Our Weekly Focus features a reflection and prayer on a topical issue. This week we are asked to reflect upon our ecumenical pilgrimage: how we walk together and walk humbly with God.
16-22 April 2018
In 1989, the churches committed themselves afresh to the vision of full visible unity, saying they were to be “no longer strangers but pilgrims together”. We are inviting you to reflect upon this journey and, perhaps more importantly, that as we make this journey with God, the walking is always to be accompanied by acting justly, being loving in all things, and being humble.
9-15 April 2018
‘Justice should flow down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream’ (Amos 5.24), but today many people live in an environment where water has stopped rolling and the ever flowing streams have dried up and become ‘never flowing’.
2-8 April 2018
Our Churches have a tremendous opportunity to evidence God’s Kingdom on earth by taking deliberate action to include members of Britain’s minority ethnic communities in our congregations. The difficulty some churches have is in not understanding the difference between allowing participation, and actively seeking the participation of those not already involved.
26 March – 1 April 2018
In our final Weekly Focus, based on our Lent course in partnership with Hope, we remember the last week of Jesus’s life leading up to his death and resurrection.
19-25 March 2018
In our penultimate Weekly Focus, based on our Lent course in partnership with Hope, we see how Jesus didn’t just talk about being loving but showed his love through his actions. Although Jesus knew that many religious people would reject him and some wanted him dead, he chose not to stop them even though he had the power to do so.
12-18 March 2018
In our fourth Weekly Focus, based on our Lent course in partnership with Hope, the ending to the story is revealed – Jesus will be handed over to the chief priests and teachers of the law, sentenced to death, killed, but then three days later rise from the dead. The disciples struggled to believe and understand this course of events and the fact that Jesus was starting a new kingdom with very different priorities.
5-11 March 2018
Our third Weekly Focus which includes a prayer, reflection and Bible quotations, based on this year’s Lent course in partnership with Hope, explores how love is at the heart of the Jesus story. This week, think about how God shows his love to people. How does God show his love and care to you, and to others through you?
26 February – 4 March 2018
Continuing our Lent course in partnership with Hope, this second weekly focus looks at how Jesus chose a group of followers (disciples) and showed them how they could live God’s way and trust him for everything. He is still calling people to follow him today. He promises to be with us always and everywhere, and gives his followers his authority to do the things he had been doing.
19-25 February 2018
For the next six weeks, our Weekly Focus will highlight our Lent course, in partnership with Hope, based on the book 40 Stories of Hope. We are all invited to get to know Jesus better by reading his life story, taking a journey with Jesus from the River Jordan, where he was baptised, to the city of Jerusalem, where he was crucified and buried, and where he rose from the dead.
12 – 18 February 2018
War, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced, says UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. But what happens in the long term to those people who come to live in the UK? The future of today’s migrants and refugees raises an urgent question about how the Church’s mission is shaped to respond to those to whom we pledge our loving service.
5 – 11 February 2018
Our society is witnessing rising levels of hate crimes related to racial and religious discrimination following the Brexit vote and a race disparity audit, published by the UK government in October 2017, found that ‘there is still a way to go before we have a country that works for everyone regardless of their ethnicity’. This Weekly Focus looks at issues of racial justice in the run-up to Racial Justice Sunday on 11 February 2018.
29 January – 4 February 2018
Following on from Homeless Sunday, which highlighted the fact that homelessness in England is rapidly rising, our Weekly Focus explores home and homelessness. This week’s prayer and reflection comes from the Dispossession Project, an interactive project from the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) that explores what ‘home’ means.
22 – 28 January 2018
Our first Weekly Focus is based on the reflection for day 5 of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January. Resources for 2018 were produced in the Caribbean and use Exodus 15, a song of triumph over oppression, as the motif of the Week of Prayer. This Weekly Focus looks at pursuing economic justice.