There's a long tradition of christian communities that place a high value on praying before activities or events. The religious monastic orders have a rule of life which bids them to pray at specific times of the day - sometimes in preparation for an activity, at other times to offer thanksgiving prayers to God
for the outcome and the results of prayer. At other times they may intercede
on behalf of people and world events.
However, this pattern of daily community prayer ritual is not just restricted to the orders. The Northumbria Community
have developed a daily office based on ancient celtic spiritual life. Anyone who joins this movement is invited to follow this way of prayer through the day. The office is divided up into morning prayer, a short midday prayer, evening prayer and an (optional) compline to end the day. This pattern of regular spiritual focus engenders an awareness of God throughout the day, and places prayer before, and after the events in life. The community is located at Chatton, Northumberland. However, one does not have to live there to follow this way of life and the movement has many adherents in the UK and a growing presence in the USA.
Gathered together in this section are various prayer resources for the year ahead. We begin with prayer for the New Year
, often a time associated with making resolutions and starting new activities and hobbies, and even changing of direction in terms of work or life generally. In February, our minds turn towards the 40 day period of prayer and abstinence known as Lent
. Here you'll find some children's resources for this period in the church calendar, as well as prayers from the Anglican and Catholic traditions. There's also a dedicated page for Easter Sunday
, with various reflections, videos and children's prayers and activities.
As the seasons change and the autumn falls, our minds turn towards thanking God for all his goodness and provision. Here there are two resource pages - one for Harvest time
, and another for Thanksgiving Day
, both with quotes, songs, and prayers for giving thanks and praise to God. With the closing of the year, we celebrate the great miracle of the incarnation
. "Emmanuel" means "God with us" - Christ, the Son of God, born into our world. Here you'll find Christmas prayers
for children and adults, as well as quotes and an inspiring contemporary poem suitable for festive services and gatherings.