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Spill the Beans Issue 30

The third of five issues using our new lectionary (bible reading plan) is now published for Spill the Beans. Issue 30 covers from Shrove Tuesday (5 March 2019) to Pentecost Sunday (9 June 2019). This issue is huge with 186 pages of resources and has a number of series of services including:

  • Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
  • Love, looking at the Four Forms (eros, philia, storge, agape)
  • Complete Holy Week 
  • Love Wins
  • Buildings

We have included some service ideas for a worship service focused on Climate Change and how to maintain hope and action when the challenge is so big.

Jen Robertson, Children's Resource Manager for the Scottish Bible Society, provides resources for an All Age Holy Week Communion event particularly suited for Good Friday.

Created by folks here in Scotland, this issue has lots of ideas and resources for you to inspire, adapt, use in leading worship or for age groups in Junior Churches and youth groups. If you have not used Spill the Beans before then have a look at this sample.

If you want to have a look at the full lectionary click here.

If you'd like to download a full copy of Issue 30 for use in your church or personally, then click the 'Buy' button below. The cost is only £12 (GBP). You can make a secure payment via PayPal and then an email with secure link to the download should wing its way to you. Please note that you can only download the file using this link three times, so please make sure you save the file to your computer as soon as you have downloaded it. We recommend first downloading to a laptop or desktop computer before moving to phone/tablet.

Please follow the instructions carefully. The Adobe pdf file is large at approximately 25 MB so it may take some time to download. Please be patient as your computer does so! 

Spill the Beans Issue 30

Spill the Beans Issue 30 Cover

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You can also get involved in feedback and discussion on the Spill the Beans blog, where we try to put up weekly PowerPoint backgrounds too. There is also a facebook page in which we share ideas and we have introduced a new facebook group which you can link to from the facebook page and which we hope will provide a place of mutual support, ideas and encouragement as we trek together through this new adventure.

Print Copies

If you would like an additional printed copy of Spill the Beans, then this can be arranged. Please note that this is an extra to the download copy, please download a copy first. The cost is usually around £22+P&P and these can be arranged directly with the office at Ferryhill Parish Church. Note this cost is just for the printing expenses. Each issue is in full colour and comb bound for ease of use. We can only send these within the United Kingdom.

If you would like to order copies (which are all printed to order so there may be a short wait before you receive yours) then you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your order details. An invoice for the printed copy(ies) will be issued with dispatch of your order.