about the sanctuary
A free resource library for outward-focused worship, fuelled by a vibrant, creative house
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 - both online and at the Sanctuary's centre - falls into two inter-dependent areas.
1. We seek to explore and embody this vision for worship at our centre as a volunteer team 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 the 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.
Using our large window and town centre presence to be a provocative witness to God's love to all who walk and drive past. And exploring fresh ways to use our creative gifting to bless and witness to the community beyond out walls.
2. We try to pass on our vision for worship to other Christians online and at our centre 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
- Training worshippers, worship leaders and clergy who are want to learn about both upward and outward focused worship through our prayer rhythm, specific mentoring and special events, workshops and bespoke sessions.
- Sharing our unique space - a kinaesthetic embodiment of our vision - with individuals, churches and Christian groups who book it for their own worship and prayer, workshops or away days.
The Sanctuary was set up in response to a specific vision rather than to express the ideals of new monasticism. But there is 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 the project:
- 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, practical top tips and articles, and a centre running free workshops and creative prayer events.
- For a visible and beautiful presence in our local community exploring creative ways to reach out to the community beyond its walls with God's truth and love - read exactly that.
* This paraphrase of the more traditional 'heart, soul, strength and mind' from Luke 10:27 is adapted from the phrasing used in The Message.