The Church of England has launched a 24-hour dial-in phone line designed to provide spiritual encouragement during the lockdown, when church buildings are closed.
Those who call the new Daily Hope service hear a greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and can then choose to listen to music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England. There is also advice on Covid-19.
The service has been designed with those who lack access to the internet in mind, who may be feeling lonely and isolated. The service is supported by our partner charity Faith In Later Life, who are committed to helping churches find new ways to reach older people.
The Church of England’s website features the following words from, Carl Knightly, chief executive of Faith in Later Life:
“The Church must be those who offer hope to our nation at this time, and I am delighted that Faith in Later Life is able to be part of this project.
“We know as an organisation of the challenges for older people in our society in normal times and these are not those, so I want to add our voice to that of the Archbishop and get people sharing this number with whoever they know who would most benefit.”
Faith in Later Life grew out of Pilgrims’ Friend Society’s work to equip and resource churches to support and empower older people in their communities, 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.
The number for the Daily Hope service is 0800 804 8044.