Preparing for Advent

As we prepare for the beginning of a new year in the Church liturgical calendar on December 2, the first Sunday of Advent, I am reminded of the practice of setting new goals for the new spiritual year.

One of the goals we can set for ourselves as we begin this Advent, is to work on deepening our spirituality in new ways. Many Episcopalians participate in #AdventWord, an offering of the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE). SSJE sends you a brief meditation each day that accompanies the word for the day, which you then capture in a photo on social media. It’s fun. And when you engage in this Advent practice, you’ll be reminded during these four weeks of God’s love for us in a variety of ways. It engages you to find the beauty in the God’s creation, which in turn increases a spiritual connection to Him and to His creation.

Additionally, the youth group is offering five other titles from Forward Movement at our annual Advent Fair (for purchase) to assist in creating a more holy Advent. The Pilgrim Class is also offering other Advent items: candles, wreaths, and calendars, as well as Christmas gift items, AutoBell gift cards, St. Peter’s suncatchers, t-shirts and more! Please come shop with the Pilgrim Class on November 25, December 2, and December 9. We appreciate your support as prepare for this summer’s Holy Pilgrimage to Canterbury and northern France.

Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation