Worship and Prayer
Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47)
“Style of worship and where a church places itself in terms of its theological tradition appear to have no significant link with growth, so long as there is consistency and clarity and the chosen style and tradition are wholeheartedly adopted." From Anecdote to Evidence. (p6)
This page offers you a range of resources to help you with questions covered in this section of the Mission Action Planning tool. Some are within our own diocesan website but we have also included links to good outside sources. As we become aware of other useful materials, we will update this page.
- Worship 4 Today is a course for worship leaders & musicians - visit the St Peter's College course page.
- The Child Friendly Church award helps you to think about how churches welcome and integrate children and their families into the worshipping life of the church.
- Praxis (www.praxisworship.org.uk) has details of training events & also a wide range of resources for those who are seeking help to enrich worship in their churches.
- The Royal School of Church Music (http://www.rscm.com) says on its website that it is 'committed to achieving the best use of music in worship - whatever the resources, whatever the styles' and has again an extensive range of ways in which it can help you.
- Ten Days of Prayer: we will include a link here to the ten days of prayer material as it becomes available each year.
- Bible reading resources. Scripture Union has several series of written Bible notes for adults (www.scriptureunion.org.uk/Shop/Biblereadingguides/Biblereadingforadults/164868.id) as well as a daily online devotional resource (www.wordlive.org). Bible Reading Fellowship (http://www.brf.org.uk is another good source of a variety of materials.
- FESTIVAL OF PRAYER 2014: the Diocesan Development Day in 2014 was A Festival of Prayer. It included a keynote address from Rowan Williams and a closing Address from Bishop Steven. You can see a report and access the addresses by following this link Development Day 2014.
- Whirlow Grange spirituality centre (www.whirlowspiritualitycentre.org) continues to provide spirituality resources for individuals and groups.
- Contemplative Fire (www.contemplativefire.org) is a fresh expression of church and dispersed community, having a strong local group in Sheffield & South Yorks.
- The Quiet Garden Movement (www.quietgarden.org) provides a variety of venues for people to rest & pray.
- See the 'Further Resources' (www.sheffield.anglican.org/further-external-resources-for-map) page in this section of the website for 'Evidence to Action', Grove Books, and other material applicable to all sections of the MAP tool.
Don't forget the resources centre: www.sheffield.anglican.org/diocesan-resources-centre
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Need help or advice?
Contact Lucy Nunn
or telephone 01709 309135.