We may not be able to come together as the people of God (1 Peter 2.9) to worship and pray during these difficult times but that doesn’t mean we can’t be together in other ways.
The Church of England invite us to join their virtual services at Church online. Exeter Cathedral will also be recording Sunday services and a service is being broadcast every Sunday morning at 8.00am on BBC local radio. Radio 4 also broadcasts several programmes including Bells on Sunday.
Many other churches are now also streaming their services online, such as St Andrew’s Cullompton. This means that not only can you see a service from a church near you but also that you can join virtually with family and friends at their local church, wherever that might be.
Of course, church is not just for Sundays and the above have the advantage in that you can catch up on them at other times too. There are also other online resources available such as that from the Bible Society for reading and exploring the Bible. The Church of England has a number of different prayer resources and there are other daily devotionals available, such as Lectio 365, written by leaders of the 24-7 Prayer movement. And there is also Prayer for the Day at 5.43am on Radio 4.
Churches Together are also encouraging us to continue to come together in prayer and light a candle of hope at 7.00pm every Sunday evening (and there is a poster of a candle to download and print to use for these lighter evenings).