Covid-19: Benefice Church At Home

In these challenging times we hope this page will offer spiritual nourishment and avenues for practical care. Although public gatherings for worship are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 virus, we will now be having services online and opportunities for virtual gatherings for prayer.

Online Services & Virtual Gatherings

Message about making a Spiritual Communion

Although we are having to put public worship on hold, the Church is encouraging us to make what is called a spiritual communion instead of sharing the Eucharist together in person. To find out more about what this means, click here



Thursday 4th June, Eucharist 9am

You are invited to prepare a table at home with candle, bread and wine and join together in a live Eucharist service via Zoom.

Zoom open from 8.50am:

Meeting ID: 864 062 7995
Password: 640517 


Sunday 7th June, Trinity Sunday, 10am


Benefice Service @10am, a meditative recorded service, including art and music. A Zoom Eucharist follows at 11am (opening from 10.50am). You are invited to prepare a table at home with a candle, bread and wine.  After the service do stay on Zoom to enjoy coffee and a chat with others.  A link to the service and Zoom login will be posted 9am on Sunday morning.


Foundation Service @7.30pm, a creative service from our friends at Foundation, a contemplative
radical community in Bristol. Click here to find out more.

Still available to view:

Sunday 31st May, Pentecost: Link to Service.      Service Sheet for Pentecost

Sunday 24th May: Link to Service.    Service Sheet for Easter 7

Sunday 17th May: Link to Service.        Service Sheet for Easter 6

Holy Week: Still Available to view


Downloadable Holy Week resources and Covid Prayer resources that you can print at home and use for your own meditation and prayer. Covid Prayer & Holy Week Resources


Every Week

  • Daily Morning Prayer, Mon-Fri @ 8.30am. A nourishing opportunity to join together in the Daily Office, prayed from our homes. To join in, you will need the Daily Prayer App from the Church of England. You can download it here, or on your tablet/smartphone.                                   — Or you may like to try the Pray As You Go App – a wonderful 10 minute led daily prayer meditation, with music, scripture, space to pray and reflect.  Download here for computer, or search for the App on your tablet/smartphone. 
  •  Thursday Eucharist @ 9am. You will be able to join this using Zoom (online meeting software). A link for the service will be sent in an email the day before. If you would like to be added to the mailing list email 
Helpful Information about Zoom

What is Zoom and how do I use it anyway?

Zoom is an online video conferencing application. It allows groups of people to gather for meetings using a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. It even allows people to call in with any kind of phone and participate in gatherings. ​ A Zoom meeting needs to be hosted by someone, usually the meeting’s organizer. They are the “host” and have some control over the meeting, like sending out invitations to join the meeting.

Joining A Zoom Meeting ​ There are several ways to join a Zoom meeting.

1) You can join using a link provided in an email. Click the link and your computer’s browser will automatically prompt you to download the Zoom app. You must allow this to join the meeting. ​ NOTE: in order to participate in a Zoom meeting, your computer must have a microphone and speakers. To allow others to see you, you will need a webcam, which most laptops have but not desktop computers. External webcams connected to a computer work fine as well. You don’t need a camera to use Zoom and see what is on the screen. A camera only allows others to see you. ​

2) You can join with a smartphone. It is similar to joining with a computer; you need the Zoom app to join. The steps are similar to joining with a computer. ​


Let’s look at joining a meeting on a computer: ​

Start by clicking the link in the meeting invitation. Your computer’s default browser will automatically try to launch the Zoom software. ​ If the software is not already on your computer, the browser will automatically download the app. Follow all the prompts to install it (just click where it tells you to click). If it asks you to “Run” a file, click yes or run. You will join the meeting as soon as the software installs. This should only take a few seconds. If the software is already on the computer, you will be asked to “launch” the Zoom app. ​ Before entering the meeting you will be asked to join audio. Click “Join with Computer Audio.”

Offline Activites and Resources

Cotham Patchwork Project

The idea is for anyone interested in textiles who would like to join in can make a 12” square textile piece while at home. The theme is Coronavirus and Isolation, which includes anything it means to you, even if it’s using up your bits of fabric and wool etc. At some point in the future unknown as yet, we will put all the pieces together in some form. You can use any materials and techniques you wish, so it could be knitting, sewing, crochet , embroidery, tapestry, applique or anything else you like.
If the textiles idea doesn’t appeal, the art group could make drawings, paintings, poems, collage, photos, etc. (endless possibilities)  on the same theme. 
There is a WhatsApp group for this project if you’d like to join, or you can keep in touch with via the email group. Contact for more details.

Downloadable Prayer Resource

If you’ve had enough of screens, or know someone nearby who’d appreciate some Prayer printed resources then you can download a resource booklet below, and print at home.

Covid Prayer booklet.




Virtual Book Group – The Benefice Book Group is alive and well and ‘met’ recently. The next meeting by Zoom is at 8pm on Thursday 11th June. We’ll be discussing The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker– an acclaimed re-telling of Homer’s epic poem.
Everyone is very welcome. It’s an informal group – still getting to grips with the technology! Do get reading, and please contact Rob via if you’d like to join the next discussion. Bring your own tea!

Virtual Writing Group – Thursday 21st May. The usual writing group which meets monthly on a Thursday evening has moved to Zoom for the time being (but don’t let that put you off, please), and the start time is going to be delayed until 8.15pm after the clapping for the NHS. If you’ve not been before, this might be a great time to start, you don’t have to have experience of writing, but you will need something to write with, and something to write on. This is about writing for enjoyment, and to help us reflect on all we are facing. We’ll finish by 9.15- 9.30. If you’re interested email Nigel on

Pastoral Support

  • Prayer list. Firstly, please know you are all being prayed for daily. Those on our intercessions list will be circulated with our weekly email newsletter. If you would like to pray with someone over the phone, or wish your prayer request to remain anonymous, please email and one of our clergy will be in touch. 
  • Phone a friend. Whilst we can’t be together in person, we can call, WhatsApp or even write a good old fashioned letter, let’s be in good touch with each other and beat social isolation.
  • Bristol Sanctuary Offer a mental health service in partnership with the NHS that would normally provide a safe physical place for people to come to for a few hours in the evening if they are struggling emotionally. Whilst currently not seeing people face-to-face they are offering telephone support seven nights a week from 4-10pm. Call 01179542952 or 07709295661 from 4pm
  • Oasis Trust Friendship Phone Line, if you fancy a chat Oasis have opened a special Friendship phone line during Covid-19. Open M-F, 11-3pm: 020 7921 4272.
  • MIND resources. Mental health charity MIND have created an excellent set of resources for coping with all that Covid-19 is meaning for our mental health, particularly in coping with social distancing, anxiety and depression. Click here for more information. 


Online Resources – new resources added

  • Pray As You Go App – a wonderful 10 minute led daily prayer meditation, with music, scripture, space to pray and reflect. Highly recommended. Download here for computer, or search for the App on your tablet/smartphone.
  • Daily Meditation (via email) from the Centre for Contemplation by Fr Richard Rohr. A short centering email meditation, offering helpful perspective and spiritual resources for our current situation. Visit to sign up for the daily email. 
  • A Prayer for Sleep – an 18 minute guided prayer for when you are finding sleep hard, from Spiritual Director Julian Maddock. Link here.
  • Insight Timer: a smartphone app to support a spiritual practice, with meditations and prayers lead by people from all religious traditions
  • Sacred Space: screen-based prayer, with options for prayer in this time of pandemic.
  • The BBC’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship 


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