Encouragement

This is the place for prayers, drawings or photos and links to other sources of spiritual encouragement during self-isolation, and while our church buildings are closed. Email stjohnsmilford@hotmail.com with your contribution, if you have something to share. 

Last updated: 28th September 2020

SUNDAY 27th September - PROPER 20

A morning prayer service was held on Zoom, led by Revd Clive Potter. If you missed the service, you can listen back to it here:

 

The order of service was the same as last week. You will find the order of service for morning prayer here.

The current plan is to continue offering our main Sunday service this way, over Zoom, each Sunday. The link to log in and dial-in details for the 10am service will be the same next week. The invite was sent to everyone who is on the electoral roll (and permits email contact) - if you are not on that list please contact stjohnsmilford@hotmail.com for invitation details. This service is open to everyone.

AFTER CHURCH CHAT

There is a St John's group on Zoom, for a chat with a cup of tea/coffee, on Sunday 11-11.40am. Everyone who is on the electoral roll (and permits email contact) has received log in details - if you are not on that list please contact stjohnsmilford@hotmail.com for invitation details.

CHILDREN

There are new online and video resources prepared by the Church of England under the Faith at Home banner, for parents, teachers and church leaders. They tackle a different theme each week. https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/faith-home

May June July
Hope Patience Vulnerability
Courage Resilience Compassion
Love Kindness Flourishing
Humility Generosity

TEACHING

CWR, based at Waverley Abbey, have been putting out a wonderful set of short videos of inspirational teaching on their site. There is a new video each week from centre director Mick Brooks. This week's is about looking to God and being thankful in the midst of troubles.

Our bishops are recording weekly sermons, available on the Guildford Diocese YouTube channel here.

PRAYER

Penny has provided a set of prayers called "The world ablaze - prayers for difficult times", also produced by Roots for Churches Ltd.

There is a prayer/poem about the people in our Inbox by Roy Christer, which was shared by both Maddie and Wendy, and can be found on this link.

And an Ode by an Oldie (80+), by Laura Thompson, that comes from friends of Eva, from Australia, which is here.

Hands in prayer   The Church of England publishes a Prayer for the day every day, just follow the link.

   There is also a Church of England booklet with prayers specific to the virus situtation.

 

Or if you'd like a little prayer from Helen and Phil Roche, who you may remember training in our parish, follow this YouTube link for Morning prayer, or Evening Prayer

MUSIC

The hymns At the name of Jesus, Brother Sister let me serve you and There's a wideness in God's mercy which were used in our most recent Sunday service are here. These soundtracks were recorded remotely by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields in their homes, and edited together. You will find other hymns from recent services on our Vimeo channel.

David Pepe has recorded some more hymns for us (at home with his guitar):

The Blessing UK is a quite moving gospel piece put together by Christians from all over the country:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U

A beautiful piece of classical music composed by a Godalming College Music student during lockdown:

https://soundcloud.com/user-920258631/nocturne-in-f-major

OUR DIOCESE

You will find information prepared by Guildford Diocese for church leaders in these regular briefing notes:

  • 11/08/2020 - Extended permission not to hold public worship
  • 18/08/2020 - Revised singing guidelines and courses for autumn
  • 25/08/2020 - Virtual APCMs and Transforming Generosity
  • 01/09/2020 - Children's work, Track and trace app, Parish Share
  • 08/09/2020 - Habits in lockdown, safeguarding, autumn festival resources
  • 15/09/2020 - Diocesan photo competition, Wednesday webinars, Transforming Generosity resources
  • 22/09/2020 - Government changes, Leading with Hope and autumn festivals

For more information, including FAQs go to https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/about/coronavirus-guidance.

OTHER SERVICES ONLINE

church Staying at home but want to join a church service this weekend? Find hundreds of live streamed services at cofe.io/ACNYLiveStream.

If you know someone who is not online - they can access these same resources using the free Hope Line phone number 0800 804 8044. You will find an article about this new service here.

ALL CHURCH EMAILS

Emails are being sent out to everyone who is on the electoral roll and permits email contact. Recent emails are accessible on this website, if you log in as a church member (using the little 'Login' button at the top of this page). If you would like to receive these emails please tell us by emailing stjohnsmilford@hotmail.com

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OLDER MATERIAL - SOON TO BE ARCHIVED

SUNDAY 20th September - PROPER 20

A morning prayer service was held on Zoom at 10am, led by Revd Clive Potter with Barbara Steele-Perkins preaching. You can listen back to it here:

SUNDAY 13th September - PROPER 19

A morning prayer service was held on Zoom, led by Revd Clive Potter with Peter Hewson preaching. If you missed it you can listen back here: