George Müller cared for 10,000 orphaned children in Bristol during the 19th Century. He never made appeals for money, trusting implicitly in God, he received £1,500,000 in answer to prayer. At present day prices, this would be well over £86,000,000.
“I believe God has heard my prayers. He will make it manifest in His own good time that He has heard me. I have recorded my petitions that when God has answered them, His name will be glorified.” - George Müller
Lent is a great opportunity for us to really focus on our relationship with God and why He sent Jesus to save us at Easter. Here are some of our favourite resources that can be used by individuals, small groups and whole congregations.
Most of the following resources are free, however, a few have a small charge or ask for a donation. When using videos visit the site of the video you're interested in using to check its usage terms. Further copyright information and using videos in a church setting is available here.
Resources for Lent
Count your Blessings - Check out Christian Aid's fantastic calendar which you can work your way through during Lent. This resource will encourage you to count as many blessings as you can as well as engage with and pray for issues across the world that cause people to have to flee their homes. Families with children can also get involved with this Children's calendar!
Worship in the Wilderness - Engage Worship has put together a brilliant resource pack for the run-up to Easter. It includes services and planners for church leaders to use as well as a devotional book that can be used by individuals.
40 Stories of Hope - This is an amazing book that includes forty testimonies which can be read daily in the run-up to Easter as well as weekly group studies which are great for small groups during Lent.
Living Faith - Invitations from the Cross - Lent Study Guide - Written by Krish Kandiah, this guide contains six studies which explore the final words of Jesus on the cross and how they welcome us to: forgiveness, service, hope, adoption, empathy and trust.
40 Acts Challenge - Scripture Union, Stewardship and Faith in Schools have teamed up to provide this amazing project for schools. Instead of giving something up, children are encouraged to get creative about generosity and do something for others in their school. The resource includes bible based assemblies, lessons, an introductory guide, a new challenge for each of the 40 days and a certificate for completing the 40 Acts. You will need to sign up but the project is free.
The Lent Cross Challenge - The Diocese of Bath and Wells Youth and Children's Go Team have come up with this great challenge which keeps the cross at the heart of Lent and Easter. The challenge is to create 40 crosses over the 40 days of Lent. The team have provide a helpful booklet with inspiration and ideas to get you started.
Restore Lent Reflections - Tearfund have produced an amazing series of Lent reflections that are aimed to help us reflect on God's restoring love and how we might be able to play our part in restoring our broken world.
Family Lent Planner - Compassion UK have created a brilliant family friendly Lent Planner which is designed to help us become injustice fighting champions. The planner includes includes themes for all ages to explore such as Poverty, Seeking Justice and Loving Others.
LiveLent - This is available as a free booklet, email resource or App from The Church of England which journeys through the Gospel of John and explores two questions; How can I receive God's life more fully? How can I share God's life generously and joyfully with others? This is a great daily resource to take you through from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday!
Resources for Easter
Why Easter? - This booklet encourages small groups and individuals to think about their relationships with Jesus and explores many questions people have about the Christian Faith. We really like it's user-friendly and relatable style.
Real Easter Egg- Take a look at the 2018 Real Easter Egg range from The Meaningful Chocolate Company! This year, the Easter Eggs include an A5 booklet which tells the story of the last week of Jesus's life and includes the events that took place on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Life Words Easter Journey - Lifewords have put together an Easter Journey which takes us through the last week of Jesus's life through eight short videos. This is great for use in church services, small groups and private reflection.
The Super Cool Story of Jesus - This video is great for children to learn about Jesus's life and how much they are loved by Him. We love the illustrations which are particularly creative and engaging for all ages.
We also love these videos from Great Commission that have been put together by Evangelical Alliance. They are powerful testimonies that tell of how Jesus transforms lives through his forgiveness and unfailing love. These could be great to use in Sunday services or small groups. Click here to browse their whole collection!
Easter Story-Shift Worship
A Very Special Easter- Steele House Media
We'd love to update this list with your suggestions too. Have you used a video that was well received? Get in touch.