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Useful resources

We have put together a host of useful resources for you. We hope you will find them helpful.


Church bells

Would you like to hear the sound of church bells before your online or live streamed services? Feel free to download files for the beginning and end of your services (from a 12 bell tower). Audio from a five bell tower can be found here.


Church of England resources

The Church of England has produced an extensive coronavirus guidance page, with a huge amount of information, resources and answers to FAQs (and more besides).

The Church of England have produced some mental health reflections to help you in this time of uncertainty. You can access them at any time, for free, via cofe.io/MentalHealth.

Liturgy and prayer resources from the Church of England can be found here.

You can watch (and rewatch) the Church of England's virtual Sunday services here.

The Church of England's Time to Pray app is now free to use.


Daily reflections

Revd Adrian Holdstock, Diocesan Interfaith Advisor and Vicar at St Mark’s Peterborough, is broadcasting daily reflections during this time. They are available via his Facebook page. You can also email Adrian to be added to the distribution list via adrian.holdstock@peterborough-diocese.org.uk.


Financial assistance

Information about the various financial measures that the government has introduced in response to Coronavirus can be found here. This guide is specifically aimed at Church of England institutions.

Find out here about a special discounted rate for Zoom for registered charities.


Funerals and bereavement

A new resource issued by the Church of England gives advice for those who cannot attend on how to hold a short and simple reflection at home on the day of the funeral.

The reflection has been published alongside services for funerals at crematoria and at gravesides in the light of the coronavirus restrictions.

There is also support for when you can't attend a funeral, available from the Church of England.

More resources regarding funerals from the Church Support Hub can be found here

Special resources for clergy regarding funerals can be found here.

There are also important resources available regarding Support with loss and bereavement for families, children and young people (from the Diocese of Birmingham) and Having difficult conversations with children (from the Diocese of Carlisle).


Mental health

The Mental Health Foundation has also produced some useful resources, which can be found here.

You can find a host of other mental health resources from a variety of different organisations and charities.

Some helpful books and resources are also available from Sacristy Press.

Northamptonshire has launched its very first Integrated Mental Health Response Hub –  a 24/7 telephone support system for our community. You can get support from a helpful Mental Health Navigator by calling 0300 330 1011.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS has put up some links regarding 'How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak'.

Scripture Union has produced a brand new collection of Mental Health and Wellbeing resources for 5-18 year olds (endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation), with a biblical perspective on anxiety, self-worth and more.


Online training

The Church of England are putting on some free (and extremely useful) online training and webinars.

Look at this beginner’s guide to going online with your service (including copyright information).

Advice on how to set up to film on your phone can be found here.

Tips for how to film and edit videos are available here from iKnow Church.

Former BBC Producer Norman Ivison, from St James’ Church in Clitheroe, has produced this excellent 'Filming top tips' resource.

This episode of Radio 4's Beyond Belief looks at "doing religion online", with one of the guests being Adrian Harris, Head of Digital at the Church of England. It is worth a listen.


Other useful resources

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) is hosting a free webinar – ‘What next for the Ministry of Music in our Parishes and Dioceses?’ – on Friday 22nd May at 2pm. It will be chaired by the Very Reverend Dr John Hall (RSCM Chair of Council), and is designed to support both the Church and church musicians during this time. You can register via www.rscm.org.uk/start-learning/webinars/.

The diocese is part of The Local Resilience Forum, made up from key organisations across Northamptonshire (including the emergency services, health and local authorities and charities. You can read their latest newsletter regarding the coronavirus situation here.

Arthur Rank Centre, an ecumenical Christian charity, has launched a resource hub to support rural Christians and churches, covering many aspects of rural Christian life.

Our ministerial training officer came across a blog that contains tips on preaching well online. There are some useful principles and tips here that could be useful to share with clergy who are adapting to connecting with their communities online.

Theologian, author and speaker Ian Paul has produced a blog giving tips on how to preach online to a virtual congregation.

Rend Collective are doing a daily live stream of worship, available via their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Leprosy Mission have created a 30 minute service for people to use at home.

The Alpha Course is going online – find out more here.

Read some useful tips for spiritual leaders from Pastor Emily Scott.

Dial-a-sermon – A service is available where you record a message / sermon / service, upload it and then parishioners can ring and listen to it. St Mark’s Peterborough are using it. To hear their message, ring 01733 977349. Calls are charged at the usual rate.

Northants Together Partnership have uploaded their latest Newsletter (for 11th May). You can read it here.


Prayer walk at home

Sue Moore from St Mary's Peterborough has put together a prayer walk from home, which can be found here.


Supporting others

Christian Aid has launched a Coronavirus Appeal aimed at helping the very poorest around the world.

Light Project Peterborough have launched an emergency appeal for the homeless.

The Children's Society has launched an emergency appeal to 'Be a lifeline for an isolated child'.


Vocation resources

You can read a special message from the Church of England Head of Vocations, Revd Helen Fraser, regarding Vocation Sunday.

Tailored prayer and liturgy resources from the Church of England are available.

There are also some useful resources from the Church of England regarding The Great Vocations Conversation, as well as a great new booklet – Life Is for Giving – described as ‘A toolkit for exploring your calling’. You can find some sample pages of Life Is for Giving here.

You can find the Vocations section of the diocesan website here, as well as the latest edition (and previous editions) of Vocation Voices.