In times like this external resources are valuable tools to help us feel supported, encouraged and stay connected.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY 

In light of current events, we hope you have had a chance to watch Jez’s message on Sunday. On matters of justice, the church cannot remain silent.

We are so grateful for the books, videos and podcasts helping us to better understand issues of racism, justice and faith.  We hope you find this list helpful for further reading, watching and listening — we will be making more resources available in due course.

Books:

UK Context

Aklala: Natives: Race & Class in the ruins of Empire

Robert Beckford: Jesus is Dread

Afua Hirsh: Brit(ish)

David Olusoga: Black & British – A forgotten History

Anthony Reddie: Is God colour blind?

Anthony Reddie: Working against the grain

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I am no longer talking to white people about race

Nikesh Shukla: The Good Immigrant

Ben Lindsay: We Need To Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches (99p for ebook version for a limited time).

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Interrogating Whiteness/White Privilege

Layla Saad: Me and white supremacy

Husiano Hun-Pai: Angry white people

Catherine Keller: Cloud of the impossible

Podcasts:

Conversations on Faith and Equality: Podcast with Becs Dhillon and Nicky Gumbel

Online:

A Conversation with Bishop TD Jakes and Carl Lentz

Racism, action and empathy: Responding to the death of George Floyd by Mind and Soul Foundation

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

13th: Available on Netflix

When They See Us: Available on Netflix

PRAYER

Why not consider downloading a personal prayer app or resource. Here are some of our suggestions:

Time to Pray

The app allows you to access prayer during the day, a short, simple service of daily prayer, psalms and readings from the Church of England Common Worship.

Lectio 365

Written by leaders from the 24-7 Prayer movement, it helps you engage with the bible  to inspire prayer and shape your life.

Bible in One Year App

The app includes daily bible readings, reflections on those readings, and prayers and there is an audio option available.

Tearfund Prayer Guide

It can be difficult to know where to start when praying for a crisis as large as coronavirus. That’s why Tearfund have created this simple prayer guide here.

IMMEDIATE CONCERNS AND HELP

Health Concernsvisit  111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call 111.

Financial Help – visit crosslightadvice.org or call 020 7052 0318 (Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 5.00pm).

Prayer Support – request prayer from the St Stephen’s prayer team here. Or visit Premier Lifeline, a national Christian helpline premierlifeline.org.uk or call 0300 111 0101 (Every day: 9am – midnight)

Mental Health Support – visit Samaritans samaritans.org  or call on 116 123 (freephone number open 24 hours. If you prefer to text – SHOUT is the UK’s first national text message service for those in crisis. giveusashout.org, or text 85258 for help (24 hours).

Struggling with anxiety – visit anxietyuk.org.uk or call 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri: 9.30am – 10pm Sat-Sun: 10am – 8pm). If you are struggling with anxiety and are aged 5 – 15 or are a parent/carer visit  gozen.com. The website has animated videos specifically related to helping children manage anxiety as a result of the Coronavirus. Further advice and help for children available at Kids Matter kidsmatter.org.uk

If you need further information in relation to a mental health query for you or a family member visit mind.org.uk  or call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (Mon-Fri: 9am – 6pm). Alternatively you can call the 24/7 Mental Health Support Line on 0800 028 8000.

Domestic abuse  nationaldahelpline.org.uk  or call 0800 2000 247 (24 hours). Or for further advice and help visit Restored based in Twickenham www.restoredrelationships.org

EMAIL

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CONNECT

Apps can help you connect with Life Groups, other Church groups or prayer partners and friends. Here are some of our suggestions:

The ECHO prayer App is a free app that helps you keep track of your prayers, reminds you to pray throughout the day, and lets you share prayer requests with others.

The Zoom App can help you meet and pray with a Life group or small group. Zoom is a meeting tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows a group of you to meet online, with or without video. It is free if your meetings are less than 40 minutes.

The Houseparty App enables group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Users receive a notification when friends are online and available to group video chat. You can set up a time with your group or prayer partner and then invite them to join you online.