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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.

Scroll down to find all kinds of things about:

Thy Kingdom Come

Lent

Cafe Church

Greenbelt

Abide

Hallowe'en

Advent


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Corrymeela 2-4 March 2018

Paula Gooder will be talking about St Paul and Reconciliation. All Welcome. Find out more here >>

 

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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?

Broken

Fans of the TV series 'Broken' which starred Sean Bean as a parish priest working in run-down and challenging community, will be pleased to know that the Church of England diocese of Birmingham is running a Lent series on it.

Find out about it here >>

The Church of England's LiveLent18 ideas for Lent can be found here >>

'The gospel is God’s rescue mission to bring us from darkness to light. This is the work of Jesus, the light of the world.

But Jesus is not the only one called the light of the world by this title. He himself turns to his followers and says, ‘You are the light of the world… so let your light shine.’

To witness is to let your light shine. A light shines simply by virtue of being a light. A follower of Jesus witnesses simply by virtue of being a Christian. We have been brought into his light, now he appoints us to bring his light to others. This is what witness is.

These Lent reflections take you on a journey through the Gospel of John and give you an opportunity to explore what the gift of Jesus and the challenge of Jesus mean for you, in the context of your daily life.

In the middle of John’s Gospel is a verse that goes to the heart of it:

Jesus said, ‘I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly’

It is our prayer that this booklet helps and encourages you as you take hold of God’s gift of life and live it – to the full. God offers us this life for the sake of others. The light he gives us in Jesus Christ is not to be hidden but to shine – it’s a gift to be lived and shared. Indeed, the more we share it and let it shine, the brighter it burns.

Archbishop Justin Welby & Archbishop John Sentamu

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland's Lent Course for 2018 is called 40 Stories of Hope. Find out about it here >>

'The stories within the course and book give a unique insight into prison life and point to the hope we can find as followers of Jesus. The group studies provide the whole Church – inside and outside prison – with the opportunity to walk with Jesus through Lent, learning from Mark’s Gospel and from the lessons prisoners, ex-prisoners and chaplains have learned. Whether we take this spiritual journey through Lent, alone or in company, there is much to draw on to refresh and encourage our faith'.

 

Previous Lent courses from CTBI are still available including the ones based on our own Sense Making Faith here >> and our own The Unreconciled 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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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.

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

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

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

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