This is a week later being released than we had hoped and that I had intended, but my, oh my, it is a good issue. The biggest yet. Last issue I said we were heading towards 150 pages, this time we are over that with a long Epiphany season and lots of ideas for Advent and Christmas.
A big thanks, as always, to all the creative team who added their parts to our communal working documents before they were pulled together into the final form. This continues to be an incredible team effort and a real privilege to be a part of it. Issue 9 has been purchased and downloaded 254 times (as of today), so with all the members of the team also using it, that must be around 280 groups/churches now using these resources as a stimulus in their own setting. Amazing.
So, Issue 10 is now available for download, and takes us from 1 December to 2 March 2014, encompassing Advent, Christmas, Epiphany all the way to the Transfiguration. Over the season of Advent we focus on the bible passages from the prophets, before turning to the gospel readings for the remainder of this issue.
As always, inside you will find worship ideas and resources, including Bible notes, stories, prayers, reflections, music suggestions, and more, and for age groups you will find suggestions for activities, crafts, games and teen discussion resources. In this issue we also have an advent candle lighting liturgy and two "Blue Christmas" service liturgies, which are well worth looking at if you have never done anything like that before.