Churches of all major denominations will also be marking a national day of prayer and action this Sunday – Mothering Sunday - particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services.
Bishop Paul, encourages us all to join in saying, “You will know that the Archbishops are encouraging us all to light a candle and place it in our windows at 7 pm on Sunday 22nd ‘as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished’. This has caught the imagination of many people, including many who are not yet Christians, and I encourage you all to do it and to ensure that as many as possible from your community know to do it too. Please share the obvious guidelines about safety.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will lead a national broadcast as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
The service including prayers, hymns and a short sermon will be broadcast online by the Church of England and broadcast across 39 local BBC radio stations this Sunday as congregations across the country find new ways of sharing worship together.
A Lighted Candle for Hope and Healing in the midst of coronavirus
Bishop Bev talks about our ecumenical prayer for hope and healing.