Ideas, inspiration and encouragement were the order of the day as church leaders from across our diocese met on zoom to reimagine Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Here we include some of the ideas and inspiration that came from this session.
Our hope is that if you are struggling to see what you can do in your context then you can find something here to get you started. Here we have
- ideas from around our diocese
- information about the national campaign -Comfort and Joy
- A nod to using A Church Near You
It's going to be a different Advent and Christmas season.
Participants acknowledged that it is very different this year. Not simply through the uncertainty of the regulations and restrictions of lockdown but also through the fact that we know people are tired. Church leaders and congregations have been through a great amount and we are still uncertain about what December will bring.
We still need to plan and promote ourselves - It's a Mission Opportunity
The message from the session was we still need to plan and promote our Advent, Christmas and Epiphany activities. The public is crying out for the opportunity to celebrate and it will be good to tell them what we are doing. As one delegate said we have "an opportunity to fill time for people. They are more open and have time now. It's a mission opportunity.
We have also got used to last-minute changes in plans and are more understanding and tolerant of late cancellations. So we encourage a bold approach that shows we are still seeking to be a bigger church making a bigger difference this year.