Perhaps you're wondering - how can I pray at this time? How can I keep the connection with God, despite being isolated and unable to join others for worship?

I'm going to post prayers on this page, which you may find helpful (see below). But essentially, prayer is our connection with God, and it doesn't need words, or churches, or music, to happen - though these can be helpful. Maybe, just maybe, this is a time of stripping-back, when you and I can discover a simpler way of being with God. Just a look at the world outside, just a murmured "thank you" at a kindness given, just a still moment of thankfulness for being alive - all these you and I can do without any kind of intermediary or ceremony. (Vicar doing himself out of a job, or what?)

But sometimes words help:

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort,

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


God of compassion, 

be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation;

in their anxiety, be their hope;

in their darkness, be their light;

through him who suffered alone on the cross,

but reigns with you in glory,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.