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The Church of England Covid-19 webpage has the most current advice. There are links here to more detailed information and prayers for use during this time.

Bishop Paul’s video messages on the coronavirus pandemic.

The Church of England Online - links to recent video services and other resources including:

  • Today's prayer from the Church of England
  • A service of daily prayer - listen to Prayer during the Day and Night Prayer, each day
  • The Time to Pray App - Services of Daily Prayer, Psalms and readings from Common Worship
  • Coronavirus Liturgy - Special prayers, intercessions and liturgy for COVID-19


daily hope logoThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.

Daily Hope, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.


The Community at Taizé is live streaming their Evening Prayer on Facebook at 7.30 each evening (20.30 CET). The Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers, both Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty countries.


Revd Trevor has provided Reflections for Holy Week, Easter and beyond. They are all on the Rector's Easter Reflections and Rector's Sunday Reflections pages.

The weekly Reading Sheets are now available for you to download.

Revd Margaret has written a series of meditations to accompany photos of the Stations of the Cross that she took in Lourdes.

The April/May 2020 edition of St Mary's Parish Magazine will not be printed and delivered. However, a shorter, PDF version is available to read on the Parish Magazine page of this website.


Other links

Some things to keep you occupied while you are in isolation.

grand union canal

Follow a three-hour narrow boat trip along the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.

There's no dialogue, no locks, no dogs accidentally falling into the water; just a narrowboat travelling slowly from Blisworth to Weedon. I've been told that an hour into the journey you see a heron!

daniel radcliffe as harry potter

For the Harry Potter fans, you can explore the fascinating world of Harry Potter from the safety of your home right now, thanks to a collaboration between the British Library and Google Arts & Culture.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic has a wealth of material, including immersive explorations of various aspects of the wizarding world, such as potions, magical creatures, the journey to Hogwarts and the Ripley Scroll – which depicts how the philosopher’s stone was made.

Each Thursday at 7pm (BST), the National Theatre will stream one play on its YouTube channel. It’s completely free to watch. Don’t worry if you miss it: the production is available to re-watch for seven days on the same YouTube channel.

  • Thursday 2nd April: One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
  • Thursday 9th April: Jane Eyre by Sally Cookson
  • Thursday 16th April: Treasure Island by Bryony Lavery
  • Thursday 23rd April: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Full details here:

Audible is making hundreds of audio books available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. Simply visit from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.

Some activities for children from Home Start.

Free short online learning courses from Future Learn. (The course called Discovering Dentistry sounds really interesting!).

And for a real waste of time - there is a selection of free Microsoft games (you just need to ignore the occasional adverts) that you can download to your laptop or phone from the Microsoft Store. These include:

  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Microsoft Mahjong
  • Microsoft Ultimate Word Games (some of the answers are a bit American, but Word Twister is good if you like anagrams)
  • Microsoft Jigsaw (the advantage being that it doesn't take over the dining room table - but it is best on a large monitor)

Free Courses In England specialises in education and training that supports the needs of employers and learners.

Nottinghamshire Library members can access a range of online items for free.

  • eMagazines - 150 titles that you can read on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
  • eNewspapers - PressReader allows you to access all your favourite publications in one place, along with the opportunity to discover new content from around the globe. 
  • eAudio - Over 13,000 titles are available from 3 different suppliers, with more added each month. You can borrow up to five books at a time, from each supplier, for up to 21 days.

For each service you will need to log on using your library number and password. Instructions are given on the main pages.


If you have links to other free resources in which you think people would be interested, please email them to Fiona at


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