Advent and Christmas Resources 2016

WaterAidThis Christmas, could your church be made of the stuff that gives not just water but also hope to people like Esnart?

The website has resources to download to inspire your congregation to fundraise for WaterAid this festive season. You can read more about Esnart’s story, display a colourful poster, share a presentation with you church and run the Sunday School activities with the children. You can also request a visit from a WaterAid ambassador, who can tell your congregation more about the difference their support will make. Find out more.

Real Advent Calendar 2016The Real Advent Calendar

The Real Advent Calendar is a fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. The calendar comes with a free 28-page Christmas story activity book designed to be used every day in Advent. This year, the book is illustrated by award winning artist, Alida Massari.

Behind each of the 24 windows there is a festive Fairtrade chocolate made from our new and improved Fairtrade blend.

The Real Advent Calendar is designed to share and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas so that Christ is not written out of Christmas.

As well as celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, the calendar makes a charity donation, from every sale, to Traidcraft Exchange and the Funzi & Bodo Trust.The Real Advent Calendar is available directly from the on-line shop, from larger Tesco stores and select retailers. Supplies are limited so buy early. Details of where to buy are here.

You can read more about the calendar here.

The Christmas Story as it has never been told before. Drama. Games. Entertainment.

The free Midnight Star resource provides a dazzling array of activities to enjoy with family, children and churches.

For a frostily festive follow-up why not try the StarGazer Fundraiser. Whether your star-gazing is real or virtual, outdoors or in, it matters not, enjoy the sky we share and light up the darkness for street children.

Inspired by Christmas carols, daily Advent emails will bring you tidings of comfort and joy from the Middle East. Recieve 25 precious moments that will help you pause, reflect and focus on Jesus and what His love is doing for the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the Middle East.

Find out about their Christmas Appeal.

Christmas with Tearfund.

Looking for ways to spread love and goodwill this Christmas? From carol services to Christmas cards, see what Tearfund can offer on their website. You can also sign up to receive daily Advent reflections as well as finding out more about their Christmas Appeal.

#AdventWord 2016

The Anglican Communion with the SSJE Brothers invite you to help create a Global Advent Calendar.

Receive the daily AdventWord meditation and respond with an image of your own on TwitterInstagram or Facebook. Watch the Advent Calendar grow each day.

On Twitter Instagram tag with #adventword & the tag for the day. Make sure that there is a space between the tags for example: #adventword #proclaim. On Facebook go to the AdventWord Page and write on page using #adventword & the tag for the day.

Clergy and Youth Leaders - Ask your congregants to send in pictures that resonate with the word and image of the day. Tag them #adventword and the day’s word so they can see one another’s inspirations.


The Diocese of Norwich produced this short animated video last year, which tells the Christmas story.

Advent Sleepout 2016Church Urban Fund (CUF) is inviting Christian communities across England to join them in giving up a night of comfort in a unique response to Advent. Across the country, groups will be taking part in the Advent Sleepout Challenge to raise funds for CUF so the charity can continue to support people struggling with issues such as debt, homelessness, isolation and addiction. Find out how to get involved.

In 2015 they raised an astonishing £93,450 and over 75 events happened across the country. This year they hope to double the impact and raise £200,000 to give hope to the homeless and marginalised. Find out more information here and register your event today!

Making Room

This course is just right for the 4 weeks of Advent - but suitable for anytime of year. 

"York Courses really do offer some of the best material for group use, attractively presented, ecumenical, and not tied to a particular season." Church Times review 31 October 2014. 

For many of us life is full of things to do, people to see, responsibilities and chores. We can sometimes feel there’s not enough time or space in our lives for the people and things that really matter. Maybe we even find it difficult to find or make space for God? The Reverend David Gamble uses New Testament stories to help us consider why and how we make room for what’s really does matter. 

More informationDownload the flyer


The diocese now has a Pinterest page. Pinterest is a website/app where users can upload, save, sort, and manage images (known as pins) and other media content through collections known as 'pinboards'. We'll keep adding useful pins we find, so far we have lots of ideas for Christmas crafts and activities! You'll need to sign up for an account to view the content, which is free to do so.


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