Rule of Life


Welcome to the diocesan Rule of Life page.  These resources are to help you as you develop your own Rule of Life and support you on your journey of discipleship.

If there is something you need that is not here, please email us

What is a Rule of Life?

A rule of life is a flexible framework that helps us to grow more like Christ. Just as a trellis provides support for a growing plant, a rule of life offers a practical way of responding to the love of God by committing ourselves to a number of specific actions that will help us grow up in our faith.

Bishop Tim is inviting everyone across the Diocese to write and follow a Rule of Life.

How do I create my own Rule of Life?

Download the Rule of Life Booklet and the follow the guidance given.  Other versions will be available for intergenerational contexts and for work with young people.

Can you show me an example?

Yes, you can download an example of a completed Rule of Life.

Rule of Life Workshops

There are Rule of Life Workshops to help you create your own rule of life.

To sign up to the following workshops please emails:

Date Time Venue
Tuesday 28 February 2.30 – 5pm St Pauls Church Centre, Smannell
SP11 6JP
Wednesday 1 March 10am -12.30pm Wolvesey
Monday 13 March 7.30 – 9.30pm All Hallows, Whitchurch
RG28 7AS
Tuesday 14 March 2 – 4.30pm St Leonard’s, Oakley
RG23 7ED
Wednesday 15 March 2- 4.30pm St Mark’s, Ampfield
SO51 9BU
Thursday 16 March 2 – 4.30pm St Luke’s, Hedge End
SO30 2US
Saturday 18 March 10am -12.30pm
Old Alresford Place
Monday 3 April 7.30 – 9.30 St Joseph’s Centre, Ashurst SO40 7DU
Tuesday 4 April 2 – 4.30pm St John’s Church Centre, Hartley Wintney
RG27 8ED
Wednesday 5 April 7.30-9.30pm Highfield Church Centre, Southampton
SO17 1RL
Thursday 6 April 2 – 4.30pm St Peter and St Paul, Ringwood
BH24 1AW
Monday 10 April 7.30-9.30pm St Lawrence Parish Centre, Alton
GU34 2BW
Tuesday 11 April 7.30-9.30pm All Saints, Southbourne
Wednesday 12 April 10am-12.30pm Wolvesey

The format will be:

  • Introduction and prayer
  • Time alone to reflect/work on your own Rule of Life
  • One-to-one brief chat with Sally, optional
  • Plenary to share progress/insights
  • Closing prayer
Lent Workshop Flyers

What other resources are there?

If you would like to doodle as you create your rule of life download our Rule of Life image to colour in. Or, you can also download a version that has been coloured in for you.

If you want to read around this subject download our Reading List

If you have a question or suggestion please email us:

There are also limited numbers of hard copies of material for the Lent Course 2016 still available. Email us at the above address if you would like more information.

Prayer and Spirituality Contact

For more information about prayer and spirituality, please contact the diocesan Spirituality Adviser, Revd Sally Dakin: