Church At Home
For the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry
The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2 till 4pm. There are also a limited number of Sunday services - find out more here. Online services will continue. Please note the government guidance is that everyone attending church should wear a face mask (unless aged under 11 or having a specific reason why a mask is not advised)
While we are in these uncharted waters, due to the Coronavirus 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.
We are very grateful to those who have continued to support our church’s running costs during the pandemic with their standing orders. However, we are aware that others who would normally contribute to the collections made during services have been unable to do so. You can now use your credit or debit card to donate money directly to our church using our new secure online giving provider ”Give a Little” by clicking on this link. And you can even gift aid it. Any contributions will be most appreciated. Thank you.
Opening our churches for public worship
With the support of the ministry team and the assistance of our retired clergy, we hope to have one service each Sunday at St Mary’s. See our Church and Online Services page for details. There will be no evening or weekday services in church at the moment.
Numbers at services are limited to ensure social distancing. You can now book your places for the principal services online by clicking on the link next to the service. You will be taken to the Eventbrite website – and you will need to ‘register’ your email address with the site and the ‘register’ again to book your free places. Alternatively, email or telephone the Parish Office before noon on Friday (01799 506024 firstname.lastname@example.org); remembering to give your name, telephone number and postcode. We will not be providing copies of the Grapevine in church so please print and bring your own with you if you wish and then take it home. Service books will be provided. You can still just turn up on the day without booking, but if we have reached our maximum numbers, you will not be able to enter the church. More information here.
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 for 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
Our very own Canon Chris Bishop has written a song especially for our younger members - "The Return of Hugs ......" Click here to listen and watch
. If you want to see other videos produced by Chris Bishop see below or click here
Weekly Email Bulletins
We are issuing regular email bulletins that highlight information from the website, attach the Grapevine and service sheet and provide the Zoom links for live services that weekend. Please email Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the distribution list. Also do let us know of anyone without an Internet connection who would like these posted to them.
Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry is able to offer several ways in which we can worship online each week. See our Church and Online Services page
for details of our weekly pre-recorded 30 minute YouTube service and our livestream Zoom services from around the team. Past recorded YouTube services on our website can be accessed here
Resources on Diocese of Chelmsford 'Church is Changing' website - https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/church-is-changing
Royal School of Church Music - Hymn of the Day, and Sunday Self-Service
. The RSCM website
now features, free for all, Hymn of the Day, and Sunday Self-Service – a simple act of worship with music, readings and prayers which will change weekly.
Chris Bishop's Songs.
From very own Canon Chris and Annie Bishop and David Pickthall on YouTube. (This series has ended for now) - "History
" - Earlier songs in this series: "Education
", "Common Senses
", "Spike it (or not)
", "The Return of Hugs...
" , "NHS
" , " We Used To.....
" , "Garden Gate
" - "Test and Trace
" "At Home
" , "Things we have missed
" , "Positives
", "Two Metres Apart
", " Lockdown Agenda
", "The Covidious Song
", "New world in the making
", and "Vegetables
Morning and Evening Prayer
Chelmsford Cathedral is live streaming Morning Prayer at 7.45am and Evening Prayer at 5.15pm from the Deanery. You can watch this on the Chelmsford Cathedral Facebook page
and the video will also be uploaded to the Chelmsford Cathedral YouTube Channel
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.
Spring Harvest, a national conference that happens yearly around Easter time, is giving free access to their YouTube videos at their Spring Harvest Home YouTube channel
Prayer Websites and Apps
Prayer for the Day - each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.
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
Past Sermons at St Mary's and our Team Ministry can be accessed here.
Diocese of Chelmsford Sermon Podcasts 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 email@example.com
Engage at Home
Online Resources Pack for Young People, Children and Families from Essex County Council. Lots of useful links to explore - download here.
Worship for Everyone - Nick and Becky Drake, worship leaders, have put together 'Worship for Everyone', a great resource to worship together as a family. You can find this on their YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/worshipforeveryone
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.
Saltshaker website- resources for children and family ministry - https://www.saltshaker.org.uk/ideas
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.
Guardians of Ancora Game - Great game for 8-11 year olds to explore and be a part of the bible stories - https://guardiansofancora.com
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
- a number of videos for children on their YouTube channel
- Just scroll down the page.
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