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NWBA Advent Calendar 2021

Once again we are delighted to have the chance to curate a series of readings, reflections and recordings from churches and individuals across our NWBA community. A different feature will appear each day through Advent.

Click here to find this year's calendar

Advent Reflections for 2021

This series of Advent reflections has been prepared for the four Sundays of Advent, and is based on the classic themes of the Advent candles, Hope - Love - Peace - Joy. Using a series of statements from the opening chapter of John's Gospel, they also introduce our NWBA theme for 2021 'Hold the Light. You can view them here, and link to our YouTube channel where you can share them through social media as well as watching them personally. If you would like a downloadable version for use in your own services - online or physical, please get in touch with us.

For some resources for Christmas click here

We have many other Advent resources that have been put together in previous years. You can access these using the links below.

click here for Advent Resource page from 2020

Click here for JUST ADVENT resources

Resources from 2018

The quiet and assured lighting of a candle flame, may seem strangely out of place at such a time, yet in many churches and Christian gatherings this timeless tradition will continue. But this is no act of mere escapism or irrelevant ritual - it is precisely because of the turmoil going on around us, that people of faith are invited to be still and re-focus, so that we can view the present realities in their true perspective. The words of Psalm 46 have a particular poignancy at this time …

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall …
be still and know that I am God

You can download a series of readings for the four Sundays of Advent, which are designed to be used while lighting the candles of an Advent wreath. Please feel free to use them in other ways either in communal worship or for personal reflection.

1 - The Candle of Hope

2 - The Candle of Love

3 - The Candle of Peace

4 - The Candle of Joy

5 - The Candle of Christmas

They can also be downloaded with a fuller explanation by clicking here.

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Produced in partnership with Industrial Christian Fellowship