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Using Zoom for church services

Using Zoom for church services

 

Submitted by Jerry Marshall

CW84: Coronavirus rural roundup

Like everyone else, we at the Arthur Rank Centre didn’t expect to find ourselves trying to work in the middle of a pandemic this Spring. As government advice was published, we worked from home and became proficient in using Zoom, particularly so that we could continue our office custom of having coffee together at 11am. This social time has been a blessing, particularly for those on the team who live alone.

CW84: Heaven in ordinary

Life will never be the same again.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard this refrain on the radio, the news, on social media over the last few weeks. In times of immense change, it can be hard to imagine life ever really going back to normal, and yet we all know from past experience as individuals and as Christian communities just how easy is it to fall back into try and tested patterns – good and not so good – after we’ve been through experiences that we think will change us forever.

Much of what this ‘new’ post-COVID-19 world will look like is – and will remain – impossible to predict, but we can, even now, begin to engage intentionally with its possible impact and in doing so equip ourselves to be better able to respond appropriately over the next weeks, months and years.

Easter 2020: Rural Reflections

‘I decided to write a Rural Reflection based on using the daily exercise walk. For those of us in rural areas, a walk in the countryside has the potential for offering spiritually wellbeing as well as mental and physical. This is at the heart of the reflections.’

 

This resource has been submitted by Revd Janet Nicholls, Rural Adviser & Agricultural Chaplain, Diocese of Chelmsford

Easter 2020: Rural Reflections – Easter Sunday

‘I decided to write a Rural Reflection based on using the daily exercise walk. For those of us in rural areas, a walk in the countryside has the potential for offering spiritually wellbeing as well as mental and physical. This is at the heart of the reflections.’

 

This resource has been submitted by Revd Janet Nicholls, Rural Adviser & Agricultural Chaplain, Diocese of Chelmsford

RMS 2020 Coronvirus reflection resources

As part of your Rural Mission Sunday 2020 celebrations, alongside celebrating another year of faithful Christian presence in your rural community, we want to encourage you to take time to stop and reflect on the last few months. To that end we have developed some resources for reflection that we hope you will find helpful to use individually, as churches and – probably with some adaptation – with your communities where that might be welcomed.

RMS 2020 Images for social media and Word documents

A set of images for you to use on Facebook, Twitter and any Word documents – such as service sheets – you might produce for Rural Mission Sunday 2020.

RMS 2020 Customisable poster and invitation

A set of Word documents and jpgs for you to use to produce bespoke invitations to your Rural Mission Sunday 2020 celebration.

RMS 2020 main materials

As we prepare for Rural Mission Sunday 2020, we find ourselves in uncharted waters. We – in common with communities across the world – have been living in lockdown for a significant proportion of the early months of this year, living with a level of disconnection that many, if not all of us, have found unsettling and unprecedented.

As we compile this material it is difficult to predict the extent to which we will still be impacted by social distancing restrictions by the time Rural Mission Sunday rolls round on 19 July. Where we are in the pandemic response will shape how you might respond. If we’re still in lockdown or social distancing guidelines are still in place you will need to focus on your use of phone or online resources, or on equipping your church family to mark Rural Mission Sunday in their own homes. If restrictions have been partially or entirely lifted, Rural Mission Sunday may be the perfect opportunity to bring your community together to celebrate

Rogation 2020: A liturgy for use online

This liturgy can be used online with people joining in at home. They will need some seeds, soil and water.