John 4:14

Mindful of the importance of prayer and spirituality as central to wellbeing for people of faith, this section aims to provide ideas and resources that may help. Developing our own relationship with God involves building personal disciplines and habits that are sustainable and help us navigate challenging times in our life. But as well as taking responsibility for our own prayer life, sharing with others and growing spiritual communities reminds us that we are always part of something bigger. We are never alone on our walk with God.

Locally produced theological reflections from our experience of the pandemic

Here we will share some reflections from local clergy and lay ministers in our Diocese that have been written and recorded out of the experience of Covid-19.  These are intended as short contributions to stimulate our own thinking and reflection, whether we are reading them or watching them at a quiet point in the day or listening to them on our mobile device when out for a walk.

They may also be suitable for getting a conversation started in one of the groups you belong to at work or in ministry.

Other Biblical and Theological resources

In addition to locally produced resources, the following may be a helpful resource for biblically based and theologically rooted discussions about wellbeing:

  • ‘Lifting the Lid’ is a Bible study course exploring themes of faith and mental health.  This is produced by Liveability, a Christian community-based disability charity.  Click here
  • Beyond Disaster’ is a set of free to download Biblically based resources for individual or small group study produced by the Trauma Healing Institute (part of American Bible Society). These resources, combining mental health care principles with wisdom from the Bible, have been developed out of the experience of supporting communities affected by the Ebola epidemic but tailored for the Covid-19 situation.
  • ‘The Wellbeing Journey’ is a new video-based resource developed by Hope Together in partnership with Kingsgate Church that will be released in January 2021 for use by churches, small groups and individuals.  Presenters Simon Thomas (ex Sky Sport/Blue Peter) and Joanna Abeyinka (CBeebies) will introduce a range of 8 wellbeing themes, with contributions from leading experts in different fields.

Forthcoming events for church leaders and diocesan staff

We are developing a range of online and (when permitted) face to face events that will offer spiritual refreshment and nourishment to church leaders and diocesan staff to aid their wellbeing at this challenging time. 

  • Retreat days: For those licensed lay ministers, churchwardens and staff connected to the Diocesan Board of Education, Diocesan Board of Finance, Cathedral or St. Martins House who might be interested in participating in a retreat day, we are now looking to offer something in the same format as the clergy retreat days, so please send in your expression of interest to  Peter.Collett@LecCofE.org  at Bishop’s Lodge.  Once we have an idea of numbers we will communicate available dates on this webpage and through other means.

Prayer support

If you have particular concerns you would like to be prayed for, you can send in your prayer requests through one of the following weblinks and your request will be handled  sensitively and prayerfully:

In the case of prayer requests to the Cathedral there would also be the opportunity for pastoral follow up if desired.

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