Morning Bell

Morning Bell is a way to enter stillness on even the busiest of days, seeking that still point of our belovedness from which everything tough may be faced, and from which everything good can emerge. Here’s the flyer image for the What can this be? series – exploring the work of Mother Julian of Norwich, and images made on the coast of South Devon.

Morning bell is a daily image created and posted by Ian on social media or accessed by email. It began as a daily text message in 2008, and evolved into an image in August 2012. We think of it as an opening into a more contemplative life, and a way to step into the rhythm of the monastics, drawing on wisdom and prayer practice from within and around the contemplative tradition of Jesus.

There are various ways to access Morning Bell each day:

Tumblr / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / email

Here’s the very first text message Morning Bell from 2008:

Morning bell: a call to prayer. There may be nothing more important than prayer today… 

And here’s the first ever image Morning Bell from August 2012.

first image Morning Bell
first image Morning Bell

In October 2013 Morning Bell moved into its usual current format – a square shape particularly good for access on social media. Our aim is for the text to complement the image, but never to take it over.

first square-shaped Morning Bell October 2013
first square-shaped image Morning Bell

If you find Morning Bell helpful please considering making a donation towards our work. Friends and supporters we are very grateful for all your help and encouragement!

To see the introduction to the current series of Morning Bell click on the Morning Bell link in CATEGORIES in the sidebar to this page.

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  1. sheila letwiniuk Posted on November 2, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Just received information of your series. What I read really spoke to me. Can you please subscribe me for email and text

    1. Ian Adams Posted on November 11, 2016 at 7:27 am

      that’s great Sheila – you are subscribed 🙂
      peace to you today

  2. Lindy Doherty Posted on December 15, 2016 at 11:55 pm


    This all looks great, but I can’t get the link to sign up for email after the captcha entry. Have tried a couple of times but no email has come though. Could I be signed up in any other way please?

    1. Ian Adams Posted on December 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      hi Lindy – very good to hear from you – and sorry about the link not working. I’ll investigate – and I will also subscribe you directly now. We hope that you enjoy Morning Bell. Thanks for sharing the path with us… peace to you today Ian

  3. Janette watmough Posted on April 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Please can you subscribe me to morning bell . Thank you

    1. Ian Adams Posted on April 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

      That’s done Janette, we hope you find it helpful and inspiring. Good to be sharing the path 🙂 Peace to you Ian

  4. Jason Rowles Posted on September 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Hello, please can you subscribe me to Morning Bell? Thank you!

    1. Ian Adams Posted on September 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

      That’s done Jason, look out for a new series beginning early October 🙂 peace to you Ian

  5. Lynda Taylor Posted on November 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Please can you subscribe me to Morning Bell – email and text (07801 249429). Thank you so much.

    1. Ian Adams Posted on November 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

      hi Lynda that’s done – email set up (please note Morning Bell is not on txt) – thanks for sharing the path with us! peace to you Ian

  6. Hilary Farmbrough Posted on March 4, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Please can you subscribe me to Morning Bell. I recently saw Ian speak at Bloxham Festival and found his approach spoke to me.

    1. Ian Adams Posted on April 27, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Hilary – that’s done – and my apologies for missing your message until now. I hope that you enjoy Morning Bell. Peace to you Ian

  7. Penny Sherrington Posted on July 13, 2018 at 6:56 am

    So beautiful, touched my soul as has some difficult news. Thank you

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