Supporting you through the rich cycle of the church year
The Seasons and festivals section of the ROOTS website can support you with an abundance of resources throughout the rich cycle of the church year. These include:
- All-age services
- Prayers and prayer activities
- Craft and other activities
- Reflections and meditations
- Drama sketches
- Specially written songs.
Below are just a few examples of the resources on the ROOTS website.
Harvest Children's song
All Saints All-age service
Remembrance Sunday Prayers
Advent Drama: Countdown to Christmas
Christmas Special prayers for the Christmas season
Lent Lenten journey to use with children
Pentecost All-age service: Spirit of love
Sacred and secular: bringing a Christian voice to secular celebrations
At ROOTS, we've been asking: 'How can we bring a Christian voice to the festivals, celebrations and commemorations that take place outside our churches?'
We have been helping our subscribers to consider this, with reflections from the Ven. Dr Tim Stratford, Archdeacon of Leicester and a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission. Tim writes:
'Christian teachers open the eyes of faith in people by making sense of the religious calendar. They can also do so by making sense of what here we may call the secular calendar. We are well used to doing the former, and perhaps also with the days of the secular calendar whose roots are ecclesiastical; but what about the others? For human beings, created in the image of God, it would be surprising if there were not some correspondence between the themes that belong to the secular realm and those that belong to the sacred.'
Here are some examples of how we can weave the sacred into the secular:
Mother's Day All-age service: cliche and reality
Summer festivals Let's go to a festival!
Back to School Children's prayer for a new term
Saints' Days Resources for St George's Day
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