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?

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

Luke 1.76-78

Watch the story of New Song Network.

What was important in your discipleship? What might be important in your context?

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: 'A voice of one calling in the wilderness, "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him."'

Matthew 3.1-4

Watch the story of work:space.

How does your faith inform your work? How could it be expressed in your workplace?

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!

Luke 1.41-43

Watch the story of Glo Church.

Where can you build community in your context? Where does community already exist?

The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, ‘I baptise you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Luke 3.15-17

Watch the story of regeneration church.

Help others in discipleship so that they may continue their relationship with Jesus and be transparent, serving, and humble.

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

Isaiah 35.5-7

Watch the story of Boring Wells.

It's important to retain values but always be ready to respond to need, change shape, alter emphasis and move along. What are your core values?

On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death for ever.

Isaiah 25.7

Watch the story of The Order of the Black Sheep.

Encourage community belonging and individual development in all you do. Are you ready to ask for help from unlikely people and places?

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8.25

Watch the story of Thirst Too.

Are members of your fresh expression being discipled to start new expressions in different contexts?

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord – and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11.1-3a

Watch the story of Zac's Place.

Who is on the edge of society in your context? How can you stand with them in their situations?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1.1-5

Watch the story of Grafted.

God is transforming lives in your community; are you encouraging new life this Christmas Eve – and throughout the year?