A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
“With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are."Archbishop Justin Welby
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.
One of the largest weekly gatherings for seniors in the UK, Connections welcomes over 150 guests to Holy Trinity Church in Claygate, Surrey. Started 10 years ago by Pippa Cramer, its vision is “to create a safe and welcoming community for seniors where they can connect with each other and the church and to provide the opportunity to demonstrate and share the love of Jesus”. It reaches elderly church and non-church members, many of whom are lonely and isolated, building a community of support and friendship that has also served as a bridge into church.
Hymns We Love has grown out of Connections and is a gentle, engaging and accessible way of exploring the Christian faith with older people, providing them with comfort and hope. The familiarity of these carefully selected, wonderful hymns, which this generation have grown up with, means that the words and tunes are almost part of their DNA. Music recognition is one of the last things to go as memory declines, so even those with dementia are able to connect with and enjoy Hymns We Love.
Hymns We Love explores the Christian faith through 16 carefully selected, wonderful and well-known hymns. Each day, we sing the hymn and discover what we can learn from it and from its author. We then sing the hymn again before ending with a short prayer for ourselves and those around us in these difficult times.
The hymns are gathered into three groups:
A. EXPLORING THE CHRISTIAN FAITH – through these 6 hymns we explore what Christians believe about God and His relationship with us.
- Thine be the Glory – God who lovingly greets us
- How Great Thou art! – God our Holy Creator
- Rock of Ages – God our Rescuer and Redeemer
- Amazing Grace – our Grace-full God who is our Restorer
- The Lord's my Shepherd – God our Guide and Comforter
- And can it be? – God our Friend forever
B. EXPLORING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – we look a little more closely at the core foundations of a life lived with God.
- What a Friend we have in Jesus – Exploring prayer
- Lord for the Years – Exploring the Bible
- Thy Hand O God has guided – Exploring the Church
- Breath on me, Breath of God – Meeting the Holy Spirit
- Holy, Holy, Holy – Exploring the Trinity
C. WALKING WITH GOD – how to meet God in some of the biggest challenges in our life
- Just as I am – Being accepted as we are
- Guide me O Thou great Redeemer – Allowing God to guide
- It is well with my Soul – Coping through grief
- Make me a Channel of your peace – Learning to forgive
- Dear Lord and Father of Mankind – Living in God’s presence
Faith in Later Life is a national Christian charity that seeks to inspire and equip Christians to reach, serve and empower older people through the local Church and to encourage older Christians in their faith. A key part of the Faith in Later Life mission is encouraging churches to reach older people of any faith or none in the wider community who may be isolated or lonely, and sharing the hope, love and good news of Jesus Christ.
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