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Spill the Beans Returns to RCL

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Spill the Beans Issue 33

Having completed our own lectionary (bible plan) with the previous issue of Spill the Beans, the team has gone back to the Revised Common Lectionary with a commitment to create a further twelve issues to cover another three year cycle of the RCL from Advent 2019 through to 2022. We formerly completed a cycle of the RCL in the years 2011-2014.

We hope that the break from the RCL has refreshed us ready for the challenge of exploring the bible passages used in this lectionary in the months ahead.

Today the first issue, our 33rd in total (where have the years gone?!), of this new series is available and covers all of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany through to Transfiguration Sunday.

We also have some fabulous extras in this issue over and above the usual wealth of ideas and resources for the week by week material. This includes an intergenerational event for Christmas titled "Jump for Joy", two Blue Christmas liturgies and two new songs for Advent and Christmas.

Collaboration with Fischy Music

It is a great delight for us to have begun a piece of collaborative work with Fischy Music which will unfold over the next few years. We are hoping to introduce new songs with each issue and have two songs included in this current issue.

A sample audio for these new songs is available here:

In the download pack you will receive a full audio track and a backing track for both songs along with your pdf copy of Issue 33.


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 please have a look at this sample.

If you'd like to download a full copy of Issue 33 (including audio files) 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 compressed zip file is large at approximately 34 MB so it may take some time to download. Please be patient as your computer does so! Once it has downloaded (you may want to check your "Downloads" folder) you will need to extract the contents (this option may appear at the top of the window or if you right-click on the file).

Spill the Beans Issue 33

Spill the Beans Issue 33 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.