Resources

We hope that you will find some of these resources helpful as we all spend more time at home. 

Thy Kingdom ComeFrom Ascension Day until Pentecost we will be following the wave of prayer - 'Thy Kingdom Come' .  Download a pdf version of the 2020 Prayer Journal to join in with Christians across the globe.

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. 

Normally each Wednesday some of us are gathering to say Compline (Night Prayer) together over Zoom at 8.45pm. This we will devote this time to celebrate Ascension in advance of Ascension Day on Thursday.    Please email us if you would like further details of how to join. 

Daily Hope - a free telephone line of hymns, reflections and prayers
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. Choose to hear a prayer, hymns or more.  New content is added each day.

For children and young families

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.

Great news, Spring Harvest Half-term Special will be live next week.  Starting on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May you can look forward to an episode of Virtual Sunday School on Monday at 9:30am, two brand new editions of Big Start Extra on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30am, a ‘Thought for the Day’ from Bob Hartman Tuesday to Friday at 10:15am, Bible Buds for toddlers on Thursday at 9am, Doug Horley on Friday at 11am and much more.  It's all still for free, so join Spring Harvest for some more family fun.

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. 

Pete Gregg - ow to prayPete Gregg24/7 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.

Mental health support

The Church of England have produced a mental health reflections booklet with material to provide hope, reassurance and comfort at this time.

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 Radio 4 broadcasts Sunday Worship every Sunday at 8.10am. The Daily Service is on at 9.45am from Monday to Friday on DAB digital radio and Long Wave 198.

BBC One has launched a new Sunday Worship programme at this time, on Sundays mornings (times vary), and will continue to show Songs of Praise every Sunday at 1.15pm.

If you missed it in April, you can still enjoy much of the content Spring Harvest Home 2020 free, online while we are in lockdown. 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.