Church At Home
Nearly all services at St Mary's Saffron Walden take place in church now but we aim to livestream at least one service each Sunday on YouTube. See our Calendar for details.
Evening Prayer at the moment takes place on Zoom at 5pm every Tuesday. Logon details in the weekly email bulletin or via the Parish Office.
Other services takes place on Zoom in churches around our Team Ministry and details of these can be found in our weekly Grapevine or in the weekly email bulletin or in individual church websites.
Links to past recorded YouTube services can be found in the Calendar or special services here.
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.
Other online ways to worship
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.
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
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 is a national conference that happens yearly around Easter time, is giving free access to their YouTube videos at their Spring Harvest Home YouTube channel
For a bit of fun.
Watch one of Chris Bishop's YouTube videos
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 - Lectio 365 is a daily devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day. Free App.
Sacred Space - Spiritual freedom, a deeper relationship with Jesus, and finding God in all things are three basic precepts of Ignatian Spirituality. Website here.
Northumbria Community - 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
Prayermate - 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
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
Engage at Home
Saltshaker website- resources for children and family ministry - https://www.saltshaker.org.uk/ideas
Illustrated Ministry - 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.
Going4Growth - 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.
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.