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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.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This week we start Advent. One of the most special and important times in the year.

As you heard in the video, have a talk and reflect on what it is you’re hoping for this year, and if you can, try and think about your hops for others not just the hopes we have for ourselves!

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

Lord, thank you giving us hope in you. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

If 2 minutes is long enough to learn about Advent then it’s long enough to start getting ready for Advent too! We want you to spend the next 2 minutes in silence, waiting, thinking and praying about the next 4 weeks.

  • What exciting things are happening?
  • Who will you see and spend time with?
  • What can you do to really get ready for Christmas?

Spend some time talking to God in the silence and thinking about what Advent really means.

Click here to remove the distractions and start the 2 minutes silence.

Lord, help us wait and hope for you this Advent. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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 start with the Sign of the Cross.

As always we take time to listen to a reading of Sunday’s Gospel to help us reflect on what God is saying to us.

Take some time to think about what God is saying to you.

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