Worship at home

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on the 23 March, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have advised that all churches must now close for private worship and public services.

Daily hope phone line – 0800 804 8044 – The Church of England has launched a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. The phone line is available 24 hours a day and is ideal for those unable to join online church services.

When you phone the number, you will hear a greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury and you can then be able to choose from a range of options.


The Church of England’s national online service continues on Sunday mornings at 9am. The service is interpreted throughout using BSL.

You can watch this service by going to https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online or https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland

Television programmes

  • Sunday Worship from 10.45am-11.15am on BBC1.
  • Songs of Praise Sundays at 1.15pm on BBC 1

Radio programmes

Radio 4

  • Prayer for the Day daily at 5.43am
  • Sunday Worship Sundays at 8.10am
  • Daily Service Monday to Friday at 9.45am on Radio 4 Longwave and DAB
  • Lent Talks Wednesdays at 8.45pm

Premier Christian Radio

  • All souls in praise at 7am
  • Hearts and Hymns at 8am with Pam Rhodes
  • Worship at Home at 10am

Live Streaming of Services by the Diocese

There is a full listing of over 120 streamed services available on the Diocesan website https://www.cofesuffolk.org/bishops/broadcasting-live-services

Bishop Martin is continuing to broadcast Morning Prayer from the Bishop’s Oratory at 8.30am, Monday to Saturday.

You can view this by going to https://www.facebook.com/BishopsCofEsuffolk/ or https://www.cofesuffolk.org/bishops/broadcasting-live-services

St Edmundsbury Cathedral pattern of online services is currently outlined as follows;

  • Evening prayer at 5.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Evening prayer 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • Eucharist at 12 noon on Monday to Friday
  • Sunday Morning prayer at 8.45am
  • Sunday Worship at 10.00am

The Cathedral are doing a virtual Junior Church at 10am on Sundays and a Youth Group on Saturdays at 4pm. To join either of these please contact curate@stedscathedral.org

For music lovers there is a music recital at 10am, Monday to Friday which the cathedral are streaming on Twitter and Instagram as well as Facebook.

You can watch all the services led by the Cathedral by going to the Cathedral Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stedscathedral/?redirect=false or for those without Facebook you can watch them at https://www.cofesuffolk.org/bishops/broadcasting-live-services

Archdeacon Sally Gaze is leading a Zoom Family Worship at 9.15am and 10.30am on Sunday mornings. To receive the access code for the Zoom service please contact Archdeacon Sally on archdeacon.sally@cofesuffolk.org

St Augustine’s church in Ipswich are producing ‘Church Online’ and ‘Sunday Church Online’. Church Online is available each day from Monday to Saturday at 8am and includes prayer, bible study and a ‘living well in isolation’ tip. Sunday Church Online is available at 10.30am and this will be a fun, contemporary service with songs, prayers and content for all ages. These services are available at http://staugustinesipswich.org.uk/churchonline/ and https://www.facebook.com/staugustinesipswich

For families with young children there is an All Age Worship with Nick and Becky Drake, accompanied by their Children. They broadcast on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4pm for 30 minutes and they include bible teaching and fun for all the family. They can be found by going to https://www.facebook.com/worshipforeveryone/

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