siLENT - Diocese of Brentwood

Let’s speak up with silence! Join us in creating a deafening silence across the Diocese of Brentwood in Lent 2018!  Take time to give up the things that fill life with noise and restlessness. Not only will you allow time for silence, your sponsorship will make a real difference to young people without a voice, for whom silence isn’t a choice. 

Help reach a million

A ‘Million Minutes of Silence’ is a simple idea - each minute is sponsored to raise money for projects supporting young people. Throughout Lent 2018 schools, parishes, communities and individuals will help the Diocese of Brentwood clock up a million minutes! If we each aim to get sponsored 10p a minute, that’s £100,000! 

 Sponsor Bishop Alan Williams

Sponsor Bishop Alan Williams

Ideas of how to take part

  • A collective silence in school/groups - e.g. a silent assembly, or an hour for the whole school
  • 24 hours straight. Choose a date in Lent (14 Feb-31 Mar), and start getting sponsored.
  • Phone or Social Media - Instead of spending all those hours online, give it up for Lent, and then spend just half an hour a day in silence (and an hour on Good Friday and Holy Saturday). It adds up to 24 hours.

Read Corey's story of staying siLENT here

Get started with siLENT

1. Sign up and let us know how you or your community are taking part.
2. You'll then be invited to set up your online fundraising.
3.  You can still do it the old fashioned way. Download the siLENT sponsor form
4. Get sponsored by text. Share details with others: To donate £5, text LENT24 £5 to 70070
(You can donate £1/ £2/ £3/ £4/ £5/ £10).

There are other useful resources for primary schools, secondary schools & parishes, and more (see opposite). Certificates will be available for all participants.

Sign up now!


Million Minutes celebrates young people and gives grants to support them to change their lives and their world. The money you raise during Lent will help many projects in the Diocese and beyond. For example, in 2017 Million Minutes supported ‘Field of Dreams’ in Basildon, a holiday programme run by young volunteers from the Catholic Parish.  Some of the 100 children who attended never leave Basildon during the holiday period and Field of Dreams provides them with activities and new experiences. One volunteer explained: “We know that for some of these children, coming here really is the safest place for them to be during their holiday.”  See the Resource Sheet for more ways of how your silence will help.