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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”

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”

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”

A box of blessings – Saying goodbye well in church

During 2020, we will be trying each month to share an idea for worship that has worked well at St Clare’s. We have often adapted other good ideas we have stumbled on, and you will no doubt do the same with our thoughts. This first idea is ‘A service of sending on’ for when someoneContinue reading “A box of blessings – Saying goodbye well in church”

Christ the King

This time last week I was in Berlin. I was privileged to be part of a group of clergy from the Diocese of Coventry visiting communities of the Cross of Nails in that great city. For four days we heard extraordinary stories of people working so hard to bring reconciliation to that great city. Stories of past,Continue reading “Christ the King”

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