During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. We offer the following sites as a varied resource of practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives.
Christmas All Wrapped Up - A brand new creative resource for the festive season from Jeff Lucas & Searchlight Theatre Company. There are four sketches from Searchlight and Jeff will be producing four devotional stories and a 20-minute Christmas message 'The Hope That We All Need'. These can be used for online services, small groups and your church's social media.
Carols on the Doorstep - When? Wednesday, December 16th, 6pm & Thursday, December 24th, 6pm
Where? Your doorsteps! How? Sing along with the radio!
Join us on your doorsteps across the nation this Christmas to sing carols together and spread some much-needed cheer! Carols on the Doorstep started in Shropshire but is spreading far and wide as more local radio stations come on board. See if we're in your area yet! If not, why not become a street co-ordinator and help us bring it to you?
An Advent Service for Non-Church Young Families (PDF) - This wonderful service has been specially written for The Resource Hub. It can be adapted for use at any time in the run up to Christmas and is full of great ideas. Take a look.
#ComfortandJoy - The Church of England is running a 3 year campaign (2018-2020) which provides Christmas reflections available in print, email, app and audio formats, an online shop to buy items for your church, video adverts, a social media campaign and much more!
Churches Together in Britian and Ireland - Resources are becoming available for Advent and Christmas 2020, including the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and those from CAFOD, the Church of Scotland, Christian Aid Scotland and Hope. Plus there is material from previous years: A World in Waiting – Advent hope in an economic crisis, ALTERnativity and Advent Journey with the Magi.
Seasonal All Age Services - from All Age Worship Resources. This section of their website contains a variety of material for special points in the church year; from Christmas Crib Services led by Camel Puppets to a Multi-Sensory Maundy Thursday alternative communion to an interactive Good Friday service.
Advent & Christmas Resources from Mission Together - Each year, Mission Together produces a set of free Advent Materials for use in Primary Schools, Children’s Liturgy groups and at home. Advent Assemblies, accompanying craft activities and a much loved Advent Calendar, offer a joyful and thoughtful approach to this wonderful season.
All resources incorporate child-friendly scriptures and include a simple reflection, emphasising how Jesus is the real reason for the season and how we can continue to make his presence and love felt on earth.
IgnatianSpirituality.com® - this website is a service of Loyola Press, a ministry of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). It offers information on and experiences of Ignatian spirituality from Jesuit and Ignatian sources around the world. IgnatianSpirituality.com serves all audiences—the curious, the knowledgeable, and the expert. It contains a quite wonderful section on Advent, with videos, reflections, prayers, calendars and much more.