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Advent Unwrapped...

By Jennie Pollock | 23 November 2017 | Comments (95)

‘Coming, ready or not!’ This, or some variation of it, has been shouted by children through the years as they reach the end of their countdown and rush to find their playmates in Hide and Seek. Ready or not, Christmas is coming, and you can’t hide from it for long – the decorations, cards, chocolates and mince pies are already on sale, and soon every public space will be wreathed with tinsel, sparkling with lights and ringing with the sound of carols old and new.


Advent calendars at the ready, children will be counting down the days to the main event one chocolate at a time. The days gallop away, caught up in the whirlwind of buying, wrapping, labelling, posting, giving, singing and eating – always eating. Fun though those things can be we can lose sight of what this ‘festive season’ is really about – and that is where Stewardship would like to help.


In the four weeks before Christmas, we will be ‘unwrapping’ the four traditional gifts of Advent –hope, peace, joy and love. We have a series of reflections on these gifts with a fresh take on the lives of some of the familiar characters of the nativity story: Zechariah’s steadfast hope; joy from Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth; Joseph’s sacrificial love; and peace – believe it or not – from Herod. We are going to unwrap each gift with reflections, films, imagery and stories and we hope you will get involved too.


Follow Stewardship on FacebookInstagram or Twitter to join the journey.


We hope that you will be as encouraged as we have been by these examples of giving, and inspired to pass on those four gifts to those you spend time with this December.


And if you’re more the impatient type, itching for Christmas Day to finally arrive, we give you one more gift – in a culture that demands and expects instant gratification, that promises that all your needs will be met as soon as you experience them, that says it’s your human right to have it all and have it now, we give you the gift of waiting.


Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)


He’s coming, ready or not!


UPDATE: You can also find each reflection and video by checking back to the Stewardship blog every Friday.

Posted by Jennie Pollock

Jennie Pollock is a freelance writer and editor. She lives and worships in central London, a gift for which she is forever thankful. In her spare time she loves exploring the city's culture, dancing, providing hospitality... and curling up with a good book and a cup of tea. She blogs at and tweets as @missjenniep


Kate Hopkins

November 23, 2017 5:38 PM
Not a comment, rather a request for access via email to the Advent journey for those who choose not to follow social media. Please don't exclude us !

martina eastman

November 23, 2017 5:59 PM
I would love to receive your blogs by e-mail since I do not have any of the 3 listed social media (old style for old people!!)
Is this available?


November 23, 2017 6:13 PM
Aah, thank you, my first Christmas present :)

Mavis Collinson

November 23, 2017 7:33 PM
Sorry but I don't do facebook, twitter or instagram so please can you just email me the Advent unwrapped?


November 23, 2017 7:58 PM
Can we still follow by email if we don't have any of the social media accounts?
I love reading and following the stories - it is inspirational.

Sylvia Rigby

November 23, 2017 9:16 PM
I'm afraid I shan't be joining you for Advent because I'm not on social media. Sorry. But all good Advent travelling, all the same.



November 23, 2017 9:35 PM
i do not have access to facebook, instgram or twitter - can i still access this


November 23, 2017 11:19 PM
Thank you for this. It is just what I need to remind me of the essence of Christmas. To take time out to remember what it is all really about.
A very Happy Christmas to all who read this.

maggi Jones

November 23, 2017 11:53 PM
Alas I don't have facebook instagram or twitter, but would like to journey with you through Advent

susanne wills

November 24, 2017 7:28 AM
If you do not email these I for one will not be able to receive them.

Maggie Bywater

November 24, 2017 7:39 AM
I have enjoyed these emails in previous years but I don't 'do' Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Does this mean that I can no longer receive them?

Jill Pentin

November 24, 2017 8:22 AM
I enjoyed taking part in this last year now I look forward to this year's offerings.


November 24, 2017 8:57 AM
Any chance this will be available as an email push, for those of us (or at least myself) who is un-social media.

Sandy Bradford

November 24, 2017 2:29 PM
I also do not have these social media options. Would love to participate through email links.


November 24, 2017 3:41 PM
I agree with the comments posted above - many of us CHOOSE not to engage in "social media" and feel a bit excluded from this wonderful opportunity - please email us!!


November 24, 2017 3:42 PM
Adding another " I'm not on social media, please can we have email access " plea

Zaida Oenema

November 24, 2017 4:03 PM
same here, no social media... but I would love to receive this via email.
thank you!


November 24, 2017 4:12 PM
Also requesting your Advent Unwrapped via email - some of us stay away from social media intentionally for various reasons!


November 24, 2017 5:01 PM
I enjoyed taking part and using your resources last year.

I do not wish to use social media. I would love to continue receiving the resource via email as I did last year and the year before. My congregation really loved it.

Please consider sending via email to those of us who wish to contacted you.


November 24, 2017 5:02 PM
Yes please make it available via email as I would love to join in, but not on social media.


November 24, 2017 5:48 PM
Although I use Social media I also would prefer email please

Liz Paine

November 24, 2017 5:55 PM
Ditto many of the above, would love to follow Advent with you but I don't do social media!!


November 24, 2017 6:40 PM
Please add email to your way of helping us unwrap Advent - I want hope, love, joy and peace too.

Lori Betik

November 24, 2017 6:44 PM
I would much prefer to receive theses messages via email not Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Is that possible?


November 24, 2017 7:04 PM
Like many that have left you comments, email please.


November 28, 2017 10:57 AM
I too would love to receive the blogs by E mail.
Many thanks.


November 24, 2017 7:35 PM
Email version or link, would be appreciated, as we are not on social media. Thanks.

Pamela Gastrell

November 24, 2017 8:08 PM
Please can you continue with emails? I cannot access Facebook etc. I have really valued and enjoyed emails this year. Thank you.


November 24, 2017 8:37 PM
Echoing other people's comments, I choose not to use social media and was disappointed that you won't be sending emails this year. Would it be possible to create an email distribution list please?

Barbara Thomson

November 24, 2017 10:13 PM
Same here! I am not on social media. Will be disappointed if that excludes me.

Rita Reed

November 25, 2017 1:40 AM
Like Martina Eastman I too would appreciate e mails


November 25, 2017 6:58 AM
Would love to follow you in this, but by e mail please, as we don


November 25, 2017 8:43 AM
I too am extremely disappointed to be excluded from the journey through Advent having deliberately chosen not to be involved with social media.

Fey Holtum

November 25, 2017 9:55 AM
Please, please, email.please.

Nova Knowles

November 25, 2017 1:08 PM
Would love to receive Advent theme by e mail please!!


November 25, 2017 3:47 PM
I too will be unable to follow as I only use the Internet.


November 25, 2017 4:09 PM
As many others have asked please could there be an email version for those of us who do not have the listed accounts.


November 25, 2017 5:02 PM
Please make these reflections available via email...thank you!


November 25, 2017 5:28 PM
I too would love to journey through Advent with you, but need an email, please.

Carolyn Bramhall

November 25, 2017 5:31 PM
I, too, love to receive your thought-provoking messages but am not at all keen on having to access social media for this. Could you please make a way for your valuable insights to be relayed by email? - or you will have one more disappointed reader.

Heather Broadbent

November 25, 2017 5:35 PM
I prefer not to use Facebook and do not use Twitter or instagram. Can we have an e mail please. Thank you.


November 25, 2017 5:50 PM
I don t have any of the three media sources mentioned , but would love it if you could email the course to me. Thank you.

Pippa Witter

November 25, 2017 8:45 PM
Please can you send emails about Advent Stewardship. I am not interested in joining Facebook, Twitter or Instagram . I have really appreciated the emails I got in Lent

Lesley Lucas

November 25, 2017 9:17 PM
Would find this easier if you could email me. Would love to journey through Advent with you all. May you be blessed as you travel Lesley


November 25, 2017 9:18 PM
I don't do social media either.

Helen Kemp

November 25, 2017 9:44 PM
I don't use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter- can this series still be accessed by email please ?

Thank you

Margaret Webster

November 25, 2017 10:14 PM
Please can I still follow through e-mail - do I have to do anything to receive by e-mail?

Mike Causey

November 26, 2017 12:06 AM
May I add my voice to those who are not on any social media. Email?

EllI expect Spencer

November 26, 2017 7:40 AM
Please could you send it to my email. Love all you do!!!!

Lynn Sayer

November 26, 2017 8:09 AM
I don't have any of the social media. Please could you email your Advent thoughts to me.


November 26, 2017 11:19 AM
I too add my request that this can be emailed, as I am another one who does not "do" social media.

Gay Austin

November 26, 2017 7:06 PM
Sorry but I am not on social media. Please add an email link! Good journeying to everyone even if I can't join you.


November 26, 2017 8:16 PM
I too would like to receive the blogs by email!


November 26, 2017 9:10 PM
Please don't leave us behind! Email version as well please


November 27, 2017 7:48 AM
I do not subscribe to any of the social media accounts, please can I receive Advent Unwrapped by email?
Many thanks-Sue

Diana Osborn

November 27, 2017 8:53 AM
Please can you email as you did last year.


November 27, 2017 10:03 AM
I echo what Paul says. I am interested, but don't 'do' social media.

Robert Alexander

November 27, 2017 12:27 PM
I don't do social media, last year I forwarded you emails to an inter church group I'm involved in. i would like to be able to do the same this year?
Robert A

Robin Oakes

November 27, 2017 4:26 PM
I have followed your Advent and Lent series since they started but like so many others have already said, I don't do social media. Any chance of having an email list please?


November 27, 2017 4:34 PM
Please do not exclude those of us who have chosen not to use social media. Can we have it by e-mail as well please?
Thank you

Tamsin Outridge

November 27, 2017 4:39 PM
I will add my name to the long list of those who choose not to use social media sites and would prefer the daily messages by email. Lovely topic, Jennie, and thank you for preparing this beautiful present for us this Advent. I can't wait to see how you connect Herod and peace!

A. E. Bishop

November 27, 2017 4:41 PM
Please add me to this loooooooong list of folks who don't do social media and who for several years have looked forward to Stewardship in Advent, Lent and any other time I can read and share it. I'm requesting to receive the daily messages in email this Advent as in the past.


November 27, 2017 4:43 PM
Would like to access through e mail rather than facebook, etc - not into social media sites. please advise if possible. thanks

Ann Marie

November 27, 2017 6:01 PM
Any chance for the email updates? And video links?
Thank you

Sara Beecroft

November 27, 2017 8:13 PM
Please may I also get the information by email please as many have said


November 27, 2017 9:02 PM
I have also enjoyed this resource in the past, but I choose not to use social media. It is a shame that you have decided to only use this medium and hope you will rethink that decision for the future.

Liz Jenkin

November 27, 2017 9:10 PM
I am trying to use Facebook less and less as I am becoming uncomfortable with the way it can tempt me to waste so much of my time. I would appreciate an email version please.

Marisa Munger

November 27, 2017 10:45 PM
Again ditto for those of us with only email who don't want the other forms of media

Rebecca Heid

November 28, 2017 3:12 AM
I am another person who has made a conscious decision to refrain from social media. I have been blessed by your offerings in the past and am quite disappointed that I cannot follow them this year. I do hope you will reconsider

Jill Webb

November 28, 2017 8:29 AM
I was looking forward to your advent series this year. The first is no disappointment however along with so many comments here, I feel excluded due to my social media choices. I only just about have time to keep with my email inbox and chose not to have further distractions/pulls on my time. Please continue to have a mailing list, even if we have to sign up for it.
Many thanks.

Chris Cobbold

November 28, 2017 8:51 AM
Likewise to all the above - except I deliberately avoid social media, since I believe it is much more relational to write a letter, get on a bike to visit someone, meet someone for a walk, phone them etc. The ability to concentrate, be it on work or prayer is not helped by social media! I am not planning ever to be an adopter, because I value silence and contemplation so much!

Julie Mellor

November 28, 2017 9:45 AM
Please can we access this via email :-)

Derek and Marilyn

November 28, 2017 9:51 AM
Please add our names to those pleading for an Email list for those of us not addicted to other forms of social media. We would be sad at missing out on this advent series.


November 28, 2017 10:49 AM
please, please, listen to the comments, so many do not have social media, despite what the media says. Please make your Advent available on either email or your web site??

Liz T.

November 28, 2017 11:03 AM
Just want to add my agreement to all the comments above. E mail please.

The Stewardship Team

November 28, 2017 11:13 AM
Hello everyone - thank you for your comments. We're really encouraged to hear that there are so many of you who love the Advent content that we create, and we're not intentionally ignoring or excluding you by any means. Please look out for an email that will arrive on Friday, which will remind you to come back here to the Stewardship blog, where you'll find a round-up of all the Advent Unwrapped reflections and videos for the week. We hope you enjoy the journey with us this year.

Wishing you a blessed Advent season.

The Stewardship team.

Debbie Kent

November 28, 2017 9:41 PM
I would like to receive the email please, as I do not necessarily choose to access Facebook daily. Thank you.

Liz Brook

November 29, 2017 5:31 PM
Like so many others email please, don't want to miss youAdvent notes. Thank you and lots of blessings

Judith Brooks

November 28, 2017 12:35 PM
As so many have already commented, there are a lot of Stewardship supporters out there, myself included, who have made the decision not to sign up to social media, (it's not just an age thing!) and so please make your Advent reflections available via email. Thank you!

Happy Mum

November 29, 2017 8:30 PM
Yup, I'm another person who doesn't use social media. (Cue long conversation, for another time, about best use of personal time and resources; privacy issues; and "silo" / anti-democratic effects of social media.) I too hope the Advent reflections might be available by email. Many thanks.

Isabel Revill

November 30, 2017 8:33 AM
Please is it possible to e mail the Advent series to me as don


November 30, 2017 8:47 AM
I am going to add my voice to the comments above... email for me please! I have made a conscious decision to disengage from social media as I find it draining, both in terms of my time and my emotional energy. I am really sad this will also now exclude me from what I have found a very positive oasis in the lead-up to Christmas over the last few years...

eiddwen sullivan

November 30, 2017 10:22 AM
Yet another not wanting to use social media who would like to follow - daily - so please reconsider.

Rachel Venn

November 30, 2017 11:52 AM
Yes, please can we have these via email. Thank you.

Becky Gammon

December 1, 2017 8:45 AM
Yes please! I

Jude Jones

December 1, 2017 5:08 PM
Ditto to the above

Kathleen Hulme

December 1, 2017 8:32 PM
Like so many others I am so disappointed that email is not being used for the advent posts. I don

Samantha Mullender

December 1, 2017 9:40 PM
Again, please bring back the email! I don't check social media regularly. Email is part of my day. Sending it as an email really helps me make sure that I make God a part of my day, especially during advent.


December 2, 2017 8:56 AM
Yes please, I too would love to have this by email

Nick Easton

December 2, 2017 9:24 AM
Yes, me too - and it's interesting to know so many others have decided not to "do" social media. Please can the Stewardship Team ensure that we get an email each Friday to remind us all of the new material/resource? Many thanks.


December 2, 2017 10:00 PM
Same as all the above, please can I receive Advent Unwrapped by email. Thank you.

Nancy Almus

December 3, 2017 4:35 AM
I too would like to receive your messages via email.

Thank You

Angela Fletcher

December 5, 2017 11:38 AM
Please make these available on the web or email not only on social media. Whilst realising your reasons for doing this, there are many people in these dark days who need the light but are excluded from social media, such as battered wives who need to stay anonymous to protect themselves.
God bless

Stewardship Team

December 8, 2017 12:37 PM
Thank you for all your comments. You can find the written reflections and videos on the Stewardship blog, without the need to use social media:


February 22, 2018 10:39 AM
Dear Stewardship 2018/ Acts 2018

I did the Acts 2017 and was looking forward to doing it again this year.

Please can there be an e-mail version, so that some of us can still do Acts?

Thank you.

Susan King

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