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In this section of the website you will find information about things going on which relate to spiritual journeys. There are also suggestions for activities to do in groups and questions for discussion on various topics. Some of the material is aimed at church groups and Christian exploration, but other materials are offered for use with spiritual seekers and explorers. The materials can be downloaded and photocopied unless otherwise stated.

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Thy Kingdom Come

Lent

Cafe Church

Greenbelt

Abide

Hallowe'en

Advent



 

 

 

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Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer network inviting people to join in a huge initative for prayer from Pentecost to Ascension Day. Thy Kingdom Come hopes that:

 

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family;?
  • churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;?
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

You can find out about it at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/about


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LENT resources

Looking for something to do or to think about in Lent?

CTBI's Lent course for 2017 is called Returning Home: Christian Faith in Encounter with Other Faiths. It's not about 'common ground' or 'dialogue' necessarily, but about how Christian faith has burned brightly in encounter with the religious other. Find it here >> https://ctbi.org.uk/lent/

 

The Church Urban Fund Lent course for 2017 is here >>

https://www.cuf.org.uk/lent-course

Courses from 2016

Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) Lent liturgy resources: a Lenten journey structured around the six Sundays of Lent. It views social and community issues against the background of Jesus’ life and ministry and the season of Lent. The hymn Heaven Shall Not Wait forms a common thread to each of the six sessions. Download them here>>

Rethink Church offers a photo-a-day project. It invites people to reflect on a particular word for every day in Lent and to take a photo to capture what that word might mean for you. You can upload your photos to share with others on social media. Find out about this reflective project for Lent here >>

CTBI's Lent Course 2016 explores the theme of Pilgrimage. It sees Lent as a spiritual journey to be understaken either individually or in community with others. Run in conjunction with BBC Radio 4 you can find out about it here > >

Previous Lent courses from CTBI are still available including the ones based on MTAG's Sense Making Faith here >> and on MTAG's The Unreconciled here >>

A Lent course for 2016 has been written by Dr Paula Gooder on Pope Francis' 'The Joy of the Gospel'. Find out about it here >>

The Children's Society:

BenevoLent: find out about it here >> A great tool that helps you work out how much money you're saving by giving up something for Lent and suggesting ways to use it to help vulnerable children.

 

 

Materials for church groups:

Sense Making Faith journey points: for download as PDF document >> Sense Making Faith journey points: for download as Word document >>

 

Things to do: cafe church

Cafe Church - a place for churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike. If you're a spiritual seeker who just wants to test the waters, meeting people at a cafechurch event may be an interesting experience. Here's more info from www.cafechurch.net

What is cafechurch?

It's church, but not as you know it.

cafechurch is coffee with a conscience. It’s the fresh expression of community on the high street. It brings communities into the relaxed café atmosphere of Costa Coffee and other coffee shops to deal with issues from a faith perspective.

At cafechurch you’ll tackle issues such as fair trade, the environment, stress, adoption, parenting, debt and divorce, together with quizzes, interviews, round table discussions, live music with great coffee and great chat!

Together with the friendly service of Costa and your local church – you’ll find there is a welcome for everyone – whether a church-goer or not!

Take a look and join in.

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A mystery artist left hundreds of hand painted pebbles featuring the baby Jesus in all kinds of locations in Newquay, Cornwall, UK, in order to help people think about the true meaning of Christmas. Perhaps others could do the same? Read about it here >>

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Leaves of Life: information on a children's resource for Eastertide

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Greenbelt

Geenbelt is an arts, faith and justice festival with a long and rich history. It has been going since 1974, over 40 consecutive festivals.

The festival is all-age and multi-disciplinary in its programming. Our roots in the Christian tradition, and our approach is inclusive and wide-reaching. Greenbelt is a festival like no other – both in terms of the breadth and depth of its content and also its vibe.

The festival takes place each August Bank Holiday weekend.

The thread that has run throughout Greenbelt's journey so far – is that the arts, faith and justice make for a heady mix of creativity and challenge –and is now leading Greenbelt into new collaborations and ventures that will happen year-round and all over.

See http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/

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Abide

Check out Abide at www.stjamesandemmanuel.org

Abide is about 'ordinary people with ordinary lives, exploring and learning how to walk an extraordinary path together'

In particular you might like to look at the Five Rhythms of Grace Taken from Eugene Peterson's translation of Matthew 11.28. They are:

By God's grace, I will seek to be transformed into the likeness of Christ;

By God's grace, I will be open to the presence, guidance and power of the Holy Spirit;

By God's grace, I will set aside time for prayer, worship and spiritual reading;

By God's grace, I will endeavour to be a gracious presence in the world, serving others and working for justice in human relationships and social structures;

By God's grace, I will sensitively share my faith with others: participating in God's mission both locally and globally.

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Find out about hallowe'en.

What's trick or treating all about? Where did Hallowe'en come from?

Fascinating background and information can be found here at www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Halloween.html‎ by Mandy Barrow.

Reflective resources linking All Hallows Eve to All Hallows (All Saints) and All Souls Day in the Reflections part of the Dream section can be found here >>

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Advent

Advent from the Church of England: Love Life Live Advent

Advent from the Children's Society:

Do you hate waiting, in a queue, in a traffic jam, or for important events?
This Advent, the waiting is made a little easier with The Children's Society online Advent calendar.
Each day, open the window to reveal the specially created content. You might find a message from Archbishop Justin Welby, or a meditation on Boticelli's The Adoration of the Kings; a reflection from an MP or a cartoon from Dave Walker; a Bible study by Chine Mbubaegbu or a freshly penned poem from Pádraig Ó Tuama.
Each day a different approach will lead you gently through the wait so that in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the season, you will find a moment of stillness to pray, to reflect, to laugh or to think. The all-too-real experience of poverty or neglect of too many children in this country today is set alongside your journey to the manger. Come let us adore him. www.childrenssociety.org.uk/advent.

Advent resources from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland can be found here >>

From the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Australia

Household and Multi-Age Resource 2013 >>

and an Advent Resource which has been prepared by the CTM as an aid to assist individuals, households and small groups in their journey through Advent. Whether you use it in an individual or communal context, we trust that you will find it engaging, stimulating and helpful as you wait, watch and pray through Advent.

Advent Calendars:

ideas for online calendars, making your own and creating calendars with children

http://www.i-church.org/adventcalendar/

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Xmas/calendar/index.html

www.presentationhelper.co.uk/online-advent-calendar-487.htm If you want to design your own!

www.exploreandexpress-sheila.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/advent-is-coming.html

http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/family-friendly-christmas-eve-service.html

http://corycenter.org/uploads/24-Days-of-Advent.pdf

And how not to do it... http://whyismarko.com/2012/the-42-worst-nativity-sets

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