Advent Recommendations

If you’re still looking for a way of marking the season of Advent this year, here are some suggestions from the community here at Huddersfield Parish Church.

Revd Graham Whitcroft, retired clergy colleague recommends:
A BOOK: ‘The Volunteer’ by Jack Fairweather tells of a resistance volunteer going into Auschwitz to discover what’s going on and organise resistance from within. An echo of the incarnation.

A FILM: ‘A united kingdom’. In a year of ‘Black lives matter’ this film illustrates how love overcomes prejudice and division. I also enjoyed ‘The two Popes’. Both on Netflix.

MY USE OF ADVENT: I will be using one of the Bible Reading Fellowship daily readings for Advent (e.g. ‘A handful of light’ by Michael Milton’ or look up BRF on line for a wide choice).

Churchwarden Alan recommends:
A BOOK: The Original Jesus by Tom Wright
It is good: – because it enables you to set your faith against key facts on the life and teachings of Jesus. It is easy to read and has good illustrations throughout.

A FILM: It’s a Wonderful Life
It is good: because it was a must watch every Christmas and therefore has fond memories. However I think it very poignant – that we never know what impact we have on the life of others.

MY USE OF ADVENT: I would like us this advent to focus on the prayers sent out by the Archbishops. They are well put together and of course reflect the needs of all at this unprecedented time.

Churchwarden Mike recommends:
BOOKS: The Little world of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi. I was introduced to this character whilst at school! I enjoy his relation to God and how he speaks to God.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. Both by Rachel Joyce. Rather genteel but a lovely story from both sides.

The Phantom Toll Booth by Norton Juster. An interesting read for fun, a quirky look at language. We had it recommended by a chap living on a boat just outside of Slaithwaite!

Jane Bembridge – Pastoral Carer recommends:
BOOKS: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albon.

A FILM: “Breakthrough” When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed. Available on Amazon Prime Movies.

Ordinand (trainee priest) Graeme recommends:
A BOOK: ‘Freedom Is Coming’ by Rt. Revd. Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds. Bishop Nick uses the book of the prophet Isaiah to take readers through the hopes and challenges of Advent, writing in a clear and easily read style, with short passages and reflections for each day. Thought-provoking but also very accessible.

A FILM: ‘A Hidden Life’ directed by Terrence Malick. A challenging but beautiful film about the life of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer and devout Christian who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Revd Carol Hawkins, Curate recommends:
A BOOK: Whatever happened to Christmas? by Peter Caligiuri – the author takes the reader through the Advent and Christmas narrative and gives a short summary of why that part is important and what it teaches us. It is not in depth but does leave space to do more reading elsewhere. He brings in readings from other parts of the bible as well as from the Gospels.

A BOOK: The Reindeer Diaries by Michelle Shy – a fun light-hearted look at Christmas.

Revd Canon Rachel recommends:
A BOOK: At Home in Advent by Gordon Giles. This has accessible daily reflections right through Advent to Epiphany focussing on normal everyday things. It’s what we’re using in Bible study this season. If you try it and like it but have never been to Bible study – I hope you’ll come along to the next one!

POETRY: adventure, by Mark Greene if you’d like to share Advent with one poetic voice – or Haphazard by Starlight by Janet Morley who shares a poem a day from diverse authors.

A FILM: The Nativity as produced by the BBC in 2010 is still a wonderful way to live through the story as we move towards Christmas. I have a DVD I can loan but feel sure this will appear on iPlayer too.

A FILM: A Christmas Carol – but which version? My favourite is the Muppets with help from Michael Caine – which is yours?

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