Next Sunday is the start of the period called Advent, the three or four weeks of preparation for Christmas, when we think about what Christ’s coming means – both his coming two thousand years ago to inaugurate the kingdom of God, and his promised future return when that kingdom will come in all its fullness.
As well as our usual Sunday worship, during which we will light the candles on the Advent wreath, there are four special things we’re doing together to mark Advent, and you are invited to join us in all of them.
1. Advent Carol Service
On Sunday 1st December at 6pm we have a service of music and readings to mark the beginning of the season. We will be exploring the theme of light shining in the darkness as we sing Advent carols and hear beautiful music from the Choir (boosted by new members from the community) and Junior Choir. Come along for a time of peace and reflection.
2. Advent Course
On Sundays (1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd December) after the High Mass, we will gather at 12 noon to look at sections of Karen Armstrong’s book In the Beginning: A new reading of the Book of Genesis, including a break for lunch. This course will explore what the Bible and some of its ancient stories mean for our faith. Please email Fr Daniel ([email protected]) if you would like more information.
3. Prayer During the Day
While Morning and Evening Prayer continue each day at 9am and 5pm (9.15am and 6pm on Sundays), we invite you to join in the daily offering of prayer by using this form of Prayer During the Day. This simple service leads you through Advent readings and prayers, and is designed to give you a moment of peace each day in what can be a busy month. There will be printed versions available in church from 1st December.
4. Advent Posada
From the First Sunday of Advent (1st December), nativity figures will travel to a different house each night, in an adaptation of the Latin American custom called Las Posadas (‘the lodgings’). This is a way of inviting Jesus into our homes and hearts, and also getting to know other members of the congregation better as we pass the figures from one home to another. If you’re interested in hosting the figures for one night, please contact Sara Spillett ([email protected]).