Dust and Glory - Resources for Lent 2023

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This Lent we are all invited to explore how we can live well with the mess of everyday life.

Dust and Glory encourages us to take a fresh look at the frustrations and failings that every day brings and, rather than pretending we can always avoid them, seek to learn from them and grow closer to God through them.

Archbishops of Canterbury and York

The Archbishops’ Lent Book and Course

Dust and Glory: A Lent journey of faith, failure and forgiveness is the Church of England’s Lent theme for 2023. This year’s resources are informed and inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2023 Lent Book, Failure: What Jesus said about sin, mistakes and messing stuff up (SPCK) by Bishop Emma Ineson, who has also co-written the daily reflections booklet for adults (CHP).

Online support for groups wishing to study the Lent book is now available as part of this year's Big Lent Read - including weekly videos and suggested discussion questions - via the Big Church Read website.

Daily reflections – booklets, app, audio

As in recent years, the weekly themes of the Archbishop’s Lent Book are also explored in daily reflections from the Church of England.

Dust and Glory: A Lent Journey of faith, failure and forgiveness offers a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and a practical challenge, as well as a prayer linked to the week’s theme. Co-written by Bishop Emma Ineson and Abbie Martin, the booklet is designed to be used either in parallel with the Lent Book or independently.

An accompanying children’s version is also available to help children and their families explore how we can live well together, offering a simple daily activity designed to explore the weekly themes.

Both the booklets for adults and children are available to order now from Church House Publishing - individually or in money-saving packs of 10 or 50 copies.

Preview the booklet for adults

Preview the booklet for children and families

The book and booklets will be accompanied by daily #DustAndGlory social media posts from Ash Wednesday (22 February) to Easter Day (9 April), together with a wide range of free digital resources for individuals, groups and churches.

Our award-winning Church of England campaigns app for iOS and Android – including daily audio – is now available to download. Anyone who has the Church of England’s #FollowTheStar app already installed will automatically get the Lent update.

The reflections will also be available via email and also via the Church of England’s smart speaker apps – as well as on the free Daily Hope phone line (0800 804 8044).

Help to promote your Lent events

Looking for ways to help spread the word about your Lent and Easter events and services?

Add them to AChurchNearYou.com and then head to the Resource Hub to customise your own Lent social media graphics and videos, download free stock photography and more.

On the Resource Hub, you will also be able to access our Lent and Easter music collection, with more than 80 tracks specifically for church services.


Dust and Glory webinar, Wednesday 25 January, 2pm: Recording available

Hear more about the Dust and Glory theme and everything that is available to support you and your church as you get ready for Lent.

Learn about the Dust and Glory daily reflections – with versions available for both adults and children – and planned video content for young people through our partnership with The Way UK.

Get tips for inviting your community to church this Lent and Easter using websites and social media and see what resources are available on the AChurchNearYou.com Resource Hub.

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Videos for young people

We’re excited to be working in partnership with The Way, who create innovative faith-based video content by and for young people. Do encourage young people in your church to follow 'The Way UK' now on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. Their content to accompany Lent and Easter will include videos exploring aspects of the Lent theme.