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Over the summer at St Clare’s we have run a service series on the theme ‘Included’. This is the concluding sermon. “Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24: 42 On Wednesday morning, I was chatting to my friend Steve, who’s the leader of another church aContinue reading “INCLUDED”

Angel Prayers

This simple prayer idea can work with all ages, and is perfect for Christmas services when you want to give some space for people to offer what’s on their hearts to God, even when there are little ones around (though you can use this with just grown ups). It can work with any number ofContinue reading “Angel Prayers”

Celebrating Angels

Angels are one of the best selling items in St Clare’s shop. People love angels, they seem to be a heavenly being that they are eager and willing to connect with. This is just one reason why we always make a special point of celebrating the feast of St Michael and All Angels on aContinue reading “Celebrating Angels”

Prayers of Clay

One of the things we try to do at St Clare’s is to make sure that all our senses are used in worship. These simple prayers allow people to use touch, sight and sound to pray, as well as some creativity. It also works really well with all ages.  I can’t remember where I foundContinue reading “Prayers of Clay”

The Old Testament in Ten

A ten-session bible study course designed to help people have a clear grasp of the Old Testament story and the most important themes, events and people. Introduction In 20 years of ministry both in parishes and now as a pioneer minister, one thing seems consistent. People lack confidence about the bible and in particular theContinue reading “The Old Testament in Ten”

Finger Prayers

Sometimes, it’s not until something is taken away from you, that you realise how important it is. I hadn’t realised until lockdown, how much touch was an important aspect of our worship at St Clare’s. The hugs and handshakes as we arrive and at the peace; the feel of the bread in your hands andContinue reading “Finger Prayers”

Gazing Prayers 2020

2020 has been an extraordinary year. Knowing how to process, how to reflect, how to pray about everything that has happened is challenging. As St Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans (chapter 8, verse 26), “we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep forContinue reading “Gazing Prayers 2020”

Good Friday 2020

Matthew 27: 45-54 45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘ThisContinue reading “Good Friday 2020”

Prayer Trees

Our worship idea for March is hardly new… Prayer Trees! Lots of people use prayer trees in their churches or in worship, and our prayer trees were one of the most popular items on our stall at the Christian Resources Exhibition.Wanting to have a physical expression of our prayers is nothing new.  Lighting candles is probablyContinue reading “Prayer Trees”

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