St John the Baptist Parish Church
Personal prayer and study
Please do browse the library. It has a wide variety of books donated by various people in the congregation.
Advent can be a very busy time however finding just a little space to sit quietly with a good book can sometimes put things in perspective and remind us what Christmas is all about. In the library we have a number of books about Advent including at least one which has short readings for every day in Advent.
To borrow a book all you need to do is sign it out and then sign it back in when you return the book. There are even bookmarks available, please do help yourself to one when you borrow a book.
The office of daily prayer
One of the glories of the Church of England is its worship. There are currently two collections of services and prayers authorized for use in the Church of England: The Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England.
For each collection, the services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer for today, yesterday and the next four weeks are also available in full on the Church of England website (www.churchofengland.org) to help you find time for God during your day.
The Church of England publishes daily services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (Compline). These include the text of the psalm and the two Bible readings, and the appropriate Collect. You can easily print the service in an attractive format for reading later.
If you are interested in following one of more of the Daily Offices, we hope that this may be helpful.
Aids to reading the Bible
For many years now members of St John’s have used Bible Reading Fellowship notes in print form, however, I recently discovered that are other ways in which the notes are available from the BRF. “New Daylight” is available as a daily e-mail or iPhone or iPad App, “Guidelines” is available as a download, a weekly PDF e-mail, an iPhone or iPad App, “Day by Day with God” is available as an iPhone or iPad App and “The Upper Room” is available as a download. Also, because the downloads are in PDF format they can be loaded onto a Kindle.
So if you go to: http://www.biblereadingnotes.org.uk/subscriptions/ and then click on the notes you are interested in and keep clicking you can find the information you want.
Also don’t forget that Anna Forbes would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like to start receiving any of the notes in print form.
Are you interesting in reading the Bible in one year? If so, check out the websites which help you do this. Here is one of the sites to help you see what is available: