about the sanctuary
a free resource library for outward-focused worship, fuelled by a vibrant, creative house of prayer
We exist to inspire, resource and challenge
the UK church to a deeper, heart-felt worship that is both upwardly
(Matthew 26:6-13) and outwardly (Isaiah 58:5-12) focused.
And to explore how to worship, pray and live in answer to Jesus’ call to love God and others - with all our passion, prayer, energy and intelligence. (Luke 10:27*)
Our work falls into two inter-dependent areas.
1. We seek to explore and embody this vision for worship as a praying community by:
Following a daily rhythm of upward and outward focused worship responding to God's heart, the headlines and key issues of concern. All of our creativity and learning comes out of this. And - of course - it is an end in itself. (Find out more about our rhythm)
Acting as a place of learning and experimentation - a creative hub where different ideas can be tried out, tested and refined - with a commitment to share everything helpful freely and sacrificially with others through our online resource library for outward focused worship - where world and worship meet
Seeking to find ways to bring worship into the world - as well as the world into our worship - by being a gently provocative witness to God's love through using the arts and digital media in prayer-led expressions of creative evangelism
2. We try to pass on our vision for worship to other Christians by:
Creating and publishing free songs, liturgy and creative prayer ideas through our online library - where world and worship meet - these resources bring together intercession, intimacy and intent to act compassionately and have a particular emphasis on mission, peace and justice issues such as poverty, trafficking and modern-day slavery, vulnerable groups and creation care
Writing and sharing free articles and top tips resources that explore upward and outward focused worship and share learning, and the journey to get there. All these resources are also available in the online resource library
- Sharing our stories of leading worship in the world through creative evangelism alongside our resources, so that we can inspire others to find fresh and authentic ways of sharing their faith in Jesus with those around them
The Sanctuary was set up in response to a specific vision rather than to express the ideals of new monasticism. But we find a lot of resonance with this movement. We've also found the 'monastery' comparison helps people - especially those less familiar with Christianity - to understand a bit more about the holistic nature of what we do. Here's how we explain it:
- For monks and nuns… exchange a small team of volunteers from different churches who are all passionate about worship and prayer, justice for the poor and making the gospel known.
- For plainsong chant multiple times through a day… think intercessory and creative worship and prayer three times a day, five days a week responding to the headlines and key issues.
- For a place of teaching… read a place of learning that acts as a creative hub for exploring how worship can become more outward focused, and mission more prayerful – with everything shared with the wider church.
- For illuminated manuscripts… visit a website full of free resources, including worship songs, liturgy, creative prayer ideas and practical top tips and articles.
- For a praying community committed to reach out to those beyond its walls... imagine exactly that, and find out about how our collective is exploring creative ways to reach out to the community beyond its base with God's truth and love.
* This paraphrase of the more traditional 'heart, soul, strength and mind' from Luke 10:27 is adapted from the phrasing used in The Message.