Resources while the church is closed
On the welcome page you will find a list of online services, prayers and other resources which is updated daily. Here, they are arranged into groups, for ease of finding something that might appeal to you.
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. Rochester Cathedral is sharing daily prayers and occasional services. Click here to find out more.
2. 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'.
3. 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.
4. Choral Evensong for the second Sunday of Easter, recorded at Rochester Cathedral. Click here to watch.
5. Sung Mattins and Spiritual Reflections on the Pandemic from Holy Trinity Church in Dartford: click here.
6. 26/03/2020: St Justus Church, Rochester, is live streaming Morning Prayer every day at 9am on its Facebook page. Click here to watch.
7. 24/03/2020: Durham Cathedral is posting live streams of services on its Facebook page. Click here to watch them.
8. BCP Services: The Prayer Book Society is listing all online Book of Common Prayer Services of which is it aware. Please click here.
9. Holy Trinity Brompton is live streaming services which can also be watched afterwards at any time. Please click here.
10. 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. 10th April was Good Friday. We would normally have met in church at 2pm to reflect on 'An Hour Before the Cross'. As we could not meet in person, Lynda Hubbard kindly put together a Good Friday Service which can be read through at home. It includes links to music, as well as readings and reflections. We invite you to read this even now that Good Friday has passed. Please click here to find the service, or use the 'Good Friday Service 2020' tab on the left hand side of this page.
4. 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. Dr Peter Hayler, Rector of Shipbourne with Plaxtol, has produced an Order of Service for Palm Sunday and kindly agreed that we can share it. Please click here.
6. 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, Articles and Poems
1. 17th May - Ruth Mason, a Licensed Lay Minister who has taken some services for us at St Botolph's during our interregnum, has sent a reflection which you can read here.
2. 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'.
3. The Gospel reading for Sunday 19th April, Easter 1, is John 20: 19-end. You can read this passage here.
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.
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.
1. The Church of England's EasterPilgrim app is a 40-day journey through The Lord's Prayer, beginning on Easter Sunday, 12th April. Each day provides you with a short Bible reflection, an invitation to pray and a suggestion for responding to the vision of the Lord's Prayer itself. Please click here to take you to the page where you can download this app onto your phone (Apple and Android versions are available).
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: