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Norwich Archdeacon is Advent YouTube star

2009: The Archdeacon of Norwich, the Ven Jan McFarlane (above), features on the Church of England's online Advent Calendar at

The Archdeacon appeares on the Second Sunday of Advent (December 6) with an encouragement to find a quiet moment to reflect in the run-up to Christmas, in a short feature filmed in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral.


The Church of England's online Advent Calendar encourages people to take 'five minutes to change the world this Advent' by following the ‘tread gently’ challenges and video stories behind each door on online calendar which was launched by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


In the launch videocast Archbishop Tutu says: “Care for the world, it is the only one we have.” He is joined by International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander and the Archbishop of York who deliver their own Advent challenges.


On other days the Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on Copenhagen, the Eden Project calls for mud between our toes and the Chief Rabbi suggests some ‘Sabbath moments’. Daily Bible passages and prayers accompany the lifestyle challenges and stories from across the Church of England and beyond:


  • Visit a Brighton beach hut and discover the true meaning of carols, slow down on the road with the people of Portsmouth, pray as you go in Oxford and enjoy ‘what a wonderful world’ in St Albans.
  • Get community conscious in London, pack a bag in Worcester, ‘switch’ in Gloucester and get ‘on yer bike’ in Ipswich.

  • Consider the cost of Christmas in Rochester, take a seat in Devon or watch your water in York.

  • Enjoy the French paperless connection, make climate justice count with a lead from Liverpool or simply pick up an Advent book.

  • Pad it out in Newcastle, recycle a gift in Birmingham or enjoy sun-dried moments in Lincoln.

Along with the daily videocasts, all placed on YouTube, the CofE will be using Twitter to promote the daily challenges.


., 06/12/2009

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