and prayers. Please click here for Praying Together for the week beginning Sunday 19th April.
3. The Church of England has produced an order of service for an Act of Spiritual Communion. The term ‘Spiritual Communion’ has been used historically to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ. The form of prayer offers Christians an opportunity to give thanks for their communion with him, particularly at times when they would ordinarily be present at the Eucharist.
5. The Church of England website has many orders of service to choose from. You can select 'Contemporary' (Common Worship) or 'Traditional' (Book of Common Prayer) and choose between Morning Prayer, Prayer During the Day, Evening Prayer or Night Prayer, for the day in question. Click here.
Prayers, Readings, Reflections and Poems
1. Please click here for a reflection for the week of 16th August from Ruth Mason, LLM, who has taken services for us during our interregnum.
Please click here for a reflection for the week of 2nd August from Ruth Mason, LLM.
2. Please click here for a reflection on 6th July from Ruth Mason, LLM.
3.The Church of England has produced a booklet of prayers for use during the Coronavirus outbreak, and this booklet also contains two simple acts of worship particularly geared to those who are housebound or isolating. Please click here and then scroll down to 'Worship at Home' where you can download 'Prayers for use during the coronavirus outbreak'.
4. A Capuchin Franciscan Brother Richard Hendrick's poem "Lockdown" has gone viral. You can read it here.
5. Please click here for a Christian devotion that some may find helpful: 'Nothing I suffer surprises God'.
6. For a couple of reflections from St Botolph's Prayer Team, please click here.
7. The Church of England website carries a Prayer for the Day. Click here and scroll down.
8. With thanks to Peter Brewin who has been leading some of our services at St Botolph's during the Interregnum, please click here for a prayer which you might find helpful.
9. Please click here for liturgy and prayer resources from the Church of England, including a simple form of prayer that can be used at home.
'The Father's Love' - 2020 Prayer Journal
If you haven't yet seen the prayer journal for this year's Thy Kingdom Come, why not take a look and follow the devotions and guided prayers over 11 days? Click here to find various versions of the Prayer Journal on our website.
'Practicing the Presence of God' by Brother Lawrence
You can click here to find a free download of this helpful book.
1. 'Time to Pray' app. Everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church's year. Download it for free here.
2. Are you someone who likes to download useful apps to your phone? If so, you might like to have a look at this one from Pete Greig and others: Lectio 365: click here for details.
3. Hodder Faith's Audio Bible App. Download it and you'll have the whole Bible, read beautifully by actor, David Suchet.
A special message from our Prayer Team: