Useful Links

There are many creative and inspirational websites on the Internet these days. It pays to be selective and to adapt the material you find to your own needs.

Here are some sites that have been reviewed by the Learning & Discipleship Development Team. We can recommend them but would encourage you to adapt the content and techniques to your own congregation/group situation.

Seven Sacred Spaces

Seven Sacred Spaces is an imaginative way of helping us to realise that God is to be found in the midst of situations and encounters which are common to most of us. It is a means of helping us to recognise that our common life as Christians can be strengthened, by seeing that God is at work in all kinds of normal and routine activities and actions. Do look at the 7SS taster videos, first.

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Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions is certainly not for everyone! However it is recognised as a movement of the Spirit in today's Church and seeks to transform communities and individuals through new ways of being Church. It has resulted in thousands of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches.

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Cursillo is more of a movement than a course. It aims to re-awaken people to the calling they received in their baptism to be witnesses for Christ, to give them the stimulus to plan ways of doing this, and to provide support structures through which they can encourage each other and hold each other accountable before God for their lives as Christian witnesses.

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Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day. It takes a different approach from other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers. Do look at the 3 introductory/promo videos first to see if this is for you. It has very good endorsements.

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Going for Growth - 'Transformation for children, young people and the Church'

This is a Church of England online resource, featuring lectionary based outlines of all major festivals and seasons. Each outline includes useful links to lesson plans, PDF downloads, assemblies, activities, videos etc.  The website is clearly set out and fairly easy to negotiate. With customising there is something for every children’s age-group on this site. A very good, broad-based liturgical resource for children’s work, well worth consulting.

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Loyola Press. A Jesuit Ministry

This website provides varied interesting resources for the Church’s liturgical year, including books, formation and discipling programmes from the c/Catholic perspective. Useful snippets for all include ‘Sunday Connection’ which gives potted summaries of up and coming Sunday RCL readings. Each season and festival is clearly accessed, and provides links to books, activities, worship and prayer ideas. And ‘3 minute retreat’ is well worth checking out, if you need a pause in your day to clear your head! Liturgically and devotionally, this looks like a valuable inspiration for any churchmanship.

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