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Last updated 23rd November 2020

Call to Pray and Give; from November 12

From November 12 every parish is invited by Bishop Julian to participate in our ‘Call to Pray and Give’.

This is a Diocesan-led initiative to boost parish funds at the end of this very challenging year, to enable current levels of stipendiary mission and ministry to continue.

This page contains a wide range of resources and other materials to help parishes to engage with the Call to Pray and Give. Use the headings in the box above to move straight to the resources you need. You will also find resources for the Archbishops' 'Call to Pray for the Nation' on this page; also taking place in November. 

Before lockdown the hope originally was that at the culmination of 17 days of prayer (including times of fasting) on Advent Sunday, November 29, each parish in the Diocese would allow an opportunity for gifts to be presented.

Instead the event will continue until that day but, as we can't meet on that Sunday due to lockdown, parishes are now being asked to encourage people to set aside their gift in a specially prepared envelope.

The envelopes, along with 'Call to Pray and Give' prayer cards (pictured) have now been delivered to all Area Deans who are making arrangements to circulate them locally to all parishes.

When lockdown concludes everyone will then be encouraged to bring their gift on the first Sunday after the restrictions are lifted. 


Messages from Bishop Julian

Bishop Julian wrote a letter to parishes immediately prior to launch of the Call to Pray and Give initiative. 

In the letter he says: "I pray that these two weeks of prayer will be a real blessing to your congregations and your local communities, as we see answers to our prayer and as we listen to hear God’s voice, giving us the gift of giving, releasing funds for His work in our parishes and giving Him the glory He deserves throughout the Diocese of Blackburn."

Meanwhile you can also watch this message from Bishop Julian in which he talks more about the Call to Pray and Give as well as offering words of encouragement to parishes during the latest lockdown. 


Answers to Prayer

As part of the initiative 'Call to Pray and Give' we want to hear your answers to prayer! We would love to hear how God moves across the Diocese during this time.

If you are happy for your name, church and story of answered prayer to be shared with the whole Diocese send it to beingwitnesses@blackburn.anglican.org

Try to keep the prayer story to 100 words max as we hope to gather lots of them together on an uplifting new area on the website as an encouragement. 

And don't keep your prayer stories for the month of November either! Keep sending your stories of answered prayer into the future to the above email address. 

  • For one of our recent website 'Weekly Sermons' Archdeacon Mark Ireland wrote about an example of a wonderful answer to prayers by his whole congregation from his days as a young vicar. Read about it here

Daily Prayer on Zoom with the Bishop's Leadership Team

Each night of 'Call to Pray and Give' there will be an opportunity to participate in live online evening prayer each night and led by a different member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team on each occasion.

Prayers will be said for each Deanery in turn as part of the prayer evenings but anyone from across the Diocese can join the prayer on any evening. 

A different member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team will lead Evening Prayer at 7pm every evening. See the table below for more on who is leading on each night (more details to come for this). 

The hope is that this will become part of a pattern of prayer for people. To sign up to this please email secretary@bishopofblackburn.org.uk and Jennie will email you links for each of the sessions. The same link will be used for four sessions and then refreshed for security purposes.

12 November Kick Things Off Bishop Julian Henderson
13 November

National Day of Prayer

Rev Sam Cheesman

14 November Accrington Archdeacon Mark Ireland
15 November Blackpool Canon Graeme Pollard
16 November Blackburn with Darwen Rev Nick McKee
17 November Garstang Dean Peter Howell-Jones
18 November Burnley Bishop Philip North
19 November Kirkham Carolyn Barton
20 November Chorley Archdeacon David Picken
21 November Lancaster and Morecambe Bishop Philip North
22 November Leyland Bishop Julian Henderson
23 November Poulton Rev Sam Cheesman
24 November Pendle

Archdeacon David Picken,

with Ronnie Semley

25 November Preston Rev Anderson Jeremiah
26 November Whalley

Bishop Jill Duff,

with Joy Rushton

27 November Tunstall Bishop Julian Henderson

Pause and Pray: Giving Devotions

A series of devotions for each day of the Call to Pray and Give; with opportunities to daily 'pause'; 'rejoice', 'reflect' and 'ask'. 


Resources for children and young people

Sarah Earnshaw, Children's Work Adviser in the Diocesan Board of Education, has produced resources (two video sessions with a downloadable support document) to help children and young people engage with the topics of prayer and giving.

They can be used at home or with an online youth group. They can be used for class worship in our schools also.

Video resources will also be posted to this page shortly to accompany these files ... 

Call to Pray and Give, Kids session 1 (written support resource) ... plus video ...


Call to pray and Give, Kids session 2 (written support resource) ... plus video ...


In addition to the above video-based resources, there is also a special new 'Generosity Edition' of the Board of Education's 'Bible Podlets' series now available for the Call to Pray and Give initiative. 

If you like this, then for more 'Bible Podlets just click here. 


Resources for teenagers

Rev. Alex Frost and Rev. Kat Gregory-Witham present a video for, and with contributions from, the youth of our parishes.

The video helps you to look enquiringly into the reasons why we give and covers topics like 'what are we grateful for' and positive experiences of giving.

Check it out below and share your answers to prayer by emailing beingwitnesses@blackburn.anglican.org

 


Video reflections for Call to Pray and Give (also Word/pdf versions)

As part of the Call to Pray and Give initiative, we offer some reflections on giving (with accompanying videos and downloadable Word and pdf versions).  

 

'Sacrificial Giving' reflection (pdf) by Revd. Dr Chris Dingwall-Jones, Curate at Fleetwood St Peter and St David. Word version: Sacrificial Giving and watch the video ...


'The Gift of Giving' reflection (pdf) by Rev. Dr Tom Woolford, Vicar of New Longton. Word version  The Gift of Giving and watch the video ... 

 

  • These two theological reflections can be used for personal growth and/or as challenging discussion pieces in a small-group setting.

Blackburn Prayers and our Daily Prayer email

As part of our preparation for, and participation in, the ‘Call to Pray and Give’ we have also included some specific additional prayer points for this month only in our regular 'Blackburn Prayers' circulated round the Diocese. 

If you don't receive them you can also find them on the diocesan website here

Blackburn Prayers is also available as a convenient daily email, direct to your inbox. To subscribe to the daily email, please click the link here to receive the prayer topics for the day direct to your inbox each morning.

Get subscribing and you will then continue receive the daily email after the prayer initative is over, to help you in your onward prayer journey. 


Call to Pray for the Nation 

On Wednesday 4 November, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and Bishop of London called the Church of England to prayer for the nation throughout the month of November at 6pm every evening .

As Christians of all denominations are being invited to join in prayer for our nation we want to promote this event and the related resources alongside our own local resources for A Call to Pray and Give.

There is a wide range of national resources here. In addition, please find here a direct link to a simple printable prayer booklet which is intended to be shared with all members of your congregation Prayer Booklet.


Ronnie Semley, November 2020