Reverend Paul Gully, rector of Farlington, talks about the true meaning of Advent and how you can share your thoughts on it with others
But is there more to Advent than this?
The simple answer is yes.
In the parish of Farlington we are running a social media campaign called #AdventMeans in the four weeks leading up to Christmas.
The aim is to help raise awareness of what Advent is all about.
Each week we are focusing on one of the four seasonal themes: Hope, peace, joy and love, and asking people to join us in sharing images or words which demonstrate that theme on social media.
This week’s theme is Hope. What does hope look like for you?
A rainbow in the sky? Someone who struggled with addiction turning their life around?
A new shoot breaking through ground where nothing has grown before.
As a church we believe the season of Advent is a time for making ourselves ready afresh for the arrival of Jesus Christ, but sadly it can all too easily get lost in the busyness of preparing for Christmas.
During Advent we always emphasise hope, peace, joy and love because God sent all of these things in the greatest gift ever given, Jesus – a real, living, breathing human being who walked this earth more than 2,000 years ago and whose life, ministry, death and resurrection brought us peace with God and one another.
So this Advent we’re aiming to share hope, peace, joy and love across social media and we’d like you to help us.
Each Sunday of Advent we will launch the theme for that week and invite you to share an image – be it a photo, painting, symbol – or word which for you symbolises that theme.
When you share something please use #AdventMeans, followed by the theme. So, for example: #AdventMeans #Hope.
Please also send the image to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share it on our parish Facebook and Twitter profiles too.
We will use a selection of the images to create a #ChristmasMeans video to the hymn ‘Let there be love shared among us’ which has been recorded by some of our music group.
That video will be posted to YouTube on Christmas Day.
To find out more about the project visit farlingtonparish.co.uk/adventmeans.
n Contact the parish office on (023) 9242 1849 or e-mail email@example.com to find out more.