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Bible Studies and Prayer Books



Resources for Churches, Small Groups and Worship Leaders

Celtic crossThe majority of the resources are in pdf format, which all devices can read these days - Easy printing for Bible studies, and you only need one per group as permission is given to copy. If used over several study groups it would be lovely if you could consider buying one per group, but that's entirely your decision!

For tablets and smartphones there are also ebooks in Kindle versions and these can be downloaded from Amazon Kindle  (find them by link below, title or author's name - John Birch) NB: After purchase you will receive an email with the download links. Check spam folder if it's missing!

Spend £12 (or 12USD) and I'll add a free copy of 'Time for Prayer' as a thank you with your  links!

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Prayer Books


A Fragrant Offering

celtic prayer cycle

Now in paperback!

Following the pattern used in the earliest Christian communities, and with liturgies for the main Celtic festivals, there are prayers for each day of the week (morning, noon and night). PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.

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Also Paperback & Kindle version from Amazon

Ripples

engaging with the world in prayer

A collection of 300 new prayers for the day ahead, our work, families and friends, the Church, mission, refugees, justice, those sick or in need, carers, growing old, and ending with some prayers of  blessing. PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.

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Paperback edition is £5.99 (around $7) from Amazon

Prayers of Life

pryers of life

Our prayers should encompass the lives we live day by day, both at home and work,  bringing to God our concerns about those things which impact on our lives and those of our neighbours is important . The PDF version can be read by the usual devices.

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Walking with God

walking with God

A collection of 200 contemporary prayers and blessings written for the world we wake up to every day - its highs and lows, blessings and struggles, our work and rest, the people we meet and our families and friends. PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.

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New! Sunshine & Storm

celtic inspired prayers and liturgies

Written during a difficult time for the world at large. Prayers for the day to day of life and the bigger world, responding to the the darkness and light within this year, not all caused by the pandemic!

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Sunshine & Storm
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Prayers for the Journey

journeying with God prayers

We're all on a journey of faith, and this collection of prayers reflects this. Prayers take us from the beginning to the end of our day, the people we shall meet, and the places we shall go. PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.


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The Little Helper

prayers for leading worship

Suggested prayers and liturgies that might be useful for those leading worship or for house groups, including openings and closings and offertory prayers. PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.

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time for prayer

prayers for leading worship

A collection of over 100 new prayers for personal use or a help for those who have been asked to lead worship - about the simple act of living out our faith day to day. PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.

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God Beside Us

celtic inspired prayers

A collection of 100 Celtic inspired prayers from various publications written by John Birch. PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.

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God Beside Us (pdf) - £2.99

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Kindle version available from Amazon

God of Compassion

prayers on healing and wholeness

Healing is needed for more than simply human bodies, but also situations and disasters anywhere. PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.

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Heart2Heart

celtic inspired prayers and liturgies

A collection of prayers and liturgies, for use by individuals and churches. PDF version can be read on most tablets etc.

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A Fragrant Offering
ebook (pdf) - £3.99

or $4.99 (USD)

Kindle version available from Amazon


General Bible Studies


Jonah

Jonah Bible Study

Jonah has much to teach us about our relationship with God and others, even if we struggle with 'that fish'!

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A Glorious Whisper

Bible study God speaks

Looking at God's relationship with his people in the Old and New Testaments, and believers today - and how God can be heard within the world in which we live.

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Incredible Journey

discipleship Bible study

Following the journey of the first disciples from their first meeting with Jesus to the aftermath of the Cross.

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Light in the World

mission bible study

Looking briefly at mission from its genesis within the Bible to its impact on the world today, with examples from old and new missionary organisations.

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Pray Like This

lords prayer bible study

Exploring some of the major themes of that very familiar prayer of Jesus and how they impact on our lives and those around us.

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The Essential Gospel

Marks Gospel Bible Study

Mark brings us the teaching of the Apostle Peter, and is the earliest of our Gospels. Of the four that we have, this is the one which William Barclay calls 'The essential Gospel'. As such it's worth closer examination!

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Wind of the Spirit

celtic christianity study

Looking at aspects of the day to day lives of the early believers in Britain and Ireland by way of  themes that are as familiar to us as theey would be to Christians throughout the ages.

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A Precious Garden

Bible Study

Food is an integral part of our Bibles from the first pages of Genesis. Jesus used images relating to food production, fed crowds, went to wedding feasts, ate with tax collectors, broke bread, shared wine.

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Triumph & Tragedy

Bible Study triumph and tragedy

Four Bible Studies looking at Women in the Old Testament, all with a connection with King David - Michal, Abigail, Bathsheba and the tragic story of Tamar.

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Meet the Disciples

Meet the Disciples Bible Study

Five Bible Studies examining the lives of the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus to be taught, trained and empowered to share his message.

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Also available in Kindle format or paperback from Amazon

Stumbling Blocks

Stumbling Blocks Bible Study

Four Bible Studies examining some of the problems and obstacles that Christians may face along their journey of faith, and how they were experienced both in the Old and New Testaments.

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A Guiding Light

Stumbling Blocks Bible Study

Four Bible Studies examining the theme of God's guidance, with examples from the Old and New Testaments, and thinking about how they can speak into our own journeys of faith.

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Firm Foundations

Bible Study firm foundations

Four Bible Studies starting at the post Resurrection appearances of Jesus to the beginnings of what we know as the Christian Church and its mission in Jerusalem and then to the wider world.

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Seasons

Bible Study Seasons

Four Bible Studies looking at how the seasons affected life for people in Biblical times, but also looking a little into what we might think of as the seasons of our own lives.

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This World

Bible Study This world

Four Bible Studies looking at our relationship with both the world we live on, and its Creator - together with some discussion about our responsibilities to both.

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All God's Creatures

Bible Study All God's Creatures

Four studies looking at the biblical relationship between humans and creatures great and small, and how we're doing in our care for God's creation in today's world.

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Time : The Bible & Us

Bible Study Time

Four Bible Studies starting at the relationship between human beings and time, both in the Bible and today. From one beginning to another there's plenty to think about and discuss!

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Heart and Soul

Bible Study Time

Four Bible Studies looking at how we worship, both as a fellowship and individuals, and discussing questions such as Why? How? and Where? There's plenty of info and lots to discuss!

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A Growing Faith - New!

Bible Study Time

Four Bible Studies looking at how faith can grow as we journey together, building up our knowledge and experience in the company of God, our guide along this chosen path! 

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Water of Life - New!

Bible Study Time

Four Bible Studies looking at water - our relationship with this precious resource, including effects of climate change, and how the Bible sees it, both physically and symbolically.

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Psalms: Sing to God - New!

Bible Study Time

Four Bible Studies on the Book of Psalms, covering some of the major themes and both favourite and perhaps not so well known psalms. Lots to discuss and learn about these important songs of faith !

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An on-going project offering accessible and affordable group Bible studies for the New Testament Gospels and letters


1 Timothy

1 Timothy Bible Study

This is a personal letter from Paul, who has entrusted the nurturing of the Church in Ephesus to Timothy. Here we find both encouragement and instruction for the building up of the fellowship.

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1Timothy
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2 Timothy & Titus

2 Timothy & Titus  Bible Study

2 Timothy finds Paul in prison, but more concerned about encouraging his friend Timothy than dwelling too much on his own troubles. Titus is on Crete which has its own problems. Church planting has its challenges!

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2Timothy &Titus
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1 and 2 Thessalonians

1 and 2 Thessalonians  Bible Study

Thessalonica was an important place strategically for Paul and his small team to establish a new church, and the letters reveal Paul's joys and concerns for these new Christians.

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1 and 2 Thessalonians
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1 and 2 Peter

1 and 2 Peter Bible Study

There was a growing Church in Northern Asia Minor and Peter had an interest in the spiritual wellbeing of the beliovers, faced as they were with false teaching and a degree of suffering for their faith.

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1 and 2 Peter
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Advent Bible Studies


Come and Worship

advent bible study

New for 2018! Looking at the themes within each verse of this popular carol and its invitation to 'Come & Worship, Christ the new-born king'

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Songs of Advent

advent bible study

There are four famous songs at the start of Luke's Gospel which have an Advent theme. Plenty of discussion questions for your group!

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Promise of Messiah

Advent Bible Study

Connecting with the bigger picture of God's Salvation as found in Scripture, together with prayers and discussion topics.

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Read the News!

Advent study

How would the 1st century newspapers have reported what was going on in and around Bethlehem?We can but imagine!

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Little Town, Big Story

O little town of bethlehem

Lots of background info and study material, prayers, discussion questions and leader's prompts, along with a well loved carol!

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What a Gift!

Advent Bible Study Magi Gifts

The study looks at the signifance of the gifts brought by the Magi, of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, alongside that of their amazing journey.

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God with us

Advent Bible Study God with us

This Advent Study looks at the story through the eyes of Matthew and, along with familiar themes gives us a glimpse into the life of Joseph.

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Preparing the Way

advent bible study

Looking at the Advent story through the eyes of Luke, with some familiar themes, and plenty of discussion questions.

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At that Time

Advent Bible Study

Traditional themes of Hope, Message, Witness and Servant, with prayers and discussion topics.

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Singing the Story

Advent Bible Study

Let the songs of Advent inspire your journey through this study, looking at covenant, angels and mothers, early visitors and names of Jesus.

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Hope (New 2020)

Advent Bible Study

Written in the year of Covid, with all of its uncertainties and worries, hope seemed a good theme to examine in the approach to Christmas, which is all about hope!   

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Lent Bible Studies


People of the Light

Lent Bible Study

Looking at the theme of 'light'  through the Bible and what it has to say about God - a study for Lent or any time of the year!

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Walking towards Glory

Lent Bible Study

Looking at God's relationship with his people in the Old and New Testaments, and how that might speak into our own journey of faith.

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Amazing Love

Lent bible study

We are all probably familiar with this beautiful hymn, but have never stopped to think about the words we are singing, so here's a perfect opportunity!

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Toward the Sunrise

Lent bible study

The post resurrection meeting between Jesus and his disciples was crucial, and this study looks at how it impacts on our own faith.

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Then Sings my Soul

how great thou art Bible Study

One of the most famous hymns ever, and a lovely way to look at the message of Lent through the poetry of its verses.

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A Way of Living

Bible Study beatitudes Lent

There's a lot of wisdom within the Beatitudes, practical advice  for living and developing a faith-led relationship with God and others.

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A Green Hill

Bible Study Green Hill Lent

Looking at Lent through the verses of a much loved hymn, and also journeying with Jesus with Bible readings from stations on the way to the Cross.

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Followers of Jesus

Bible Study followers of Jesus Lent

A closer look at encounters between several people and Jesus in the gospels, and how their experiences speak into our journey through Lent.

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The Final Week

Lent Bible study

Following the journey of Jesus and his disciples to Jerusalem, the Cross and beyond, and the many characters we meet along the way.

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Living in the Light

Lent Bible study

  From a people in exile through to a people wondering who this Jesus is, a glimpse at God's bigger picture.

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Walking with Jesus

Lent Bible study

New for 2021 The journey to Jerusalem, the Cross and beyond, with the four gospel writers as our guides along the way

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