Keeping Advent


Lift up your heads, O gates:
be lifted up, you everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
Psalm 24:7

Our countdown to Christmas begins on Sunday November 29th - Advent Sunday.  Here are some of the ways that you can prepare your hearts and homes to receive Christ at Christmas and celebrate his birth.  For details of our Advent Services, please go to our Worship in Church and Worship in Zoom pages, or visit our Church Calendar.

Advent Carols
Zoom @ 4pm on Sunday November 29th

Advent Carols is a beautiful and reflective service, and a wonderful way to start our Christmas preparations.  Our online service will include Bible reading, poems, prayers and a short reflection, plus Advent hymns led for us by a variety of cantors.  Do join us if you can!  Contact Revd Katrina for an invitation.

Daily Prayers in Advent

For Advent, we have a series of daily readings, reflections and prayers (except Sundays when we have our weekly Prayers and Reflections to use at home).  Our seasonal booklet can be found HERE.  If you would like a printed copy, please contact Revd Katrina.

Advent Calendar

As part of this year's Comfort and Joy theme for Advent and Christmas, the Church of England has produced a one page Countdown to Christmas.  It has two lovely activities for each Sunday in Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and is ideal for families of all ages (as well those who live on their own).  You'll find a copy HERE.  Do share it with family and friends.

Story of Jesus

As you prepare to celebrate his birth at Bethlehem, why not read the story of his life on earth.  Luke's Gospel is perfect for Advent as it has 24 chapters.  If you start reading a chapter a day on December 1st, you will reach the thrilling climax on Christmas Eve.  Do give this a go.

Advent Candles in Church

In each of our open churches - Hardwick, Mears Ashby and Sywell - you will find an Advent Candles prayer trail.  Four places where you can pause to read a Bible passage, reflect on its message and pray the Advent Candle prayer for the week.  We may not be able to light all four of our Advent candles in every one of our churches, but we can light their flames in our hearts.

Christmas trails

Three of our villages have Advent-to-Christmas trails to brighten lives in the lead up to this Christmas and provide visual reminders of the reason for the season.  In Sywell and Overstone, windows are being decorated with craft Nativity Scenes and other Christmas decorations.  Im Mears Ashby, week-by-week, we are building up a trail of angels, stars, candles, cribs and santas in decorated windows, walls and hedges, and front gardens.  If you'd like to join in where you live, please do so!  Contact Revd Katrina for more details.

Fellowship Group
Zoom @ 7.30pm on Wednesday December 9th

You are welcome to join us for a relaxed exploration of the story of John the Baptist and why he came to point the way to Jesus.  John the Baptist is the theme of our third Advent Candle.  Come and join in the Bible readings and conversation, or simply listen in to the discussions.  Contact Revd Katrina for more details.

Whatever you decide to do, may the light of Christ be born within you, be seen within you and your family, and bring you comfort and joy as you journey through these uncertain times to a wonderful - but different - Christmas.



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