Children, young people, families and schools are invited to join the Diocese of Leeds Rhythm of Life venture this advent.
Specially tailored resources have been created by the Education and Children, Young People and Families teams in the diocese, to encourage children and young people in our schools and churches to explore praying, encouraging, sharing, reflecting, celebrating, resting and creating this Christmas.
Launched over the summer, the Rhythm of Life initiative offers an opportunity for everyone to re-align and keep Christ at the centre of their daily lives, through practical commitments, opportunities for mutual support and recommended resources.
The parish advent resources, found here, include a series of weekly videos, suggested activities and reading, with the option of focusing on one of the seven areas of discipleship above. They can be accessed online or a printable version for those who have difficulty connecting online is available too.
The Diocese of Leeds Education Team have also produced a free, daily resource for schools to be used from Monday 30th November until Friday 18th December. It is designed to be used as part of whole school worship, in the classroom or in other ways. Each day includes reflections and challenges for the children to complete. There is also an accompanying resource for parishes to pray for schools throughout their Advent journey.
If your school isn’t registered yet, please make sure to contact the relevant Diocesan Adviser.
Director of Education, Canon Richard Noake, said, “Liz Morton and I always felt this initiative would translate really well into programmes for our young people in schools and parishes.
“This joint working by the Education and Children and Young People’s teams to produce quality resources that will impact on thousands of children and young people across our schools and churches is to be celebrated.”
The Revd Canon Andrew Norman, Director of Mission and Ministry for the Diocese of Leeds, said, “We hope these resources will prove helpful to schools, parishes and families across the diocese.
“These habits can help us to flourish and learn to understand ourselves and the challenges we face. This Advent, they can help us discover new ways the coming of Jesus can make a real difference to our daily lives."