Advent Day 1: Good things come to those who wait

To know the joy of Christmas one first has to journey through all the days of Advent, the Moderator of the General Assembly has said.

Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair said people can only properly enjoy the magnificent view from the top of a mountain if they have put in the hard work of climbing it first.

Martin Fair Advent
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly.

Meaning 'coming' or 'arrival', Advent is a time of prayer and preparation for the coming of God's Son.

It is also a time when many look outwards to the needs of others, spreading joy with friends, families, local communities and further afield.

The theme of the Church of Scotland's Advent Calendar this year is "Bright Hope for Tomorrow".

Dr Fair said: "We're facing up to what will be a very different Advent due to COVID-19 but perhaps it's all the more important that we travel through it together.

"The Church's Advent calendar gives us an opportunity to do just that.

"Centuries before Jesus was born, the great prophet declared the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

"This year all of us have known the shadow of darkness cast over us in the form of a virus.

"However, darkness has never, and will never, extinguish that light."

Bright Hope for Tomorrow

We invite you to sign up for a daily email or check our online Advent calendar for some daily inspiration.

Throughout the season, we'll bring you stories that highlight how church members around the country are celebrating the birth of Jesus and sharing their faith, hope and love with everyone in their communities.

Follow along with this year's Bright Hope For Tomorrow Advent calendar.