A resource to help you worship with the world's hidden Christians.
Around the world millions of Christians have to meet in secret. They would love to worship in freedom and to share the good news of Jesus with those around them, but to do so means violence, imprisonment or even death. And so they keep hidden. They meet in secret and in small numbers. They disguise their prayers as conversation, they 'sing' songs in whispers, they memorise Bible verses.
Secret Church is a way for you to stand alongside these persecuted brothers and sisters. The idea is simple: Christians gather at a secret location and worship in the same way that secret believers do – singing hymns in whispers, sharing Bible verses from memory, praying in silence, meeting in secret...
Secret Church is a powerful, moving, eye-opening experience. And this year we have added something special. As part of your Secret Church we're suggesting you set up a Secret Cinema and 'smuggle in' a copy of The Cost – a special film about the origins of Open Doors and the work it does today.
Some decisions cost you everything.
Sixty years ago a man called Andrew went behind the Iron Curtain to discover secret Christians in the Communist world. 'Brother Andrew' went on to found Open Doors and today we support persecuted Christians in over 50 countries. The Cost is a film which celebrates our origins but also shows how Christians in Syria are paying the price of their faith. As we weave between their stories we are presented with the same choice: are we prepared to serve God whatever happens? 'Are we prepared for the cost?
INSIDE YOUR SECRET CHURCH PACK
Our free Secret Church pack gives you everything you need to set up a Secret Screening and holding a Secret Church event. As well as a DVD of The Cost, it also includes a Leaders Guide, a poster to help you promote the event, and response cards to help people engage with the Secret Church.
Please encourage as many people as possible to stand alongside their Secret Church family.
Order extra response forms here.
Everything you need to know to set up a Secret Screening and hold a Secret Church event.
Small group discussion guide
Contains discussion questions to accompany The Cost, and how to use it in a small group setting.
Talk outline 1: The Cost
If you are showing The Cost as part of your Secret Church event you might find this outline helpful.
Talk outline 2: Secret Church
If you are not putting on a Secret Screening, then you might find this outline helpful.
Secret Church Kidzone
Whether you're planning a morning at Sunday School or a mid-week session, the Secret Kidzone Session Plan and Takeaway Packs can help children discover what it's like to be part of Jesus' secret underground church.
Alternatives video clips to The Cost
If you wish to show a shorter film, here are some suggestions.
Secret Church: What others are saying
Many Christians in the UK and Ireland have already discovered the impact Secret Church events can have.
"Our Secret Church was the single most impactful thing we have done..." - Stefanie, Tunbridge Wells
"Many attendees spoke of how the event had made given them a greater appreciation of how generous God was to them, and that they should be more trusting in Him. I suddenly realised how lucky we are to have even the most basic Christian resources, like Bibles and orders of service. Short summary: please run a Secret Church event wherever you are!" - Gerry, Salisbury
"Every Sunday I expect the comfort of a warm building, a cup of coffee, a sermon from the preacher. This reminds me that there are so many brothers and sisters around the world that don't have that. It's not my right to have those comforts." - James, Pontypool