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Posted: 30 Dec 2016 13:29

We want to wish you all a happy new year. We're looking forward to some exciting stuff in 2017, including: Sam teaching a Multimedia and Multisensory Worship intensive at LST in February; The launch of our book and resource Whole Life Worship, with accompanying regional days to follow; Spring Harvest Minehead week 1, where we're leading creative and musical worship and prayer.

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 12:02

If you are looking for quality, low-price gifts for those with a passion for worship, look no further! We have a great range of resources in our store, and there are multi-buy discounts and other bargains to be had.

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 12:15

SIMPLE WORSHIP Book Launched We are really excited about our new resource book, Simple Worship. It aims to help us pull away some of the overly-complicated stuff to get a fresh glimpse of who worship is really about. It also encourages your church or small group to make the most of what you have, rather than longing for new members, better technology or a bigger budget! See preview pages, bulk-buying discounts and more information here. Advent material As we enter Year A of AREA 52, we've stacked the shelves with loads of creative resources for Advent and Christmas! Check out scripts, prayers, visuals and more from our great...

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 11:32

We're so grateful to everyone who has given to our crowdfunding campaign. It closed midnight on 30th September, hitting an amazing £2378 (plus a good chunk of Gift Aid). This is a massive help as we seek to develop our free, biblical creative worship resources. Thank you all! The free-gift incentives are no longer available, but if you want to give it is still possible to do so here.  

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 10:12

 Since we launched it in November 2015, AREA 52 has featured free creative worship ideas for every week. We have already posted over 100 resources in the first year (Lectionary Year C), and seen over 5000 downloads of the ideas. We want to continue this on into the next year (Year A), which begins in Advent 2016. However, to do so we need your help in funding the initiative. The initial year was supported by one generous individual. For the second year, we're looking to our wider community of users to each pitch in with what they...

Posted: 17 Jul 2016 16:58

As the Summer Holidays approach in the UK, you might want to order some reading and resources from us... Outdoor Worship Mary Hawes of Child in the Midst wrote: "With summer on the way, Outdoor Worship is a great companion for families or mixed age groups to break away from screens, get out into nature and engage with God's world. Each of the 23 themes has activities, worship ideas and a field notes page for jotting down discoveries. The book could be used in many ways - families on holiday, home group...

Posted: 18 May 2016 09:18

This survey is now closed - thank you to all those who took part! We've peeked at some of the answers and they are both interesting and encouraging. We look forward to analyze the responses properly and hope to present the results to you in some way.  We also pulled a name out of a (virtual) hat, and Anne from Spain is the lucky winner of our goodie bag - congratulations!                                        

Posted: 11 Apr 2016 19:42

LOVED being at Spring Harvest Minehead 3! We were hosts at the Alternative Celebration. Here are some of the resources we used: Sara created some visual reflections based around Luke 10. Sam made a video based on Exodus 3 and the theme of Holy Ground, which we used on Night 1. In practice, we discovered that with a sub-bass speaker the sound is a bit muddy, so if you use this you may want to tweak the bass (we'll try and put a remixed version up soon). We used John Leach's "Heart, Soul, Mind...

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 11:34

We really enjoyed being back in the UK for the last week of Feb 2016. The fun began with a day at Christchurch Welwyn, leading the morning service and then doing and afternoon of workshops. It culminated in a celebration service, featuring the music and creativity of the people we'd been training all through the day. Pastor Simon fed back: "Thank you both for an amazing day yesterday. It was very encouraging and helpful, and hopefully we can apply a lot of the things you said in our worship." Next, on the Monday we had an absolute blast sharing with about 40...

Posted: 12 Jan 2016 10:33

There is some great stuff happening this year... LST Youth and Worship Intensive Sam really enjoyed teaching this three day intensive in January! We're also leading a retreat for teenagers and their parents near York at the end of February.   Church Events Sam led Sunday worship and then a training afternoon at Great Shelford Free Church in January. Both he and Sara were at Christchurch Welwyn for a day in February. On 23rd Feb we did an evening for an LICC Hub in Balham. Spring Harvest We're excited about our role at Spring Harvest Minehead 3, leading a new incarnation of the PrayerHouse with different types of worship...

As Advent begins and Christmas draws closer, we wanted to point you towards some fabulous free resources: Videos such as You Bring Peace, Searching for a Baby and What Kind of Throne (all songs from the RESOUNDworship Christmas album). Prayers on PowerPoint like God You Hear, Hark the Herald and Christmas Intercessory Prayers. Sketches like Three Christmas Monologues, Welcome to our World and John the Baptist Heralds Jesus. Artwork such as Come Heavenly Light, Christmas Fractals and Advent Icons. Musical stuff including a Children's Choir...

Posted: 20 Oct 2015 17:11

We're super-excited about a brand new side of our website, packed full of creative resources for your church.  It is called AREA 52, because it is based around the weekly Bible readings of the Lectionary.  The idea has come from genius writer and storyteller Bob Hartman, who has also committed himself to write a new script for every week of the year! Alongside Bob's creative readings are a host of other resources - prayers, PowerPoints, poems, images... and these will be growing and developing as the months progress.  Launching at the beginning of Lectionary Year C means we've got a whole bunch...

Posted: 13 Jul 2015 09:35

We are sure many of you are considering how you can worship in the light of the refugee crisis across Europe.  Below are some links you might find useful. We have just posted a video using the song 'You are a Refuge (Arms)' which churches can download for free and use in services This prayer idea called 'If we stay silent', based on the story of Esther, could fit in some contexts These 'War sound effects' may help you to intercede for Syria 24-7 prayer have some very useful...

Posted: 01 Jul 2015 16:50

We're pleased to announce that starting Summer 2015, Sam and Sara (who are employed to lead engageworship.org by MWF) will be living with their kids in Sara's native Sweden for one year.  Our trustees feel this is an ideal time for us to be located outside the UK, giving us the opportunity to: develop new online resources; create new physical resources, such as a new book project for LICC; forge links with churches and networks for training in Scandanavia (if this interests you then click here); continue to...

Posted: 15 May 2015 10:12

We loved teaching at the LICC event "Worship Matters: Leading Sunday's Worship with Monday's Frontline in Mind".  We got to explore principles and ideas for relating gathered worship to everyday life, with a great crowd of engaged practitioners. If you missed it, you can watch the whole livestream below. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Posted: 13 Apr 2015 16:04

We had a fab time at Spring Harvest Minehead 2 over the Easter weekend.  It is always a great place to engage with God as a family.  This year we had the privilege of leading worship for the 5-7 year-olds in the morning (singing, among other things, Words Are Not Enough by BIG Ministries).  We also led some all-age sessions in the afternoon; a Good Friday service for all the family, featuring modular prayer-station bags which we posted here, and  an 'Engaging with the Bible as a Family' session, which we've written up with...

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 09:16

We had a fantastic time at the Engage Worship Day on the 21st of February. Leaders, volunteers and guests all contributed to a restful and nourishing time. Read the full report here. The pictures below are from the prayer stations.

Posted: 12 Jan 2015 09:13

We're really excited about the Engage Worship Day for 2015 happening on the 21st Feb in Luton!  Here's a little teaser promo you can share: <br> Our theme will help us strip away some of the good-but-not-essential elements which crowd in on our church services, and focus us on the heart of worship.  We'll be exploring simplicity, reflection and sustainability in worship ministry.  The afternoon workshops are very practical, covering all the instruments and also issues of planning and leading worship.  Plus the main auditorium will be left as a quiet, reflective space, for those who want to treat the day more...

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 09:35

It is a busy time of year for those of us involved in worship planning!  But we're here to help with a bunch of ideas, music and visuals to add a fresh creative touch to your services and celebrations.  First place to start is using our Theme search to look at Advent and Christmas themed material. RESOUNDworship.org Christmas Songs This songwriting group which Sam is involved in has recently released a CD of all its Christmas material.  Beautifully arranged and produced without a jingle bell or a rocked-up carol in sight!  You can buy the CD from the RESOUNDworship.org site, and get...

Posted: 06 Oct 2014 09:02

We're really excited about our 'Engage with God' Family Advent Creative Journal!  It aims to help all the family engage with the themes of Advent and Christmas through creative ideas and interactive worship. It was sent to some experts in family ministry, and we've had some great feedback including this from Martin Saunders (Youthscape, former editor of Childrenswork mag): "I love this idea - a practical way for families to explore and deepen faith together.  Clever ideas, engaging design - and some genuine depth.  I've never seen anything like it!"    We're doing a fantastic bargain-deal for buying in bulk, so do check...

Posted: 08 Sep 2014 10:27

We've just returned from teaching at the first week-long Albanian School of Worship.  This was brilliantly organised by Beni and Irma Xhako, and was a real joy to be part of!  We had the privilege of working with over 20 students, ages ranging between 16-45.  We taught a range of material, including stuff from our book How Would Jesus Lead Worship, Bible-based subjects we would usually do at a church training day, plus practical things such as guitar and voice sessions, band rehearsal skills and songwriting. We've written some reflections which you can read here, based on our experiences and thoughts.  Here we...

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 10:45

London School of Theology, where Sam works has programme leader of the Theology & Worship course, has been busy!  He's just finished writing a module on Issues in Contemporary Christian Worship for the new MA in Integrative Theology, with options in Music & the Arts, and Christian Worship Studies. The LST Choir has just released a single called Voice (video below, single available from iTunes and other digital outlets).  In the Autumn they will be releasing an accompanying set of interviews and study notes, so do look out for this! LST is also hosting two amazing conferences relating to music and songs...

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 10:24

We're looking forward to putting on a gig at The Greenhouse, Luton on 21st June, to raise money for our trip to Albania.  We'll be going over in September to teach at a pioneering worship conference - for more info look here. The evening will feature Sara and Sam playing their acoustic performance stuff (Soundcloud demos here), plus some covers, and support and collaborations from our friends George Barnicote, Tom Green and Richard Morgan.  The vibe will be chilled-out acoustic and it will be a great evening.  Get tickets here. On Sunday 8th Sam completed the St Albans half marathon to raise...

Posted: 19 May 2014 10:00

We had a blast at #YWS14 this past weekend.  There was such a great range of speakers, and we were encouraged to offer broad, creative worship with the engageband plus six London School of Theology Music and Worship students. All the talks went immediately on the YWS website, so if you missed it go and have a look!  In case you were wondering, here are the songs and resources we used: We began with a simple version of 'Open the eyes of my heart' (shifting just from E to Bm, harmony geeks), and interspersed with this 'Open Up' prayer...

Posted: 10 Mar 2014 19:52

We're thrilled that Youthwork Magazine's reviewer (Gemma Wilkinson, a full-time youthworker in Newbury) gave our Engage with God DVD a five star review!  She starts by saying that she was a bit disappointed to get this in the post as her previous experiences of this kind of resource has left her, and her young people "bored, embarrassed, or distracted.  However," she continues, "I was in for a wonderful surprise." "Far from being boring, the videos are well paced and engaging.  The content varies widely between movies, including a mixture of song, scriptre, reflection, Lectio Divina and spoken responses.  Each video captured...

Posted: 16 Feb 2014 19:38

The Engage Worship Day on 15th Feb was a blast!  300 people decended on Luton for a day of exploring the theme 'engaging EVERYONE in worship'.  Some highlights for me included: the whole congregation doing sign language along to Come You Thankful People; the Junk Tank percussion group, choir and orchestra making a joyful noise; a group of children who spontaniously began praying for healing for one lad; the BIG Ministries team making us laugh and think with their sketches; the whole range of ages,...

Posted: 07 Jan 2014 14:24

Booking for 15th Feb Engage Worship Day in Luton is now closed.  You will be able to get tickets on the door, but workshops will be limited due to room capacities. We recently did an interview with Jo Squires from BIG Ministries on the topic of All Age worship, which fits in really well with the Engage Day theme of engaging EVERYONE in worship.  Check it out! We're excited to have contributors from BIG Ministries, LST, Junk Tank and the engageband preparing workshops and items for the gathered worship, which will really offer something for everyone, whatever age and whether they are...

Looking for that special gift for the people who love worshipping God in innovative and creative ways?  Look no further... Engage with God DVD This 60 minute disc contains 5 extended worship reflections, in a contemporary and engaging style.  Martin Saunders of Youthwork Summit said: "An incredibly versatile resource that could genuinely lead you, your small group or your church into a deeper engagement with God. I love it." Engage with God Creative Journals vols 1&2 At just £3 each (or 5 for £12) these make ideal stocking-fillers for people who want to connect with God in creative ways.  A4, 16-page books with full-colour, interactive...

Posted: 17 Oct 2013 12:20

Over the past five years we've amassed a pile of free Christmas and Advent resources to share with y'all.  Do browse around to see the kinds of things you could make use of this year.  Below are a few of our favourites: Christmas Fractal Images and Video Loops These beautiful pics and movies by Richard Lyall are always popular. Advent Candle liturgies by Sam, Kieran and Angela Simple enough prayers for all ages, with visually stimulating PowerPoints to use when lighting your candles.  Or try this slightly more involved one by Chloe. Interactive Christmas/Advent readings Get the congregation involved in the proclaimation of scripture. Hear the Angels' Song We used...

Posted: 16 Sep 2013 10:09

London School of Theology interviewed a bunch of musicians, thinkers, LST students and staff to find out their responses to the question 'what is worship?'  The following video could make a great service opener, discussion-starter or even something to send people out at the end of a meeting, to worship with their whole lives.  Thanks LST for sharing!  

Posted: 09 Aug 2013 09:22

We wish all our friends and subscribers a lovely summer! Hope you're all getting a chance for some rest and recreation. Sam and Sara are currently running the engageworship.org operation from a shed in Sweden, whilst occasionally cooling down in our local lake (see picture!). This is a great time for us to think ahead, get on with some creative projects and start planning for the autumn. We look forward to letting you know soon about some great events happening in the new academic year. Meanwhile, August can be a great time to try something new in your church. People tend to...

Posted: 29 May 2013 20:35

We're excited to be part of the following LST 70 Years events: LST Summer School, 23-26th July, will feature gathered morning Bible teaching by Steve Motyer. The afternoons will split into Theology, Counselling and Music and Worship Streams.  Please spread the word to anyone you know who will want to spend four days really going deeper into God's word and honing their skills for life and ministry! The evenings have varied music and worship events, and if you are not coming to the main School you can still come to any of the Summer Nights FREE!  Details below. We were also thrilled that LST celebrated...

Posted: 11 Mar 2013 11:14

New out now! Looking for visual, reflective videos?  Want to help a small group or youth club engage with God?  Then take a look at this: Engage with God: The DVD  Five 12-minute guided worship reflections, on various themes.  Also play any of the ten mini-movies individually.  More information and a taster film here.   Also... Do you ever struggle with time alone with God? Do you ever start doodling when you're trying to pray? Then you need this:   Engage with God: The Creative Journal Another fresh idea for creative worship; this time aimed at individuals wanting to explore different ways of connecting with God. This...

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 11:33

  We had a fantastic day together at the Engage Worship Day on Saturday the 23rd of February, in beautiful Luton. Big thanks to everyone who came along to spend the day with us, share their gifts and bring their perspective.   If you post your pictures from the day on facebook.com/engageworship you have a chance of winning a limited edition T-shirt from Tearfund, entries closes next Friday (the 8th of March).   Check out our new shop where you can find out about and buy exciting new resources to help you engage with God, including the DVD and Journal showcased on the worship day.   In...

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 10:29

We had a fantastice time at our major training and envisioning day for 2013!  Watch this space for a list of resources used. Here's what we were saying about it: Building on last year's Supporters Day, 23rd Feb 2013 is an opportunity for anyone who likes what we do and wants to grow in deeper, broader worship of God.  We're offering a wide range of workshops, some practical in music and tech skills, others about planning and leading worship, and some further ones pushing the boundaries in creativity and innovation.  In the afternoon you'll get the chance to be part of our Count...

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 06:59

In the light of devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, we were reminded of a prayer written by Jimmy Orr which could be of use to you or your church this week.  Check it out here. COUNT ME IN We're really excited to be announcing our new 'Count Me In' events - joining all ages together for workshops and celebration worship.  Take a look at the page and book us in for the Autumn or Spring terms.  Feedback we received from a recent event in Banbury:   "I thought that the engage worship team did an excellent job... the sense of...

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 08:51

We're really excited to be announcing our new 'Count Me In' events - joining all ages together for workshops and celebration worship.  Take a look at the page and book us in for the Autumn or Spring terms.  Feedback we received from a recent event in Banbury: "I thought that the engage worship team did an excellent job... the sense of ‘doing something together’ young and old – talented musicians and drummers and complete beginners was really good. Everyone in our group seemed to enjoy the experience. When we came together there was for me, a sense...

Posted: 17 May 2012 12:05

Lots of Youthwork related things right now... Sam was the guest on the latest Youthwork podcast, chatting about seeing worship broader, involving more varied expressions, and generally having a fun time.  Go download it for free right now. We're also excited to be doing a regular column on worship starting in September's Youthwork mag, so look out for that (and email/tweet/fb us with any ideas of topics you'd like to see us cover). Friday 18th we led worship for the Youthwork Summit early day at London School of Theology, with a band from LST and top American speaker Mark Ostereicher.  We used the...

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 11:15

We're back from our second week at Spring Harvest!  It has been great, leading the Create Zone in week 1 Minehead, and then leading the Big Top Creative Team in Skegness.  We've put some of images below from both weeks, but you can also visit Chris Gilbert's website for his pictures, and the Createzone Minehead Facebook page for more poems, videos and discussion! Sam wrote and led two prayer/liturgy/poem thingies which we've just posted with PowerPoints, We Are A Chosen People (from night 2) and We Are One In Christ (from night 5). He's also done an article reflecting on his experience...

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 11:18

Hi all, Big thanks to everyone who made it to the Supporters' Day on the 25th of February. It was a fantastic day of sharing ideas, challenging each other and praying for this ministry. We are especially grateful to the many contributors who brought much wisdom and experience for us to share in, and also the 60 or so of you who turned up and said hello! Below you can see a little filmclip with some of the highlights of the day! We're thrilled to be part of the London School of Theology Summer School - which this year is adding Theology and...

Posted: 13 Jan 2012 17:13

Hi all! This week sees the beginning of Lent and to help us engage with this season we've just done a little article with Lent ideas - check it out and add your own comments! Don't forget to book in for our Supporters Day on 25th Feb - this Saturday! - if you're nearish London and would like to come and find out more about what we do. We've got some fantastic contributors sharing their wisdom, and best of all, it's free!

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 13:24

Merry Christmas! If you're here looking for last-minute Christmas worship ideas for your services, then you'll find a heavenly host of stuff by searching 'Christmas'!  Some highlights: Christmas video loops and fractal images Intercessory prayers with PowerPoint, and a Praying Through Carols idea A gritty Silent Night remix As a Christmas present we'd love to share this brand new song by Gavin Ball - Miracle Child.  We've also created a free video you can download for your services or send to friends this Christmas time.  Tidings of comfort and joy!  

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 11:10

We had a great time at Youthwork the conference, running the visuals in the big room and having a stand. We've posted the opening prayer from the first night - here! Also, Abby Guinness made a great opening video, that you can see below. It was lovely to meet some of you at our stand (pic of our handiwork below) - it was fun to make prayer beads together and we had some great chats about youth, worship, creativity, visuals... etc!!    

Posted: 14 Oct 2011 15:27

We’re currently taking bookings for 2012 to run training days for churches, regional networks and other events.  We can also extend these into whole weekends, potentially bringing our band or other creative trainers, leading services or celebration evenings.  After leading the Haddon Hall Baptist church weekend in September, their pastor fed back: "Sam and Sara took us on an amazing worship journey over our church weekend away.  All ages were led to experience God in new and fresh ways." Take a look at our Training page, and get in touch if you have questions or thoughts. Some pics below from our training day...

Posted: 05 Sep 2011 14:06

We had a great time at LST's Worship Connect Summer School in the beginning of September.  Ten sessions with the guys on the 'Planning and leading engaging worship' stream helped us go deep, and it was fantastic to see people grow and develop.  We also witnessed some really varied worship, including Taize, visual, simple acoustic and the uber-creative King Cave Project's jazz eucharist. Lots of people were asking for song/resource lists, so here goes: We led the first session with - Sam's 'Come you thankful', the 'Blessed be intro/liturgy' and then singing 'Blessed be', and Matt Redman's new 'Bless...

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 13:36

We're enjoying a fantastic summer staying with Sara's parents in Sweden.  It's an opportunity to work on a very exciting video project (which will hopefully be available in the new year), plus prep LST courses and other bits and bobs.  We're also doing our very FIRST non-UK engage event; the weekend 20-21st August in Kalmar, Sweden!  We'll also be getting ready for the London School of Theology Summer School: Worship Connect.  It is not too late to book yourself in to this great four days of worship input.  If you can't make it for the whole time but live in the North London...

Posted: 20 May 2011 15:12

Welcome to the new-look engageworship.org - cleaner, fresher and easier to navigate, but still as packed with inspiring, usable and free resources!  Do let us know what you think via our Facebook, Twitter or email accounts.  And tell your friends to come check us out! We had a fantastic time at the Broader, Deeper, Wider MWF weekend.  For us it was a key time, as MWF announced that they will be closing down their other output and focusing on engageworship.org to continue their ministy into the future.  It was great to see that chapter of MWF close with such a successful...

Posted: 14 Apr 2011 11:16

We had a fantastic time at Spring Harvest 2011.  Lots of people were asking for links to resources we used, so here's a list: In the Alternative Celebrations at Skeg 1 we used: "Jesus is Lord" shout based on Philippians 2 "Blessed be your name" intro liturgy "In the beginning" liturgy "Testimonies praise" idea Also the songs "He's my Saviour", "Come you thankful people", "When our songs (Have mercy)" and "Jesus lead us to the Father" from RESOUNDworship.org. The lament song we used...

If you're looking for input in worship leading, creativity and theology, then we're involved in a number of events just for you! Upton Vale Weekend 6-7th May, Torquay If you are in the South West UK, we've got the engageband with us leading a worship night on the Friday and a training day on the Saturday.  Tell your friends and come along! Broader, Deeper, Wider If its a weekend of refreshing, deep teaching, varied experiences and fellowship that you are looking for, book into the Broader Deeper Wider conference run by MWF and including us, Geraldine Latty, Jeremy Begbie and more. Worship Connect If you want...

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 08:39

We're really excited to be leading Tearfund's staff prayer morning next Thursday (3rd March) as part of their One Voice Global Poverty Prayer Week.  There are tons of creative resources for prayer available on their website.  It is not too late for your church to get involved.  Last year we ran a prayer room in our church for the week, and even took the prayer room into the local Secondary school for a lunchtime, which was a great session!  We will also be using the One Voice materials this year at London School of Theology Chapel on Tuesday - including...

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 16:45

Hope 2011 is treating you well!  Sam and Sara have had a crazy few weeks, finishing at St James, moving house to Luton, and even fitting in a worship training weekend at Saffron Walden Baptist!  They were really welcoming and receptive, so we had a great time teaching about creative worship and then leading the service and preaching on Sunday morning (hear the sermon here.)  Their pastor, Simon, fed back: “Over the weekend you both gently drew us as a faith community into a more profound understanding of worship. People who have been normally very quiet, found a new way to...

Posted: 15 Dec 2010 19:30

  Praying that your Christmas services and celebrations are full of creativity, authenticity and hope.  To help you along, we've got some resources that it's not too late to download and use: Silent Night done as a glitchy electronica instrumental track Video loops and fractal images for Christmas visuals creative reflections on Christmas as homecoming and the Bethlehem Star Also, Joel Payne has written two great articles about worship at Christmas: A Magi-cal approach to worship Subversive, radical and earth-shattering Christmas (which just got blogged at Musicademy.com) And...

Posted: 20 Nov 2010 10:44

We had great fun doing the visuals at Youthwork the Conference!  Take a look at the video below for a glimpse.  It was really good working with Vicky Beeching as she led the sung worship - no holding back with her in charge!  We also enjoyed doing talk visuals for people like Danielle Strickland, Rachel Gardener and Nick Sheppard from Centre for Youth Ministry. The folks from Bless were being super-creative with the prayer room and some corporate prayer activities.  We've just posted their re-written Lord's Prayer and congregational Psalm 16 with their nifty PowerPoints for you favoured folks to download and use,...

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 16:39

Look no further for some fantastic free Christmas worship ideas! For Advent: an Advent Candle prayer and a We look forward Advent liturgy, both with PowerPoint, or an Advent Walking Liturgy a Tenebrae 'Light of the World' service with candles and readings a Ribbon reflection If you're more visual, have you checked out Richard Lyalls's beautiful Christmas fractals and video loops?  Or for the crafty their is a Star of Bethlehem craft idea and an Advent Crowns idea. Or if music is what you're looking for, we'd love to recommend the Christmas stuff on...

STOP PRESS! Worship Leader Magazine in the US has just named engageworship.org one of their 'Best of the Best' online worship resources.  They say: "Artistic churches or churches that want to add some participatory elements to their services will definitely want to check out this website, which has a wealth of creative ideas."   If you've come here from that endorsement - welcome!  Do search around our articles and free resources, and sign up to access downloads, comment on stuff, and get email updates. In other news... Sam has now started lecturing in London School of Theology's Worship department.  It is really exciting to...

Posted: 29 Aug 2010 21:08

We've had a fabulous weekend at Greenbelt.  It is great to see such a diversity of worship, theology and creative expression.  Our Saturday morning worship session was such fun, with and amazing band, fab visuals and brilliant interaction from the crowd.  If you were there and wanted to get some of the resources, or weren't there but are interested, here is the outline: 1) We started with Richard Lyall's 'Unforced Rhythms of Grace' flash animation, available on his blog. 2) The music continued into singing the chorus of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', interspersed with a piece of spoken word piece 'What is your Hallelujah'...

Posted: 12 Aug 2010 10:41

Our activities will be limited in the autum due to Sam starting at LST (see here for full story), but we are going to be involved in a couple of awesome weekend conferences, and would desperately like to be involved in a third! Greenbelt (27-30th August, Cheltenham Racecourse) is an exciting, well established Christian arts festival.  We'll be leading some innovative, creative worship at 9.30am on the Saturday morning in the Underground venue (we have had so much fun rehearsing an amazing band for this!), and then are running a workshop on Interactive/Unfinished worship at 1pm in the creatively-titled Workshops 2 venue. Journey...

Posted: 28 Jun 2010 10:43

STOP PRESS - Worship Leader mag just posted a slightly rejigged article on Interactive/Unfinished worship from this site - check out their version, or see the original to comment or leave your own ideas! Lots to tell you...  Sam has just been appointed part time lecturer on London School of Theology's Theology and Music degree course.  This will start in September, and involve him teaching modules like Multimedia and Communication, Youth and Worship and Songwriting for the new stream of the course.  It is so exciting to be joining the faculty at this key stage in its development, and to explore the potential...

Posted: 09 Jun 2010 10:32

We've converted all our free videos, so you can now download them as .mpg format, which will easily slot into PowerPoint presentations and lyric software like EasyWorship on PCs.  There is still the option to choose .mov format which plays easily on Macs, and on PCs if you install Quicktime.  We hope this will make all of our videos more easily usable in your services.  Search under Media Types/Video for all our stuff, including 9 looping backgrounds. It is great having Andy Stinson here on a two week placement with us.  He has given us a reflective mp3 and a great...

Posted: 24 May 2010 16:16

We're really excited that our old college, London School of Theology, is announcing two new 'Pathways' to the Theology and Music course.  In addition to the existing course for music 'readers', they are now offering a second stream for 'non-reading', contemporary-style musicians, and a third for people who don't do music at all!  This really appeals to us as we're passionate about seeing a far wider variety of artists and creatives trained and released as worship leaders.  If you're wondering what to do from September why not check out the new courses on their website.  We recently taught the first and second...

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 14:00

Back from week 2 of Spring Harvest Skegness - Sam was leading the Culture Zone, doing the Student Central stream in the afternoons, and helping the Bless Network with their evening GODSpace celebrations.  Had loads of people at our Creative Worship seminars, and it was great to meet and chat to people. We've put up the In the silence video/poem that we used night 2.  Download it for free! We've also posted the We are chosen liturgy which closed night 1, the If we remain silent response from night 3, and you can also download the Praise Shout from Psalm 66 which...

Posted: 22 Mar 2010 19:24

The Worship Beyond conference was fab - we were especially excited by the concert with the local school in the evening.  It was great to feel we'd blessed the local community and walked out some of the things we'd been talking about.  Geraldine Latty was an absolute star leading most of the sung worship, and encouraging the school's choirs, and it was fab to see some DJ worship at the event by Steve Leach.  If you came, do feedback your thoughts, and anything you've been able to put into practice. Loads of Spring Harvest prep at the moment - putting together motion graphics,...

Posted: 04 Feb 2010 17:03

How would Jesus lead worship was recently reviewed as part of a really helpful article on books about 'worship beyond music'.  Clem Jackson writes that this is a "book which all church leaders should have on their bookshelf and share with those in their church who lead (musical) worship."  Read his other comments and the rest of the article here. Our book can now be purchased from this website!  We've also posted a free, eight session, interactive group study guide.  This downloadable, 18 page pdf will help you, your worship team, your church leadership and/or your home group to engage with...

Posted: 14 Dec 2009 11:56

Our book How Would Jesus Lead Worship is now available to be purchased from this website!  We've also posted a free, eight session, interactive study guide for our book.  This downloadable, 18 page pdf will help you, your worship team, your church leadership and/or your home group to engage with the issues thrown up by view 21st century worship through the life and work of Jesus.  How does he enable and inspire us to give authentic, passionate and whole-life praise today?  What does Christ-like worship leading look like?  How can we hold the tensions of being Humble Servants, Leaders with Authority,...

Posted: 21 Nov 2009 12:50

We had a great time at Youthwork the Conference! We've posted some of the creative resources and visuals we used on the main stage, including the Luke 4 motion graphics Bible reading. We also did a devotional time at a UK Songwriters Consultation, which included a lot of liturgy on PowerPoint, so we've been able to post three of those - a great gathering liturgy, a confession focused around worship and justice, and a closing act of dedication. There are tons of ideas for Advent now posted - check out these new ones by Kieran and Chloe.  Its not too early to be booking your...

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 20:17

In what was supposed to be a 'quiet' term we seem very busy; had a great Saturday with the Chinese Church in London, songwriting training days in Manchester and Ispwich, loads of prep for Youthwork the Conference (not too late to book in!) and a visuals-in-worship night this friday at C3 church Cambridge.  Phew! Don't forget to search 'Advent' or 'Christmas' for creative seasonal resources, and email us if you've developed any great ideas to use this year which we could share with others. Worship Beyond will be the cutting edge worship conference of 2010 - wrestling with the integration of worship, mission,...

Posted: 16 Sep 2009 09:25

Worship Beyond will be the cutting edge worship conference of 2010 - wrestling with the integration of worship, mission, evangelism, intercession... This will be the fourth MWF Prism of Praise national conference, as hundreds of people meet in the Midlands to go deeper with God.  We are thrilled to be playing a part in this amazing day which also includes folks like national worship leader Geraldine Latty, dance music pioneer Steve Leach, justice-and-worship enthusiast Eileen Shipton and many more speakers from different spheres of influence.  Visit the website and book online today! We had a great time last week leading creative...

Posted: 05 Aug 2009 16:42

We're back from holidays, conferences and the like and have found some space between the piles of washing, emails and overgrown garden to put up some of the resources we used and a report on how the festivals went.  So do have a look around and see the new content. This summer is going to be a time for making new resources, so please pray for our creativity.  We've also picked up a couple of new contributors, so be on the lookout for new resources by some new faces. A few other things we are really happy to recommend - our friends...

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 11:00

The WorshipConnect conference at London School of Theology is coming up soon, and we wanted you to know there are now Day and Evening tickets available.  For instance, why not join us for Tuesday 21st July: a Multigenerational Worship lab with Big Ministries, seminars including the engageworship.org stream on 21st Century Worship, and an evening of new songs with RESOUNDworship.org? Or Wednesday 22nd: a worship lab on Lament, seminars including the engageworship.org stream on Indigenous Worship and Worship the Connects with Real life, and an evening on Celtic worship? Or Thursday 23rd: our Emerging Worship lab, seminars including Worship with the Unchurched...

Posted: 15 Jun 2009 12:54

We were recently interviewed for the latest edition of Christianity magazine, for a piece called 'Worship Idol' (read the opening paragraphs here).  We've also written an article for August's copy of Youthwork magazine on our dream for the future of youth and worship over the next 20 years - so check out both of these quality magazines at a Christian bookshop near you! Tour news We had a great time in York for the penultimate Tour date - a real 'singing' crowd, positive feedback, and a really productive training morning at St Michael le Belfrey on Saturday.  Friday night is your final...

Posted: 25 May 2009 12:00

   Hi All If you want to keep up with what we're doing, to support, pray or just be nosey, sign up at www.twitter.com/engageworship. We are also pretty excited about a new partnership with Wendy Beech Ward at Spring Harvest - we're working together to produce some motion graphics video stuff for worship.  Sam's first stab at this can now be downloaded - its a reading for your Pentecost services.  Take a look, let us know what you think, and if you're doing similar stuff we want to know about it!. Grace and peace, Sam and Sara

Posted: 18 Apr 2009 10:51

We've had a great time at Spring Harvest Skegness, leading creative worship at iScape and the Big Top.  It has been a great privilege to work with such creative and inspiring teams.  Over the next few days we are going to be putting up a bunch of the PowerPoint and liturgy resources we've been using, so do check those out.  We also led workshops on developing creativity in the local church, and it was really exciting to hear lots of ideas and enthusiasm coming from the groups. A couple of resources which we've picked up and can recommend - our friend...

We're really excited to announce the engageworship.org track at the London School of Theology Summer School - Worship Connect.  This is the first of its kind - four days at this residential conference to explore worship which engages with a new generation.  The blurb says - "Ideal for anyone wanting to break the mould, lead worship in new ways and connect with contemporary culture, the historical church and our timeless God. We want you to bring your ideas, creativity, questions and perspectives, to share your successes and frustrations, to pool our experiences and begin to carve out some new space...

Posted: 06 Mar 2009 15:45

We had a great time on our first tour date in Keynsham, Somerset. This pic shows how sunny it was!  The band were amazing (thanks guys!) and we had a really mixed crowd from lots of different churches in the area.  Thanks to everyone who came and supported it.  A few comments from the response cards - "Lively, heart-felt and interactive led by friendly, passionate people." "Inspirational worship, Christ exalting, helpful, spiritual, opportunity for creative prayer, well presented information, great music, visual illustrations." "[I liked] the enthusiasm! The variations leading between prayer and worship. The band!" "Authentic, powerful, inspiring. Wonderfully relevant for today’s...

Posted: 02 Feb 2009 09:54

The How Would Jesus Worship Tour kicks off this month, beginning at Keynsham near Bristol, and then going to Kent and Cambridge in March.  We are excited to announce the band will include Sunil Chandy on bass, Richard Morgan on drums and Helen Barnes on violin.  The evening will be a creative celebration of Jesus - how he has made the way for us to worship the Father, by the Spirit, and how he inspires us to worship today - featuring music, multimedia and a few thoughts from our book...   How would Jesus lead worship? is published by BRF on 20th Feb -...

Posted: 07 Jan 2009 11:50

Welcome to engageworship.org v2.0 - the new site for usable, downloadable worship ideas and thought-provoking articles on fresh approaches to worship.  We pray you had a blessed Christmas, and are really looking forward to all 2009 has in store!  Thanks for all the people who have fed back on the site - here is one satisfied visitor: "A gorgeous, user-friendly site that does what it ambitiously claims on its virtual tin."  Martin Saunders, Editor, Youthwork Magazine. A few things to highlight: Getting Engaged - Its great to see new people sign up over the Christmas break - if you haven't done this yet why...

Posted: 16 Nov 2008 22:03

Welcome to our all new, all singing all dancing version 2.0 of engageworship.org!  We are really excited about the possibilities of this website.  We will be able to share usable creative worship ideas from grassroots church contexts in the UK, feature articles by a wide variety of worship thinkers and practitioners, keep you up to date with our movements and more besides!  Do sign up to be able to download content, comment on our message boards and recieve monthly email updates.  And please do feedback your thoughts, ideas and other stuff so we can get the whole thing ship-shape for a...

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Another Arrival
Bible Refs: Matt 1:19, Matt 2:3-18, John 1:11-12, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:34-35, Isa 40:1, Rev 21:1-4
SPOILER ALERT - contains major plot spoilers for the film Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve 2016). Arrival is one of those movies that stays with you. Amy Adams’ wonderful performance as Louise...
Face to Face with Jesus - video Bible reading
Bible Refs: John 1:43-51, John 3:1-8, John 4:5-26, John 12:1-8
Face to Face with Jesus Outdoors - prayer stations
Themes: outdoor, Jesus
Bible Refs: John 1:43-51, John 3:1-8, John 4:5-26, John 12:1-8
Psalm 119 - A Confession
Bible Refs: Psalm 119:1-8
FINALIST: 2011 Christian New Media Awards
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