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Advent Retreat

Welcome to our online Advent Retreat. Watch live from 10am GMT on Saturday 28 November:

Open live stream on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp35yBXE3IE 

Running late? If you join the retreat after it has started you will join us live. Use the video progress bar to rewind if you’d like to watch from the start of the session. To skip ahead to the live broadcast use the LIVE button next to the video volume control.

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10.00    Opening worship | Richard Carter
10.30 An introduction to the season of Advent | Mark Oakley
11.00 ‘Bleak Midwinters, Advent Hope’: Travelling towards Bethlehem with Christina Rossetti | Rachel Mann
11.30 Break
11.45 ‘Let me go there’: R. S. Thomas’ Advent God | Carys Walsh
12.15 O Come, O Come: A journey through the Advent antiphons | Malcolm Guite
12.45 Closing Worship | Richard Carter


Orders of service

Download the orders of service for our opening and closing worship:

An Advent Retreat: Opening Worship

An Advent Retreat: Closing Worship

With thanks to: Hilary Cronin (soloist), Ben Giddens (pianist), Andrew Earis (Musical Director), Nicola Collett (Reader), and Cathy Martin (Editor).


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Richard Carter, priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London and leader of its Nazareth Community, he is author of The City is My Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life. Music from St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Mark Oakley, Dean of St John’s College Cambridge. His books include The Splash of Words and My Sour-Sweet Days.

Rachel Mann, published poet and author with a PhD on the poetry of Christina Rossetti. Her latest poetry collection is A Kingdom of Love.

Carys Walsh has worked in ministerial selection and formation for many years, including in the Ministry Division of the Church of England, as a psychotherapist, as a tutor in Christian Spirituality at St Mellitus, and in the Diocese of Peterborough, where she is also an assistant priest. 

Malcolm Guite, poet, singer-songwriter and writer of the Church Times Poet’s Corner column.

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