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You might be thinking about taking the chance to read the Bible more or regularly. Here are some links to places that provide daily readings that you can use.

 
Daily CoE Readings The Church of England uses the Common Lectionary for its daily Bible readings. This link takes you to today's readings - for other days' use the previous or next buttons towards the top of the page. It's just the bare words with no notes or prayers added. For extras like the words for daily Prayer go here: CoE Daily Prayer.
 
Lectio 365  The 24/7 prayer movement, headed up by Pete Greig, have a very good daily bible reading with brief notes and a prayer that can provide the basis for an excellent time with the Bible. It's only available through an app, this link takes you to the place to get it.
 
Word Live  Perhaps the master of all online Bible-reading helps. It's by Scripture Union so it has a fine pedigree behind it that you can trust and enjoy. The link takes you to just the Word Live bit, but have a look around their site for loads of helpful and interesting Bible stuff.
 
BibleGateway What did we do before...that's what this web site makes me think quite often. Not only does it provide instant free access to the Bible in multiple languages and translations, it also offers lots of different reading plans. Find them here: Reading Plans. It also offers devotionals - like Word Live or Daily Prayer - but don't think we are recommending them all!
 

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Unite714: Join with the world in Prayer


Unite714 is a global prayer movement, called to pray against the Coronavirus and for a spiritual awakening amongst all people.
To find out more click on the link and hear Pete and Sammy Greig explaining how it all came about.
https://www.24-7prayer.com/unite714
This is an exciting opportunity to join our voices with our fellow Christians across the world and to do exactly what God asks us to do if we are to claim His promises to us.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

God bless
Cathy

Regular Reflection 

The letter to the Hebrew Christians has the words: ‘Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.' (Hebrews 12:2)

A group of us tried to sing together last week. Thanks to Zoom, we could all see and hear one another. The result was interesting, to put it mildly! Two key things needed working at.

We weren't really keeping together. Sound and movement weren't always synchronised, but that wasn't the main issue. We needed to listen to one another more carefully. We improved a lot when one of our number started to conduct. Also, although we were singing something straightforward, some of us didn't remember all the words. (It's clearly time to get my head round that screen-sharing facility!)

Our present crisis gives us a common focus. We want to get through our current situation as well as possible. And we want life to return to normal. As Christians we have a common focus in our faith in Jesus. We seek to grow as believers, we seek to share our faith with others so that God draws them to himself. We need to listen, to God and to one another. How many potentially good things get frustrated because we don't stop to think, to focus on what God is saying to us, before we jump in? How often do we draw opposition or find ourselves ignored because we don't really listen to other people? We can find ourselves singing a solo when we need to be part of a choir.

And we can forget some of the words: some of the things we need to include in our thinking and actions. We remember much of what matters in our Christian faith. But we can forget some of those awkward bits about love, or forgiveness, or humility, or persisting in prayer, or using the gifts we have ....

The trouble with illustrations is that they can so easily be misapplied or misunderstood! If we're comparing a group of Christians worshipping and serving together with a group of people singing together, let's remember who the conductor is.

Anne

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Don't forget to join us in prayer together each Thursday. Eight o'clock prayer - if you can't make it at 8am then go for 8pm. Of course you could always pray twice!

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Our Sunday Service for 24th May



An excerpt from the Communion Service if you'd like to celebrate the Lord's Supper.

 
Many of the larger churches in the UK have recorded a song of blessing - here it is:
 
 
 
Did you like these? Then take a look our YouTube Channel where you will find our previous services and other videos. 

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Creative Prayer Activities

Rev Rhona Knight from Oakham, whom some of you will know, is producing some thoughtful and creative prayer activities that she's sharing with us. To take a look at all the activities there are - click on the picture and choose a day.

We are currently on A Journey with Jesus. 

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A Superb Online Game for Children!

 

The Guardians of Ancora is a game developed by Scripture Union and is both Biblically based as well as safe for children to play.

SU Game 

You can play it through the web or via a number of different apps available for phones and other mobile devices. Just search online for it and have fun! 

Ancora scenes