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The bible teaches us that times and seasons are in God's hands. We are called to trust Him, whatever happens and now, with the coronavirus pandemic making its presence felt all over the world, God calls us to stand firm and above all to pray for governments, for our neighbours and for our nation.

Our vision is to point people to God during this time so that they might trust Him and find comfort and encouragement from His word. The resources included here are intended to equip and inspire you all in these uncertain times to pray without ceasing, asking God to be merciful to our land, our neighbours and to our families.

Topic primer

COVID-19 is a new disease which can affect your lungs and airways, caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The virus was first detected in three patients with pneumonia from Wuhan, China. It has since spread to infect over 4 million people around the world, and has killed almost 300,000 as of early May 2020.

Comprehensive Government guidance and support on the coronavirus can be found here.

As of May 2020, the Government's recovery strategy and roadmap to ease social distancing measures introduced to combat the spread of the virus can be found here.

The NHS advise that you do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you are high risk, the NHS advice is here.

To reduce the risk of the virus spreading to you or anyone else you live with, the NHS advice the following:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Want to continue to stay in touch with friends and church?

Whilst you may be unable to meet together in person, there are many ways you can stay connected virtually. Software such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype and Microsoft Teams allow you to make group video calls.

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John Piper
The secret is this: Know­ing that the same sov­er­eignty that could stop the coronavir­us and doesn’t, is the very sov­er­eignty that sus­tains the soul in it. Indeed, more than sus­tains — sweetens with hope that, for those who trust him, his pur­poses are kind, even in death.
John Piper Founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

Resources

Here are some helpful resources to help you navigate through this crisis.

Guidance for the re-opening of churches from 4 July in England

Guid­ance for the re-open­ing of churches from 4 July in England

The UK Government has published guidance for the re-opening of churches in England from 4 July.

Guidance
10 Ways to Pray for Coronavirus

10 Ways to Pray for Coronavirus

CARE

As part of our 'Ten Ways to Pray' series, here are ten prayers about the Covid-19 pandemic which we hope you will find helpful and inspiring.

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Coronavirus: how to stay calm, connected and encouraged

Coronavir­us: how to stay calm, con­nec­ted and encouraged

CARE

As the anxiety and fear swells around us, it’s more important than ever that we keep ourselves connected to God, who gives us freedom from fear and strengthens us for each day. So here are five ways you can stay calm, connected and encouraged during this strange and unprecedented season in our lives.

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Devotionals & Prayers from the CARE Team

Devo­tion­als & Pray­ers from the CARE Team

At CARE, it is our heart's desire to see the body of Christ rise up and call out to Him in prayer during this pandemic. Here you will find a series of devotionals, prayers and bible verses designed to equip you and encourage you during this difficult time.

Pray with us
Praying during coronavirus pandemic

Pray­ing dur­ing coronavir­us pandemic

CARE

We are faced with real uncertainty at the present time. The coronavirus is a real threat to our normal way of life. Many are understandably anxious and afraid and at times like this, prayer will become even more important.

Pray with us
Only a Suffering God can Help

Only a Suf­fer­ing God can Help

CARE

The God who became a human being did so that he could ‘free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death’. As his body, his arms, legs, let us do good, real practical good, to alleviate the suffering of the most weak and vulnerable.

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Looking to God our shield

Look­ing to God our shield

CARE Devotional

Here are some thoughts and reflections on Psalm 3. David finds his hope and confidence in the LORD who is his shield, his glory, the One who lifts his head and the God who answers prayer.

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Coronavirus and Christ

Coronavir­us and Christ

A book by John Piper

In Coronavirus and Christ, John Piper invites readers around the world to stand on the solid Rock, who is Jesus Christ, in whom our souls can be sustained by the sovereign God who ordains, governs, and reigns over all things to accomplish his wise and good purposes for those who trust in him. Piper offers six biblical answers to the question, What is God doing through the coronavirus?—reminding us that God is at work in this moment in history.

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Covid-19: Digital Resources for the Church

Cov­id-19: Digit­al Resources for the Church

A crowdsourced index of useful digital communication tools for church leaders, communications teams and church staff to refer to during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Resources on Covid-19

Resources on Covid-19

The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition have produced a series of blogs and articles, with practical advice, personal reflections and helpful encouragements.

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Coronavirus and Christ

Coronavir­us and Christ

Desiring God

Find helpful blogs and articles from Desiring God on the Covid-19 crisis.

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God Doesn’t Want Us to Sacrifice the Old

God Doesn’t Want Us to Sac­ri­fice the Old

Russell Moore for the New York Times

Christianity teaches that every single human life is valuable, even during a pandemic.

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What Christians can learn about ethics from COVID-19

What Chris­ti­ans can learn about eth­ics from COVID-19

Andrew T Walker

Do we sacrifice the economy to save human lives or do we sacrifice human lives to save the economy? These are really challenging times, and we need to exercise caution in judging the motives of our policymakers. For who among them actually believes themselves willing the harm of those they are called to govern?

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The FAQs: Answering Tech Questions Pastors Are Asking

The FAQs: Answer­ing Tech Ques­tions Pas­tors Are Asking

The Gospel Coalition

In light of the current COVID-19 virus, churches are facing disruption in their ability to fellowship and proclaim the Word. Many pastors feel the pressure of getting up to speed on the latest tech tools and are asking for help in various forums around the web. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources

Coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) liturgy and pray­er resources

Church of England

This page contains prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church, and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.

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Watch a Christian television channel

Watch a Chris­ti­an tele­vi­sion channel

TBN UK

TBN UK is an exciting premier Christian television channel, broadcasting a supreme selection of the best UK and international Christian ministry, lifestyle, music, youth shows, children’s entertainment, documentaries, movies and much more.

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Andy Crouch
Real Chris­ti­an hope is our ulti­mate con­fid­ence, rooted in the resur­rec­tion of Jesus Christ from the dead, that the Cre­at­or of the world is also the Redeem­er and Sus­tain­er of the world, and will one day return to renew the entire creation.
Andy Crouch Executive editor of Christianity Today

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