Ecumenical special days
Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity - 18-25 January
For more information, see the CTBI website. The theme for 2019 is Only Justice.
Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January
For more information and resources see www.hmd.org.uk
Racial Justice Sunday
For more information and resources see https://ctbi.org.uk/racial-justice-sunday-2019/
Student Sunday - Takes place every year on the third Sunday in February
For more information and resources see www.movement.org.uk/resources/student-sunday
Mothering Sunday - Takes place in the midway point of Lent
Worship material for Mothering Sunday available are available at www.singingthefaithplus.org.uk/?p=5522
Christian Aid Week
For more information, see www.caweek.org/christian-aid-week/index.html or contact Christian Aid, 35-41 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7SA. Tel: 020 7620 4444
An opportunity to remember and pray for those who work at sea, and the people who support them. Resources are available from the Mission to Seafarers. If the date given is not convenient, you can use the worship materials at any other convenient time.
The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation - 1st of September every year
In a Report to the Methodist Conference 2016, "the people called Methodists are encouraged to join with their sisters and brothers in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in observing the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Prayer and worship resources are produced annually by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and are commended for wider use. Churches, Circuits and Districts are also challenged to think again about taking practical steps to express their care for God's creation [...]."
Resources for Creation Time in previous years can be found on the following pages:
The World Council of Churches also has got a collection of 68 short videos on the subject, which can be accessed via YouTube.
Material for Education Sunday is produced ecumenically and materials can now be found on the Churches Together in England website.
For many years, the United Nations has encouraged the observance of 20 September as the International Day of Peace. The World Council of Churches calls on Churches to make this a day of prayer for peace, and to include prayers for peace in their services on the Sunday before or after 20 September. Resources are available at www.for.org.uk/peacesunday
Visit the Housing Justice website for more information and resources on hosting a Homeless Sunday.
Freedom Sunday - the Sunday closest to EU Anti-Trafficking Day - 18 October
We invite you to observe Freedom Sunday as we continue our journey to Combat Slavery - Human Trafficking as churches and communities. Representatives from different Churches and Organisations including Churches Together in England and across the world have put together resources for worship and action. See https://freedomsundayglobal.org/
Back to Church Sunday - usually last Sunday in September is now part of a wider Season of Invitation http://seasonofinvitation.co.uk/about/back-to-church-sunday/
For dates and more information, follow the link: www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/bible-sunday
Email: email@example.com, Bible Society, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DG. Tel: Janet Fuller on 01793 418100
Remembrance Sunday - takes place every year on the second Sunday in November
An Order of Service for Remembrance Sunday was published last year by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
More resources for commemorating the 100th anniversary of WW1 are available on the Methodist website: Remembering World War One
World Aids Day - 1 December every year
This is traditionally celebrated on 1 December each year. The weekend either side of this date offers an opportunity for churches to hold an AIDS themed service. See www.worldaidsday.org.
International Day of Prayer of the Persecuted Church - 19 December, or a day to suit your church
Open Doors, Release International and Christian Solidarity Worldwide are working in countries where Christians are restricted in meeting together to worship or stopped from sharing their faith openly. The war in Syria has increased the pressure on Christians in that country and across the region, while in many other parts of the world Christians risk their life to practice their faith.