Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021: 18th to 25th January

The title for 2021 is Abiding in Christ, based around John 15:1-17.

The material this year comes from the Community of Grandchamp and  will use photos from the community (they have a beautiful wooden chapel with coloured glass windows).

The worship service is based around 3 vigils (although some of this may obviously depend on the Covid situation in Jan 2021):

  • The first vigil is centred on the unity of the whole person and our abiding in Christ. Participants are invited to keep five minutes of silence. These moments are repeated throughout the celebration.
  • The second vigil expresses the desire to rediscover the visible unity of Christians. Anchored in the love of Christ, we turn to our neighbours and exchange with each other a sign of his peace.
  • The third vigil opens us up to the unity of all peoples and all creation. The action in it is inspired by a text from Dorotheus of Gaza. Several people are positioned around a circle, and move towards the centre. The closer we move to God – the centre – the closer we draw to each other.


The resources for the week are produced annually by Churches Together in Britain & Ireland (www.ctbi.org.uk).

The booklets are usually published around the end of September each year.  Once available, printed versions of the resources  can be ordered by phone from Norwich Books and Music (01603 785925)  or  online.

In previous years they are also available as downloads.