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The first week of Advent is themed around hope. It’s a chance to remember the hope of God’s people as they waited for a Messiah and an opportunity to reflect on our hope that one day Jesus will come again.

What are you hopeful for in our world? If you could have just one hope for the future what would it be? God gives hope to everyone and as we enter the season of Advent we should remember that whenever things are difficult we can always hope in God.

Make sure you use the last moments of each morning to come together in prayer, starting and finishing with the Sign of the Cross and reflecting on what your discussions mean for you today. You could also take the opportunity to share the situations and people that need your prayers this week with each other.

Let us know what you think and what you’d like to see here!

**Tonight is also our Advent Liturgy, Hosted by our 6th form students. It starts at 7:30pm and it’ll be a great way to prepare for the season to come!**

What does Advent mean to you? Has the real meaning for Christmas been lost amidst Black Friday and too much food? Do we even need Christ at Christmas?

As always we’ve got a big debate this week to reflect and pray about:

Does Christmas need Christ any more?

As always add to the discussion below in the comments box!

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    This morning, as always, we’re going to ask everyone in the school community to do the same thing at the same time to really bring us together in prayer.

    As this week is all about HOPE we want to create a little hope around the school in every form room!

    • Using 4 A4 pieces of paper write each letter on each sheet.
    • Pass the papers around the room, or ask volunteers to take ideas and on each sheet write things that we can be hopeful for beginning with that letter. For example,

    H could be; ‘Happiness for everyone’ or ‘homes for the homeless’.

    O could be; ‘Opening the door to family’ or ‘Offering a smile’

    P could be; ‘Parties with friends’ or ‘Peace in our world’

    E could be; ‘Everyone is safe’ or ‘Equality for all’

    Whatever it is that we hope for, it is a simple and beautiful prayer to God.

    When you’ve finished stick your Hope in the Glass Panel ABOVE your door (or to the side of your door) so that everyone who comes in can see what we are hoping for the season of Advent.

      We’re back with our Friday Scripture Reflection – Have a watch below!

      Lord, help us to listen to your word and hear your voice in our lives. Amen