Seasonal resources from the Flourishing Churches and Youth and Children’s team to inspire your worship planning are offered to you here.
New seasonal resources will be added as they become available, so it is worth checking this page to see what’s new. We will also update existing resources, where possible, if they are affected by changes in government guidelines.
Every context is different; so too are the resources that parishes and benefices have at their disposal. There will not be one idea here that will suit all. We hope that you might find something here that you can use, or that inspires you to come up with something that would work for you. Feel free to cut and paste and change the ideas and resources you find to suit.
Finally, if you have a great idea that you think might be helpful to others, do let us know, and we would be glad to share it here in the hope that it would bless others.
|EPIPHANY / CANDLEMAS|
|Christingle: Advent 29 Nov - Candlemas 2 Feb||The Children's Society guide to making the most of a virtual Christingle||Virtual Christingle Guide|
|Candlemas 2 Feb||Ideas on celebrating Candlemas, particularly for those churches meeting online||Ideas for Candlemas|
|Candlemas 2 Feb||Prayer card/flyer design that could be printed and distributed with candles to people||Red and Black Candlemas Prayer Flyer|
|Candlemas 2 Feb||Prayer card/flyer design that could be printed and distributed with candles to people - alternative design||Brown Minimal Photo Candlemas Prayer Flyer|
|Lent: 17 Feb to 3 Apr||Messy Church at Home, Lent reflection||Messy Church at Home: Be Still|
|Lent: 17 Feb to 3 Apr||All Age Lent Course, written by our Diocesan Children's Mission Enabler. The course has been adapted for online use, so is ideally for Zoom etc||All-Age Lent Course|
|Lent: 17 Feb to 3 Apr||A 5 chapter book with questions and reflections that can be used by individuals or a group. Paula’s writing is accessible, thought provoking and steeped in her wisdom of Biblical texts and history, as such it is illuminating, thought provoking and hopeful. It is longer than some books and very rich. It could also provide a framework for preaching during lent. It is about £12 so not the cheapest option (review by one of the Flourishing Churches team)||Journey to the Empty Tomb|
|Lent: 17 Feb to 3 Apr||The Prayer Course - based on the Lord's Prayer, there are eight sessions with very good quality video clips, so easy to do online. Produced by 24/7 Prayer. It is free. Lots of supporting resources too, e.g. logos, online publicity etc (review by one of the Flourishing Churches team)||The Prayer Course|
|Lent: 17 Feb to 3 Apr||For many people the past year has felt like a wilderness. Simplicity, sacrifice and sorrow may have become daily realities, yet the Bible is full of characters who have transformational encounters with God in the desert.||Worship in the Wilderness|
|Lent: 17 Feb to 3 Apr||Eight week course with videos - very professionally filmed. Put out by 'Hope Together'. There is also a Youth Wellbeing Journey by young people for young people, to run in tandem with the adult video series||The Wellbeing Journey|
|Lent: 17 Feb to 3 Apr||The Character Course (this was produced pre-Covid) is an eight week course written by a Christian psychologist and his film maker friend. It covers key themes of Christian discipleship: learning, hope, love, forgiveness, gratitude, humour, persistence and curiosity||The Character Course|
|Lent: 17 Feb to 3 Apr||Paula Gooder has posted the PDFs for her Lent course on the Sean Bean TV show “Broken” from a few years ago. Through the lives of a Catholic priest in a deprived area, and some of his parishioners, the series tackles such topics as forgiveness, despair, poverty, police violence, and poverty – and the role faith plays in making sense of these struggles (review by one of the Flourishing Churches team)||Broken|
|Lent & Easter: 17 Feb to 4 Apr||A private Facebook group for Christian leaders of worship to collaborate for Lent, Holy Week and Easter||Church Leaders Lent Facebook Group|