Jeremy Aspinall from the Church Urban Fund invites us to stop and reflect at the start of the Advent season.

Black Friday and everyone has gone crazy trying to spend and catch a bargain. Spare a thought for all of those storing up debt problems without enough money. Take time out to consider the real meaning of Christmas with our Advent Calender.

Advent is a time of preparation and reflection. It is also a time when many people feel financial pressure to overextend themselves, taking on short term debt that can lead to long term despair.

Poverty and exploitative lending is very real in our society. Archbishop Justin has advocated strongly for churches to be part of the solution.  Jesus is already here with us in the shape of the poor, the marginalised and the hungry. This advent we encourage churches to explore these issues further and reflect on how we can be the Good News in our society, especially for the least of these. 

Through the Advent Calendar we reflect on how we respond to the God-with-us in the lives of the poorest and most marginalised with a daily reflection, video and prayer throughout Advent.