Other Resources

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January 18-25: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 - We look but what kind of looking do we do? How do we see and understand ourselves, especially in light of our relationship with the Living Christ? We know that God speaks to us in still small voices, but also in the people and places we least expect. In supposed barren hard places there can spring unimaginable beauty and nourishment. 

Material for 2020 originates from the churches of Malta, where the Bible has special relevance for the shared life of the churches there, for the Gospel first came to Malta in the events that are told in the Acts of the Apostles, where St Paul and those with him encountered unusual kindness from the inhabitants. 

The theme for 2020 is​ Unusual Kindness.

January 27: Holocaust Memorial Day - Holocaust Memorial Day is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. The theme for this year is Torn from Home. There are a range of resources available for churches who wish to commemorate this day.

A resource is available for use by churches, clergy and individual Christians to observe Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, produced by the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) with the support of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. It is designed for use in a worship setting on Holocaust Memorial Day or a Sunday close to the day. It is not a complete service liturgy but includes a suggested liturgy for an act of commemoration within Christian worship with commentaries provided on the readings set for Sunday 27 January 2019.

February 14: St Valentine's Day -

February 25-March 10: Fairtrade Fortnight - For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year the focus is on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Join the Facebook Event

March 1: St David's Day - 

March 1: Women’s World Day of Prayer - Come, everything is ready! That is this years theme, prepared by the women of Slovenia. A range of resources and information are available to download from the website including: Activity sheet resources for leaders, Children's service, Music sheets, Information about Slovenia.

March 3: Church Action on Poverty Sunday Listen to stories of how Church Action on Poverty’s work transforms lives and communities. Commit your church to listen more deeply to people who have been swept to the edges of society by poverty. Explore new perspectives on familiar Bible stories. This years theme is called Different Light.

March 17: Ideas for the Feast of St Patrick's Day We've put together a short PDF that shares the salient points surrounding St Patrick's Day, and includes web links for further information.​

March 31: Mothering Sunday - Vision4Life | Vision4Life is a resource from the United Reformed Church with a focus on re-engaging with the Bible, Prayer and Evangelism. They have created an all-age service for Mothering Sunday with an order of service, suggested prayers, reflections, activities and a letter of invitation that you can adapt to your own situation.

March 31: Mothering Sunday Prayers from The Children's Society - A PDF for you to download with opening prayers and activities, a collect and intercessory prayers.

March 31: Mothering Sunday Resources from the Mothers' Union - The Mothers' Union website has a number of resources written by St Mellitus Theological College along with two services to download on the themes Nurturing hope in a hurting world and Called to Mother in a Broken World.

March 31: Mothering Sunday - Resources from 2018 | The Mothers' Union prepared a PDF with a Mothers’ Union Family Service with notes, prayers and children’s resources. 

March 31: Mothering Sunday Hymns - The Canon B5 Website is a repository of liturgical material that has been written locally in and for and by parish churches and their ministers, and which the writers have kindly offered to share more widely. Here is a PDF with two Hymns written for Mothering Sunday.

April 23: St George's Day - 

May 6-12: Deaf Awareness Week - This year’s Deaf Awareness Week takes place from 6–12 May, raising awareness and challenging perceptions of hearing loss and deafness across the UK.

Helen Dean, from our Signing Church in Scarborough, has put together a complete service for Deaf Awareness Week, which she kindly offers to all our churches. Why not use this resource as a starting point for your thoughts for a service at the beginning of May?

May 12-18: Christian Aid Week - Join thousands of volunteers to take part in the UK’s longest-running fundraising week! You'll have great fun while raising funds to help mums deliver their babies safely in Sierra Leone. 

May 12-26: Pray for Schools Fortnight - The vision of Pray for Schools fortnight is to bring together people from local churches and others involved in education – parents, students, teachers, governors, staff and volunteers – to pray strategically for schools in their area and those involved in them. Find out more

May 13-19: Marriage Week - Marriage Week UK is coordinated by the Marriage Foundation and is an annual focus for couples to take time to pause and learn some new skills for their marriage. This year's theme is: 'Recipe for a Healthy Marriage'. 

May 25-26 Big Church Day Out - The Big Church Day Out is the UK’s largest annual gathering of the wider church that creates a space for all denominations and ages to gather each year for two exciting days of worship and celebration. Whatever your age, denomination or musical taste, everyone is welcome to the join us at the Big Church Day Out for an amazing time away with your friends and family, creating memories together that you will never forget.
The Big Church Day Out takes place at Wiston House in West Sussex.

June 16: Father's Day - Some resources for Father's Day from the website Worship Words. 

June 21-23: The Gathering - The Men's Festival - The Gathering for Men is a weekend festival for men which takes place 'in a field near Swindon' in the south west of England. Visitors can stay in local accommodation, stay in their own tent, caravan or motorhome, or rent a pre-pitched tent. The Gathering has a programme of speakers, worship and a wide range of fun activities tailored especially for men. It's a popular event for Christian men wishing to bring along their non-Christian friends.

Keswick Convention 2019 - Week One: 13-19 July | Week Two: 20-26 July | Week Three: 27 July - 2 August. 

Every summer the town of Keswick hosts a three-week Convention, which attracts some 15,000 Christians from the UK and around the world. The event provides Bible teaching for all ages, vibrant worship, a sense of unity across generations and denominations, and an inspirational call to serve Christ in the world. It caters for children of all ages and has a strong youth and young adult programme. And it all takes place in the beautiful Lake District - a perfect setting for rest, recreation and refreshment. Find out more.

Soul Survivor - Summer 2019 | Every summer thousands of us gather together across four events in Scotland, Stafford and Peterborough to worship God, learn what it means to live for Jesus in every area of our lives, to pray for one another, and to have loads of fun!
Each event lasts for five days and has two main meetings a day, plus seminars and lots of great venues so you can hang out with your mates over a hot chocolate mountain, work up a sweat in the sports venue, watch a movie, or enjoy some live music. We also have some brilliant pop-up community events so don’t miss out on all the fun – come and join us!

United 19 - Week 1 | 27 July to 2 August - Week 2 | 4 August to 10 August - United 19 is a New Wine Christian Conference which takes place twice a year at the East of England Showground, Peterborough. The showground has facilities for campers and for non-campers and there are more than 1,000 hotel rooms nearby. United 19 offers teaching and worship and says it is a space for 'our church network to spend quality time together' and 'helps resource and commission the local church'. 

August 3-9: Edgefest - Edgefest is a family-friendly camping festival that takes place in an area of outstanding natural beauty at Taunton Racecourse Conference Centre located in the south west of England. The event offers a main social space in a central lounge, evening meetings, coffee bar, inflatables, games, a range of activities for children and youth, bookstore, hot food, teaching, all age worship sessions, seminars and pastoral care. Edgefest bills itself as 'An easy festival to invite family and friends to.'

August 3-9: Creation Fest - A week of music, dancing, thinking, skating, camping and plenty more! Creation Fest is a free music festival with a week of faith talks, family fun, skate and much more held at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre in Wadebridge, Cornwall. There are dynamic speakers and teachers offering a full programme of Bible teaching, seminars, discussions and workshops, UK and international bands with folk, rock, pop, rap, worship and other genres – and a massive skate park. 

Friday 23rd – Monday 26th August: Greenbelt Festival - Wit & Wisdom: Packed with music, workshops, performances, debates, talks, activism, faith and worship, Greenbelt is a great place to be – whether you’re with a gang of friends or on your own. We have a dedicated youth programme, and there are lots of other things happening around the site that young people will love.

Greenbelt takes place in the beautiful, landscaped grounds of Boughton Estate, three miles from Kettering town centre. Kettering sits neatly on the main west-to-east road across central England, the A14. Find out more...

Sunday 13th October: Homeless Sunday 2019 - A day to pray, reflect and plan practical action on homelessness.  Homeless Sunday has been part of the Christian calendar for more than a quarter of a century. It is an opportunity for churches of all denominations and people of all faiths to unite and show solidarity with those experiencing homelessness and to reflect and plan practical action on homelessness.

20 - 27 October 2019: One World Week - Working together for a just, peaceful and sustainable world. This year's theme is Climate Changes Everything - Now is the time to act. They are building on last year's theme so, inspired by the 16 year old schoolgirl climate activist, Greta Thunberg, they will be focussing on the urgency for action. We all need to act now if we are to keep climate change within limits that allow the planet's systems to continue to support its diversity of plants and animals, including humans, and their projected populations. Find out more.

 
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