Resources for use at home
I apologise for all the emails, but when I receive emails I will pass one. Below are two resources sent out be the church of England. I would recommend signing up to the Simply Jesus bible study.
Firstly, in the form of an online bible study called Simply Jesus that can be done individually or as a small group study (virtually).
For many Christians, Lent traditionally involves the re-telling of the story of Jesus, especially his final days and moments. Sometimes this is in hymns, prayers or processions, or with great music such as Handel’s Messiah or one of Bach’s Passions, or it is the journeying through Holy Week as a church community. With none of that possible this year and enjoy these things together, we are all exploring ways to think and pray through the story of Jesus. This course, based on Tom Wright’s book Simply Jesus: Small Group Edition, is designed to help us do just that.
We are making the Small Group Edition available for individuals and for congregations. Individuals will be greatly encouraged through the course, but there are also questions that would allow people to dialogue with one another about what they are learning. During these days, this kind of learning can be done virtually via emails with one another or through video chats. Perhaps you and others would gather together in a video chat format to connect and learn together.
You may enroll in this course for no charge from Tuesday, 24 March, 17:00 until Friday, 27 March 17:00. The window to enroll in this course is 72 hours. We cannot extend the time so please make sure you enroll while you are still able to. We are so grateful that this gift has been given for free (normally charged at £149.99!) by Prof. N.T. Wright and N.T. Wright Online. The link for enrolling is : Simply Jesus – TKC gift
The second resource, is five simple ideas for families to weave prayer and bible readings throughout these days of home schooling. These can be shared by clergy with anyone they think might benefit.
Growing in faith together
1. Keep a regular routine of prayer. Good times to pray together are those times you do something regularly, eating together, going to bed or washing your hands! Or Light a candle and Pray the same family prayer at the same time every day.
2. Read a bible story at bed-time or watch one online with them during the day.
3. With the ongoing situation, it can be difficult adjusting to not seeing family and friends in person, however, you can still pray for them together daily. Write them a letter or send them a picture saying that you are thinking and praying for them?
4. Choose one of the follow family Fun prayer ideas – Bright prayer ideas for families at home!
5. Listen to a podcast together. For example, you can click here to listen to our Family Prayer Adventure podcasts
Rev Liz Cox