A free phone line of
hymns, reflections and prayers
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
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, available 24 hours a day, has been set
up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the
period of restrictions in mind.
The service is supported by the Church of England nationally as well as through the Connections group based at Holy Trinity Claygate in Surrey and the Christian charity Faith in Later Life.
Although thousands of churches across the country are now running services and prayer groups online while public worship remains suspended, many people – especially older people – do not have access to the internet. The line also recognises the impact of social distancing restrictions and self-isolation measures on those suffering from loneliness.
Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19. Options available include materials also available digitally by the Church of England’s Communications team such as Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer, updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England weekly national online service.
A section called Hymn Line offers callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by the Connections group.
Phone: 0800 804 8044