Advent stories

Our advent stories encourage you to spend ten minutes watching a story of a fresh expression of church, and to reflect on what God may be saying in your context.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9.2

Watch the story of Kahaila.

Where do people gather in your community? How can you best serve them there?

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9.6

Watch the story of Springfield Church.

If you see a door open to a new opportunity in your area, is there a temptation to replicate what you've done before?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Galatians 5.22-25

Watch the story of Cook @ Chapel.

Prayer is vital to a fresh expression. Pray for your community now.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Luke 2.6-7

Watch the story of Life Church.

Prepare to be do-ers as well as hearers of the Word and help those with no previous understanding of what it means to be church.

A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

John 13.34-35

Watch the story of The Dock.

How well do you know your context? How could you listen and understand it better?

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

Isaiah 64.4

Watch the story of The Marlpit.

Drawing out people's individual experiences and relating them to the gospel can be transformational. Who will you meet today? Ask them about their lives and experiences.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’

Isaiah 52.7

Watch the story of Saturday Gathering.

Get involved with what God is already doing and ask that he helps you see and hear what is happening, through him, in the lives of those you're serving.

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’

Luke 1.26-28

Watch the story of authentic?.

Sometimes things don't work out, or only last for a short time. It's ok to try things - is there anything you've been not doing because it might not work?

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Isaiah 55.12

Watch the story of The Way in a day.

Are you aware of God at work every day - and in every area - of your life; from the moment you get up until the time you go to sleep?

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.

Luke 1.11-15

Watch the story of Hot Chocolate.

What simple need could you address in your community?