Prayer Candle Cards
These downloadable prayer Candle-Cards are a simple, but effective, way of creating a prayer space with limited resources! They are available in a number of different versions according to the church season.
Ten Ways of Praying
The Prayer Pack, developed by the Diocese of Rochester, is an engaging way of experiencing different ways of praying. There are leaflets on Intercessory Prayer, Centering Prayer, Silent prayer, Multi-sensory Prayer, Prayer with music or the Bible, or using the senses… Each comes in downloadable A4 format, and gives some straight-forward practical advice, as well as some suggestions for further reading. Highly recommended!
Fellowship of Pray-ers
This web-page (also developed by Rochester Diocese) gives simple advice on how to introduce a circle of pray-ers to your own parish, deanery or community setting. But do explore the whole of the website for all sorts of resources for how to deepen your own prayer life through Retreats and Quiet Days.
Why do you do that? is a brilliant guide to church customs and practices that might feel unfamiliar to new Christians, or to those who only occasionally attend church services. It is simply produced and full of colour photos and other illustrations.
The Julian Meetings’ website has a wealth of resources to encourage, and help you engage in, Contemplative Prayer. Click here for a downloadable A5-size leaflet that introduces how and why you might choose to pray in silence.
The Pilgrim Path project (developed in the diocese of Oxford) offers resources to walkers who wish to turn a journey into a pilgrimage, a walk into a reflection; time apart to think, pray and encounter God. As well as offering guided walks, they have produced some excellent downloadable booklets for people who want to devise their own route, but would like some reflections for the journey. These are designed for people with little or no faith, as well as those who are established in their faith.
How to find a Spiritual Director
There are some excellent resources on the Peterborough Diocese website. These clearly-produced, but informative, leaflets are intended to introduce a wider audience to Spiritual Direction. ‘What is Spiritual Direction?‘ talks about the nature of the ‘confidential relationship which creates the space for discerning the presence of God in life’s experiences, and for increasing our awareness of how to live out of that Presence’. ‘Finding a Spiritual Director‘ prompts some prayerful thinking about the kind of person who would be suitable to accompany you on your journey of prayer, and the nature of that relationship.
This link (from the Diocese of Hereford) also provides a good introduction to finding a Spiritual Director, with an easy-to-read leaflet that would make a good basis for any Spiritual Direction Service.