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Advent

Advent means ‘coming’ and is the special four-week period leading up to Christmas. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’s birth but also for his coming in glory at the end of time.

Diocese

‘Diocese’ refers to the geographical territory in which a bishop exercises oversight. The Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses each with its own cathedral in which is housed the cathedra (the bishop’s ‘chair’ or ‘throne’).

Lectionary

A lectionary is a pattern for Bible readings for the Church year. This means that churches in the Church in Wales are able to use the same readings on any given day.

Lent

Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter. It is a particular time to confess sin and to seek personal and collective renewal (a ‘springtime of the spirit’). Lent has a special focus on Jesus’s journey to the cross and prepares the Church to celebrate his resurrection.

Prayer

Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

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The Year of Discipleship

Advent 2021-2022

Introduction To Discipleship

A good discipleship structure and emphasis is at the heart of a living, dynamic church, for without it we produce passengers on a ship instead of each one of us taking our God designed and shaped place for us in our local national and universal body the church.

Discipleship doesn’t happen automatically it needs to be invited to, planned for, focused on and continually revisited.

It is an invite to put on an L plate that is never taken off, as it is a life long exploration.

It is learning through seeing it model, information knowledge and having the opportunity to be an apprentice and giving the opportunity to put in practice.

An introduction to Discipleship by the Archbishop of York, Most Revd Stephen Cottrell

Process for the Year

ADVENT

Focus on Jesus - Recommended gospel: Luke Chapter per day with comments from across the diocese leading to incarnation;

Encourage a daily connection with the lectionary with a midweek discussion group;

JANUARY to LENT

Focus on different Christian spiritualities:

Benedictine / Franciscan / Jesuit / Mystics / Liberation / Evangelical

LENT

Disciplines of the Christian life:

The Discipline of Meditation & Solitude

The Discipline of Prayer

The Discipline of Study

The Discipline of Fasting

The Discipline of Service & Submission

The Discipline of Confession

The Discipline of Worship & Celebration

EASTER to ASCENSION

  • James and the Road to Maturity courses
  • Colossians and the road to completeness leading to Stereology
  • Easter promises in Scripture

ASCENSION to PENTECOST

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PENTECOST to ADVENT

  • Promises of Scripture
  • Church
  • Mission
  • Hope, death and resurrection