This liturgy can be used online with people joining in at home. They will need some seeds, soil and water.
Rogation comes from the Latin word for ask and was originally about asking God’s blessing on the emerging crops. Our farming year is different, and the crops are well on their way by the time Rogation comes, but they still need a blessing. This year more than ever our communities also need to feel God’s blessing. In your daily exercise time, why not walk around your community and pray for
Here are some suggestions of readings and prayers for different places in the community. The readings are there to give ideas of how our concerns for the community are reflected in the Bible. You may not want to take those with you but read them beforehand and use the prayers as you walk.
Of course, you may not have all the places mentioned in your village just use what you need. If there are places we have not thought of, why not write you own prayer?
Make sure to abide by current social distancing guidelines.
One of the most rural circuits in the Methodist Connexion, Camelford and Week St Mary’s 17 churches are served by a great bunch of local preachers, a Circuit Administrator, a Families’ and Children’s Lay Worker and a Community Outreach Worker, along with a generous Supernumerary Minister who cares for three churches.
In his inaugural address as President of the Methodist Conference in Southport in 2015, Revd Steve Wild challenged each Methodist church in Britain to aim to bring just one person to faith in the coming year, saying:
‘Let’s take God seriously. I want to help us in the task of evangelism, to put mission on the agenda and give our churches an aim to win a person for Christ.’
‘A trip to Sutton-under-Brailes is always a good one! Being in the open fields and fresh air is amazing and very different to Coventry.’
St Catherine’s Stoke Aldermoor is in an urban priority area of Coventry. The church was planted on the Aldermoor estate about seventy years ago and has recently moved from an old redundant church to temporary buildings on a piece of land in the centre of the estate. The congregation is a mix of all ages. In addition to bible and prayer groups the building is used daily for a variety of activities including the foodbank, cooking club, youth activities, parent and toddler groups, a weekly welcoming group for anyone who feels isolated. It is a very welcoming church, full of friendship and love.
A new hymn based on ‘we plough the fields and scatter’ that could be used during a rogation, harvest or plough Sunday service.
This blessing of soil service could be used as a stand alone service or as part of a plough Sunday service. This could also be used during a rogation, harvest or any other agricultural service.
A rogation service without a procession.
A selection prayers to be used during rogation at a variety of services