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#LiveLent 2021 church resources: God’s Story, Our Story

It is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele, published by SPCK.

Both the book and the accompanying daily reflections encourage all Christians to think about their calling, how to share their faith and reflect on the difference Christ makes in our lives.

We witness to God’s story and the impact this has made to our story so that others might also find their story taking on new meaning in the light of God’s love. While the current restrictions on daily life necessitated by the pandemic present significant challenges, the suffering and isolation many continue to face make the need for us to share God’s love with our communities greater than ever. Rather than just being a Lenten discipline, this year’s #LiveLent is a joyful invitation to make witness a normal part of the Christian life, the natural overflow of a life lived in devotion to Christ.  

What are the key elements of the Lent 2021 resources? 

From Ash Wednesday (17 February) to Easter Sunday (4 April), there are six reflections for each week, written by Stephen Hance, the Church of England’s National Lead for Evangelism and Witness. Each reflection includes a short passage from the Bible, a brief exploration of the reading, and a prayer. Additionally, each week has a unifying theme and an action to be taken during the week.

The daily reflections are available through the booklet available to buy from Church House Publishing. The booklet is also available in a Large Print format.

The reflections will also be available as a free app (launching in early February), emails, audio and through the Church of England’s social media accounts. The app version will include a daily Family Activity, offering a simple way to explore a story or a theme from the day’s reflection.

Resources for group study

A free downloadable guide for groups wishing to study the weekly themes from Living His Story together, produced by SPCK, is available to download. You can find the videos mentioned in this group resource on the SPCK YouTube channel.

Family activities

A free downloadable PDF for families wishing to engage in the daily activities is available to download. These activities also appear in the iOS and Android app.

Webinars

You can sign up to the following free webinars to discover how to make the most of these resources over Lent.

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