The new National Youth Sunday website is up and running with a range of resources for use in parishes, schools and families, and by individuals. The CYMFed team preparing the event has chosen the theme “Significance”, following on from this year’s Flame event, and inspired by Christus Vivit. Read more
To support the mission of Catholic primary schools, Mission Together have created lots of new resources for 2019-20 to help pupils engage with the Extraordinary Month of Mission, Little Way Week, and a new assembly to mark the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman – the first new English saint for over half a century.
I’m guessing you know that Pope Francis has declared October 2019 an Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM). It’s a special month of prayer and action, calling all members of our Catholic community to renew their missionary commitment to share God’s love with everyone, everywhere. Read more
The Bible Society’s new animated video takes Jairus’s daughter and the boy with the five loaves and two fishes on a journey where they discover who Jesus really is.
The video is on YouTube, and you can download it free from the Bible Society website, in English or Welsh. There is also a script and all-age service guide to enable you to explore the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and bring Three Friends and the Miracle Man to life at your church.
This year’s Lent resources from Mission Together include a Stations of the Cross liturgical resource for the first time. Read more
CAFOD has released a range of resources and guides for the ‘Give it up’ Lent campaign, including video, assemblies, prayer and liturgy, fundraising ideas; an ‘action a day’ calendar, and templates for publicising school events and fundraising.in newsletters and to local media.
Mission Together has created new liturgies, assemblies and craft activities for 2018 to help primary age groups journey through Advent.
The very first World Day of the Poor, called for by Pope Francis, is on 33rd Sunday of the year, 19th November. Caritas Social Action Network has a range of resources available to help schools and parishes get involved. Read more
Further resources for Education Sunday 2017 are available to download from the Churches Together England website.
They include this cool KS 1 & 2 resource that’s based on Lego!
The new resources for Lent from CAFOD are online now and tell the story of how communities in Zambia are learning to grow and sell fish to make a living. Read more
Women’s World Day of Prayer 2017 is on Friday 3rd March. It’s one of the biggest ecumenical prayer events worldwide, and each year, Christian women from a different country write a prayer service for a new theme. This year’s theme , ‘Am I being unfair to you’ is about justice, and was inspired by the parable of the labourers in the vineyard. The order of service for 2017 was written by the women of the Philippines. Read more
On December 8th 2015, Pope Francis initiated a Jubilee Year of Mercy. This special year concludes on 20 November 2016.
To mark this, Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, and its children’s branch Mission Together, have produced Primary and Secondary versions of the assembly Our Mission; To Be Merciful. These assemblies focus on the key themes of the Jubilee, help explain mercy and mission, and emphasize the ongoing call to act mercifully. Our Mission; To Be Merciful can be downloaded free from our respective websites: www.missio.org.uk and www.missiontogether.org.uk
CJM Music has settings for each of the five Sundays of lent – and they are free to download.
The Dominican Students of Great Britain have produced videos for the stations of the Cross for Lent that could be a really great way of doing the stations in a different way, or an engaging resource to help young people put together their own set of stations. They can all be found on their youtube page here. Search the page for Stations of the Cross
This is a fantastic set of resources for Lent that introduce young people to silence as something valuable in their lives, and at the same time raises money for great projects that help marginalised young people a voice! There is a Ash Wednesday service, an assembly, posters and info sheets with all kinds of ideas on for different age ranges, find out more on their site here.
Wondering what the readings for the day are? Today, or in a few days? Universalis is here to help! It’s a fantastic resource, there’s also an app (which can more easily adjust to local liturgical calendars)
Biblegateway is incredibly helpful, and saves a lot of time typing out from the Lectionary/Bible… https://www.biblegateway.com
This website has all sorts of resource for music and creative worship! http://engageworship.org/
Not sure if it’s a memorial, or want to plan your calendar in advance? This is your authoritative source! The site can be accessed here.
YCW Reflection, Can We Afford Christmas? Really interesting thing to do with groups reflecting on what we spend at Christmas – from @YCWImpact
St William of York, Sheffield began a lovely tradition in the parish in 2005.
Starting from the church on the first Sunday of Advent, the nativity figures of Mary, Joseph and the donkey make a journey round family homes, spending each night with a different family, before returning to church on Christmas Eve – shown in the photo. A sheet with prayers for a short service arrives with Mary and Joseph at each home.
Why not get young people to help host Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem by running a travelling nativity?
Find out more from the parish website
There’s lots of bits of miscellaneous info on here, and really useful list of hymns! Find it all here.
CJM, Welcome Jesus – Advent Liturgy, there”s a free outline/script, and musical resources for purchase.