• A couple of the worlds most popular Bible sites have produced some statistics on which Bible verses were most often searched for during 2018…

    Students could explore the top 10 lists:
    what are these verses about?
    can they suggest reasons why these verses, rather than any other, were so popular in this year?
    the two different sites (Bible Gateway a…[Read more]

  • Vocation can take many forms – several of those in ordained ministry feel their calling is outside of a faith community setting and in the ‘secular’ world. Here is an example of one such vocation: a Hospital Chaplain. This person has been ordained in the Church of England but works with people of many faiths, and several with no faith at all…[Read more]

  • The first type of love we are exploring is eros.

    Named after the Greek God of love and fertility eros was associated with the primal impulse to procreate, with sexual passion and desire.

    Because eros was a primal emotion, ancient Greeks believed it to be a potentially dangerous and frightening form of love marked by a loss of control and…[Read more]

  • Collette started the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Love 3 years, 5 months ago

    If you have found resources on this topic that you have found useful and we have not already recommended, please share them here.
    If you have used some of our resources and found them useful, let others know how you used them and how they worked best!

  • Do you have any questions, comments or queries on Love? Post them here to share and discuss with others!

  • Collette started the topic Introduction in the forum Love 3 years, 5 months ago

    Love Love Love

    ‘All you need is love, all you need is love
    All you need is love, love, love is all you need’

    Over the next few weeks the RRC will be exploring ‘Love’.

    According to the Beatles “love is all you need”. According to Deon Jackson ‘Love makes the World go around’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDV6ZZxEasc&feature=youtu.be). But…[Read more]

  • Journaling can be a therapy, a release, an art form or a way of organising the world. Lent is a good time to set aside a few moments each day to reflect upon the Lenten themes of penitence and abstinence. If you remove those precious five minutes from your normal day what are you giving up? Is it really of value to you? What significance does your…[Read more]

  • Collette replied to the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Lent 3 years, 7 months ago

    Less popular now than they were but still available and widely used are the annually released York Courses.

    These have a tried and tested formula with an audio CD of discussion starters featuring well known Christian contributors from a variety of traditions and denominations. A transcript of the CD, and a course book for participants allows…[Read more]

  • Do you have any questions, comments or queries on Lent? Post them here to share and discuss with others!

  • Collette started the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Lent 3 years, 7 months ago

    If you have found resources on this topic that you have found useful and we have not already recommended, please share them here.
    If you have used some of our resources and found them useful, let others know how you used them and how they worked best!

  • Collette started the topic Introduction in the forum Lent 3 years, 7 months ago

    Most of us are taking down the decorations and cleaning up after New Year but for many this is a good time to start thinking about the resources you might need for Lent. This year Lent runs from Wednesday 6th March until Saturday 20th April (liturgically speaking, it finishes before that – in the West, usually on the evening of Maundy T…[Read more]

  • Collette replied to the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Advent 3 years, 7 months ago

    Written by Kent University Reader in Theology and Religious Studies, Christmas as Religion takes a serious look at the religious nature of Christmas as it is celebrated today. Author, Christopher Deacy, argues that, whilst Christmas may not popularly be churchy these days, there is a lot of space for the spiritual. He foes on to explore the idea…[Read more]

  • Collette replied to the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Advent 3 years, 7 months ago

    If you’re looking for a last minute children’s play then look no further! Children don’t need to learn new songs to have fun. Brian Ogden’s Nursery Rhyme Nativities features three mini-nativity-plays, with songs set to the tunes of nursery rhymes. Once you get used to singing new words to old familiar tunes, it’s a lot of fun (as nativity plays s…[Read more]

  • Collette replied to the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Advent 3 years, 8 months ago


    The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, tells the story of the titular wood carver whose life is transformed at Christmas by an encounter with a child and his mother who ask him for a special commission of a set of nativity figures.

    The Religious Resources Centre has created this pack, working with a local craftsman, to enable a creative…[Read more]

  • Collette replied to the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Advent 3 years, 8 months ago

    RRC staff miss having Stephen Cherry in the North East but we can remind ourselves of his insightful mind and sensitive theology with his ‘Barefoot Ways’. This concise little book contains material for every day from the start of Advent, through Christmas & Epiphany and all the way to Candlemas on February 2nd. With a poem, meditation or prayer…[Read more]

  • If getting involved with a church isn’t for you, then there are plenty of other opportunities to do something worthwhile during Advent which will keep alive the spirit of the season. In winter, in particular, North East foodbanks and homeless charities need extra support and volunteers. National organisations like Cafod, Oxfam, Save the Children…[Read more]

  • The crib scene doesn’t need to come out with the decorations and nor does it need to be orthodox! You could do something imaginative with your crib scene – see if you can out-do these examples – and send us a photo. If that’s not your cup of tea, think of a way to use the crib scene over the course of Advent (and maybe beyond). We know people who…[Read more]

  • Teacher Resources shared by Natalie Chapman, Ian Ramsey School, Stockton

    9.6 Can conflict ever be justified Unit & Resources

  • Colette replied to the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Advent 3 years, 9 months ago

    A quick search will bring up all sorts of online activities and things to do over the Advent period, but we thought you might like two sites that have previously provided word-prompts for the Photo Challenge mentioned previously on our post on the 31st October: Busted Halo ( https://bustedhalo.com/tag/advent) & the LEC Family (…[Read more]

  • Colette replied to the topic Recommended Resources in the forum Advent 3 years, 9 months ago

    Paula Gooder is a popular author with our RRC members so it’s fitting to mention her The Meaning is in the Waiting. This short reflection on the theme of waiting has a a section for each week of the Advent season although each chapter is broken into six sections if you want to read something daily.. Following the weekly themes presented in the…[Read more]

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