Advent

Comfort and Joy holds 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.

This Christmas the Church will need, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15, to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’. We will aim to celebrate where we can together in one place – but also embrace a wider community that wants to join in the celebration but may not be physically able – or emotionally ready – to do so. We hope that Comfort and Joy will enable us to build a campaign that both enables us to reconnect with the rich and joyous traditions of the past and to offer God’s consoling love in the present. 

What are the key elements of Comfort and Joy?

As in previous years, the national Church will work with dioceses and churches to make a range of digital and print content available, branded with the Comfort and Joy theme:

Reflections

There will be weekly reflections published on social media and available by email and app for each Sunday of Advent. We have partnered with a number of public figures to produce short reflections exploring the theme. Comfort and Joy: Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas mirrors the structure of a traditional carol service, exploring both biblical texts and the words of much-loved Christmas carols.

The reflections for each day from Christmas Day to 2 January feature contributions from Kate Bottley, Jonathan Bryan, Bob Chilcott, Martha Collison, Stephen Cottrell, Guli Francis-Dehqani, Chine McDonald, Sally Phillips and Justin Welby. The booklet is introduced by the Archbishops and has been edited by the Ven John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth, author of the best-selling God With Us: Your Christmas Journey.

They will also be made available freely via audio, smart speaker, as well as via app and email formats with accompanying prayer activities for children and families.

Working with the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust and the Evangelism & Discipleship team, we will also produce a series of youth reflections in December.

National online services streaming dates

In collaboration with a range of Christian charities and organisations, we will produce 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. Charities involved include Christian Aid, Church Army, Embrace and Marie Curie. The online weekly services have been very well received on social media and continue to attract a diverse audience including regular churchgoers, people exploring faith and a wide age demographic. They will all be broadcast on the Church's YouTube and Facebook pages.

  • 29 November 9:00am - Worship at Home for the First Sunday of Advent with St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • 6 December 9:00am - Worship at Home for the Second Sunday of Advent with HOPE Together
  • 13 December 9:00am - Worship at Home for the Third Sunday of Advent. A Christingle service with The Children's Society
  • 20 December 9:00am - Worship at Home for the Fourth Sunday of Advent with Marie Curie
  • 22 December 9:00am - Worship at Home: A service of Lessons and Carols with Christian Aid
  • 24 December 11:30pm - Worship at Home: Midnight Mass with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover
  • 27 December 9:00am - Worship at Home for the First Sunday of Christmas with Church Army
  • 31 December 9:00am - Worship at Home: A service with the Archbishop of York on New Year's Eve
  • 3 January 9:00am - Worship at Home for Epiphany with Embrace the Middle East

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Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School

School Lane,
Bunbury , Cheshire
CW6 9NR

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Tel: (01829) 260524 or 261332
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Bunbury Aldersey CE, School Lane, Bunbury, Cheshire, CW6 9NR

Tel: (01829) 260524 or 261332 | Email: admin@bunburyaldersey.cheshire.sch.uk