'Together for a Season offers a huge wealth of symbols, visual presentations and new prayers to fire the imagination and unite people of all ages in worship. It lifts Common Worship off the page and takes it to a new place.' - Rev. Mark Pilgrim, Chair of Bristol Diocese's Worship and Liturgy Committee, Vicar of St Peter's, Henleaze, Bristol, and Srea Dean of Bristol West Deanery.
Together for a Season is a practical travelling companion for the journey through the Church year. Aimed at all those planning and leading worship and those working with children and adults in groups, it offers a rich array of creative material designed to bring to life the seasonal liturgy of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.
Drawing on the material offered in Common Worship: Times and Seasons, this book includes:
- an introduction to each of the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany;
- fully worked-out all-age services for key dates such as Advent Sunday, Christmas, the Feast of the Epiphany and Candlemas;
- creative suggestions for incorporating light, sound, images and other multi-sensory elements into seasonal worship to encourage active participation and involvement from the whole church;
- a wealth of additional practical resources for use with groups of children and adults, at home and in outreach activities.
There are three pathways through the material: Advent wreath, Crib and Jesse Tree. The book includes information on the origins of these symbols and suggestions as to how they might become a unifying thread in the worship of the whole congregation as they journey through the three seasons.
Woven throughout are suggestions for how you can lift the liturgical texts off the page to produce engaging, multi-sensory worship which encourages the participation of the whole people of God.
The material is supported by a free CD-ROM, which includes:
- All the illustrations and templates in downloadable format
- The text of services in adaptable format
- Full colour photographs to inspire your own worship
With contributions from Gill Ambrose, Peter Craig-Wild, Diane Craven and Mary Hawes.
‘The seasons of the Christian Year are ‘windows’ through which we can view the great themes of faith. Together for a Season offers the all-age church of today exciting and creative ways of using them to build worship that will form and transform the people of God.’ The Revd Peter Moger, National Worship Development Officer, The Church of England
'This book goes much further than a 'how-to' guide. By providing a liturgical theology for all-age worship, it does the Church a great and much needed service. Churches and worship planners up and down the land, when inspired by the informed creativity of this resource, will be better equipped to construct multi-dimensional, meaningful and engaging times of all-age worship.' Tim Lomax, worship leader, author of ‘Liquid worship’ and member of the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission
'This impressive book provides a wealth of 'stand alone' material for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, and fresh ideas to breathe new life into worship. With service outlines, clear and accessible liturgy, talks and craft ideas, this is simply a really great resource.' Nick Harding, Children’s Officer, Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham
This is the first volume in a series of three, designed to complement and enhance the material in Common Worship: Times and Seasons. The remaining two volumes will be published during 2007.