The lead up to Christmas can all too easily become dominated by concerns over whether we have enough food in the house or have bought the right sort of present to give to friends or family. In response to this, the Stapleford/Children's Society Partnership committee has come up with an alternative Advent Calendar.

This calendar challenges you to undertake 24 small acts of kindness or opportunities for contemplation in the build up to Christmas Day. The challenges have been designed so they can be completed by people of all ages and can completed in any order.

The reverse of the document shows The Children's Society Christmas prayer. On Christmas Day, stick up the Christmas prayer somewhere you can see and think of the Children for whom Christmas will be a time of loneliness, risk, fear or want.

If you do wish to take up the Advent Challenge please let me know, including anyone else you share it with. Also, please feedback on the challenges and make suggestions for challenges we might use in future years if we decide to devise a new Advent Challenge in the future.

If you print out copies of the Challenge, please note that it is designed as a two page document for a single sheet of paper. The current document is headed ˜St Andrews “ The Children's Society™.

If you would like that changed to the name of your church or group, let me know but please give us time to do so before the start of Advent.

Download the challenge here.

Many thanks,


Rob Needle

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