Advent Promise 

During Advent 2019 (from Monday 2nd December until Tuesday 24th December) we plan to meet together in church at 8am to pray a short form of Morning Prayer (Friday's in the Pavilion followed by breakfast). The service should last about 20 minutes and is at a time when some people who work may be able to join us.

The order of service is available as a downloadable PDF for those who wish to pray along with us at home or work. If you would prefer to use a printed order of service please email

There are lots of great spiritual reading books and online resources for Advent. Here is a selection - if you find something you want to share email us and we can add it to the list.

  • John Sentamu - Wake Up to Advent!: The Archbishop of York's Advent Book, 2019
  • Delia Smith - A Feast for Advent - classic sibling to her "Feast for Lent"
  • Paula Gooder - Journey to the Manger (Biblical Explorations) - Maggie Guite is running a Thursday evening book club on this book during Advent 2019
  • Paula Gooder - The Meaning is in the Waiting: The spirit of Advent - concise and pithy
  • Malcolm Guite - Waiting on the Word: A poem a day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

For more on Prayer:
  • ?Richard Foster - Prayer: Finding the heart's true home - an exploration of the many facets of prayer through the great classics of prayer, personal experience and Scripture.

Pray as you can, not as you can't (Dom Chapman)

The Advent Promise is our promise to commit to 20 minutes a day during Advent to pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God in our lives and our community.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

St Mary's Ministry Team