Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


Be Prepared

Over the next couple of months, many of us will be busy getting ready for Christmas. We all want to be prepared and ready for the Festival. As Christians, there is another dimension to our 'being prepared'. Alongside the presents and the turkey and the food, we also work on being spiritually prepared for this major feast which brings us back to a manger in a small town 2,000 years ago. It is a very beautiful feast, celebrating the birth of a baby whose life and death was to change the world.

Our Advent resources offer a variety of ways to help us to 'be prepared'. There are meeting ideas for those who want to get together to pray and reflect, there are daily reflections, prayer stations and more.

As in previous years, the full Advent resources are available on a CD from the Department for Spirituality as this document details. In summary, they include:

  • Be Prepared - leaders’ notes, participants’ leaflet and a PowerPoint
  • Daily Reflections booklets - the texts of the daily emails
  • Blue Christmas Services - for people who will find Christmas difficult
  • Prayer Stations - for use in the church, school and prayer sessions
  • Advent 2014 - the last Year B Advent resources

Notes to resources:

The Advent 2014 resources are available on CD by request from the Department of Spirituality:
tel: 0191 243 3302 or email:

Files greater than 1mb are noted

If you would like further ideas on how to use the resources, please do not hesitate to contact the Department.

Wishing you a blessed Advent.

Be Prepared

Be Prepared - Leaders
Be Prepared - Participants
Be Prepared - Presentation
Scripture Mosaic

Daily Reflections booklets

Week 1 - publisher, pdf
Week 2 - publisher, pdf
Week 3 - publisher, pdf
Christmas Week - publisher, pdf
O Antiphons booklet - publisher (2mb), pdf

Blue Christmas Services

Cloth for the Cradle - Leaders word, pdf
Cloth for the Cradle - Participants word, pdf
Kindling Lights of Hope - Leaders word, pdf
Kindling Lights of Hope - Participants word, pdf

Prayer Stations

Be Prepared Events - publisher, pdf
Be Prepared Lists - publisher, pdf
Gifts - publisher, pdf
Immanuel - publisher, pdf
Maranatha - publisher, pdf
Promise Scroll - publisher, pdf
The shoot from the stock of Jesse - publisher, pdf