The resources in this section have been suggested by clergy and staff in the diocese. If you have a resource which you wish to recommend and be included in the section, please forward it to the Venerable Dr Stephen McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of the material listed can be obtained through Richard Ryan www.thebookwell.co.uk.
Download a collection of liturgical resources (compiled as part of the diocese’s Liturgical Roadshows October 2015).
Hear our Prayer & Leading Intercessions both by Raymond Chapman. These are intercessions based on Common Lectionary readings for years A,B and C.
Prayer for Parish Groups Donal Harrington and Julie Kavanagh Columba Press
Prayers of Intercession, by David Adam, for years AB & C
Clouds and Glory, Year A. Traces of Glory, Year B Traces of and Glory Year C by David Adam
Prayers of Intercession Susan Sayers
Light dawns 100 meditations for public worship from Advent to Epiphany Nick Fawcett
The Rhythm of Life – Celtic Daily Prayer David Adam
Celtic Daily Prayer. Inspirational prayers and readings from the Northumbria Community
Common Worship- Times & Seasons for seasonal material
http://www.layanglicana.org – a useful resource in the preparation of intercessions.
All-Sorts Prayer 1 & 2 interactive prayers for all ages Claire Benton-Evans www.kevinmayhew.com
The Church of Ireland’s Liturgical Advisory Committee’s Service of Prayer and Naming and the Funeral Service in cases of Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death, as approved by the General Synod, can be downloaded from the Prayer and Worship section of the Church of Ireland website.
The Oxford Bible Commentary
New Jerusalem Biblical Commentary
The Bible for Everyone series Tom Wright
www.lectorprep.org This website provides a summary of the readings, historical background and suggestions with regards to proclaiming them. Be aware that sometimes the readings are slightly different from the Revised Common Lectionary.
www.churchnewsireland.org This website provides up to date news and information as well as liturgical resources for the major festivals throughout the year.
www.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/starters_for_sunday This website is produced by the Church of Scotland and includes weekly sermon notes and intercessions based on the RCL
www.wordlive.org is a daily online email or app from Scripture Union
Common Worship Living Word edited by Jane Williams. This is a series of four cd-roms for each liturgical year and is produced by redemptorist publication available from www.rpbooks.co.uk
The Meaning in the Miracles by Jeffrey John
Man’s Quest for God & The Prophets, by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time & Meeting Jesus in Mark, both by Marcus Borg
The Greatest Prayer (on the Lord’s Prayer) John Dominic Crossan
The Power of Parable: How fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus John Dominic Crossan
Sacred Space from the Irish Jesuits is good for daily personal devotions, available in book form or online at www.sacredspace.ie
Our Haven and Our Strength, by Martin Samuel Cohen, a translation of the Psalms with a comment on each by a New York rabbi. Some fresh perspectives from a non-Christian angle.
H+ Course (Bible Society)
The Prayer Course http://prayercourse.org (by Alpha & 24-7 Prayer is group study in six interactive downloadable video sessions based on The Lord’s Prayer – it is FREE
http://www.sacredise.com/ a very useful resource in the preparation of pew sheets and has some very good resources for the preparation of one off liturgies.
The Wild Goose community have produced a marvellous selection of festival based liturgical resources their website is www.ionabooks.com.
Candles and conifers – from All Saints’ to Advent
Cloth for the cradle – Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
Stages of the way – Lent Holy Week and Easter
Eggs and ashes – Lent and Holy Week
Down to Earth worship for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Rosie Rushton – www.kevinmayhew.com
Coming Ready or Not! All Age services for Advent to Epiphany Val Hawthorne www.kevinmayhew.com
Pilgrim is a new series published by the Church of England. It is an innovative and inspiring programme for enquirers and new Christians. www.pilgrimcourse.org
Exploring the Void – a Lent course by Nicholas and Judith Calver
Exploring God’s Mercy Steven Croft – Excellent study resource www.chpublishing.co.uk
Experiencing God’s Mercy Steven Croft www.chpublishing.co.uk
A way through the wilderness – experiencing God’s help in times of crisis Paula Gooder wwwchpublishing.co.uk
Essential 100 – Journey through the Bible In 100 readings. Whitney T Kuniholm
Following Jesus: What the NT teaches us, by Daniel Harrington, suitable for group study.
The Prayer Course http://prayercourse.org (by Alpha & 24-7 Prayer is group study in 6 interactive downloadable video sessions based on The Lord’s Prayer – it is FREE
What’s so amazing about grace? Philip Yancey Zondervan
www.sermons4kids.com This is a free website which provides a children’s address on the RCL readings as well as puzzles, word searches and colouring-in pictures all of which are excellent for use in youth organisations and schools
www.assemblies.org.uk This is a free website which provides seasonal and other school assembly talks for a variety of age groups
www.calvarycurriculum.com is a useful children’s site that can readily by adapted or adopted as you see fit.
Creative ideas for Children’s Worship Years AB&C Sarah Linton. Each book comes with a CD rom and provides sermon ideas, dramas and intercessions which are suitable to children
Celebrations! All age worship. Nick and Claire Page. This book includes eight ready to use services New Year, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, Harvest, Advent and Christmas
Family All Age Worship. Nick and Claire Page
www.rootsontheweb.com An ecumenical, lectionary-based resources in two magazines, plus a huge library of online materials.
For Christmas ideas please see Advent and Christmas section below.
Small Church Music – www.smallchurchmusic.com/ – This website is useful for backing tracks, from basic organ/piano to small band versions and is especially helpful in the absence of live musicians.
21st Century Folk Hymnal– published by Kevin Mayhew. Simple versions of a selection of choruses and hymns, both well-known and lesser known.
The Psalms, by Martin E. Leckebusch, 150 metrical psalms for singing to well known hymn tunes.
New Psalms for Common Worship, compiled by Colin Mawby, is a collection of chants for new psalter, with straightforward refrains. Psalm can be chanted by choir/cantor, with congregation joining in refrain, or whole thing can be attempted by congregation, with or without refrain.
Musicademy ‘Worship Backing Band’ DVD series available from http://www.musicademy.com
Start! is an enquirers’ course in the vein of Alpha, except that it works more on visuals rather than from texts. This series is especially helpful where literacy an issue. It comprises of six sessions, with two short DVD clips to open and close each topic, provoking and encouraging discussion in between. Handbook material comes with it, making use of cartoons & simple text. This useful introduction to the Christian faith and provides an alternative to the Alpha course. It is available through the Leading your Church into Growth organisation.
NOOMA with Rob Bell. A fantastic series of modern presentations of the teaching of Jesus with questions for group discussion
Jerusalem – The Making of a Holy City, Simon Sebag Montefiore (BBC)
‘Life Journeys’ by Jeff Lucas – a DVD small group series (publisher CWR) http://www.cwr.org.uk/store/
LICC materials including: ‘Life on the Frontline’ & ‘Fruitfulness on the Frontline’ – DVDs for small groups with downloadable resources on website http://www.licc.org.uk
Videos – These videos could be used in an all age service but would be particularly relevant to a youthful congregation
The Christmas Scale, what is the good news of Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNDtHdG5mVk
He came – focuses on incarnation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u65m__-LLfs
Someone is coming, looks at a biblical overview to Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woRD3aSclK8
‘My Christmas is plastic’ – a reflection on what Christmas is really about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypXrT1eJkRQ
Children’s Services at Christmas – Animals Stories Christmas Nativity