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Summer Spill: There Be Dragons!

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Spill the Beans Issue 31

The fourth of five issues using our new lectionary (bible reading plan) is now published for Spill the Beans. Issue 31 covers from Trinity Sunday through to the 11th week after Pentecost, 16 June to 25 August. It is the summer issue and we are taking a rather different journey in this issue, picking up on the suggestions of some congregations that we should look at some of the stories contained in the Apocrypha. We do that over six weeks. And this issue includes:

  • A Summer Journey: intergenerational event (provided by Jen Robertson from the Scottish Bible Society)
  • Paul's Journeys (three week series)
  • Apocryphal Tales (six week series looking at Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, and Tobit
  • The Judges (five week series of which we cover two weeks in this issue on Samson)

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 31 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 31

Spill the Beans Issue 31 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.