Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Pepping Up Your Preaching

Thinking about my address for next Sunday's Plough Service at Kirkby Malzeard, as I am, my interest was caught by a website called 'Roots.' Actually it turned out to be absolutely nothing to do with ploughing but it was interesting! It turns out that this organisation, recommended by Bob Fyffe, the General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, is dedicated to producing good, flexible resources for preachers and worship leaders. It is designed for use with the Revised Common Lectionary (the calendar of biblical readings which churches use throughout the year and which help to ensure we have seasonally appropriate readings while also covering a broad range texts from the bible on a three year cycle.)  

The Roots partnership brings together writers from a range of churches and other socially active Christian organisations. All the writers are experienced worship leaders, teachers and preachers. The materials produced are for adult worship, all age worship and work with young people and children. They aim to 'help grow disciples of every age.'  Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church says, 'Over the past ten years Roots has gone from strength to strength, continually flexing to adapt to the needs of a changing church while ensuring a strong lectionary-based focus.' They bring out two magazines every other month - one with fresh ideas for adult and family worship and the other with ideas to use when working with children and young people in all kinds of situations, worshipping, studying, having fun. The adult version includes bible notes and theological reflections designed to help with preaching.

Visit their website on http://www.rootsontheweb.com/

Oh! and do come to the Plough Service at St Andrew's Kikby Malzeard at 10.30am on Sunday Morning 22nd January!

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