Advent Online is an incredible library of resources for churches and individual Christians, reaching out right across the world. Over 3,000 global Christians, involved in leading worship, have gathered together online over the last eight weeks to share their resources, gifts, skills and ideas to plan services and outreach during the Advent and Christmas season. Advent Online has emerged from this wellspring of collegiality, fraternity, and generosity.
Recognising the great lurch forward that the faith has taken, right across the world, in transforming social media spaces into virtual banks of the Galilee, the Advent Online resource library provides churches with shareable high quality, traditional and original content for use in their parishes and places.
For each day of Advent, there will be an offering of music, visual, written, and scriptural content that will cover the themes of hope, peace, love, and joy; but equally not shying away from the themes of lament and waiting. Churches might directly share the resources to their parishes, or individual Christians might use the site for their own personal devotions.
This resource will be different because it will reflect the different way that the whole world will be walking towards Christmas. Reduced materialism, reduced socialising, reduced family gatherings mean that there will be space and time unlike other years. Advent Online hopes to offer something into that space that will reflect the beauty, the universality, and the hopefulness that the Christian faith has to offer the entire world, by drawing them closer to the birth of Christ, and close to the message of Emmanuel; that God is with us.