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Lockdown Lent
Another Lent in lockdown hasn’t stopped our worshipping communities around the diocese from journeying in faith together. From courses over zoom and daily reflections, to virtual prayer walks and quiz show style challenges, you’ve been connecting with God – and each other - in ways you might never have imagined.
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Hands on prayers for your daily walk
The Community of the Tree of Life in partnership with Glenwood Youth and The Not Yet Now have created an all age friendly set of practical prayers that can be done during half term and beyond
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How can discipleship courses work online?
Discipleship and everyday faith don’t stop during lockdown, they just look slightly different. A few weeks ago we wrote about some churches from the diocese which have been running enquirers courses (courses aimed at introducing those who are not yet Christians to the Christian faith). Now we’re catching up with a couple of churches which have held courses to help their existing church members grow in the depth of their discipleship.
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Butterflies and John's Everyday Faith
Reverend Prebendary John Woolmer has a lifelong passion for the natural world with a particular interest in butterflies. More than 50 years of watching and photographing butterflies all over the world has enhanced his appreciation of the intricacies and beauty of God’s creation, and this has played a significant role in his ministry and everyday faith.
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Ancient Practice goes hi-tec
With many churches not open for in-person meetings and services at the moment, some are experimenting with innovative new ways of connecting with their communities. At St Andrews, North Kilworth, part of the Avon Swift team of churches, the ancient practice of pilgrimage has been given a modern twist with their QR code churchyard pilgrimage.
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Pamela's Everyday Witness 
Before lockdown Pamela used to love going to a nearby monastery. She would sit quietly, write prayers, listen to God and write down what she felt He was saying to her. However the pandemic put a stop to her visits, as well as her volunteering job in the NHS. These frustrations haven’t stopped Pamela from sharing her faith with her friends.
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Carole’s Everyday Witness
Throughout lockdown our social interactions have changed dramatically. We are no longer gathering or catching up with people in the same way. So it can perhaps feel difficult to share our faith with others. Carole was feeling very unsettled by the lack of connection that the lockdown brought. So she started to think of creative ways to connect with God and with others
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Enquirers Courses in lockdown
Courses designed to enable enquirers to look into the Christian faith have been a significant part of church life for over three decades now. The best known of these is the hugely popular Alpha Course, with Christianity Explored also being widely used. Typically, the groups either run in someone’s home, a church hall, or in some cases a church will hire out a restaurant or similar venue for the duration of the course. But how would such courses fare in Lockdown?
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Lent Resources
Now that we are entering the second working week of 2021 you might be starting to thinking about Lent courses. We may not be able to gather in our normal way, but all of the courses suggested would work virtually.
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Faith during lockdown
In Oadby, the people of St Paul’s Church have sharing their stories of everyday faith, prayer, action and witness. Their thoughts have been collated into a series of videos called Faith During Lockdown, looking at the five notions of Prayer, Scripture, Justice, Environment and Hope.  
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