Lent this year runs from February 17 to April 3. Join us with the Shapes for Living series, teaching materials and resources, and take a look at some of the campaigns and other materials available this Lent 2021:
Covid-19 has given the opportunity for some of us to re-evaluate our lives: to consider our priorities and consider what God is doing. Others of us have been so stressed or busy that we have ploughed on relentlessly. Whichever applies to you, why not spend lockdown being locked into something that will enable you to discover what God is doing in your life?
Personal Shapes for Living, using key subjects from the Lent course, offers individual Christians, however young or old, a chance to explore the shape of their life by chatting to another person. Ideally people will commit to having an hour’s chat four times a year – but why not just try it for lockdown? Click here to register your interest.
A free 5-week Lent course to help you find balance in your life. ‘Life in all its fullness’ is the gift God wants for all of us, but if we are to live that calling well, we will need to find a sustainable, nurturing shape for our own lives, so easily over-busy with stressful and overwhelming demands.
Visit the Shapes for Living page
Additional resources that may be of interest
Loved and Liked: six session course
Loved and Liked – the six session course offers then chance to explore how we are all uniquely made and that God actually loves and likes us. It looks at questions of identity, calling and service, and includes amazing true stories of local people.
Using easily downloadable videos and materials the course is freely available at www.lovedandliked.life. Hard copies of the workbooks can be obtained from
Women in the Shadows: A new course for Lent 2021
Did you know that in 2018, one third of victims identified by the UK Modern Slavery Helpline were women? Women in the Shadows is a new course for Lent, created by The Clewer Initiative, to help shine a light on the suffering of marginalised women. The course focuses on the different ways women and girls are exploited in the UK today. Download the resources from www.theclewerinitiative.org/womenintheshadows
Thy Kingdom Come
Thy Kingdom Come is an annual call to prayer for people all around the world.
Resources for 2021 will be made available asap (click here for last years’ content)
The Church of England’s Lent Campaign for 2021. This year’s #LiveLent challenge offers a series of reflections, readings and prayers.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2021
Through a series of short, weekly videos released on the Sundays of Lent, author Hannah Steele will unpack ways to share the Gospel story afresh and share how we can live Jesus’ story in our own lives simply by allowing people to be drawn to him through our natural gifts. The book is available from The Big Church Read at a reduced price. Why not read it as a worshipping community and use the videos together each week?
Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert enter into a short conversation sparked by each of the sections outlined in The Church of England booklet The Pilgrim Way: The Apostles’ Creed; the Lord’s Prayer; the Commandments; and the Beatitudes.
The Pilgrim Way series and booklet →
A series of booklets which can be followed during Lent. Written by Bishop Steven Croft, each booklet offers 40 short daily Bible reflections, prayers, and suggestions for how you might respond to Jesus’ teachings in your own life.
Visit the Pilgrim Journeys webpage →
Lent prayer card
The Worship, Prayer and Spirituality Group have produced a simple prayer card that can be used for reflection during Lent. For more prayer resources, visit the Prayer page.
Download the Lent prayer card here
The book uses poems, reflections and real life stories to draw you deeper into the world of the Bible and help you to gain new understanding of the familiar words. Funds raised from this prayer resource will be used in the charitable activities of Friends of the Holy Land and so help embattled Christian communities in the Holy Land.
Environment-focused study guides
Ruth Valerio’s book Saying Yes to Life was the Archbishop’s Lent Book for 2020. Using the creation story, it explains our responsibilities as Christians to care for creation and gives practical guidance on how to introduce changes into your everyday life.
Tenants of the King is a Bible-based, Jesus-centred resource from Operation Noah. This four-part study series is designed to help you and your church consider what the Bible has to say about today’s climate crisis.
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