Pat is just one member of the congregation who’s been using the resources. The rector, the Revd Jane Willis, says, ‘For me, being able to talk about prayer and reading the Bible has been really useful. Along the way, we have used Thy Kingdom Come and the Lent and Advent resources.
‘Lots of people had them, including people who were new to having a prayer life, so that was a great resource for them. And, there are people who had been Christians for many, many years and who were trying to grow in their faith.’
But the resources also proved to be significant in her own life. Earlier this year, Jane had an unexpected recall after a standard mammogram appointment. ‘It was a brush with death,’ she recalls.
‘I had about a week between getting the letter and my appointment,’ she says. ‘It was a really demanding time in church life. It was the week of Thy Kingdom Come. These resources are good for when it’s hard to generate words. The liturgy is a gift to us then. For a week, or 10 days, it just held me. I did morning, evening and night prayer.’
Returning for her follow-up appointment, Jane received good news. She did not have cancer.
‘It took a while to sink in,’ she says. ‘I sat in the car for an hour before I could do anything. After that, I walked up on to the Downs and listened to the app on my phone. It was wonderful.’