Rule of Life

These resources are to help you as you develop your own Rule of Life and to support you on your journey of discipleship. If there is something you need that is not here, please email us.

A Celebration of St Benedict

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.

Here are some examples.

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 then follow the guidance given. Other versions for intergenerational contexts and for work with young people can be found here.

Can you show me an example?

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

Rule of Life Workshops

The next Rule of Life workshops will be held on:

Tuesday February 11th – 10am-12.30pm

Monday March 2nd – 7.30-9.30pm

Tuesday March 17th – 7.30-9.30pm

Thursday March 19th – 10am-12.30pm

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

To book your place, please email

Please click here to view the Rule of Life flyer.

View some (unsolicited) comments from recent participants from our workshops, or here for more information.

Other Resources

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.

Prayer and Spirituality Contact

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