Thy Kingdom Come: The Upper Room

ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re very pleased to present to you the ‘Upper Room’. Inspired by the Upper Room in Acts 1 & 2, this is a 24/7 virtual prayer room, where your church can sign up and participate in continuous prayer from Ascension to Pentecost. This is a fresh and new way to pray Thy Kingdom Come this year!

Join the Upper Room here:

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Leading Well: during Lockdown and Beyond: Webinar : 14 May, ONLINE

Do you feel like you can’t keep up with the demands on you right now?

Is the strain taking its toll on your health and wellbeing?
The pressures on church leaders right now are immense. You’re juggling family life, remote working, new ways of doing church and an explosion of need within your community. Even when the lockdown is lifted, the challenges are likely to increase.
As a leader, you’re naturally a pro-active person living on adrenalin to get things done. But there is only so much that you can do and only so long that you can work at this pace.
Join our Cinnamon Connect Webinar, to find out why your own health and wellbeing needs to be a priority and what practical steps you can take to effectively look after yourself and be a better leader.  

On Thursday 14 May at 11am, Nick Amis will be joined by Niky Dix from Intentional Health; and Shola Oladipo from Food For Purpose.

Nick, Niky and Shola will be discussing: What effect lockdown has had on the wellbeing of leaders Why you need to prioritise your own health How you can look after yourself and lead well What resources are available to help you You can register to join the webinar HERE.
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Thy Kingdom Come: South West Prays LIVE Online : 31 May, ONLINE

Sunday 31st May, 8pm


Christians across the region uniting in prayer for our nation!

Join together online with Christians and Church Leaders from a range of traditions and styles from across the South West as we seek God in prayer at this crucial time.

It might just be the biggest prayer meeting that has ever taken place in the region as we focus our eyes on God on behalf of our world, our nation and all those who live in this area of the country.

Everyone is welcome to join in as we pray together at this time of much change in this country, so please do share this link widely.

Join us with thousands of other Christians online this Pentecost Sunday for this important time of unity and prayer 🙏

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The Filling Station Virtual Events Calendar

Missing the Filling Station? Join in virtual Filling Stations from around the country, listed on this page

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VE Day Commemoration : 8 May, AT HOME

Official notice on changes to planned VE Day commemorations:


I am afraid that the terrible Coronavirus emergency and consequent Government guidance means that we must advise participants to cancel or postpone the majority of the VE Day 75 community celebrations due to take place on the bank holiday weekend of 8th – 10th May. It is right and proper that people should be kept safe and healthy.

My sincere thanks to the many thousands who registered their involvement and events and were looking forward to celebrating VE Day 75 is the ways planned. I know how disappointed you will be that these cannot go ahead as planned. However we are sill encouraging solo buglers/trumpeters/cornet players to play the Last Post at 2.55pm from the safety of their homes, along with the Pipers undertaking Battle’s O’er and VE 75 years at 3pm local time in the country they are in, as well as Town Criers, Crying out for Peace at 6.55pm in a similar way too on the 8th May 2020.

While the Pipers are playing Battle’s O’er, and the recorded speech by Prime Minister Churchill is being broadcast by the BBC into our homes at 3pm on the 8th May, we would still like to encourage the people of our great country and abroad to stand at 3pm within the safety of their living rooms, front or back gardens, outside their front doors or balconies if they have one, and undertake the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II, using the following words. “TO THOSE WHO GAVE SO MUCH, WE THANK YOU,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we can all enjoy the freedom we share today.

We are delighted to confirm that Dame Joan Collins accepted my invitation to join in on the Toast, and will be leading the ‘Nation’s Toast’ on behalf of the women of the nation from the balcony of her apartment in London at 3pm on the 8th May 2020.

Dame Joan said: “We must never forget the selflessness of all those who sacrificed so much to keep us free during WW II.  This is why I immediately joined up to support the Nation’s Toast.  This meaningful gesture recognises the importance of not only the brave veterans who fought on the front lines but also the courageous women who put their lives in the line for this nation’s struggle.”

However, you could take part in celebrations safely from home by joining your BBC Local Radio station initiative in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need at

The Royal British Legion is calling on people across the UK to join in a moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May, the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, and pause for a Two Minute Silence. I hope that we will all support this aspect of VE Day from the safety of our homes too.
With my very best wishes, Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR
Pageantmaster VE Day 75

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Church of England Resources to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on 8th May 2020.

Download an Outline service for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

View the VE Day 1945 Order of Service which took place in Westminster Abbey.

A prayer for VE Day

From the Act of Commitment for Peace

Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace,
for the relief of want and suffering,
and for the praise of your name.
Guide us by your Spirit;
give us wisdom;
give us courage;
give us hope;
and keep us faithful now and always.

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Falmouth Virtual Messy Church : 9 May, AT HOME


Draw Back Your Curtains for the Children : 15 May, AT HOME

A month has nearly passed since we prayed for children as we drew back our curtains on 15th April.
We continue to be in lockdown and many are saying that a second wave of the virus could potentially come in the coming days. We want to commit to continue to pray especially for the children on the 15th of each month until the situation changes. Please will you join us on 15th May?
Please pray for children’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as they continue with the restrictions of the lockdown. Pray for their home life and the impact of schools closing, many not having any contact with other children. Pray also that children will still have opportunities to encounter Jesus during these challenging days.
Let’s join together to pray blessings upon children in the name that is above all names.

Read more Equipping Church Leaders : 4-6 May, ONLINE

Church Leaders: Be equipped this week

Together with our partners we are providing an exciting programme of online events to equip Church Leaders during this crisis.
Find our more details and register for the sessions below:

Monday – 4pm: Restored: Church Leader Training
Tuesday – 4.30pm:HeartEdge: Online Sermon Preparation workshop with Sam Wells focusing on the forthcoming Sunday’s lectionary readings.

Wednesday – 3.30pm: Premier: Digital Church Seminar – NOW FULL

Wednesday – 11am: Live interview with Bekah Legg: How do Church Leaders deal with the rise of Domestic Abuse?
Wednesday – 1pm: Live interview with Rob Harvie: Restored: Resources for men managing anger.
Wednesday – 3pm: Live interview with Lee Searle -Restored: When men are the abused not the abuser

*Interviews will be live on this website – check back for the links.

Wednesday – 4.30pm:HeartEdge: Community Practitioners workshop
Thursday – 10am: Evangelical Alliance:- Coronavirus conversations
Thursday – 11am: Cinnamon Network: Working with young people

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Engaging with Disadvantaged Young People through COVID19 : 7 May, ONLINE

With schools shut across the country, the nation’s most vulnerable children are particularly at risk as regular contact with support services is reduced.

Churches are also struggling with remote working, limited capacity staff and the challenges of reaching young people who are socially isolated.

In addition, Childline has reported a sharp increase in calls from distressed young people struggling to deal with the impact the pandemic is having on their lives.

Join our Cinnamon Connect Webinar, to find out how your church can effectively support young people and those caring for them during the current crisis and beyond.

On Thursday 7 May at 11 am, Nick Amis will be joined by Nathan and Sabrina Dennis from the charity First Class Legacy, and Viviene Royal, from TLG.

Nick, Nathan, Sabrina and Viviene will be discussing:

  • What are the challenges facing young people right now?
  • What practical support is available for them?
  • How can we ensure the safeguarding of children during the crisis?
  • How can your church support young people and parents alike?

Paint your worship green: how to bring caring for creation to the heart of your services : 16 & 20 May, ONLINE

Richard Best writes:

Members of the clergy, local worship leaders and readers are being invited to join one of two ‘Greening Worship’ workshops during the month of May.

The events will be held via Zoom, and encourage questions and the sharing of ideas via the ‘chat’ function.

“More and more churches are wanting to include the many aspects of environmental issues within their worship,” said diocesan environment officer Luci Isaacson.

“Caring for creation has become one of the central themes in the life of our churches – you only need to look at the 2020 Live Lent digital campaign and the recent vote of General Synod to work towards a Net Zero CO2 emissions target by 2030,” she said.

The Environment Core Group is offering these two workshops for worship leaders, lay readers and clergy to resource them to lead ‘green’ services in their own churches, and potentially also in other churches in their areas.

The workshops will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 11am and Wednesday, May 20, at 7pm.  Both sessions will be recorded, and links will be published on the environment page of the diocesan website.

The workshops will cover the theology underpinning our care for creation, and offer lots of examples of readings, prayers and suggestions for different kinds of worship. They will explore how this theme can be incorporated into worship at many different times of the lectionary year.

Luci will be on hand to share illustrations and activities she often uses herself.

If you are interested in attending one of the sessions, please email Rosey Sanders on Rosey will send you the Zoom link and some additional materials in advance for use during the sessions.

If you don’t use Zoom, please feel free to call Luci for a chat on 01872 241239.

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