Scripture based resources
This year we are celebrating the Year of the Word, which is a wonderful opportunity to dive into Scripture with our Advent reflections. Find out more about “God who speaks” here: http://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/
Advent Scripture Cards have been created for our diocese. Playing card format with stunning graphics and a reflection for each day from 1st December. Perfect for families, schools, personal use, First Communion parents or RCIA groups. More information and link to purchase here: https://northamptondiocese.org/adventcards/
Download printable cards from here. To print them double sided correctly, you may have to set your printer to long-edge binding.
Scripture-based interactive Advent Calendar from Cafod: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Advent-Calendar
An introduction to the Advent readings at Mass: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/advent/inspiration/the-word-in-advent-cycle-a
The usual fantastic Advent resources from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Weekly and daily reflections. Can be used for personal reflection or group sessions.
Something to watch
What is Advent? With Bishop Robert Barron https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/video-how-to-live-the-season-of-advent/18124/
An ecumenical UK resource from 24/7 Prayer, with 2 minute reflections for each day in Advent: https://www.24-7prayer.com/podcasts/category/advent18/?ps=12
Daily video reflections from Dynamic Catholic: https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever
Something to read
Daily Mass readings for Advent along with morning and evening prayer and all the hours: https://universalis.com/mass.htm The app is expensive but worth it!
6 simple ways to enrich your Advent season: https://bustedhalo.com/ministry-resources/6-simple-ways-to-enrich-your-advent-season
Books, gifts and seasonal resources from the Redemptorists: https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/advent-christmas-main and Daughters of St Paul https://www.paulineuk.org/browse/Books/Seasonal/Advent-Christmas
Something to listen to
Daily prayer podcasts reflecting on the readings https://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/
Something to do
Celebrate St Nicholas! https://www.stnicholascenter.org
Advent prayer stations – use one or more for Advent reflection days, penitential services, First Communion parents’ meetings or even Christmas fairs: https://buildfaith.org/advent-prayer-stations/
Arrange a travelling crib or Posada for your parish: http://www.going4growth.com/growth_through_the_year/advent/posada
Simple and effective ideas for giving through Advent: https://www.janetschaeffler.com/Advent_-_A_Time_of_Giving.pdf
Go on retreat
Worth Abbey, Sussex: https://worth.co.uk
Day and evening courses at the Jesuit Centre in London https://www.pathwaystogod.org/org/mount-street-jesuit-centre/resources
An online retreat along with many other resources: https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent/
Lovely children’s activities from Mission Together: https://missiontogether.org.uk/advent/
Simple ideas and crafts to take you through Advent from Loyola Press: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/advent/activities/advent-activities-for-all
Advent saints with reflections, crafts and baking: https://www.catholicicing.com/advent-saints-feasts-days-to-celebrate-during-advent-with-catholic-kids/
Create a Jesse Tree: https: //rcdow.org.uk/faith/jesse-tree-for-advent/
In these links we have included a range of resources from within the Catholic Church, and some outstanding examples from other Christian denominations and organisations.