This year we celebrate the start of Advent on
Sunday 29th November.
The first candle is lit on the Advent wreath in churches across the world. We are united in God's love as this special season of Advent begins.
There are so many lovely resources out there for you to share in this special time at home with your children. There are some links below.
As Advent starts today and we begin our countdown to Christmas, we are reminded that this season is not just a time for preparing to celebrate Christ’s birth.
We are reminded that we are also waiting in hope and expectation for Christ who is to come.
Even though we do not know when that time will be, we are told we must be on our guard, stay awake, so that we are not caught unprepared.
This year it has felt like we have been on our guard at all times, remaining vigilant, to keep ourselves and others safe from coronavirus. It has been exhausting and worrying for us all.
So, this Advent, as we try to be awake to the signs of Christ’s presence in our world, let us take time to remind ourselves of the goodness that we can see around us, of the difference we can make to others when we reach out in love.
And let us hold onto the hope that this brings
The Advent wreath helps us prepare for Christmas. The circular shape has no beginning and no end – it reminds us that life with Jesus is everlasting. The evergreen leaves show God’s love for us never ends. The candlelight reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. Reader: Let us pray. God our Father, you sent Jesus to be the light of the world. Our first candle symbolises hope. May we always find hope in Jesus, even when we are sad or lonely. May we bring the light of Christ to the world this Advent. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.