Worship during the lockdown

Thy Kingdom Come –  An annual call to prayer from the Archbishops. We are each encouraged to pray during the period between Ascension and Pentecost (beginning this Thursday), specifically for friends and family to come to know Jesus’ love and for us to grow in our prayer lives.  Special prayer booklets/journals will be arriving ready for us to use by Thursday (please, Royal Mail!).   Look out for them in your church porch or let Revd Janet know if you would like one left on your doorstep.

Prayer resources:

Do join in Tea Together on Tuesday – our own Benefice Zoom gathering, 3.30pm for an hour. Grab a cuppa, chat with friends we haven’t seen for a while. We’ll share in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Exploring Prayer course: a short video talk, then chatting together about it, and spending a short time praying about the concerns on our hearts. Drop Revd Janet an email to let her know you’d like to have an invitation to join in (even if you’ve never zoomed before – someone will talk you through the process!)

An old-fashioned book! “How to pray” – a simple guide for normal people by Pete Greig, pub Hodder & Stoughton . Also available as an audiobook on Audible.

There are lots of apps for your smartphone or tablet to help you pray. Try some of these (they’re all free):

Lectio365 – produced by the 24-7 prayer organisation. A 10 minute “quiet time”- daily reading and reflection to listen to, and prayer time.

Time to Pray – prayer for during the day and the night-time service of Compline. Produced by the C of E.

Daily Prayer – the Church of England’s services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer for each day.

Pray as you go – a 10 minute meditative time to reflect on a short Bible passage, no books needed, you just listen and pray. Music ranges from Gregorian chant through Taizé songs, traditional hymns to more modern worship songs.

Yardley Hastings Benefice service celebrating Pentecost on 31st May with a sermon from Bishop Donald

Pentecost service sheet

Yardley Hastings Benefice, Sunday Morning Prayer:

6th Sunday of Easter - 17th May  service sheet

Service of celebration for VE Day - 10th May   service sheet


The C of E website: https://www.churchofengland.org/  can take you to churches all over the country which are live-streaming services each week. It also has many resources for personal prayer, including 'Guidance on Spiritual Communion and Coronavirus'

Watch videos of Communion services from our neighbours at the Cogenhoe Benefice, (Revd Eddie Smith is our Rural Dean):

The Diocese of Peterborough screens their services at www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

Bishop Donald's message for us all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8x1Lv_jpHs

Bishop Donald's weekly video on YouTube and on Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/user/peterboroughdiocese

"Thought for the day" from Members of the Diocesan senior staff: https://www.facebook.com/pg/peterboroughdiocese/videos/?ref=page_internal


Why not try a short 5-session online course with the Archbishop on Prayer?

Over five sessions, Archbishop Justin explores different ways of praying. From asking for things and giving thanks, to expressing deep sadness and anger, Exploring Prayer helps you begin – or develop – your conversation with God.