Church At Home
For the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry
Churches are closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter from our Curate Rev'd Rachel Prior here.
While we are in these uncharted waters, due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, we have an opportunity to learn what it means for us to be the Church in a different way. Church is not dead because we cannot meet together. We are still the Body of Christ.
For Children and Young People
Click here or on the logo on the right to access our Weekly Resources for parents to use with children and young people at home. If you would like to receive a weekly email of story and craft ideas from Matt our Children & Youth Leader then please let him know by email email@example.com
Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry is able to offer several ways in which we can worship online each Sunday. See our Online Sunday Services page
for details of our weekly pre-recorded 30 minute YouTube service and our Livestream services from around the team.
The Saffron Walden team will have live Zoom services for Maundy Thursday at 9.30am, Good Friday at 2.00pm and Easter Sunday at 9.30am.
The Diocesan website is full of wonderful resources to help us observe Holy Week - do take a look https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/holyweekathome
'The Lord's My Shepherd' - Click here to see this delightful short video made on Mothering Sunday in St James' Church, Sewards End.
Morning and Evening Prayer
Chelmsford Cathedral are broadcasting Morning and Evening Prayer via their Facebook page. Tune in for Morning Prayer at 7.45am and Evening Prayer at 5.15pm here:
Spiritual Communion is is a way of uniting yourself with Jesus and entering into communion with him even though you are not able to receive the Eucharist. Please find a video from Bishop Stephen and an Order of Service for Spiritual Communion here. There is also a version of 'Spiritual Communion' in the Book of Common Prayer. Please see here.
Chelmsford Diocese are producing a weekly worship podcast including a sermon which is available here: https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/sermons
Prayer Websites and Apps
Common Worship: Daily Prayer
Find complete services for Morning, Evening and Night Prayer from the Church of England with this official Daily Prayer app. You may also want to use the website, available here. App: Free for use online, small yearly subscription for offline.
Common Worship: Time to pray
Time to Pray: Prayer During the Day from the Church of England provides a pattern of prayer and daily Bible reading that is simple yet profound.
App: Free to use online, small yearly subscription for offline.
Lectio 365 is a daily devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day. Free App.
Spiritual freedom, a deeper relationship with Jesus, and finding God in all things are three basic precepts of Ignatian Spirituality. Website here.
On-line versions of Celtic daily prayer: Morning, Midday, Evening and Compline. See their website here.
Pray as you go app and website
Designed to be accessible wherever you are, this includes music, scripture and questions for reflection. Website here. App: Free to download
Organise your prayer life with this straightforward and distraction-free app. App: Free to download
Church of England Lent App, email.
Care for God’s Creation is the Church of England’s Lent Campaign for 2020. It’s available as a booklet, emails or as a free app. Find out more here.
Past Sermons at St Mary's Church Saffron Walden can be accessed here.
The Bible Project
Free animated videos on Youtube that give overviews of Books of the Bible and explore themes in Scripture. Click here.
Faith and Families
Click here or on the logo on the left to access our Weekly Resources for parents to use with children and young people at home. If you would like to receive a weekly email of story and craft ideas from Matt our Children & Youth Leader then, please let him know by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Engage at Home
St Mary's Saffron Walden Tinies
For parents and carers of babies and pre school aged children. On Tuesdays, we will be sharing a story and a craft activity for our under 5s on our Tinies facebook page.
Each week Illustrated ministry provides resources to link in with the Sunday readings. Resources include a children’s activity page; a colouring page based on Scripture and a Lectio Divina. This week’s resources are available here.
Bible Chat Mat
Bible Chat Mat allows people of all ages to read the Bible and have conversation together. The sheets can be coloured and doodled on, allowing you to respond to the Bible story in your own unique way. Resource from the Diocese of Bath and Wells available here.
A list of resources for families to use at home, compiled by Mary Hawes, National Children and Youth Advisor: www.going4growth.com
Bible App for Kids
Parents can stream or download 30-minute Bible App for Kids video episodes, alongside other free resources such as colouring pages and activity sheets.
Families Growing Faith at Home
The Diocese of Bristol have a section of their website updated weekly with resources to support families, to worship and grow in faith during this time of distancing. www.bristol.anglican.org/familyfaith
The Great Indoors - The Scouts have put together some fun activities to do indoors. https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/
- Engage Worship are putting out daily prayer and worship activities for you to do as a family. https://engageworship.org/engageathome
Ways To Explain The Coronavirus To Your Children
My Name Is Coronavirus
- This explains what COVID-19 is and encourages children to explain how they are feeling.
Time To Come In Bear
- A children's story about social distancing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA_SsZFYw0w