Advent with the Iona Community


Join the Iona Community this Advent as we travel with star-maker God through Advent. You’re invited to three wonderful events and we’ll point you towards a suite of Advent resources.

Writing Collects for Advent
7pm (GMT) Sunday 3rd December

Have you always wanted to have a conversation with the animals whose mangers a small child was sleeping in? Or with the people whose living space was used as a place for birth? Join Pádraig Ó Tuama for a session exploring responding to advent texts with collects.

Register to join our Zoom meeting

Advent Readings
7pm (GMT) Friday 15th December

You are invited to the Wild Goose Publications evening of Advent readings, with guest readers including Nicola Slee, Rachel Mann, Thom Shuman, Rosie Miles, Jan Sutch Pickard and more.

Register to join our Zoom meeting

Watchnight Service
11.30pm (GMT) Sunday 24th December

Watch and pray with the gathered and dispersed Iona Community as we wait for the dawn of a better possible world.

You will be able to watch this service live via YouTube

Iona Books Advent Calendar

Throughout December, we’ll open a new door and reveal a new thought for the day.

Candles for peace

Nightly at 7pm 
Iona Community Members will be lighting candles each night to call for peace from all sides in Israel/Palestine.
You’ll find prayer resources on our website.

The second Advent Candle
The second Advent Candle in the Christian tradition, is often known as the Bethlehem Candle. In solidarity with Christians around the world, we will leave the second candle left unlit in 2023. Find out more about how and why your church community might leave the second candle unlit on the URC website.

Bright star-maker God

Bright star-maker God,
travel with us
through Advent

shine into our
dark corners

lead us into
ways of justice

warm us
with joy and wonder

bring us
to new birth.

Ruth Burgess, from Candles & Conifers: Resources for All Saints’ and Advent, Wild Goose Publications,

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