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 for you to do as we show God’s love to those around us.

Monday 6th April

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; t​oday, we pray for all those people facing the consequences of cancelled operations because of our current situation. We thank you so much for our NHS and all those who are working so hard at this time. We ask for your protection over those people who’ve had procedures and treatment delayed.

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 5th April

THINK; share in one of our live-streamed services today – either at 10.30am or 6.15pm. Click here to join in on YouTube!

PRAY; t​oday, as we think about Palm Sunday, we prepare our hearts to welcome the King of Kings. Thank you God that you sent Jesus into the world to save us. Prepare our hearts as we enter into Holy Week.

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 4th April

THINK; take a read of Kathryn’s reflection on John 10:1-6. Click here to read it on our blog.

PRAY; t​oday we pray for all those parents who have spent the week home-schooling their children. We pray for continued patience and imagination over the next days and weeks.

DO; self-care is really important at a time like this. So today, watch a feel-good film! Grab some snacks that make you happy, and enjoy yourself!

Friday 3rd April

THINK; listen to the song ‘It is Well’ and reflect on the lyrics. We encourage you to let go of the things you can’t control and give them to God. Click here to find it on our Spotify playlist.

PRAY; today we pray for those working for our Emergency Services. We thank you for their bravery and courage in the midst of difficult situations. We pray for Your protection over them, and as they serve us in their various roles would You bless them.

grant them all that they need.

DO; why not take some time to decorate your windows today. Make them colourful and bright to make those people who are walking past smile as they go about their business.

Thursday 2nd April

THINK; read Psalm 84

What is the most challenging thing you read in this Psalm? What difference does it make to us knowing God dwells in us?What will you do to spend time in God’s presence today?

PRAY; today we pray for those families who’s children access free-school meals. We thank you for the provision that has been made to continues to give them access to food. We pray that in this time of uncertainty and insecurity you would bless those who are most in need, and grant them all that they need.

DO; sometimes it’s the most simple acts of kindness that make a difference to someone’s day. Why not make a cup of tea for someone you live with and deliver it with a smile!

Wednesday 1st April

THINK;​ share in our weekly Wednesday Bible Study. Click here to catch up with this morning’s video.

PRAY; today we pray for midwives continuing to work across our city. We pray for your protection over them, and we pray for the mums and babies in their care. We thank you for their important work currently being done in challenging circumstances.

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 31st March

THINK; take some time to reflect on the image linked here and the verse in it. Use it as a focal point for you today. Meditate on the words of scripture, maybe use the image as a screen saver on your phone or computer.

PRAY; today we pray for our church. We pray that it would continue to be a beacon of hope and light into our community. As we try and be innovative in ways to build community, worship God and be salt and light in the world, we pray that You would go with us and by Your Spirit empower and inspire all that we do.

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 30th March

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 pray for the countries around the world who are trying to manage the situation with COVID-19. We pray for those in government all across the globe, and ask that they would have Your wisdom in the decisions they take.

DO; we challenge you to brave your local shop for a friend, family member or neighbour who might struggle to get out and buy food for themselves.

Sunday 29th March

THINK; share in our service at 10.30am, either on our Facebook page or on YouTube or the SwanBank website. Click here to find it!

PRAY; today we pray for those in our local community who are self-employed and are trying to navigate through these challenging times for their businesses. Lord we pray for wise decision-making, and for Your peace which transcends our understanding.

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 28th March

THINK; take a read of Sam’s reflection on John 6:35-40 which you can find using the link below.

PRAY; today we pray for families who, this week, have been navigating a new routine. We pray you’d bless them with peaceful homes and protect them at this time.

DO; today we challenge you to think about how you might be run an errand for somebody – it could be picking them up some shopping, posting a letter for them, or anything that could be useful. In this time of isolation, let’s be doing all we can to build community together.

Friday 27th March

THINK; listen to the song ‘Raise a Hallelujah’and reflect on the lyrics. We encourage you to let go of the things you can’t control and give them to God. Click here to find it on our Spotify playlist.

PRAY; today we pray for young people across our city who are unsure about what will happen next for them. We pray for the young people who we would usually encounter through Tuesday Night Youth, Youth Club and The Group. We pray that they would know God’s presence with them through these challenging days.

DO; today we challenge you to cook a meal for a friend or neighbour, and leave it outside they house for them. Make sure you check any allergies before you take it round!

Thursday 26th March

THINK; read Psalm 46. How does this speak to you today? What do you find challenging in this passage? What do you find encouraging? We encourage you to actively seek after God who is ‘very present’ with us today.

PRAY; today we pray for social workers and those involved in social care across our city. We pray for them as they continue to work supporting families and vulnerable people during this challenging time. 

DO; today why not offer to take someone’s dog for a walk! It might be challenging for one of your friends or neighbours to get out to walk their dog, so why not use your one bit of daily exercise to do it for them!

Wednesday 25th March

THINK; share in our usual Wednesday Bible Study, led by Kathryn. Click here to catch up with the video from this morning.

PRAY; today we pray for people who will come to SwanBank to use the Foodbank. We lift up their complicated lives to you and pray you would bring peace today. We pray too for the Foodbank staff and volunteers, that your protection would be on them as they serve you 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 24th March

THINK; take some time to reflect on the image below, and the verse in it. Use it as a focal point for you today. Meditate on the words of scripture, maybe use the image as a screen saver on your phone or computer.

PRAY; today we pray for our nation as we enter the next phase of a lockdown. We pray that it would have a positive impact on the spread of the virus, and that we would find ways to offer hope and light to people today.

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

Monday 23rd March

THINK; try a relaxing and refreshing Christain 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; let us today pray for single parents as they juggle looking after their children with work and other responsibilities. Lord, give us wisdom and guidance to support our friends at this time, and give them the strength and the resources to continue to care for their families.

DO; could you do someone a friendly favour and pick up some food for them from the supermarket? Think about checking in with your neighbours and asking if they need anything picking up from the shops, and leave it on their doorstep for them.

Sunday 22nd March

THINK; share in one of our live streamed worship services, either at 10.30am or 6.45pm.

PRAY; today we pray for people living on their own, particularly members of our congregation. Lord, we pray they would feel your presence with them at this time.

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 21st March

THINK; take a read of Kathryn’s reflection on John 5:1-15 which you can find using the link below.

PRAY; today we thank God for our healthcare workers, working tirelessly to care for our sick and vulnerable. Lord, we thank you for the caring hearts of our healthcare workers. We pray you would give them the strength to keep going.

DO; let’s support our local businesses! Why not order a takeaway from your local independent takeaway restaurant, then sit back and relax with some good old Saturday Night TV.

Friday 20th March

THINK; listen to ‘You are my Peace’ by Housefires and reflect on the lyrics. We encourage you to let go of the things you can’t control and give them to God. Find it on our Spotify playlist by clicking here!

PRAY; today we’re praying for schools and staff across the UK. As schools close today to the majority of students, we pray for the staff who must remain in work, to care for the children of ‘key workers’ and the vulnerable. Lord, we pray that you would refresh them and give them peace in this time of uncertainty.

DO; when you’re stuck on your own indoors or suffering with symptoms, knowing that someone is thinking of you can certainly brighten your day. Today we’re challenging you to pop a card or a letter through someones door. If you’ve got children at home, use this as an opportunity for them to get involved. You could make cards and post them around your community.

Thursday 19th March

THINK; read Psalm 27. How does this speak to you today? What do you find challenging in this passage? What do you find encouraging? We encourage you to spend some time seeking God today, and as you wait for him ‘be strong and take heart.’

PRAY; today we pray for the local independent business in Burslem and all across Stoke-on-Trent. We pray for all those who are facing loss of income and loss of jobs. Lord, we pray that you would bring comfort and peace today.

DO; deliver a chocolate bar. Community is so important at a time of isolation. So today we are challenging you to show kindness to a neighbour, friend or loved one and post a chocolate bar through someone’s door or leave it on their doorstep. The smallest action can make someone’s day!

Wednesday 18th March

THINK; share in our usual Wednesday Bible Study, led by Kathryn. Click the image above to watch the video.

PRAY; today we pray for all those who are self-isolating, or fall into the category of vulnerable. Lord, we pray that you would draw close to those feeling isolated and alone at this time.

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.