SMALL GROUPS & CHRISTIAN FORMATION

GROWING DISCIPLES: Resources for hosting Bible studies, discussion forums, private devotions and group prayertimes. (For help with online hosting visit the page Worship Resources .)

 

WHAT IS LENT?

A playlist of videos created by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey that could be shared in a church newsletter, on social media, or in other ways.  What is Lent? Videos 

 

PATHWAY TO EASTER: LENT IN A BAG

A simple activity for families from The Network.   Lent in a Bag

STUDIES, DEVOTIONALS & FAITH ENRICHMENT

 

LENT RESOURCES - The Episcopal Church   TEC - Lent Resources

LIVE LENT - The Church of England Lent Reflections - 2022 Embracing Justice   CofE - Live Lent

 

WILDERNESS CALLING - Discipleship talks from The Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls. Videos and other resources from Vital Church Maritimes 2021 Conference.     Wilderness Calling - Discipleship

 

REVIVE & REVIVE LENT
Revive is a discipleship program for active lay people who are looking to grow and be spiritually nourished. Participants explore prayer, spiritual disciplines, scripture, exciting ministry paths, and are encouraged to engage in deep questions about faith. The course is written by a Canadian Anglican, Rev. Dr. Dawn Davis (originally from St. Luke’s, Dartmouth).   REVIVE

Revive Lent is a supplemental seasonal resource for adapting Revive: Equipping Lay Leaders to be Spiritual Leaders for Lent. Six sessions, complete with outlines, video instruction, devotional practices and discussion starters are provided for small groups that want to grow in intimacy with God as followers of Jesus. Revive Lent

 

MISSION POSSIBLE STUDY  - from the Diocese of Moosonee

A five week series consisting of a weekly  Leader’s Guide, Participants’ booklet and Power Point Presentation.    Mission Possible

 

GROWING GOOD FOR LENT 2022 – Church Urban Fund, The Church of England

The Growing Good Toolkit includes six sessions. Through reflection, discussion, films, prayer and take-away actions, the sessions explore how our churches can be faithful and fruitful in our local communities.     GROWING GOOD

 

JESUS DE/CONSTRUCTED: Rediscover the Freaking Awesome Jesus this Lent

An Online Pop-Up Learning Community with Dr. Diana Butler Bass & Dr. Tripp Fuller.    JESUS DE/CONSTRUCTED 

 

A DEVOTIONAL RESOURCE FOR LENT - Parish of Craighurst and Midhurst, Diocese of Toronto. A daily devotional that features 47 different passages of Scripture and a reflection from 47 different Anglicans across Canada.    Devotional Resource - Lent   

 

BROTHER, GIVE US A WORD - The Society of Saint John the Evangelist

A daily monastic practice to nourish your spirit this Lent.    SSJE Word

 

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS - 2022 Lent Devotions, Canadian Bible Society

A series of five videos and devotions explores the journey to the cross. He goes before us.  Canadian guest authors include: Herbie Kuhn, Sports Chaplain, Toronto Raptors; Dr. Betty Pries, Co-Founder and CEO, Credence & Co; Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church; Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto; Alexandra Lee, Consultant, Impact Investor.     Cdn Bible Society - Lent Journey.

 

FAMILY FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES | LENT

Creative resources and practices for Lent to use both in community and at home. These ideas can be seamlessly woven into existing church programs and into family life.   Faith Formation - LENT

 

GOD’S BIG EASTER STORY: A Holy Week Journey for Families

Eight brief devotions to download and print encourage families to breathe, read, wonder, and pray together.   God's Big Easter Story

 

DREAMS & VISIONS - LENTEN STUDY

Written by The Rev'd. Deborah Lonergan-Freake for the Diocese of Moosonee in 2011, it can be easily adapted for your local context. A timely series that involves naming our losses, letting go, circles of love and life, dreaming a new dream and visioning a new future. You will have to change the specific place names to those related to your particular context. (Rev. Deborah is a retired priest in the Valley Region, NS.   Dream & Visions pdf

 

LOVE LETTERS – SCRIPTURE MEDITATIONS

Timely devotions during the COVID-19 pandemic for one of the upcoming Sunday readings for the Revised Common Lectionary. Each mediation includes: a group process; short overview; and discussion questions. By Canon Dawn Davis, Diocese of Niagara.  https://canondawndavis.wordpress.com/

 

ILLUSTRATED MINISTRY

Flatten the curve - Free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages. Downloadable, and easy to access. A simple but meaningful way to engage faith - quality materials from a trusted company, used by thousands of churches from over 60+ denominations around the world.   https://www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve

 

MESSY CHURCH AT HOME

A growing collective of creative ideas for all-age prayer time for families at home.    Messy Church UK - Covid-19 Resources

 

THE ALPHA COURSE WEBINARS

Alpha Canada is hosting a number of live and recorded webinars to help equip church leaders to take this Christian exploration series online. Includes technical and small group practical tips that can apply to any virtual learning gathering. Alpha Canada Webinars

 

AUTHENTICALLY ENGAGING YOUTH THROUGH DIGITAL MEDIA

YOUTH, Stay Home, Stay Connected (Download .pdf file). This generation is resilient, determined, and they crave authenticity. As faith leaders, we can offer something unique in this time of grief and crisis. You don’t have to be a technical genius, just use your gifts to be present and authentic, focus on connection and community. (Presbyterian Youth Workers Association, US)  YOUTH - Stay Connected

 

ANGLICAN ALLIANCE BIBLE STUDIES: FAITH IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

Even if the building is closed, the Church is still there, present in the people, the living body of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time when God calls us into an ever deeper participation in God’s mission. The Bible studies seek to create space for us to bring our hopes and fears before God and build resilience and trust.  Anglican Alliance Bible Studies

MUSIC & CHRISTIAN FORMATION
Engage the Gifts of Musicians

This sacred season of Lent, Holy Week and Easter there are so many beautiful hymns and worship songs. Considering having your Music Director, choir leader or passionate congregational singer in offering online education about Christian music. They could provide teaching about congregational singing, church music history, basic music theory, etc. These could be shared using a simple, free video or audio platform (See 'Worship Resources During this Pandemic' page) or written resources through e-mail, Facebook, the parish website or by snail-mail. 

PANDEMIC PROJECTS & ACTITIVIES

 

MOTHERS UNION - Resources to Support us in Challenging Times

A selection of resources to help our members and friends as they face self-isolation at home. It's important for us all to remain as active as we can, both physically and mentally.   https://www.mothersunion.org/resources-support-us-challenging-times