You might have heard on the news - the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, recently launched Daily Hope, a free national phone line. It’s a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.
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. It’s available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. And calls are free whether you use your land-line or your mobile.
It has been set up especially for people who don’t have access to the internet. They can’t join the many online church services being streamed from gardens, front rooms, and community halls while church buildings are closed. But they can now join in by phone.
The service is supported by the Church of England nationally and also through the Connections group based at Holy Trinity Claygate in Surrey and the Christian charity ‘Faith in Later Life’.
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. 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.