As the season of Advent approaches, the Diocese of York offers a Rhythm of Advent for all to share.

Advent is a season of expectation and preparation for the gift of the infant Jesus. We celebrate the mystery of God coming to live among humanity as one of us in the person of Jesus. This great feast has inspired the many joyful customs and traditions that we use to mark Christmas. But there is more than tinsel, trees and reindeer - there is amazement, wonder and joy.

In the Diocese of York, we share a vision to Live Christ’s Story, and part of this means adopting patterns of Christ-like living that help us to grow in faith. We call this a Rhythm of Life, and it's shaped around six things that Jesus asks us to do. Advent is a good time to reflect on these things, and to explore ways we can embed these habits that work for us.

This latest addition to the Rhythm of Life offers 24 ideas of activities for us to do during Advent, themed around prayer, bible reading, worship, community, love, generosity, sharing faith and resting. Connecting with the Church of England's campaign to 'Join the Song', ideas include talking about why you celebrate Christmas as a Christian, donating to a local charity or food bank, and singing your favourite Christmas song and reflect on what it means to you.

View and download the Rhythm of Advent resource by clicking here.

Commenting on the Rhythm of Life, Archbishop Stephen says, "My hope is that by engaging with this resource we can think more about how we can live and work together across the diocese in all our parishes, schools and communities by sharing a simple Rhythm of Life.

“It recalls us to our primary vocation to be people of prayer, people who gather around the Word, people who worship God, and people who let these things overflow into every part of our life, shaping who we are and therefore shaping the world around us."

The Rhythm of Life is a pattern of holy living centred around becoming more like Christ, shaped for all ages and as a framework for living as missional disciples through Advent and beyond. To find out more about the wider Rhythm of Life movement and supporting resources, please visit the Rhythm of Life page on the website.