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
Don’t mention Christmas yet … but … are you preparing for Advent in school?
Mission Together has lots of resources to use with children in Advent, including a daily Advent calendar, a quiz on symbols used at Christmas, hand-craft activities, and an Advent liturgy. Download them all at missiontogether.org.uk
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 are producing videos for the stations of the Cross this 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.
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
Why not get young people to help host Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem by running a travelling nativity. Let them be invited to homes, or let them travel around classrooms through Lent and include some prayers to help everyone get involved.
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.