Thought for the Day videos

We are producing daily ‘Thought for the Day’ videos at 9:30am on weekday mornings during the current coronavirus situation. We will be uploading them onto YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. We will also upload the videos on to this page, so that you can see all of the videos in one place.

We really hope that you will find these videos uplifting and encouraging. It’s really important to keep in touch and encourage one another.


“Paths”

Hannah Jeffery reflects on the question “What does it mean by the way of life is like a narrow path?”


“Tiredness”

Paul Adams reads from 2 Corinthians 12 and is reminded that even through our tough times, God turns our weakness into strength.


“Enemies”

Beverley Hollins explores Psalm 5:8 and asks us if we know who or what our enemy is.


“Journey of faith”

Pete Squires on his birthday (Happy birthday Pete!) remembers when he first came to faith in Christ, and reflects on how we can retain that commitment and passion, years later.


“Parable of the Mustard Seed”

Richard Ormston looks back at the origins of Northampton Saints Rugby Club, from small beginnings set up by the Revd Samuel Wathem Wigg to what it is today (like the Parable of the Mustard Seed).


“The Examen Prayer”

Michael Moore reads through the Examen Prayer and shares with us what he is grateful for.


“Waiting”

Hannah Jeffery encourages us to hope in the promises, faithfulness and character of God, during this time of uncertainty.


“Giving”

Paul Adams talks on the importance of giving to help continue the work of God.


“In the acronym of P.R.A.Y, P is for Pause”

Beverley Hollins reflects on Luke 10:38–42 and how we can develop our relationship with God by finding time to pause in our busy lives.


“Look at the birds of the air…”

Pete Squires uses Matthew 6:25–27 to assure us that we can always cast our anxieties on God.


“Come to me…”

Richard Ormston uses Matthew 11:28–30 to remind us that God wants to be with us, teach us and share our burdens with us.


“Training in prayer”

Maggie Kelly encourages us to discipline ourselves to sit and be still before God, contemplating him.


“We pray for them”

Michael Moore encourages us to bring our friends and relatives to God who don’t yet know Him.


“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits”

Hannah Jeffery encourages us to actively spend time in contemplation with God.


“A love like no other”

Paul Adams reflects on the apostle Paul’s Prayer for the Ephesians, and the immeasurable love of God it describes.


“Rooted in God”

Beverley Hollins assures us that whether we are in a church building or not, the only thing that matters is to be rooted in God.


“It doesn’t have to be perfect”

Pete Squires reminds us that we don’t need to overcomplicate the gospel – a childlike faith is what’s needed.


“How good it is to sing praise to our God”

Richard Ormston asks us if we really enjoy being in the presence of God – or do we attend in order to leave?


“Come and bring your thirst”

Maggie Kelly encourages us to make time to listen to God, and to pray for those who have already suffered (or will suffer) due to lockdown.


“God picked me”

Michael Moore reminds us that God loves us completely, and has given us all gifts so we can do his will.


“Let’s go for a walk together”

Hannah Jeffery reminds us that God loves it when we make time to spend with him.


“God’s promises”

An encouragement from Paul Adams that we can trust in the wonderful promises of God.


“Change starting at the fringes”

Beverley Hollins discusses the conversion of Cornelius the Centurion in Acts 10, reminding us that people on the fringes of the Church need to be listened to.


“How we live our lives matters”

Pete Squires uses John 4 to remind us that our testimonies are vitally important.


“Feeble excuses”

Richard Ormston uses the Parable of the Great Banquet from Luke 14 to challenge us all to respond to Jesus’ invitation of new life.


“Beautiful feet”

Maggie Kelly uses the words of Isaiah 52 to encourage us to bring the peace and good news of Jesus to our communities.


“Living the resurrection”

Steve Benoy reflects on the unexpected promise of these unusual times.


“We all need a reason to keep going”

Hannah Jeffery uses The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse to inspire us during this time.


“Take a step into the river”

Paul Adams uses Ezekiel 47 to remind us that we can always trust God.


“Change is necessary”

Bev Hollins reminds us that, in the light of recent events, change is always needed to help us become more like Jesus.


“God’s order is perfect”

Pete Squires reminds us that God’s way is always the right way.


“When it rains, look for rainbows”

Richard Ormston encourages us to be positive, ‘glass half-full’ believers.


“Renew your mind”

Maggie Kelly looks at Romans 12 and how we might be transformed – during and after lockdown.


“Like a weaned child, I am content”

Steve Benoy leads us in a reflection, based on the words of Psalm 131 and Matthew 6.


“New life out of darkness”

Hannah Jeffery reminds us that we can trust God during this time – and at all times.


“Here I am Lord, send me”

Paul Adams asks what God is calling you to do at this time.


“A dark and stormy night”

Beverley Hollins reminds us that during this difficult time, God is with us and has a much bigger plan.


“Strict training”

Pete Squires encourages us to train and condition ourselves in God’s Word.


“What is God saying to me?”

Richard Ormston encourages us to take time to listen to God’s voice, sometimes from unexpected sources.


“The Kingdom of God is come near to us”

Carys Walsh encourages us to relax our vision and look for God in new ways.


“Lord, have mercy on us”

 Steve Benoy reflects on the death of George Floyd and the events of this week, using the words of Isaiah 58.


“The battle is not yours, but God’s”

Hannah Jeffery reminds us that in times in trouble, we can look to God.

The song ‘God I Look To You’ (sung by Jenn Johnson) can be found below.


“Children of God”

Paul Adams reflects on God’s lavish love for every single one of us as individuals.


“May we know God’s touch”

Bev Hollins reflects on Mary’s visit to Elizabeth in Luke 2, and how it compares to the social distancing we are currently facing.


“Church buildings”

Pete Squires reflects on the story of Nehemiah, and changes we may face when we return to our church buildings.


“Pray as you can, not as you can’t”

Richard Ormston talks about Charles Haddon Spurgeon and on the importance of prayer.


“Waiting”

Carys Walsh touches on Thy Kingdom Come 2020 and using the experience of waiting as a time to stop, reflect and pray.


“Humanity behind the headlines”

Steve Benoy reflects on the current Dominic Cummings story and asks us to think of the humanity behind such stories.


“The lost sheep”

Hannah Jeffery wonders who the “lost sheep” are that God is putting on our hearts to pray for.


“I am the vine”

Paul Adams encourages us to remain close to God at all times – and to serve others in His glory.


“Thy kingdom come” 

Beverley Hollins encourages us to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom, and to live this out.


“Jesus is there for you and for me”

Pete Squires encourages us to ‘be Jesus’ to others during this time.


“Fire the starting gun”

Richard Ormston reflects on Matthew 28:18–20 and how we can live this passage out, even during these unusual times.


“Everything has the potential to be fruitful”

Carys Walsh reflects on Rogation Day and reminds us that everyone and everything is precious to God.


“Mission is about seeing what God is up to, and joining in”

Steve Benoy asks how we are looking for God’s signs and listening to God’s voice.


“Blessed are those who mourn”

Hannah Jeffery reflects on these times, encouraging us to make time to grieve.


“Joy and praise”

Paul Adams encourages us to boost our morale by making joy and praise part of our lives.


“What matters is that you pray”

Beverley Hollins encourages us to make time and space to spend time with God.


“Uncompromising existence”

Pete Squires looks at Esther and asks us if we have a similar ‘on fire’ faith in God.


“Behold, I make all things new”

Richard Ormston reflects on VE Day and the current lockdown, and how change has to be the result of such a situation.


“We are creatures of God”

Carys Walsh reflects on The Coronavirus Diaries and what their findings mean for people with – and without – faith in God.


“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul”

Steve Benoy reminds us that those who belong to Jesus have a hope – firm and secure.


“Hardship as discipline”

Hannah Jeffery asks whether we are willing to approach this period of lockdown as a time of training.


“Reshaping the world that we’re living in”

Paul Adams uses Jeremiah to ask whether something in our lives needs to be remoulded.


“Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!”

Bev Hollins reminds us that we can cry out to God for help whenever we need to.


“He gives strength to the weary”

Pete Squires reminds us that God will sustain us during the pressures of this unusual time.


“How are you going to sing a new song?”

 Archdeacon Richard challenges us to find new ways of communicating the good news of Jesus.


“Walking around with fresh eyes”

Carys Walsh reminds us that we are never alone – we are all caught up in God’s love.


“The whole of our life is of interest to God”

Steve Benoy reminds us that all of us has a vocation, whether within the Church or not.


“Do you know Jesus’ voice?”

Hannah Jeffery reflects on the voice of Jesus – the one who provides our safety, comfort and sustenance.


“Our God is a specialist in change”

Paul Adams reflects on how churches have responded to this current situation – and how this could continue into the future.


“Whatever!”

Bev Hollins encourages us to think positively, based on Paul’s words in Philippians 4.


“Sit at His feet”

Pete Squires encourages us to enjoy what we’re doing during lockdown – and not to worry.


“Don’t things change quickly”

Archdeacon Richard looks at the Resurrection to remind us that God is with us through all the changes of life.


“A living hope”

Steve Benoy looks at the words of Peter to inspire those living in the light of the Resurrection.


“Do you long to experience something new?”

Paul Adams encourages us to ask God for new experiences of him – and to mark those things.


“This lockdown is a chance to see ourselves as God sees us”

Archdeacon Richard encourages us to take a look at ourselves at this time.


“Ordinary people with an extraordinary faith”

Pete Squires challenges us to look at Bible stories and characters as examples to live up to ourselves.


“May this time of darkness be a time where God is – for you”

Steve Benoy reminds us that is God is always there in the midst of troubles.


“How will we be known?”

Paul Adams looks at Galatians and encourages us to show the Gifts of the Spirit to those around us.


“The candle has been snuffed out … but Jesus is just around the corner”

Charlie Nobbs uses art to show that we are never alone, even in the darkest of times.


“What we plant now will be significant in the time to come”

Pete Squires reminds us that we need to “sow the seed” at this strange time as much as we ever have done.


“You’re more than just another brick in the wall”

Archdeacon Richard reminds us just how much Jesus knows us, and how precious we are to Him.


“Slow down, turn on the lights, heed the warnings, hold on to hope”

Steve Benoy gives us encouragement during this difficult time.


Paul Adams encourages us to be generous and to make our own houses “houses of prayer”.


“The Gospel is bearing fruit”

Charlie Nobbs reminds us that God’s Spirit continues to move at this time – in unexpected ways.


“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit.”

Pete Squires challenges us to look at our lives – past, present and future – now that we have more time on our hands.


“Chaos and Creation in the Backyard; Sigh No More; Riding with the King”

Archdeacon Richard looks at Psalm 23 (as well as three of his CDs) to offer comfort at this time.


“How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”

Steve Benoy, the diocesan Director of Ordinands, explores the topic of worshipping authentically during this unusual time. (The written text for this reflection can be downloaded here.)


“God continues to do what God does.”

Our Stewardship Officer, Paul Adams, encourages us today not to fear – and to try and spend a bit more time with God during this unusual time.


“Find a way to make a simple rhythm”

Charlie Nobbs, our Director of Mission, talks about how to keep a daily routine during this unusual time.


“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”

Pete Squires from our Stewardship team encourages us to “embrace our faith” during this difficult time.


“To breakfast with the Lord … is to enjoy the day of heaven upon the earth.”

The first video from Archdeacon Richard reminds us that God remains with us all – always.

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