Sadly, due to current restrictions, we are unable to hold our usual Tree of Light service in church on the First Sunday of Advent. However we still want to make space for us all to remember and reflect at this key time of year, and we share with you some resources that will help us come together virtually.
Advent Sunday, 29th November 2020 at 6:30pm
We invite you all to join us in the Share The Light campaign, run by the charity Christian Publishing & Outreach (CPO). Their (and our) prayers and hopes are that as many people as possible around the UK will share a short video on social media all themed around the idea of Sharing The Light. You can register your interest at their website https://www.sharethelight.co.uk/register.
Please watch their short video highlighting the amazing message of hope that is wrapped up in the birth of Jesus.
The Church of England has also produced some online resources and will be holding nine online services throughout Advent and Christmas. This will include an online service for each Sunday of Advent, a Christingle with the Children's Society, nine lessons and carols and midnight services. It will be possible to view these services, and previous services here.
The theme for this Advent is 'Comfort and Joy', holding together the hope that Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year with an acknowledgement that – for those who have lost loved ones or livelihoods, or who are potentially still not able to be together with loved ones – it may be the Church’s role, both nationally and locally, to provide consolation, rather than assume everyone will be ready to join in jubilation.
The Church of England has produced an online Advent Calendar and this can be accessed here.
There is an alternative Advent Calendar produced by CPO that gives an idea a day.
4 Villages Light Trail: 12th – 27th December, with lights on from 5:30 – 8:30 each day. This Light Trail is happening locally across part of our Mission Area, organised by Highways England/Sustrans. Please click here to find out how you can take part in 'A simple and magical self-led community event to celebrate Christmas together in Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth. Light up your home and explore the displays of others...
Please keep checking our website, social media and noticeboards
for updates, as the situation changes.