Satuday June 6th
SURVEY: CORONAVIRUS, CHURCH AND YOU
The Covid-19 pandemic has obviously had a profound effect on churches. The lockdown has severely restricted ministry in areas such as pastoral care, fellowship groups, and serving the community. On the other hand, for those with online access, worship has taken on new and creative forms. Many clergy and ministry teams have risen to the challenge of operating in the virtual environment.
As we pass the most severe period of lockdown, it seems a good time to assess how churchgoers have responded to the experience, and what they think the future might hold. How well have people coped with the pandemic? Has it strengthened or weakened their faith? How has it been for clergy and ministry teams trying to work in this new environment? How have those receiving ministry found this novel experience? Will virtual ministry become part of the post-pandemic landscape, and will this be a good move for your church?
The Church Times has developed a survey, in association with York St John University, which it's hoped will enable you to record your experience of the pandemic, the ministry you have given or received, and what you think will happen to churches in a post-pandemic world.
This is an online survey, which should take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Most of the questions simply require you to tick boxes, though there are options to specify your particular circumstances, and an opportunity at the end for you to give your views in your own words. Alongside questions about the pandemic and ministry there are sections which ask about you: these are important because they will demonstrate how the lockdown is affecting different sorts of people in different contexts.
The survey can be completed on mobile phones, though it is more quickly completed on devices with larger screens such as tablets or computers.
- You can watch or listen to all of Bishop Joanna's emergency services on the St Davids Diocese YouTube channel.
With the country in lockdown, it may be that households and individuals wish to have a resource they can use for a Sunday service (or any other day for that matter).
So, each week for the time being, a crisis Morning Prayer will be published. This will have all the readings and a homily incorporated in it, so it can just be printed out or read from a screen. This is an adaptation of the Church in Wales’ Daily Prayer 2009. The forms of blessing etc. are suitable for a lay person to use. At the end are suggestions for hymns. All the instructions about standing sitting etc. are optional. The traditional form of the Lord’s Prayer is included but feel free to use the version you are most familiar with.
We are also publishing the homily and readings in a separate document for those who wish to incorporate them into their own services.
Trinity Sunday (Word)