Members of Anglican Communion Churches worldwide are being invited to celebrate Advent through prayer, meditation and by contributing to a global Advent calendar on Instagram.
Advent—from November 30 to December 24—is the season when Christians observe a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
The Anglican Communion Office and the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) are teaming up to offer Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world a daily word, meditation and beautiful image sent to their email inboxes.
Playing around with time.
Cleverly the Brothers use technology that allows their daily Advent email to arrive in people’s inboxes at 5am wherever in the world the recipient is.
“5am is about the time we get up to pray,” said SSJE’s Brother Jim Woodrum. “Of course you can look at your email after 5am, but we want to make sure it’s there when you wake up.”
Though people are used to the idea of monks involved in prayer and meditation, they might be surprised to know that monks have camera phones too.
“We are hoping that people will join us in praying with their phone this Advent,” said Br Jim. “After reading the meditation, we’d love for people to snap a picture that reflects the theme or their response to it and post it to Instagram.”
Participants are invited to take a photo with their phone or tablet to share their interpretation of the word for that day – these include #Abide, #Thrive, #Become, #Imagine – and post the picture to Instagram adding the day’s tag plus #Adventword.
“People need help with their daily spiritual practice,” said Brother Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE, Superior. “During Advent, we anticipate the coming of Christ, an event that awakens our deepest desires and longings. This Advent, we are inviting you to join us in looking clearly and honestly at our lives and taking action.”
Director for Communications at the Anglican Communion Office, Jan Butter, said, “It’s all too easy for Christians to be consumers in today’s world—especially during the Advent season. Here we have a chance to not only receive during Advent, but also take part in a global action; to give back to other Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide by sharing our photos with each other.
“This is also a chance for people who might never have connected with an Anglican religious community before to benefit from the deep thought, meditation and prayer that emanates from such communities all around the world.” (Visit http://communities.anglicancommunion.org/ for a list of other Anglican Communion religious communities.)
Photo Credit: SSJE
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Magdalena Welna met her untimely death when she was murdered in Valentines Road on October 31st. We [Ruth & Peter Musgrave] are inviting neighbours, friends and colleagues to gather for a short Vigil [led by Fr Stephen Pugh] at the site of the murder for a time of commemoration, grieving, prayer and silence. This is to recognise publicly Magdalena’s human worth, to comfort family and friends and to bring healing to the site where the violence occurred.
The Vigil will be at 5-30pm on Friday Nov 14thand will last for about 30 minutes.
We will be meeting close to no 2 Valentines Rd, IG1 4RZ , next to the Jubilee Church, at the corner of Granville Rd and Park Avenue
Please come if you can
Follow the link below for a map of the location
If you need more information contact:
Peter Musgrave on 07943 986988 or Ruth Musgrave on 07816068947
With thanks to the following for their support in organising the vigil;
- Redbridge Faith Forum
- St. Margaret’s Church
- St. Cedd’s Church
- Concerned local residents
October 12th was marked as a date to remember! Our Celebrant and Preacher was The Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford who was joined by the Archdeacon of West Ham The Venerable Elwin Cockett. A sermon was delivered touching on the message from Psalm 150 as well as what, when, and where to “be Christian”.
As part of our Centenary Celebrations, this short film has been produced to mark this point in time looking back at how the local community has changed so far and our place within it.
to celebrate the centenary of
St Margaret’s Church
This year, St Margaret’s, St Luke’s Ilford and St Gabriel’s Aldersbrook are all celebrating their Centenary so we joined together for a pilgrimage (via double-decker bus) to Canterbury Cathedral where we had a service and celebrated the Sung Eucharist. Continue Reading
An exhibition of the life of the Church of St Margaret of Antioch and its community from 1914 to the present day
Saturday & Sunday:
27 & 28 September and 4 & 5 October
12noon to 4.00pm
As part of our Centenary Celebrations we’re having a Centenary Quiz on Saturday 27 September at 7.00pm in the church hall.
Tickets are £5 per person – either make up your own team or join another and make new friends!
Bring your own food and drink.
Contact Jannis Abley for more details; 020 8554 0784