Harvest to advent

Please click here for the Canterbury Diocese Harvest to Advent Prayer Card, and read below for some further information on local prayer activities.

The card touches on themes connected to Harvest, of course, but also has some prayers and questions which connect to the Listening and Discerning conversations currently happening around the diocese. In a season reflecting and discerning seem more complex yet more critical than ever, we hope it will be both useful and heartening.


Here are some ideas of how you might use it:


We’ve put together some ideas for prayer activities which might help people engage with the Listening and Discerning Conversation. You can find them here:



Might I also draw your attention to two Prayer and Worship workshops we’re running online this Autumn? Please do sign up and/or spread the word.


Prayer in Worship – two workshops on leading others in prayer

Presented online by Lyndall Bywater and Primrose Northrop, both part of the Changing Lives Prayer Network Team

Session 1 – Using art and Creativity in Prayer

Session 2 – Leading Intercessions

NB. These sessions last 90 minutes each and are stand-alone, meaning you can choose to do one or both, depending on what you most want to learn more about.


Session 1 – Using art and Creativity in Prayer

Saturday 24th October 2020 10-11:30am 

The use of art and creativity can bring prayer to life in beautiful ways, especially when we’re praying together with others, but it can be hard to know what to try and where to start. This session is for those who’d like to explore how to lead others in multi-sensory prayer, using art, music and creativity. We will discover how art can help deepen our wonder and open our hearts and minds to hear God’s voice; we will explore how using our creativity can help us respond to God’s voice in prayer. And we will consider how we can use art, music and creativity in online settings as well as face-to-face.

This session will be a mixture of teaching and prayer, and will prove particularly relevant as we journey through our diocesan season of ‘Listening and discerning further along the way’.

This session is open to all. You don’t have to be artistic or creative, and you won’t have to create anything for others to see.

The session will be held on Zoom. It is free of charge and will last 90 minutes. Book your place here:



 Session 2 – Leading Intercessions

Saturday 21st November 2020 


An inspiring, informative, interactive training session for anyone leading Intercessions in church services (or interested in doing so).

We’ll think about what intercessory prayer is and we’ll talk together about preparing Intercessions for a service or other time of gathered worship. How do you decide what to pray for? How do you structure your prayers? And what are some of the practical things to bear in mind, especially now that we’re often praying together online.

No experience of leading Intercessions is necessary, and you won’t have to lead any prayers in the session itself unless you want to.

The session will be held on Zoom. It is free of charge and will last 90 minutes. Book your place here:


NB. This replaces the workshops we had planned to run in March and April.