During these challenging times as of late, it can be difficult to feel at peace, especially if you or your loved ones are needing to self isolate and keep indoors. We have created this page to share inspirational stories and different methods of worship that others are doing for themselves and for others. We believe that as a community we can keep each other motivated and uplifted through this. If you have any similar stories or events you would like to share then please do either via our Facebook page or our email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suffolk Guild of Ringers
As ringing has been suspended for the first time since WWII, the Suffolk Guild of Ringers has provided recordings of Suffolk bells that you may like to edit into your live stream videos. Or just enjoy listening to. The audio recordings are:
Telephone Conferencing Success
Revd Jeremy Parsons has hosted a #LiveLent service by phone, as "not everyone has the Internet, smartphones and iPads, but we all have a phone... So we're using an audioconference service that gives us a phone "room" for up to 50 people at a time to "meet", pray and chat together" . He will also be hosting a compline in the evening to "bolster support amongst us".
"The conversation flowed easily," commented Jeremy, “because we're all used to nattering on the phone, and so we were able to chat, to study together and to pray. Even more people were able to join us for Compline, and, if anything, the atmosphere of this thoughtful, reflective way to close the day with God was enhanced by being able to hear each other as clearly as if we were in a cosy room”
St Peter`s Church Copdock with Washbrook are opening the church and on Mothering Sunday there will be some flower posies on the alter and anyone wishing to take one for Mothers/Grandmothers can help themselves.
Box River Benefice (Boxford, Edwardstone, Groton, Lt Waldingfield and Newton) has joined forces with our local Community Council to co-ordinate a Support Hub. The church has put together a list of contacts who are willing and able (after basic training) to respond to pastoral and spiritual need, offering a friendly voice to those who are isolated. The Community Council have gathered a number of contacts who are going to organise response to any physical need such as shopping , prescriptions etc. They are also sending spiritual support packs out to all parishioners including:
- An update from the Rector on current measures to protect and support our communities together with guidance, advice and encouragement.
- Information regarding the Support Hub
- An updated Holy Week schedule.
- Service sheets for both Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline for you to use at home.
- A copy of the lectionary readings for the next 3 months so that you can keep in sync with the readings that the church will be following.
- A short book of prayers. Why not say some when you wake up, at lunchtime and before going to bed.
Finally they are setting up a simple 'Bring and Share' Centre in the Church, a simple 'Take What You Need - Leave What You Can' set-up.
Graham Miles, Lightwave Rural Chaplain for Suffolk, is available for people in our farming and countryside communities call 07413 683368 if you are in need of a chat.
Please take a look at the videos – recorded in response to a request by St Paul’s Cathedral for church schools to send songs and messages of support to the lonely and ill. Please visit:
St Gregory CEVCP School twitter.com/StGregoryCEVCP/status/1240284438086500352.
St Mary’s CofE Primary School, Woodbridge: https://twitter.com/amirving/status/1240605241286017025
St Edmundsbury CEVAP School: https://twitter.com/StEdmundsburyPr
Bedfield CEVCP School – Easter Jubilation
Sproughton CofE Primary School – have two!
Team Adventurers – Who Put the Colours in the Rainbow
Team Navigators – Lord of the Dance
For all church schools who have taken part around the country, please follow #hymnflashmob - https://twitter.com/hashtag/hymnflashmob?f=live
St Edmundsbury Cathedral are posting a series of organ recitals on You Tube the first is available here and you can follow their page to watch them all.
Grundisburgh and Hasketon are delivering flowers to those who are housebound on Mothering Sunday with a card. The are also organising a joint project with the Baptist Chapel - putting a fridge and freezer in church – and stocking it as a Parish pantry – this is not up and running yet but hopefully getting there!
The Lightwave team are posting daily on their social media; each day has an activity for families to try linked to a reading in the Bible. Day one started with making a diary to share with other people to 'Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom'. These will start to appear on the Lightwave Facebook page available here.