Advent 2016

The theme of our 2016 Advent is ‘Words of Christmas’.

Each day, from 1st December, the windows of our online Advent Calendar will reveal a new short film reflecting on a word which expresses the meaning of Christmas. The films are being made by a diverse group of people from within the Church of Scotland which we are describing as our Ministries team. They are drawn from across our Church such as Probationers, Youth Workers, Deacons and Parish Ministers. The films are set in both urban and rural locations and the Moderator of the General Assembly has contributed two films which will start and end the series. We hope they will inspire people. For some this may lead them to explore their vocation and consider ways in which they might serve the Church.

We believe the films will provide spiritual enrichment for the whole church this Christmas and will reach out to people beyond our congregations. The Advent calendar is being made possible thanks to the Tomorrow’s Calling initiative which promotes training for ministry.

The Moderator of the General Assembly Right Rev Dr Russell Barr features in the first video, which was recorded in Glasgow’s Queen Street train station, and focuses on the word “Journey”.  He also features in the last video, recorded at the site of the old Rottenrow Maternity Hospital in Glasgow near Strathclyde University where he was born, which is being released on Christmas Day and will reflect on the word “Shelter”.

It is a pertinent theme for Dr Barr because he is using his year in office to highlight homelessness and the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign, which encourages people to consider entering the ministry.  “The Advent season is when the church picks up the Christmas story and turns its attention towards Bethlehem,” he said.