celtic prayers
A Few Highlights...

Prayers for Peace in a Fractured World
Our newspapers are full of bad news stories, and ineviably it's people who suffer.
Prayers for peace

Early Christian Prayers
A collection of prayers handed down from the early Church
Ancient prayers

Praying through the Celtic year
Prayer resources following the ancient Celtic year.

Blessings & Benedictions
A small collection of contemporary prayers 


Worship Resources

Prayer is at the heart of Christian worship, and has been since humankind first encountered their Creator in a certain garden!

The form of prayer and liturgy used in the major denominations can often be traced back to the early centuries of the Church.

On this site you will find lots of worship resources, mainly centred around our prayer life. There are hundreds of prayers, both ancient/ traditional and those which I have written, often influenced by the Celtic Church. There are also complete liturgies and Bible studies available to download.

It's mainly a free resource, but that doesn't stop you buying an ebook!

John Birch, Kidwelly, Wales


Ripples of Prayer ebookNew Book! Ripples of Prayer
- Engaging with the world

'Ripples of Prayer' is all about engaging with the world in prayer, and is a collection of 200 new prayers for personal use, and an aid for those who lead worship in church.

Imagine throwing a pebble in a pond, and watching the ripples spread out over the surface of the water. So it can be with our prayers, which start with our own walk with God and spread out to encompass our fellow travellers throughout the world.

Available to download (PDF, epub and Kindle versions)

More information on Ripples of Prayer


Advent Bible Studies

Advent Bible Study

There's a choice of 6 Advent Bible Study Guides, with different themes and approaches available to download as from our online shop.

New for 2015 is 'Preparing The Way' which follows the gospel writer Luke through this year's lectionary readings for year C (but can be used in any year!)

There are familar themes of Second Coming, Salvation, Judgement and Faith, and as always plenty of discussion questions to get folk thinking, and with prayers to begin and end a meeting. The PDF versions print out quickly on A4 paper for your group, or can be viewed on most devices. You only need one per group so they are very economical.

All Advent studies (PDF versions) are £2.99 ($4.55)

To see the full range of Advent Study Guides and look at a sample Click Here


New Bible Study: Jonah - The Reluctant Prophet

Jonah Bible Study

Sometimes it's that fish (or whale) that puts people off the wonderful story of Jonah, but don't let that be a distraction, because Jonah has a lot to teach us about our relationship with God and others, repentance, mercy, anger and so much more!

So put aside your prejudice about this wonderful story and spend a little time looking at what it might be wanting to teach you!

You only need one copy per group as they are designed to be easy to print and distribute. For more information and sample pages Click Here


The Act of Prayer - 700+ lectionary linked prayers

The Act of Prayer

The Act of Prayer is a comprehensive volume of over 700 contemporary prayers written by John Birch and based around themes arising from the Common Worship Lectionary, the three year cycle of Bible readings followed by many churches.

Each set of prayers comprises an opening petition plus prayers of adoration, confession and thanksgiving for each of the Sundays in the church calendar plus extra festival days.

Designed to resource and inspire people leading prayer in church services, this imaginative book is particularly suitable for any who are taking first steps into this ministry, as well as those looking for original prayer material to use in small group settings.

More information here

For creativity expressed
in so many forms
we give you thanks.
For artists who
with simple brushstrokes
capture the essence
of a beautiful scene;
composers who
interpret the music
playing in their souls
into notes upon a page;
writers who
with skilful use of words
transport our minds
into another place,
and, like Michelangelo,
those who can
release the angel
inside a block of stone.
For creativity expressed
in so many forms
we give you thanks.


God of rising sun
be the warmth that I feel.
God of gentle wind
be the air that I breathe.
God of refreshing rain
be the cleansing I need.
God of sacred space
be the peace that I crave.
God of setting sun
be the rest I desire.


Take that which we are,
the potter’s chosen clay,
and with your hands
create from us
something beautiful today.

(These are from the new collection of 200 new prayers, 'Ripples of Prayer' available from the web shop)