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About this app

Watch and Pray: Wisdom and hope for Lent and life is the Church of England’s theme for Lent 2024.

Introduced by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, it contains 40 daily reflections for both adults and families encouraging us to wait in hope for God to meet and sustain us, one for each of the 40 days in Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday (14 February) and ending on Easter Day (31 March).

For adults, each day (Monday to Saturday) the app offers:
- A passage from the Bible
- A short reflection on themes of faith, failure and forgiveness
- A practical challenge
- An original illustration
- Full audio recordings of the above.

For each week there is:
- A theme based on one one of the chapters of ‘Tarry Awhile: Wisdom from Black spirituality for people of faith’, the Archbishop of Canterbury's 2024 Lent Book by Selina Stone
- A brief introduction to the readings for the week
- A simple prayer.

For families, the app offers:
- 40 daily challenges for each day of Lent
- A weekly theme to help all ages think about how we can grow closer to God and each other as we wait for Easter
- Short passages from the Bible
- Simple prayers for use throughout the week
- Colourful artwork illustrating the weekly themes
- Full audio recordings of the above.

The prayers, challenges and reflections for both adults and families are taken from the Watch and Pray booklets from Church House Publishing, informed and inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2024

This latest version of the award-winning Church of England campaign app, produced by the Church of England Digital and Publishing teams and developed by Class Professional Ltd (incorporating Aimer Media).

“These Watch and Pray reflections challenge us to seek God in both familiar and unfamiliar places: in darkness and in quiet; in movement and migration; in the healing and transforming work of the Spirit; in the weeping of Holy Week and in the joy of Easter morning..”
Archbishops Justin Welby & Stephen Cottrell
Updated on
Feb 16, 2024

Data safety

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Ratings and reviews

3.5
240 reviews
Ukiah Hawkins
February 23, 2021
This app automatically restarts audio playback whenever another audio file completes- even if that audio file is in a completely different app like Instagram. A video will finish playing, and then, between videos, this one starts again. Very intrusive. Android user here. [Ed.] The bug was corrected. Thanks to Aimer Media for another quality C of E app!
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Church of England Central Services
February 17, 2021
Thanks for your report. We have found the bug. Watch out for an update later today.
Esther Davis
February 14, 2024
I'm Catholic, but out of work rn, and all the Catholic apps in here either cost money or don't seem to work very well. I read the first reflection and, since I grew up in a string of Pentecostal and mostly mixed race or African American churches, this first reading made a lot of sense. This is probably what I need rn. Thanks
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Tim Nutt
February 20, 2024
Too many little defects that need fixing. E.g full passage from Isaiah not showing today (20th Feb) and notifications keep turning off and clicking ob the notification doesn't open the app. Can you fix these
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What's new

Minor fixes for some devices

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About the developer
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
apps@churchofengland.org
Lambeth Palace Road LONDON SE1 7JU United Kingdom
+44 7833 856632