We hope that you will find some of these resources helpful as we all spend more time at home.
Focus on Prayer
In Lent this year, we focussed on growing in our
prayer life, both individually and corporately. Below are Eils' suggestions to help us dig deeper in our prayer life.
Eils has recommended 'How to Pray' by Pete Greig as a good read as we go into Lent and concentrate on getting our prayer life into good order. All Pete's books are an easy read - try this one for the first time, or take time to reacquaint yourself.
Also take a look at some ideas on enhancing your times of prayer from 24-7 Prayer International headed up by Pete Greig. You can start off by considering the straight checklist for your prayer activities. Discover your prayer personality at 24-7 Prayer.
Some more books worth considering are:
- Sacred Pathways - Discover your soul's path to God by Gary Thomas. There's more on Gary Thomas' website.
- Personality and Prayer by Ruth Fowke. Published in 2009 and available from various bookshops including Waterstones.
- Books on Enneagram and Prayer can be found on many bookshop lists. Discover how your particular personality type lends itself to a style of prayer.
- There's a lot to read on prayer on the Waverley Abbey Resources CWR website as well.
'Praying Aloud' Course
This will be on Zoom - new dates to come
In our recent questionnaire, a number of you indicated that you would like to grow in confidence when it comes to praying out loud in a small group. This is for you and for anyone else who would like to grow in this area! Christine Keen will be running the two session course, with practical pointers and the chance to 'have a go' in a very safe and encouraging environment. The course will be limited to six people, but we will consider offering a second course if it proves popular. Please sign-up above.
Ideas you could try out at
Why not try and expand your prayer life a little by exploring a new habit? You could choose one of the following and make it a practice throughout Lent or, if you like variety, you could have a go at something different each week! Here are a few examples…
· Get a resource to help guide your prayers each day – we particularly recommend Lectio 365 from 24/7 Prayer (phone app) which offers around ten minutes of guided prayer and reflection on scripture each day. Daily Bread from Scripture Union is also popular if you prefer a booklet!
· Pray through the Lord's prayer each day - set an alarm on your phone as a reminder!
· Light a candle and spend a few minutes in silence, simply aiming to 'be still' in the presence of God without needing to say anything.
· Journal your prayers, writing down what you want to say to God and what you sense he might be saying to you.
· Go for a prayer walk. Get out in God's creation and allow nature to inspire you, or walk a few local streets and pray for God's blessing upon your neighbours.
· Commit to praying for three friends or colleagues who are not Christians. Be brave and let them know – you could ask them if there is anything specific they would appreciate you praying for them.
· Use the Ignatian prayer of
Examen before you go to bed:
- Spend a moment reviewing the day, paying attention to your emotions
- Note anything that you are grateful for, or that brought you joy. Thank God for those things
- Note anything that you brought a sense of sadness or regret. Offer those things to God in prayer
- Ask God to help you be aware of his presence with you tomorrow
Midweek at St John's
We have produced our own 'Prayer and Worship at Home' booklet of resources to aid your worship at home.
If you would appreciate a brief 'thought for the day'
midweek, then do join Eils live on our Facebook page every Wednesday at
8pm to Pause and Pray.
More helpful resources
Daily Hope - a free telephone line of hymns, reflections and prayers
0800 804 8044in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life
You may remember ReFresh/CLC Books on Tolworth Broadway. Fairly recently it has became The King’s Storeroom, located in the Richard Mayo Centre in Eden Street, Kingston.The bookshop is now open there two days a week, Mondays and Fridays, from 10-2pm, offering Christian books, resources, Bibles, cards & gifts. Call: 020 8390 5400; e-mail The King's Storeroom - local delivery is possible.
Starting Tuesday 23rd February, 7.15-9.15pm
Hosted on Zoom by Christ Church, Surbiton Hill
A free six-week course for people living with, or caring for those with depression and anxiety, run in a caring, confidential and encouraging environment.
For more information or details about how to book a place, please click here .
For children and young
Our friends Nick and Becky Drake from Gas Street Church in Birmingham are hosting short services packed with fun for children and young families at 4pm every Wednesday and Saturday. Go to their Worship for Everyone page to join them live or catch up later.
The Easter Story Scavenger Hunt is still available - just follow the link to download activity that you can do around your house or garden.
Bible reading resources
The Lectio 365 app is a great resource if you are looking for something that is short, easily accessible and reflective in its style, helping you to think about a short passage of scripture and to pray each day.
If you are looking for something a bit deeper, you can study the BibleInOneYear with Nicky Gumble, which includes daily readings and commentary, either via the app or a daily email.
Want to better understand the Bible as a whole? Check out the
Bible Project website which contains a whole host of brilliant animated
videos explaining the bigger overall narrative of scripture.
24/7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice; a non-stop prayer meeting that has continued for every minute of this century so far, in over half the countries on Earth. 24/7 Prayer resources; How to pray - Pete Gregg - book review; How to pray audio book.
The Spring Harvest Homerecommended resource list provides access to a range of books and a few dvds.
The Church of England have produced a mental health
reflections booklet with material to provide hope, reassurance and comfort
at this time.
Southwark Diocese monthly newspaper, The Bridge, has continued to be published - read the latest edition at https://southwark.anglican.org/news/the-bridge
Suggested radio & television programmes to make use of at home
Premier Christian Radio has a variety of programmes throughout the day.
At 2.30pm each weekday they have a Worship Hour which includes worship songs, Bible readings and prayers. You can find Premier on DAB digital radio, on Medium Wave 1305, or Freeview channel 725.
BBC One The Sunday morning Sunday Worship programme broadcast during lockdown has ended. As at 10th July four sermons and two services are still available on iPlayer, but Songs of Praise continues every Sunday at 1.15pm.
Spring Harvest Home 2020 The 2020 theme is 'Unleashed - The Acts Church Today'.
Please check out these Resources from time-to-time as we will be continuing to add to them over the next few weeks.