Lent and Easter Resources 2021

Lent Course 2021: These are our stories

The Diocese of Exeter has produced a five week Lent course which is based on the pandemic stories of five people from across Devon. It will encourage each of us to tell our own stories and reflect on where our faith fits into the experience of the past 12 months.  Find out more here

Easter 2021 Sermons, Services and Addresses

Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist

Good Friday Sermon: Bishop Jackie Searle

Easter Sunday Sermon: Bishop Robert Atwell

Bishop of Exeter Easter Message

The Church of England produced guidance to help churches plan for services in Lent and Easter, including Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and others.                  Read the guidance here

Lent Resources

Below are some really great resources, designed by Catherine Beane, to be used during Lent

Lent at Home: 40 Activities for families

Interactive Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Prayer Stations for Lent

‘Bursting with Life’ Easter Photo and Video Competition.

Open to all ages. Just take a photo or make a video about what nature says to you about hope and faith.

 Download a flyer to share with your parish here.

Hot Cross Bun Prayers 

Hot cross buns are a strong symbol of the Easter story.                                                                    While making them is a fun family activity, it is also an opportunity to thank God for his sacrifice.                                                                    Read here for Hot Cross Bun Prayers.

#LiveLent: God’s Story, Our Story

For 2021 the Church of England’s Lent resources theme is entitled #LiveLent: God’s Story, Our Story.

It builds on the success of recent years and is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele.

Find out more about the Lent resources available

Rhythm of Grace: Guided Prayers for Lent

A gentle routine of morning and evening prayers, to guide and help you to establish an ‘unforced rhythm of grace’. Be inspired to pray, morning and evening every day with 16 free guided prayer times. The sessions vary from 5 to 20 minutes each, so you can listen at a time and place to suit you. There is also access to prayer times with people all over the world, so that we can build each other up in prayer.

Find out more

Women in the Shadows: Lent Course from the Clewer Initiative

Did you know that in 2018, one third of victims identified by the UK Modern Slavery Helpline were women? Women in the Shadows is the new course for Lent from the Clewer Initiative, created to help shine a light on the suffering of marginalised women. The course focuses on the different ways women and girls are exploited in the UK today.

Find out more and download the resources

Lent & Mothering Sunday Resources
The Children’s Society has resources for you to use in your church or community group. The resources have been specifically designed to be flexible and can be used online. The Lent resources include video talks, discussion questions, group activities, and prayer.  The Mothering Sunday worship resource includes all-age talks, activities, children’s and youth group activities, designed to be used online or in person. Get the resources

Lent in a Bag

St John the Baptist churches in Barnstaple are giving local people ‘Lent in a Bag’, including ash crosses painted on stones, tea-lights, wooden prayer figures, palm crosses and Lent prayers and songs. Take a look at the information they include in the Lent Bag.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter Short Films

Richard Frost has prepared a series of short films for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, called Out of the Wilderness; a personal Lent course for people to do at their own pace.

Free Worship Videos

Soul Survivor have over 300 worship videos which are free to use in church services.

Take a look here

New Lenten Book: Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land

A unique spiritual prayer resource with a series of 15 poems written by Fr Richard Nesbitt, which came to him during the total lockdown of Holy Week 2020, paired with 15 voices from modern-day Christians living in the Holy Land at this time. There are forewords written by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Justin Welby. Find out more and buy the book here

Lent and Easter Resources for churches

Keep checking this page for lots more Lent and Easter resources!