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Church of England's dial-in worship line gets more than 6,000 calls in 2 days

by Tola Mbakwe

The Daily Hope dial-in worship phone line set up by the Church of England has shown great success in its first couple of days. 

By 7am on Tuesday the line had received more than 6,000 calls from across the country. Calls have so far spanned more than 50,000 minutes, with some staying on the line for up to 50 minutes at a time.

Daily Hope was launched on Sunday to reach people who are unable to join virtual church services. 

Callers can listen to hymns, prayers, and reflections 24 hours a day on the free phone line. 

Rev Canon Dave Male, the Church of England's director of evangelism and discipleship, said the level of participation so far shows the Church is meeting a need. 

"While we all long for the day when we can meet together in person in our churches again, we have a duty in these strange and difficult times to find new ways of bringing prayer and worship to people wherever they are, and this is one more way of helping people to connect with God from their own homes," he said. 

"This is such a simple idea - planned and launched all within a few short weeks by a small dedicated team - but I pray it will bring real comfort, hope and inspiration to people at this time."

Carl Knightly, chief executive of Faith in Later Life, added: "The Church must be those who continue to offer hope to our nation at this time.

"When I heard of the numbers of people calling in once the service was launched, I was not surprised, because Faith in Later Life has heard stories of many feeling isolated and alone."

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