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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Prayer – Advent Resources

Introduction

Advent is when the Church re-sets the calendar of our remembering and celebrating the saving work of Christ. This Advent is more challenging due to the pandemic. A set of resources have been created by Clergy and Laity from across the Diocese and are offered as a life-buoy, remedy and prayer book for the days ahead. It is hoped that you may be able to print these resources out for those who do not have access to the internet.

These resources will include (click on links to view to each section):

Daily video prayer reflections compiled by the Youth Ministry Team and entitled ‘Wait-A-Minute, it's Advent’.

Weekly Advent packs include daily reflections on the readings alongside themed quotes from the Bible and Saints and an element of creativity for people stuck indoors. They will run through Advent and the Christmas Octave.

Coming soon… Weekly Advent videos entitled, ‘Advent in a Pandemic!’ These four short Advent reflections are written with this year of disruption and fatigue in mind.

Coming soon… Additional Advent resources that signposts people to the many rich resources that are available online for Advent this year.

Advent Prayer Groups offering you access to a sharing site that includes resources available online such as poetry, prayers and liturgies and also contains some training documents and safeguarding documents for leading prayer groups via zoom.

Diocesan Church Music Association (DCMA) are offering an introductory online tutorial on ‘Creating Home–based Music for Advent and Christmas’ being held on Tuesday 1 December.


Weekly Advent Packs

Week 1 - Advent reflections (pdf).

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Advent Calendar – Video Reflections:

In association with the Youth Ministry Team we are sharing daily advent video reflections. The 'Wait-A-Minute, it's Advent' reflections will hopefully help us prepare for this coming season!

Videos will be published daily at 7.00am. All the videos are available for playback from the day and can be found through our YouTube playlist.


Advent Video Reflections – week one

Sunday 29 November 2020

Monday 30 November 2020

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Thursday 3 December 2020

Friday 4 December 2020

Saturday 5 December 2020

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 Advent Prayer Groups

This is a sharing site that includes a folder of resources available online. It consists of poetry, prayers and liturgies that have been shared by experienced members of our Diocesan community. It also contains some training documents and safe-guarding documents for leading prayer groups via Zoom (NB. A Microsoft account is required and can be created online here.

Once you have created a Microsoft account, you will need to register for access to these resources and can sign–up here by completing the registration form.

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Diocesan Church Music Association (DCMA)

Creating Home–based Music for Advent and Christmas – an introductory online tutorial from the DCMA.

With so many parish musicians and choirs unable to meet, many people have taken to using technology to allow singers and players to contribute from home to recreate the music that they'd normally perform live in church. This is a short practical introduction to creating virtual singing and instrumental groups, aimed at people who've never tried this. It will take you through the process of creating a recording of your musicians at home using freely–available PC software and free phone apps and assumes no prior knowledge. It will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday 1 December at 7.00pm and last about an hour or so. Places are limited, please send us an email for the Zoom link. Hope to see you there.

A free guide for Virtual Recording for Parish Musicians is also available.

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