Lent/Easter

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Easter Resources and Ideas - The Congregational Federation staff team recently shared a workshop based around ideas for Easter. This is the PDF of the PowerPoint created for that event. Lots of great ideas ... take a look.

Holy Saturday Possibilities - Of all the days of Holy Week, Saturday stands most awkwardly, almost embarrassingly before Easter Day. Read this handy guide, it might get you thinking about activities for your church.

Good Friday Possibilities - Some ideas for outreach and worship

A Good Friday Litany

Good Friday Service - The Commemoration of Christ’s Passion

Good Friday Service - The service is entirely spoken; there is no music at all.

A Liturgy for Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday Possibilities - Some ideas and suggestions to get you thinking

Prayers and Litanies for Maundy Thursday - 4 prayers to use on Maundy Thursday

Preparing for a Foot Washing Ceremony - a practical guide

Tenebrae Possibilities - what is Tenebrae? Tenebrae (Latin for "darkness") is a religious service of Western Christianity held during the three days preceding Easter, and characterised by gradual extinguishing of candles, and by a "strepitus" or "loud noise" taking place in total darkness near the end of the service. Find our more here in our handy guide.

A Tenebrae Service - A quiet reflective service


Another Tenebrae Service - This service incorporates Communion

Tenebrae Ceremony - This PDF has been shared by Vince Carrington and has an accompanying set of stories and a short PowerPoint.


Prayers and Litanies for Palm Sunday - Thoughtful prayer ideas for Palm Sunday

How Can I Keep From Singing? A simple resource based around the hymn written by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry. 

40 Days in the Wilderness - a video This excellent video could be shown during a worship service, in a fellowship group, or as a backdrop at a men’s breakfast, or church coffee morning, or whatever...

Lent Possibilities for the Church A whole host of ideas for you to use and adapt for your church setting.

Litanies for Lent Responsive prayers and reflections for Lent.

Prayers for Lent

Shrove Tuesday Possibilities for the Church More than just tossing pancakes, Shrove Tuesday has a rich tradition that your church could use as outreach opportunities in your local community.

An Ash Wednesday Service A service you could put have in your church that incorporates reflective periods of quiet stillness

Ash Wednesday Possibilities for the Church Is Ash Wednesday spiritually valuable – or is it an empty ritual? What does Ash Wednesday mean to Congregational Churches? We try to answer that question here. Take a look...

A Beautiful Friendship: A Lent Course based on Casablanca For small groups and film fans this study works through the film Casablanca to explore themes of Lent. The book can be purchased here or at other retailers.

40 Stories of HOPE - The Lent book ‘40 Stories of HOPE’ has reprinted. Thousands of people used it in 2018 and found the prisoners’ stories to be inspirational. If you didn’t use ‘40 Stories of HOPE’ last year – you can order copies to use in Lent 2019 from 6th March.

40acts - Many people 'give up' something for Lent. In recent years people have started 'taking up' good deeds to do in Lent. Why not join forces with our friends at Stewardship and their global, generous community of over one hundred thousand people who have completed the 40acts challenge during Lent. Sign up for the 2019 Generosity Challenge.

Premier Digital Free Lent Resources - Three free Lent Courses (and Bonus Free Webinar on Repentance!).
Course 1: Lent for Beginners
Course 2: An Accessible Journey Through Lent
Course 3: Lent 2021 #TheTimeIsRight
Each course runs over 8 weeks from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Sunday, with a weekly 15 minute video for personal or group use, PLUS printable materials for further reflection. 

#LiveLent 2021 church resources: God’s Story, Our Story - The Church of England's Lent resources theme for 2021. It is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele. Both the book and the accompanying daily reflections encourage all Christians to think about their calling, how to share their faith and reflect on the difference Christ makes in our lives. 

Pilgrim Pathways - The Archbishop of York Youth Trust Lent 2021 Resource. A free resource for Lent 2021, suitable for KS1, KS2 and KS3. Download and adapt to your setting for free!
With 6 weeks of content, Pilgrim Pathways will take pupils on a pilgrimage journey through Lent, looking at 6 different items that are important on a walking pilgrimage. Each week will focus on a different item beginning with a lamp and followed with a map, first aid kit, walking stick, shelter and finally food & drink. Pilgrim Pathways will help pupils explore how these items symbolise ideas that can help them when facing challenges in their personal life journey. They are designed to encourage reflection and practical actions that can support pupils’ wellbeing and happiness.

The Poet’s Gospel - A Lent study for these unorthodox and strange times from CTBI. Their website states: "This year’s Lent programme is somewhat different from previous years. It is the outcome of a partnership which is rooted in fulfilling an elderly gentleman’s dream." Take a look.

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