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30 WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED

3o Ways to stay connected and build community while social distancing by Caesar Kalinowski. Get the eBook here.

PAUSE/PRAY AUDIO BIBLE REFLECTIONS

From the team at Engage Worship here are our top 4 of their PAUSE/PRAY audio Bible reflections.

 

The Lord’s Prayer
This audio reflection works through the Lord’s Prayer section by section. It gives prompts for reflection and prayer, and features instrumental piano accompaniment.

 

Evening Examen
Here is a guided prayer reflection based on the Examen. This is a way of thinking back over your day with God, prayerfully, thankfully and honestly.

 

Peace Be With You reflection
This is a reflection on the peace of Jesus, and how it differs from the peace that the world gives. It draws from familiar Advent and Christmas Bible passages, and helps us think about whether we let the peace of God “rule in our hearts” (Colossians 3:15).

 

Knowing God’s Love
This reflection is an invitation to receive words of God’s love from the Bible, so that we might be sent out to share God’s love.

WORSHIP PLAYLISTS

Listen to the songs we sing on a Sunday at anytime by listening to our worship playlists.

9:30 (Traditional) Worship Playlist
Spotify
YouTube

 

11:00 (Contemporary) Worship Playlist
Spotify
YouTube

 

Transform Kids
Spotify
YouTube

THE BIBLE APP

Get the Bible on your phone or tablet for free, access different translations and loads of reading plans here.

PODCASTS

Catch up on previous messages here.

SIX WAYS TO LIVE LIKE JESUS

Jesus had a full on life, engaging with the chaos of ministry and life around him, and he managed to live it present to God and led by truth in his Father instead of fear. Some important words to those following him were:

 

‘Do not worry about your life…’ (Jesus, Matthew 6v25)

 

How do we take these words to heart? Jesus isn’t talking about not being concerned with what’s happening around us at this time, but rather that we don’t allow our lives to be driven into a corner by worry and anxiety. Easier said than done, right?

To live a Jesus-shaped, non-anxious life in these difficult times we need to set up sustainable patterns for living. We’ve ‘borrowed’ the five categories that the organisation Mind have helpfully put on their website but included some ideas that can help you live these out as followers of Jesus.

If you would find it helpful to aim for a fixed schedule over the next few weeks (those with kids, or the list-makers among us!), then feel free to download the grid here. You can print it off to write out some practical ways to do this over the next few days, weeks, months.

 

SIX WAYS

 

Have a look at the SIX and then in the grid, try and write down one specific and practical way you could do one or two of these categories daily, weekly and monthly. If you live with others, definitely discuss it around a meal or some place together. Kids will usually have some amazing ways to do this that you haven’t thought of! The key is don’t try to fill out EVERY box on your first attempt! As the days and weeks go by and you feel you’re getting this, then feel free to add another way to the grid. Happy patterning!

  1. Connect – With God through prayer and each other by phoning. Try to check your news and social media feed less often and have a ‘good’ conversation with the person in the same room as you or a distraction free phone call to a loved one.
  2. Be active – Try taking exercise, whether that’s in your arm chairs, walks or HiiT workouts in your living room.
  3. Be present – Take notice of your surrounding and how others are feeling. Ask the Holy Spirit what he is doing every time you move room or location. Be present to your body also – if you’re getting tired, take a break!
  4. Learn – Take time in the scriptures to let Jesus speak to you through them. Use our Lectio Divina Journal to go deeper in to teaching and check out our podcasts. Learning new recipes for meals, trying to bake your own bread, drawing and writing will all help!
  5. Give – Whether this is financial, in prayer for others or in practical acts of service, taking our eyes off ourselves to help others brings great perspective.
  6. Stop – Take a sabbath (24 hours set aside to rest and delight). Could you do a digital sabbath (no phones and devices), try not to shop on that day (even online!) Do something that brings life to you (and family) life, scriptures, walks, making (and eating) pancakes! Etc. Get a good night’s sleep. Set yourself an episode limit on engaging Netflix and devices. These usually leave you more exhausted not less!

FOODBANK

Widnes Foodbank is still open, helping local people in crisis. Please continue to donate food to them. You can drop off items at the Widnes Foodbank Warehouse, Cemetery Lodge, Birchfield Rd on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday between 9:30am – 12pm. Or at the donation points in Tesco, Asda & Morrisons. For more info visit their website.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRAYERS

The Church of England is releasing daily prayers available through it’s website.

Kids

JOE WICKS PE // 9AM DAILY

Start your day off with a Joe Wicks PE Lesson here.

LEARN BSL // 1PM DAILY

Learn a new skill – Beginners British Sign Language everyday at 1pm here.

ROCK KIDZ // 2PM DAILY

Fun PHSE, Live Music & Daily Exercise from the Rock Kidz Team daily at 2pm here.

GOSPEL OF MATTHEW ACTIVITY BOOKLET

From the team at She Reads Truth, download Kids Read Matthew from their website here.

THE BIBLE APP FOR KIDS

Get the a free Bible experience for your kids, an animated storybook app for smartphones and tablets with colourful illustrations with touch-activated animations and games and activities to help kids remember what they learn. Get it here.

THE GREAT INDOORS FROM THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors. See the activities here.

ACTIVITY OF THE DAY FROM GIRLGUIDING UK

Find exciting activities to do everyday on the Girlguiding UK Facebook page here.

Youth

JOE WICKS PE // 9AM DAILY

Start your day off with a Joe Wicks PE Lesson here.

COLOURING

Download a free colouring sheet or do some online colouring from YFC here.

LEARN BSL // 1PM DAILY

Learn a new skill – Beginners British Sign Language everyday at 1pm here.

GOOD NEWS BIBLE YOUTH EDITION VIDEOS

The Bible Society have put together some great videos on the Bible. Check them out here.

ACTIVITY OF THE DAY FROM GIRLGUIDING UK

Find exciting activities to do everyday on the Girlguiding UK Facebook page here.

THE BIBLIE IN 3.5 MINS

The Bible Society have a great set of 3.5min journey through the Bible videos, see them here.

THE GREAT INDOORS FROM THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors. See the activities here.

INTRO OUTRO YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Intro Outro is a YouTube Channel from YFC with loads of fun videos on it aimed at young people. Find the Channel here.