Together while apart
In these times of isolation and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we should continue to connect and commune with one another, albeit remotely, and in spirit, rather than in person. We will update this page as often as possible.
Read Alan's letter to us all:
"We will get through this, and my prayer is that we will be changed; that we will be kinder; that we will have gained a new depth of faith and a new appreciation of what is really important."
Things might be feeling pretty uncertain right now and that can lead to heightened anxiety. It's also difficult for very many who can’t go to a funeral, whether for family, friend or neighbour. The Church of England is offering extra support and you'll find information here.
There are many ways in which we are keeping in touch and communicating with one another - while the doors of St Andrew's are closed, church itself continues. More details about what we are doing can be found below and via the links to other pages.
All the information you need about our weekly worship on Zoom, Mindfulness and links to other resources.
Find out about the Sunday morning worship shown at 9.00am each week, and how you can access many forms of worship through your phone line (especially helpful for those who don't have access to computers).
21-31 May 2020
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.
Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, we invite you to take part this year – along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 178 countries around the world.
There are many different ways to get involved.
Families and younger ones
Although our normal youth activities are suspended, Tracy (Children and Youth Worker) is connecting with families online. You can find all sorts of resources through the Sele Messy Church Facebook page, including a live feed with Tracy on Sundays at 10.00am and Wednesdays at 4.00pm. You can contact Tracy on email: email@example.com.
Rev Alan tells the story of Iris and Isaac by Catherine Rayner
Faith at home
Rescouces from the Church of England to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.
Mindfulness is a very helpful way of bringing us into a deeper awareness of the present moment. It can be helpful in dealing with stress or anxiety. Alan is hosting a weekly Meditation and Mindfulness session from The Rectory, Wednesdays at 8.00pm, on Zoom
. Please contact the church office if you'd like to be added to our mailing list and receive the Meditation meeting invitation details: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may wish to try this Mindfulness guide
At this time when we are unable to go to church services, many of us might like to pray more regularly at home, either alone or with those we live with.
Morning Prayer - together in spirit
Morning Prayer is usually said in the Chapel at St Andrew's at 8.30am on Mondays and 8.00am on Thursdays. Rev. Bill and Keith from St Andrew's will be saying Morning Prayer from home now and you can join them from your own home at the same time (or at a time convenient to you) - together in spirit. We usually use Common Worship on Mondays and The Book of Common Prayer on Thursdays. These can both be found online at the Church of England website, complete with the set psalms and readings. If you go to the 'More Options' tag, you can get all the permutations for every day.
We have produced some short Daily Prayers, which you could use at home. There is more information about Prayers of Hope from Churches Together in England here.
Every Sunday evening at 7.00pm, you are invited to take part in a shared time of prayer for our town. Please see the details here in the Pray for Hertford flyer (note that the time changed from 8.00pm to 7.00pm at the end of April).
A brief guide by Rev. Wendy Sellers to The Prayer of Stillness, as practiced by the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer.
It helps to have a structure, so Wendy has offered these recommendations:
Church of England Daily Prayer Available via the website and also through a very convenient app. It includes morning, evening and night prayer (compline) each day, including the readings, and has links to prayers and other useful extras. It is free to use but costs £2.99 if you should want offline access.
Church of England Time to Pray is another free app which gives a more flexible approach to prayer throughout the day. As it’s new, I haven’t used it yet so look forward to any feedback.
Northumbria Daily Prayer This is available via a webpage and is updated daily. It is much less formal (and shorter) than the Church of England versions. I do add in the Lord’s Prayer as a minimum.
Ignatian Spirituality If you prefer something less wordy then I recommend the website ignatianspirituality.com. The backbone of this is the Examen – a time of prayer with space to offer God all our hopes and concerns. Prayasyougo is an app that offers this form of prayer.
If you have another favourite method of prayer or find something helpful to others, do get in touch so we can share it.
Lift up your hearts - prayers and reflections from the Church Times
The Church Times is producing a weekly collection of prayers and reflections which will hopefully help to support people who are deprived of the gifts that come from churchgoing. Everything there will appear on www.churchtimes.co.uk, and on a page in the printed paper; but it is designed to fit on an A4 sheet, downloadable for free from their website.
Our Quiet Day in Lent at The Grove, Hertford, was unable to go ahead. We are grateful to Rosemary Willis for sharing her material for the day here - please take a look at this in your own time and space; may you find comfort and reflection through it.
Each morning, we post a Thought for the Day in our WhatsApp Group, on our Facebook page and via our church email. Find out more here.
Breathe and Coffee Mornings
While we cannot meet for our monthly Breathe prayer gathering or Coffee Morning, we can still be together while apart.
Do you need support?
We are keen to support the most vulnerable in our community and reach out to people, including those who may not have access to the internet for email or social media. If you feel you need support, or you could offer support, please get in touch:
Jane Cohen, Churchwarden: email@example.com
Sue Mulligan, Churchwarden: firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizens Advice East Herts
If you need advice during the coronavirus outbreak, Citizens Advice is still here to help. You'll find information on our website or go straight to www.citizensadviceeastherts.org.uk
Church of England
Homepage of Church of England
Mental health reflections
Dealing with loneliness and isolation - five top tips
Reflections for those who can't attend a funeral
Worship on the BBC
BBC TV Sunday worship
Radio 4 Sunday Worship
Radio 4 Daily Service
The Church Livestream Directory (CPO)
Prayers and reflections from the Church Times