Hymns and songs
We have a range of
There are over 2,000 songs in
The Digital Hymnbook
The Family Friendly
Churches Trust is very much aware that leading worship can be very
difficult for worship leaders and preachers.
This is true whether a service is nominated as "Traditional", “All Age”
“Fresh Expression”. Over the years Mike has built up quite a lot of
expertise in leading worship and particularly holding everything in
balance among the generations. In
addition, Ann, his wife is a musician and writer with 17 novels
published in her pen name (Ann Barker).
Together they have now produced three years worth of material covering
the whole lectionary and are pleased with the result. They have drawn
a host of positive comments from members and these appear further down
||IDEAS Weekly Resources
and every week we provide a host of ideas and resources for worship
linked to the lectionary. Although we do provide material for worship
when children are present there are plenty of "grown up" resources too.
In these circumstances IDEAS can be a great resource
offering notes for an address, reflection, children's address or story,
hymn and song choices, all age sermon, prayers and dramas for every
week of the lectionary. All these are supported by PowerPoint files and
hymns and songs are supplied in versions that match a range of 9
different hymnbooks so that you can be sure that the words on the
screen will match the word in the books.
also provide video files of many of the songs and hymns as a video with
the words and music to help
churches that struggle to find musicians. This is particularly true of
children's songs as we know that many traditional musicians struggle to
play children's songs well and we animate some to add extra interest.
We now offer some songs with full live action video backgrounds as
well as the words and music.
There are also PowerPoint slides to support the bible readings, the
talks and suggested prayers.
We also usually offer 2 dramas each week, one from "Sketching out the
Gospel" and another by Ann Bossingham, who manages week by week to come
at the theme from a different and refreshig perspective.
We also provide every week a music reflection video to lead into worship. We
believe that the time before a service is important and our videos are
designed to help a congregation prepare to meet with and worship God.
We aim to provide resouces for all generations.
In addition each month we provide ideas for "Tea Time Church" which is
our version of Messy Church including talks, videos, songs and craft.
Access to IDEAS Weekly Resources costs just £3 or £7 for the current
calender month, £18 for a quarter and £60 for a year. We also offer
subscriptions for Circuits and groups of churches.
||The Digital Hymnbook
Our huge collection of PowerPoint hymns and songs which can be easily downloaded.
This forms a massive on-line collection of over 2,000 hymns and songs that you can just
tap into whenever you need to use a hymn. The hymns and songs will
match a range of hymnbooks including Singing the Faith, Hymns and
Psalm, Rejoice and Sing, Mission Praise, Songs of Fellowship.
Subscribers are be able to influence
our choice by suggesting hymns and songs for the Digital Hymnbook. Each
week we will make the most nominated suggestions available (subject to
gaining copyright consent) and in this way we aim to build the most
flexible and useful collection of hymns and songs ever produced.
Access to the Digital Hymnbook online costs just £49 (£40 during July 2013) as a one of payment.
||Archive of Resources
All IDEAS material remains online indefinitely and members continue to have access to all the material they have purchased.
It is possible to gain access to any month's material in our Archive of Resources from just £5
||Index of Resources
We maintain a massive index of all the bible readings, hymns, songs and video that we provide.
This is useful for members who do not feel tied to the lectionary.
offer a number of resources free of charge including prayers for
Special Sundays and a video and some PowerPoint hymns for you to try.
||Contributor's sign up
We are always on the look out for quality resources, so if you have resources to offer us, then let us know and we pay a royalty if we do use them.
We have had a host of positive comments from our members, here are just a few.
"An end of year big "Thank You" for all the resources you've provided
for us, and we look forward to your efforts in 2011. We used the Annie
Lennox video and music yesterday which was very well received."
"I would also like to congratulate you and thank you for the brilliant
resources you are sharing through FFCT. I have found them great to use
and also some of your ideas have stimulated my tired old grey cells to
think afresh and that is also brilliant. So thank you very much for all
that you give and long may it continue."
"Can I thank you both for your ministry through FFCT to me and an
increasing number I hope. God Bless you for the many hours you
must spend being creative and for some excellent resources that have
been well received. I look forward to journeying with you throughout
"I’d like you to know how much we value the resources of Family
Friendly Church. We use them quite regularly in worship and many
"Thank you so much for a Band of Angels. Our congregation loved it. At last I
think all of them are beginning to see the benefit of the IT system. All gone
"Thank you for all these wonderful resources. I am using these in my services,
picking out what I want to use. The video reflections are wonderful."
"Really enjoying the material and working out how to use it in worship."
"I like your resources very much - and feel I can dip in and out,
according to where I am in the Circuit, whether we are using the
Lectionary etc. How good the technologists are. It has a recognisable
Methodist feel to it."
Year B (Quarter 1)
Tea Time Church -
December (Year 2) -The wise men & gifts
Advent 3 -
December 17th - Being a good witness & Cleaning up the mess
Advent 4 -
December 24th - The nativity story & Mary's Song
Christmas Day -
December 25th - Pass the parcel
Christmas 1 -
December 31st - Waiting rewarded & Preparing a Messiah
Tea Time Church -
January (Year 2) - The Rich Farmer
January 6th - Giving and receiving & The best wine
Christmas 2 & Covenant -
January 7th - Signed with God's seal & A human like us
Making promises & Covenants: Past and Present