The Fourth Sunday of Trinity: Sunday 5th July
Please do join in with our local worship this morning, coming to you from inside St Giles’ Church.
Perhaps follow our local worship up by joining in with the national service from the Church of England which you’ll find below and will go live from 9am Sunday 5th July.
First online prison church service to be broadcast by Church of England
This means that, for the first time, prisoners and their families will be able to attend the same church service, wherever they may be. Worshippers outside of the prison service are also welcome to attend.
Recorded at three sites – HMP Stocken in Rutland, HMP Low Newton in Durham and HMP Pentonville in London – the service will include contributions from prison staff and chaplains, along with prayers, reflections and artwork written and created by prisoners.
The service, with the theme of hope, will be led by Reverend Helen Dearnley, Anglican chaplaincy adviser for HM Prison and Probation Service.
Speaking from the chapel of HMP Stocken prison, Reverend Helen Dearnley said that the online service is “enabling us wherever we are to unite in hope and prayer and praise.”
She said: “Today for the first time, those in prison and their families will be able to worship virtually together, and all of us, separated from our communities by coronavirus, can share in this worship.”
Lucy Frazer QC MP, Prisons and Probation Minister at the Ministry of Justice said:
“To prevent outbreaks of coronavirus in our prisons, we have temporarily put in place a restricted regime and paused all social visits to help protect staff, prisoners and the public.“
It is great to see examples of how technology is allowing prisoners to connect remotely with their families, and I am delighted that we can continue to do that with our first-ever virtual prison church service.
“I would like to thank all of our prison staff who have made this possible – you truly are hidden heroes.”
At these unprecedented times when all worship has been suspended in our churches, we are pleased to bring you links below to various resources that you might find of use.
Please find here our own church resources for Morning Prayer,
Mid-Day Prayer and Evening Prayer.
and check out our “Power of Prayer” page
for more information about praying.
USEFUL ON-LINE RESOURCES
The BBC’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship
– radio programmes will be using some of the themes from #LiveLent as part of their broadcasts.
– daily prayer and #LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps.