As we head into this challenging season of life as a church, we are focussing on what we can do, rather than what we can’t do.

Each day, we’ll be posting three things you can do to help #MakeYourDayCount.

THINK; a daily devotional to help you find God in the midst of what’s going on.
PRAY; a prayer focus for each day.

DO; a practical action to help us reflect God’s love.

Thursday 28th May

THINK;​ click here to check out a great video from the Bible Project all about Justice. How might we be people who work for justice in our world today?

PRAY; today we pray for our key workers. We remember all those who are working to keep things going: those working in the NHS and those around it helping to keep things working, those keeping our streets clean and collecting our rubbish, those harvesting, delivering and selling the food in our shops, those keeping us secure and our utilities functioning, those looking after the children of key workers, those helping to care for the elderly and vulnerable, clergy of all religions seeking to minister in difficult times.

(prayer from rootsontheweb.com)

DO; today, we challenge you to join in the clap for our key workers to show your appreciation for their amazing work.

Wednesday 27th May

THINK;​ click here to share in our weekly Wednesday Bible Study. 

PRAY; today we simply grieve for what has been lost during this time. Whether that be a job, an opportunity, education or even a loved one. We hand all of our sorrow and our sadness to You, and ask that by Your Holy Spirit, You would bring comfort to our souls today.

DO; the Foodbank is continuing to run and provide that important service to the most needy in our community. We ask that today you consider offering a donation to the Foodbank to provide support for those who find themselves in vulnerable situations.

Tuesday 26th May

THINK;​ click here to check out today’s daily reflection from the Bible Society.

PRAY; today we pray for those who work in the retail industry. We pray for those who are still working, and we pray for those who are increasingly uncertain about their jobs and livelihoods. Loving God, would you draw close to them today.

DO; today, we challenge you to send a word of encouragement to a friend. Send a message on Facebook, make and send a card, or phone someone up!

Monday 25th May

THINK;​ ​try a relaxing and refreshing Christian Mediation. Taketime is inspired by Ignatian Spirituality and is very accessible and powerful. Using stories from the Gospels, Taketime guided meditation sessions enable people to meet Jesus in their imagination, to speak and then to listen to him. Click below, choose a bible passage or a theme, choose a length of meditation, and enjoy some time in the presence of God.

PRAY; today we challenge you to pray your way through Facebook. As you scroll through your news feed, take some time to pray for each person you see posting. Bring them before God today and ask Him to bless them.

DO; today, we challenge you to simply be a positive influence on the world. Why not wave and smile at someone passing by your window, post something positive on your social media, sent a nice message to a friend. Let’s transform all the negativity we see around with some positive influence!

Sunday 24th May

THINK;​ ​click here to share in one of our live streamed worship services, either at 10.30am or 6.15pm. 

PRAY; today, as we think today about the story of Jesus with Jairus’ daughter, we think of those people who are in need of healing today. We grieve with those who have prayed for healing and haven’t found it, and we rejoice with those who have found healing they have longed for. In all things, we trust in your goodness and your perfect love towards us.

DO; have you checked in with your neighbour recently? Or a friend who you know is self-isolating? Today we challenge you to pick up the phone and give them a call, or even better, Skype or video call them. A friendly face might just make their day.

Saturday 23rd May

THINK;​ ​click here to take a read of Sam’s reflection on John 13:31-38.

PRAY; today we pray for people who are missing being with family today. We think particularly of those families who live long distances apart for whom this time is a particular struggle. We think of parents & grandparents missing children and grandchildren, we think of the many family occasions that haven’t been able to happen in the same way. And we give thanks for technology which helps us to still feel a sense of connection with others.

DO; today, we challenge you to play a game with the people in your household! Carve out some quality time together, and enjoy each other’s company! Why not share some suggestions for great games to play?!

Friday 22nd May

THINK;​ ​listen to the song ‘Broken Vessels’ and use the lyrics to remind yourself of God’s grace at work in your life today. Click here to find it on our Spotify playlist.

PRAY; today we pray for those for whom this isolation has had a significant impact on their mental well-being. We pray for those who are battling with depression, anxiety, and all sorts of other internal battles that are so often being faced alone. We pray that You would help us to be kind to ourselves and to others today, and you would bring us peace.

DO; today, spend some time doing something you love. Painting, cooking, writing, sewing, watching a film, napping, gardening, singing, baking – whatever it is, take some time to treat yourself to something you love.

Thursday 21st May
THINK;​ ​click here to check out a great video from the Bible Project all about Holiness. How might God’s holiness impact your life today?
PRAY; today we pray for our key workers. We remember all those who are working to keep things going: those working in the NHS and those around it helping to keep things working, those keeping our streets clean and collecting our rubbish, those harvesting, delivering and selling the food in our shops, those keeping us secure and our utilities functioning, those looking after the children of key workers, those helping to care for the elderly and vulnerable, clergy of all religions seeking to minister in difficult times.

(prayer from rootsontheweb.com)

DO; the Foodbank is continuing to run and provide that important service to the most needy in our community. We ask that today you consider offering a donation to the Foodbank to provide support for those who find themselves in vulnerable situations.
Wednesday 20th May
THINK;​ ​share in our weekly Wednesday Bible Study. You can catch up from the video this morning by clicking here, and don’t forget to join us for our Zoom chat at 12.30pm!
PRAY; today we pray for social workers who are supporting vulnerable children, families and elderly people all across our city. We pray for them as they offer support and advice in challenging times, and make decisions about people’s care. We pray your blessing on them and their work today.
DO; the Foodbank is continuing to run and provide that important service to the most needy in our community. We ask that today you consider offering a donation to the Foodbank to provide support for those who find themselves in vulnerable situations.
Tuesday 19th May
THINK;​​ click here to check out today’s daily reflection from the Bible Society, exploring some verses from 2 Peter.
PRAY; today we pray for those who are grieving at this time. We pray for all those who have lost loved ones in this season, and we pray that you would draw close to all those people at this time. We are so thankful that You’re a God full of grace and compassion, who understands our pain and our grief.
DO; today, we challenge you to send a word of encouragement to a friend. Send a message on Facebook, make and send a card, or phone someone up!
Monday 18th May
THINK;​​ try a relaxing and refreshing Christian Mediation. Taketime is inspired by Ignatian Spirituality and is very accessible and powerful. Using stories from the Gospels, Taketime guided meditation sessions enable people to meet Jesus in their imagination, to speak and then to listen to him. Click here, choose a bible passage or a theme, choose a length of meditation, and enjoy some time in the presence of God.
PRAY; today we challenge you to pray your way through Facebook. As you scroll through your news feed, take some time to pray for each person you see posting. Bring them before God today and ask Him to bless them.
DO; today we challenge you to simply be a positive influence on the world. Why not wave and smile at someone passing by your window, post something positive on your social media, sent a nice message to a friend. Let’s transform all the negativity we see around with some positive influence!
Sunday 17th May
THINK;​​ share in one of our live streamed worship services, either at 10.30am or 6.15pm. Click here to find them on our YouTube channel.
PRAY; as we think today about the story of Jesus with Mary & Martha, we pray that you would help us find time today to simply sit at Your feet and hear from You. We pray that you would quiet the noise and chase that so often surrounds us, and help us to hear your voice speaking into our lives today.
DO; have you checked in with your neighbour recently? Or a friend who you know is self-isolating? Today we challenge you to pick up the phone and give them a call, or even better, Skype or video call them. A friendly face might just make their day.
Saturday 16th May
THINK;​​ take a few moments to read Kathryn’s reflection on John 13:1-15. Click here to find it on our blog.
PRAY; today we pray for those working in our hospitals over the weekend. From doctors to porters, from cleaners to chaplains, we thank you for their incredible commitment to people’s care and we pray for an extra portion of your blessing for them today.
DO; today would you consider giving financially to SwanBank Church? At this time, we are not closed but we are as active as ever in reaching out to those in need and encouraging our SwanBank family in worship, prayer and discipleship every day. If you feel able to give, then click here!
Friday 15th May
THINK;​​ listen to the song ‘Holy Spirit’ and use the lyrics to help centre yourself in God’s presence today. Click here to find it on our Spotify playlist.
PRAY; today we pray for teachers who this week have been making preparations to have groups of children returning to school over the next weeks and months. We pray that you would ease any nerves and anxiety, and you would help them to discern a safe and wise way to return to school.
DO; today we challenge you to write a letter to a loved one. Let them know about  what you’ve been up to during lockdown, and let them know you’re thinking about and praying for them.
Thursday 14th May
THINK;​​ click here to check out this video from the Bible Project all about Rest. How are you finding time to rest during this season?
PRAY; today we pray for our key workers. We remember all those who are working to keep things going: those working in the NHS and those around it helping to keep things working, those keeping our streets clean and collecting our rubbish, those harvesting, delivering and selling the food in our shops, those keeping us secure and our utilities functioning, those looking after the children of key workers, those helping to care for the elderly and vulnerable, clergy of all religions seeking to minister in difficult times.

(prayer from rootsontheweb.com)

DO; join in the clap for our key workers to show your appreciation for their amazing work.
Wednesday 13th May
THINK;​​ share in our weekly Wednesday Bible Study. You can catch up from the video this morning here, and don’t forget to join us for our Zoom chat at 12.30pm! Sign up on our website.
PRAY; today we continue to pray for those people volunteering in Foodbanks all across this city. We thank you for their commitment to this essential work, and pray particularly for those volunteers who will serve the Foodbank at SwanBank today.
DO; the Foodbank is continuing to run and provide that important service to the most needy in our community. We ask that today you consider offering a donation to the Foodbank to provide support for those who find themselves in vulnerable situations.
Tuesday 12th May
THINK;​​ click here to check out today’s daily reflection from the Bible Society, following the M’Cheyne Bible Reading plan.
PRAY; today we pray for those who are now beginning to return to work after the government announcement. We pray for employers as they work through how that can happen in a way that keeps everyone safe. We also pray into the continued uncertainty that surrounds this whole situation, we pray that we would know the sort of peace and calm that can only come from You today.
DO; today we challenge you to send a word of encouragement to a friend. Send a message on Facebook, make and send a card, or phone someone up!
Monday 11th May
THINK;​​ try a relaxing and refreshing Christian Mediation. Taketime is inspired by Ignatian Spirituality and is very accessible and powerful. Using stories from the Gospels, Taketime guided meditation sessions enable people to meet Jesus in their imagination, to speak and then to listen to him. Click here, choose a bible passage or a theme, choose a length of meditation, and enjoy some time in the presence of God.
PRAY; today we pray into the easing of the lockdown. We pray that as our nation begins to take steps to move away from lockdown that people will still be able to be safe. Lord, we ask you to ease the sense of isolation we feel by drawing close to us today and reminding us of your presence with us always.
DO; today we challenge you to simply be a positive influence on the world. Why not wave and smile at someone passing by your window, post something positive on your social media, sent a nice message to a friend. Let’s transform all the negativity we see around with some positive influence!
Sunday 10th
THINK;​​ share in one of our live streamed worship services, either at 10.30am or 6.15pm. Click here t find them on our YouTube channel.
PRAY; as we think today about the calling of Levi, we thank you that you call us from wherever we are. Even though we are unrighteous and imperfect, your perfect love leads us to salvation.
DO; have you checked in with your neighbour recently? Or a friend who you know is self-isolating? Today we challenge you to pick up the phone and give them a call, or even better, Skype or video call them. A friendly face might just make their day.
Saturday 9th May
THINK;​​ click here to take a read of Sam’s reflection on John 12:23-28.
PRAY; today we pray for those people all across this country who have volunteered for the NHS in the last few weeks. We thank you for their heart to serve their communities, and for the vital services they’re providing all over the country.
DO; check out some of the great ideas from the Methodist Church’s ‘Love Yourself – Love Your Neighbour’ project. Click here to find their social media streams full of great practical ideas for ways to practically share God’s love at this time.
Friday 8th May
THINK;​​ listen to the song ‘Great Things’ and use the lyrics to help you remember those times when you’ve seen God do mighty things in your life. Click here to find it on our Spotify playlist.
PRAY; today we pray for those people all across this country who have volunteered for the NHS in the last few weeks. We thank you for their heart to serve their communities, and for the vital services they’re providing all over the country.
DO; make the most of the beautiful sunshine, and eat dinner outside today. Take some time to breathe in the fresh air, and as you breathe in make yourself aware of God’s presence with you.
Thursday 7th May
THINK;​​ click here to check out this great vide from the Bible Project all about God’s generosity. How will God’s generosity impact your life today?
PRAY; today we pray for our key workers. We remember all those who are working to keep things going: those working in the NHS and those around it helping to keep things working, those keeping our streets clean and collecting our rubbish, those harvesting, delivering and selling the food in our shops, those keeping us secure and our utilities functioning, those looking after the children of key workers, those helping to care for the elderly and vulnerable, clergy of all religions seeking to minister in difficult times.
DO; join in the clap for our key workers to show your appreciation for their amazing work.