Can I introduce you to Jules Middleton, who describes herself as someone who is a Jesus lover // Wife // Mum // Ordinand // Work for The Point Church, Sussex. Trying to do the right thing by the right One… often failing but still trying.. I’ve asked Jules to give us a few words about a project she’s involved in called “Share The Hope“:
So I don’t know about you, but for years I only associated Advent with calendars and of course, chocolate.
To be honest not much has changed in my house as now it’s the kids who delight in the fact that December is the only time, ever, when they can eat chocolate before breakfast. Then of course there are the incessant tinny carols gracing the High Street from about October onwards, the trees going up, the enormous food bills, the planning on what to do with Granny on Christmas Day and wondering if Great Auntie Edith will make it through dinner without falling asleep in her slightly mushy sprouts… Let’s face it, this time of year we can all get a little bit crazy.
December can be such a busy month with all the Christmas preparation, but the season of Advent is really about hope, so last year we wanted to see if we could do something to ‘reclaim advent’ and we came up with Share the Hope. Share the Hope is essentially, an online advent calendar (without the chocolate, sadly) that aims to encourage people to think about that message of hope in amongst the busyness, and to share it with their friends.
This year Share the Hope is back for the second year and we’d love you to be part of it too. Each day the STH team will be publishing a little bit of hope, including a reflection, a bit of the Christmas story and something for people to share with those around them. There’s a whole new range of contributions for 2014, from people all over the country, from different parts of the church, of all ages and lots of different backgrounds, including an Arts Chaplain, an International blogger, Charity director and the Bishop of Lewes to name just a few. We’d love you to sign up to get some daily hope but then also to share that hope with those around you.
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